Out of the Zone ~ 3rd Grade Planning Sheets

out of the zone2I am always making stuff on the computer, so of course I have to create my own personalized planning sheets. For those of you who just happen to be using Calvert’s 3rd grade, you’ll be able to use them too-since they are specific to the program. The rest of you might be able to get ideas, and I also included a blank form in case you like the layout but don’t use Calvert.

This is the front page of the planning sheet, which shows 5 lessons{days} at a time. Each subject is on the left and I write short notes of page #s to the right for each day. These are not detailed plans {those are in the manual written for me ;-)} just notes mainly so we can check things off each day and also so I can pull papers in advance.


This is the back of the sheet where I am dividing each day into 3 parts. 1-Morning Independent, 2-With Mom, 3-Afternoon Independent. I hope to keep up with this to help organize P’s days for him in advance so he can see what he should be able to do independently before needing my help, what he should wait for me on and what he will need to do after we work together.IMG_4284

I am pulling all worksheets for the week and putting them in a binder with each page labeled with a highlighter in the bottom right corner to show which lesson it goes with.IMG_4286For those of you using Calvert-I broke down the following workbooks: Math, Maps, Globes & Graphs, Critical Thinking, RWP, Phonics, Reading Word Cards, and Activity Pages. I did NOT rip apart: Spelling, Gods & Goddesses, Famous Americans or any hard bound textbooks. In case you missed it here is my Details About Calvert 3rd Grade post

I have one large 3” binder with tabs dividing each section of 5 lessons. Calvert goes in groups of 20, so I have a 1” binder that is our current plans. Currently we have lessons 1-20 in there, each section of 5 divided by colored tabs. As we finish the work, I am grading it and placing it in the back pocket of the notebook.IMG_4280

In the back of the notebook I keep the assessment sheets. Calvert has these for each 20 lessons and with our cyber school, we have to send them in to be graded and reviewed by a teacher. I actually like this component because it is automatic assessment and ongoing review. I always know that we are on target.IMG_4288

You can download my planning sheets here. I also made a blank version in case you like them but don’t use Calvert.

Future Out of the Zone posts I am working on…

  • Computer Time…what it looks like for Pac Man in 3rd grade
  • Supplementing…goals for 3rd grade and what we have had to let go
  • Pac Man’s work area…I plan to share after we move into the new schoolroom!

Out of the Zone ~ Details about Calvert

I have been asked so many times by so many wonderful readers if I would begin to blog more about my experiences with Pac Man.  I have been reluctant to do this because it is SO far out of my comfort zone and I feel I have nothing to offer.  A kind reader commented on last week’s Pac Man post that it would be helpful for me to actually share what is like to be “Out of My Comfort Zone” which has inspired me to create a new feature on my blog {hopefully weekly} to share something regarding Pac Man and his schooling.  3rd grade and beyond is not comfortable for an early childhood educator ;-), so everything I will share about him officially falls into being out of my comfort zone!  I am excited about learning along with him and growing as a teacher and mom through our experiences over the years.  When out of my zone, I tend to learn the most!

I do better with features on my blog {so I don’t forget}; Tot School, Raising Rock Stars Preschool  Behind the Scenes, Preschool Printables, Raising Rock Stars, In My Spare Time, Thank You.  It just seems to make sense to add a new feature to help me remember!

For the past several weeks I have been labeling Pac Man’s posts “Pac Man Loves” but soon realized that he may not love everything I share about!!!  ;-) I will now be calling these posts…

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For my first Out of the Zone post I thought I would share my initial thoughts about our big ol’ stack of Calvert supplies now that I have planned out our first 40 lessons.  We have bumped our start date back a week due to major construction going on to renovate the new schoolroom, so I have a bit more planning time built in now!

Calvert 3rd Grade Homeschool Details

Specifically this is what we got in our Calvert 3rd Grade box…

image Here are the subjects that are not published by Calvert, but are used within the Calvert program {I linked if I could find it online}.  You can see the inside of any of the books on the Calvert website itself using their awesome interactive features.

Calvert has it’s own math program, which we like a lot-it works really well for Pac Man and he LOVES math.  Calvert also publishes a few of their own resources; one I really love this year is called A Child’s Study of Famous Americans.

We also have access to these awesome online resources, the computer component is truly amazing.

I just found this website which helps you find out if you are able to receive Calvert free of charge in your state.  You have to fill out the form and I guess they get back to you.

I have planned out the first 40 lessons of 3rd grade and I am excited!  It is a FULL schedule and will about double the workload Pac is used to.  Next week I plan to share my planning forms and how I have our days planned {I will provide downloads in case anyone else is using Calvert 3rd grade {my forms are specific to this program}.

As we move along I will try to share what is/isn’t working for us and what I think of different parts of the program. After browsing through the books, I am really excited and pleased.  I really like the changes and think this will be a great fit for Pac Man!

Pac Man Loves ~ 3rd Grade!!!!!

Pac Man is entering 3rd grade next and we are finally officially out of Mom’s comfort zone.  I must admit I am a bit anxious about this.  I have taught 1st grade and below and know enough about 2nd grade that I knew I would be fine homeschooling the early elementary grades.  I secretly always knew that the year he entered 3rd grade would be a big transition for ME!

Of course he isn’t phased in the least, and is just thrilled to have a higher grade to report to friends and family members ;-).  We are continuing on with our cyber charter school, which still uses Calvert as their curriculum for 3rd gradeIMG_4110Getting the big ol’ Calvert box in the mail is a very big deal around here!  IMG_4114I got all sappy looking at this post, which seems like just yesterday {when his 1st grade box arrived}.

We start our year by getting the first 20 lessons completed before our official school year starts.  I like having 20 built in random free days throughout the year.  Our life is so random, we need this!  Our official start day is July 26, which means I am in planning mode!  Getting the box in the mail and browsing through it is WAY more fun than actually doing the work!

I was thrilled to see 2 changes in the Calvert Curriculum…2 things I didn’t like about 1st and 2nd grade; Social Studies and Spelling.  I noticed in the box that both are now from Scott Foresman, which is a publisher I recognize and remember liking back in my teaching days…I hope I like it still!!! I am busy going through it all right now and getting my first 20 lessons planned out.  I am praying this program works well for us and that I won’t need to supplement my own stuff as much as I did these past few years {I did that because I am super picky about certain things and Calvert was good, just not exactly what I wanted}.

Krash was just happy to have a new big box to play in {he’s showing off his new Batman tatoo}…IMG_4119

It’s Here, It’s Here!

For those of you who don’t know, we use Calvert as our grade level curriculum. We use them because we get all of the materials for free since we are with a public cyber charter school. I really like Calvert so far, we used PreK and K with them too and our 1st grade box arrived today! P has been SOOOOO motivated to get this box and begin 1st grade. I love that about homeschool…moving at your child’s pace. If he were in “going school” (as he calls it) he would be in K through the end of this school year. Being at home allows him to move at HIS pace. We unloaded the box this morning and both of us got all excited with what was inside.Then I began browsing through the lesson manual and realized quickly that we’re going to have to buckle down, it’s much different than K! We’re ready for it though, and very excited. Now my goal is to go through the entire Science, and Social Studies books and figure out where our lapbooks are going to fit!!! My planning hours are going to get much longer I can see!