Cara has PERFECT timing.
Throwback Thursday is EXACTLY what I was thinking about today while I was working in the yard wondering what I would post about. School is over, I’ve rested for a week but my brain has been in planning mode all week. I haven’t been able to give anything else much thought. My 2013-2014 year plans, my weekly plan adjustments, customizing planners for others and helping many teachers friends get organized… whew… and it’s only been 7 days since school ended!
But like I’ve said I LOVE LOVE LOVE organization. Anything I can do to keep the chaos at a minimum makes me very happy. 😀
A good school year starts with organization. Start early and the year goes a lot more smoothly. Here is revisit to my most popular post.
- I do my year plan in August.
- Then every 4 weeks I look at my previous year’s weekly plans and make changes where necessary. They are on my computer so it is very easy to pull them up and make adjustments for the different kiddos I have each year, or to add something new – whatever the case may be.
- I get together everything I need for that month.
- I print out those 4 different weekly plans and set them out on a table.
- I take all the materials for the month and match them to the week plan in which I will use them.
- I put the week plan on top of each stack of materials and set the group in my cabinet.
- On Friday afternoons, I pull out the following week’s stack and match up the materials to each day. I have file folders for each day – sometimes tubs if there is a lot.
- After everything is in the correct folder, I clip the week plan on top of Monday’s folder. At the end of the day on Monday, I move it to Tuesday… and so on.
|“Black & White”|
|“Yellow & Black”|
|“Red & Black”|
|“Black & Teal/Turquoise”|
The cool thing is – if none of these fit EXACTLY what you want, it’s ok! The planners are editable so you can change the color and… THE FONTS. Yep… use whatever font you want. If you are like me, it’s the font that makes all the difference.
If you are nervous about using Excel. Don’t be. I’ve included very detailed, step-by-step, easy to follow instructions to help you create your own perfect plans.
The Ultimate Weekly Planner program creates adorable, customizable weekly plans that are not only beautiful, but highly functional.
Writing out lesson plans can be very time-consuming. Utilizing this program to create your weekly plan will help you:
- Save time – the repetitive part of your daily routine is saved, no need to add it over and over again, year after year.
- The plans are saved on your computer. They can be used year after year. Copied, changed, re-created… you decide! There is no need to reinvent the wheel each year, or keep months of paperwork on hand or filed away.
- The planner creates and saves an entire year’s worth of plans in one place. You can access a specific week’s plans with a simple click.
- You personalize it to your tastes in color and fonts
I am really excited to finally be able to share these with you all.
It took some time to make it useable & editable by everyone – but it was worth it.
*Since this original post the planner has a lot more options available including math and ELA common core standards for all grade levels K-12, a ton more pre-made template choices and an assortment of editable planner cover sheets. Also, if you’d like a planner completely customized for you, there is an add-on available called Customize My Planner and a version designed to run on systems running Numbers – like your iPad and iPhone. ALL of my planners work on Mac systems – you just need to be sure you have Excel for one or Numbers for the other. 😀
**The planner is constantly being updated with new templates and other changes.
Click here to find the FAQs for the planner and info about the latest version.
What do you do to stay organized?