I am a big proponent of teaching our kids to be independent learners. When this happens, kids realize that they can learn anything. They have confidence, curiosity, and a skill that will serve them their entire lives.
One of the best tools I have found for teaching independent learning skills is a student planner. When students learn to use a planner, they can better manage their time and learn to take responsibility for their education. These are key to fostering independent learners.
There are all kinds of great student planners on the market. Some of them have all kinds of bells and whistles, while others are simple. Some planners are already bound, and others are downloadable for printing at your leisure.
Not one of them is the best for every single student. Kids are all different and they grow and change. What works this year for your student might not work next year. It seemed that almost every year my kids used a different student planner. Sometimes they were the same company or type. They just had a different theme or color. Some were paper. Other times they tried online planners.
Simple Student Planner
In our experience, the best planners for our kids were the simple ones. I love fancy planners with a page, column, and check box for every little part of student life, but in reality most of that stuff never gets used. The pages we most used were the daily planner pages and reading logs.
If you are looking for a simple student planner with a fun science theme this year, I have you covered. Download this free science-theme student planner printable. It contains daily planner pages, a reading log, and an assignment check list to help your kids remember what is due and when.
Just print it out, three-hole punch it, and put it in a folder! It is a black and white file for cheaper printing and for easy customization by your kids. This student planner can be used by homeschool and traditional school kids. Enjoy!