Alas! Our Cycle 2 Planners are updated!
As we prepare for curriculum choices, book lists, and general scheduling for next year, I wanted to share our Cycle 2 Planners, to be used with the Foundations Guide 4th Edition from Classical Conversations.
You’ll notice I offer several options here. This is not to confuse you (or me) or to make the planning process look complicated or intimidating. It’s just because, as my own personal planner has morphed over the years, I’ve continued to receive requests for past planners I’ve made. Thus, I keep them all here so you can choose your favorite. 🙂
But… here’s an important disclaimer: Plans are just plans. I found that for our own family, having a general idea of where we wanted to be at the end of each six-week period was helpful, but I did not write those details into our weekly planner pages. I finally ended up using our planner pages to record what we actually did instead of what we were planning to do. It has saved me quite a bit of erasing. To see an example of a general plan, scroll to the bottom of this post. For scheduling math or phonics, I now use the six-week planning pages in our extra planning pages set.
Also please note that due to…
- recent complaints CC has received from third-party sellers who are creating and selling Classical-Conversations-related digital resources (and who were subsequently asked by CC to remove topics from those products since they were being sold), and
- folks who are using the topics to replicate CC copycat programs instead of purchasing a Foundations Guide
… I am no longer able to include the general memory work prompts in my free planners. For years I have been granted permission by Classical Conversations to include these general topics, but times change, and so the guidelines must also change to not only protect information that is being used in a dishonest manner but also to maintain peace and unity across the great wide realm of the digital world. Classical Conversations has requested that I leave in the memory work topics from one week in each of my planners in order to show parents how they can fill it out for themselves. Other content on my blog is being updated accordingly, so you will see changes in the coming months. Because I do not sell anything on my blog, I’ve been given some extra time to make these changes. I’m sorry that I can no longer provide this resource to you here, but my prayer is that what I provide on this website will still be helpful and useful even without the topics listed.
So… here we go!
Our Planners: New Design
I’ve been updating our planner a bit so that I can make a final transfer to the Mac. Because of differences between Office for PC and Office for Mac, the design has changed. I hope it’s a better layout than I’ve previously used, but I realize some are accustomed to the old designs, so I’ve included both styles. I hope what I provide here on this website blesses your school year. Thanks for reading Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood!
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Planner #1: Single page planner, traditional style. This is the type of planner we were using about 3-4 years ago.
We have 3 versions of this planner for you to download in either PDF or Excel format:
- Planner #1a lists the days of the week as Monday – Friday: PDF version :: MS Excel version
- Planner #1b lists the days of the week as Day 1 – Day 5, in case you would like to start your week with your community day: PDF version :: MS Excel version
- Planner #1c lists only 4 days for the week, assuming that you are in community for one day each week and do not need to record/plan anything for that day: PDF version :: MS Excel version
Planner #2: Double-Page Planner, traditional style. Same as above but spread across two pages to allow more space for handwriting. (Note: Our planners with a double-page layout are formatted to be printed duplex-style (both sides/front-to-back).)
We have 2 versions of this planner for you to download in either PDF or Excel format:
- Planner #2a lists the days of the week as Monday – Friday: PDF version :: MS Excel version
- Planner #2b lists the days of the week as Day 1 – Day 5, in case you would like to start your week with your community day: PDF version :: MS Excel version
Planner #3: Single-Page Planner, Lesson Tracking. In this planner (shown below), the curriculum choices are listed on the left of each page, and lessons can be jotted down under each day. There is just one version of this planner in Monday – Friday format. In the image below, the screen shot of an empty lesson planning page is on the left. The image on the right is an example of how the planner page might look when you have filled it out for three students. Download Planner #3: PDF version :: MS Excel version
Planner #4: Single-Page Planner, Checklist Style. This planner provides space for you to write in lessons, pages, or activities for an entire week (for those like me who struggle with doing it daily), and then checking off or writing in the time for each item. Download Planner #4: PDF version :: MS Excel version
The image on the left is a blank page, and the image on the right is an example of what it might look like after being filled in with lessons for multiple students. To further explain: You can list the curriculum under each subject heading as shown in the image below. On a weekly basis, you can list lessons, pages, or activities, and under each day, you can either check the box (Sample 1), record times (Sample 2), or record specific lesson or page numbers (Sample 3).
Planner #5: Double-Page Planner, checklist-style. Similar to the one above except each week is spread across two pages. The section on the bottom right is for reading selections and other general plans/goals. The rest of the pages is where I would list what we actually did. Download Planner #5: PDF version :: MS Excel version
Planner #6: Double-Page Planner, Lesson & Time Tracking. I made this one when someone requested a way to better track times along with lessons for reporting purposes. Again, the section on the bottom right is for reading selections and other general plans/goals. The rest of the page is where I would list what we actually did. Download Planner #6: PDF version :: MS Excel version
Some of the above planners are missing the extra planning pages. I’ve included those below in case you would like to download them separately.
Included in this set of general lesson planning pages are:
- Curriculum choices page (to record your curriculum choices)
- Yearly objectives page (to record yearly objectives for each child – print as many as you need)
- Book list pages (to record your choices for picture books and/or read-alouds)
- Six-week subject planner (print one page per subject for each six-week period; especially helpful for subjects like math)
- Blank planner page (print as many as you need for weeks when CC is not in session)
Also be sure to download a yearly school calendar from Calendar Labs to include in your planner!
The above planner includes links to free websites for drawing, orchestra, etc. It’s in the original format of my previous Cycle 2 Planners. Click here for PDF (does not have active links). Click here for XLS (includes active links).
For those who wish to edit these planners for their own family, the following are Microsoft Excel versions of this planner:
Again, please contact me if you have any questions! Blessings to your family in the coming year!
Our Cycle 2 Reading Plans & Loop Schedules for 2016-2017
Our Cycle 2 Reading Plans from 3 years ago
Our Cycle 2 Read Aloud Selections
Our Cycle 2 Picture Book Selections
Our CC Cycle 2 Booklist
CC Cycle-at-a-Glance Pages
CC SOTW/MOH/Scholastic Reading Correlations (all cycles)
Cycle 2 Planners with Story of the World Reading Schedule
Cycle 2 Four-Day Planner with Literature Reading Plan
Cycle 2 Reading Plan – Just the reading/activity schedule without all the other stuff!
Though I’ve proofread these, I sometimes have trouble picking up errors in my own work. Please let me know if you come across any glaring typos or errors and I’ll be glad to fix them.
For a list of possible resources to use with Cycle 2, visit our Cycle 2 Resources Page. Efforts are currently underway to improve our Cycle 2 Resources lists.
A reminder for all Classical Conversations users:
Please do not ever use my blog in lieu of purchasing the Classical Conversations Foundations Guide. That would not honor Leigh Bortins or a large number of other people who have worked so hard to provide such a wonderful community & program for equipping us to better know God and to make Him known to the world around us. You will not find the memory work sentences on anything that I post on this blog, as that would infringe on copyright laws. If you do not already own the Foundations Guide, you can purchase it here. This site is not endorsed or maintained by Classical Conversations®.
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