Friday, May 4, 2012

Classical Conversations Cycle 1 Two-Page Weekly Planner

As we prepare for curriculum choices, book lists, and general scheduling for next year, I just wanted to share what I've put together thus far for our Cycle 1 Planner, to be used with the Foundations Guide 4th Edition from Classical Conversations.  (Without the guide, this planner will not be of much use to you!)

Cycle 1 Two-Page Planner

This one also includes some simple pages to record curriculum choices, yearly objectives, and book lists to coincide with our memory work.

Though I've proofread it, I sometimes have trouble picking up errors in my own work.  If any of you great CC'ers want to proofread it for me and let me know of any typos or errors, I would be grateful (since I was half-asleep when I finished it).

Thus far, I only have the two-page planner available, which is meant to be printed duplex-style (on both sides).  I will update the one-page planner at a later date, so stay tuned.

To download a copy of the Cycle 1 Planner:

Cycle 1 Planner PDF version
Cycle 1 Planner XLS version

This planner has been updated with 4th Edition revisions, but I have not included the timeline, since both timelines (whether you're using the old one or the new one!) are copyrighted by Veritas Press and Classical Conversations.  For a list of all the Foundations Guide 4th Edition changes, click here.

Also be sure to download a yearly school calendar from Calendar Labs to include in your planner!

For a list of possible resources to use with Cycle 1, go to our Cycle 1 Resources post.


  1. This is such a blessing! Last year was our first year of CC. My boys love it! I have been gearing up...planning...for next year and this is perfect for our notebooks! Thank you so much for all the resources you post.

  2. This is wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing your hard work. :)

  3. Brandy, I love your planners. You have completely out did yourself again... I want you to know what a complete gift of God you are. God has so gifted you in so many ways and I myself and I am positive other moms as well, truly appreciate you sharing all of your hard work with us. Please know your labor in not in vain...
    Bless you Brandy

  4. Thank you so much!! I came across your blog last week from the CC email that had the link to your interview in Parents magazine. What a huge blessing you are! Thank you for sharing all that you are doing with your boys. I am excited to begin our 2nd year of CC and your planners are an awesome way to start!

  5. Brandy, "Thank You" doesn't seem like enough. With next fall being our first experience with CC, I have been a little nervous about planning. Your blog and all the resources you share have been such a blessing to me! You have given me such peace & hope for a successful year! I haven't been to the practicum yet, so I know that will help the butterflies, too. :) Thank You! Blessings to you.

  6. This is amazing. I cannot believe you are just sharing this with us. You could easily sell it. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

  7. I'm so blessed to find your websites. I was so lost for weeks. Your website is the answer to my prayer. Thank you so much for sharing your hard work, experience, and love in God. Tearing.....

  8. This is my first year with CC with my 4yo daughter - we are so excited!! Another CC mom found your planner last year, and now many of us are having them spiral bound - it's only about $3.50 at our Office Depot! I do have a quick question, though. The alignment is a bit off for binding - is there a way I can easily adjust the margin on the xls to be wider on the inside of opposing pages? I can't seem to find an easy way to do "all even" or "all odd" pages - maybe I just need to do each one individually.

    Thank you so much for all your beautiful and helpful work!

  9. Hi Carrie! Assuming that you are talking about the two-page planner? I'm not sure why Excel does that. Even though the columns have been aligned so that each day has equivalent space and the margins are supposed to be the same with the spreadsheet centered horizontally and vertically, it still shifts it over some. The only way I am able to adjust it (without making the days different sizes) is by reducing the column widths across the entire sheet and the "Next presentation" line. I have adjusted it but I am still not sure if it will meet your needs. We can hash it out over email if you email me directly at brandyferrell at yahoo dot com. I'll email you the copy I just reformatted to see if it is what you need.

    An easy way to adjust several worksheets at once in Excel is to select all the sheets by hitting the shift or control key while you click on them. Then when you make adjustments to one worksheet, all the rest will be adjusted as well. :)

  10. I love you!!! Thank you!!!

  11. Brandy, I have homeschooled for almost 20 years but have started with CC just two years ago. Finding your sight has been awesome. Honestly, your sight alone if far more valuable than the entire CCC sight. Thank you for your hard work and sharing with all of us. You are a blessing to so many people.

  12. Thank you, Jenny! I really appreciate your kind words. I am sure I could glean boatloads of wisdom from you! I am so glad you have joined CC and are a part of my extended community. :)