Elementary Charlotte Mason Weekly Planner

I’ve used a bazillion planners over the years.  You, too?

I needed something to keep me on task with our Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling for my 2nd grader.  Something that “forced” me to remember things like poetry recitation, narration of various subjects, and memory verse practice.

Free Charlotte Mason homeschooling weekly planner for elementary grades

The Perfect Planner

I needed a planner where I could lay out the basics for the week and just jot down quickly when we did them.

I needed a planner where I could make definite plans for our poem of the week, our artist of the week , our memory verse of the week, etc.

When Pinterest didn’t come to the rescue, I decided it was time to create my own “perfect” planner.  It’s nothing fancy, but the simple pages worked perfectly for us.

Elementary Charlotte Mason Weekly Planner

The left page is for jotting down daily lesson plans for each subject.  Within each subject box are little notes for me to circle when/if those particular activities are completed.

Example:  For Bible each day, I jot down our main reading or activity.  On the days we practice our weekly memory verse, I circle the “m” in the box.  On the days we complete our timeline, I circle the “t.” 

I’m able to see at a glance whether we’re meeting particular goals I have for each subject.

*The key to what the letters mean is on the 2nd page below.

Free Charlotte Mason homeschooling weekly planner for elementary grades

The right page is where I note the weekly focus for various subjects.

Example: I write down the week’s memory verse on this page and note when we’ve practiced it by circling the “m” in the Bible plans on the other page.  (I promise it makes sense once you see the pages printed out.)

Completion of the memory work, copywork, poem and geography are noted by circling appropriate letters on the other page.  Read alouds, artist study and composer study are not noted on the other page, which is why I have the Monday-Friday notations in those boxes.  I simply circle the day(s) we do each of those things.

The habit training note is mostly for me.  To keep the habit of the week (or month) front and center in my mind so I stay on top of helping my little man build good habits.

Free Charlotte Mason homeschooling weekly planner for elementary grades

This simple plan has worked SO well for us. All I have to do is copy the pages front and back, hole punch them, and stick them in a three-ring binder – and I’m set for the year!

Our {Typical} Week

A sample elementary schedule for a Charlotte Mason style homeschool.

Our weekly schedule (you know, the one where real life takes over) is ever-changing, so there is no set-in-stone schedule at our house.  This, however, is what the perfect 2nd grade week looks like.

I’m trying to move Eli into some more independent learning time, as you can see.  While I’m working with his big brother and we’re still in “school mode” during the day, I expect him to complete the independent activities.

I have posted our 2nd grade curriculum choices on this post!

More Planning

If you’re interested in organized school plans, you might want to check out this post about my planning binder and what my big kids are using:

Weekly Lesson Notebooks | Our Journey Westward

Have a great school year!

If you’d like to know more about how to easily implement the Charlotte Mason style into your homeschool, I think you’ll love this step-by-step guide! (P.S. If you download the free planner above, you’ll gain access to a 20% off coupon code for Charlotte Mason Homeschooling in 18 Easy Lessons!)

Charlotte Mason Homeschooling in 18 Easy Lessons. Easy to read. Easy to implement.

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  1. THANK YOU! This is so great! I read your planning binder post too–very helpful! Planning is my very favorite part of homeschooling (so far anyway; we’re starting year 1 this year. HA!) so I just love posts like this.

  2. You are welcome, Catie! And best wishes on your first year! 🙂

  3. Stephanie says:

    Hi Cindy,
    I did order 2 “A Plan in Place” planners after your post on them. They will help out greatly. I was wandering if you had any recommendations for character training or habit training charts.

  4. This looks nice and simple. I think I figured out what most of the letters represent, but could you give a “decoder” to what they stand for?

  5. OK. Nevermind. I just figured out where the key was. I was looking at the post page and not the planner page. Thanks for including that.

  6. I hope you find the “A Plan in Place” planners helpful! Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any character or habit training charts. I know they’re out there, though!

  7. Hi Cindy – I noticed on your 2nd grader’s typical weekly schedule that you have Bible App listed on there. What Bible Apps do you recommend? Thanks!

  8. Courtney, the app we’re using this year is called SuperBook and it’s FREE! 🙂

  9. Are these planning pages editable? They are exactly what I’m looking for I just want to type my lessons in not write them in.

  10. No, I’m sorry. They are only available as uneditable PDF’s. Glad you like them!

  11. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    Tenth year homeschooling with AO. Have my son’s year four all written out with this! Now to just get the other 3 children’s schedules done too! Favorite I have ever tried so far. Spaces for almost everything. I added Latin, free read and guitar to the lines on the bottom.

    Thanks again!


  12. THANK YOU for sharing this with me, Jeniver! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ I love how you’ve added Latin, free read, and guitar.

  13. Brittany Gingerich says:

    Cindy, do you have a middle and high school version?

  14. Brittany, I don’t currently. It’s something I ought to consider, though! 🙂

  15. Brittany Gingerich says:

    Yes, I love how this is set up!

  16. I’m glad you like it, Brittany! I hope it helps you stay organized and on track in your studies. 🙂

  17. How funny! I was reading your weekly schedule which brought delete to my day. With a rough year physically, I sought guidance from the Lord and he encouraged me to use the TV (yes, I declared it). We invested in some videos and wouldn’t you know it…Liberty Kids, Moody Science Videos (at a friends, but they are online too. Magic School Bus was a thought. Bible videos…especially Superbook (after receiving a bunch as a gift, online also), Carmen Sandiego, School House Rocks! After showing a couple of my girls, one found it funny and pointed out that we have the same ones on the same days of the week as your schedule. Encourages me to keep on going.

  18. Marlene, those videos were certainly helpful time fillers for Eli in those years. They make great educational “extras” for sure! 🙂

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