Why Planners4Kids? Planners help kids build self esteem by letting them take control of their day. The process of placing a sticker on the event date, or writing the event down, helps with memory and awareness of the upcoming date. Kids starting now have a better chance of getting in the habit of planning ahead. In addition, I incorporated the following into my planners to make them right for kids:
Simple By Design
Planners4Kids are uncluttered and easy to use. The planners only contain a page spread for each month, with no additional pages for the week or the day. I found that kids get lost in those extra pages.
Logical Weekday Start
In an effort to show kids that the week starts on Monday, I designed the planner with Monday at the start of the week, instead of the traditional Sunday. This allows kids to see a visual representation of a weekday as five days in a row, and that a weekend is at the end of the week and comprised of Saturday and Sunday.
Each Day Split into Day and Night
This format begins an awareness of the time in a day, and a thought process about time management.
The planner is a traditional 81/2 x 11 paper size that kids are used to seeing, and large enough to make it easy to find.
Large Spaces for Early Writers
New writers tend to have big handwriting, so I made sure the squares for each day are large.
Month View Only
The month view makes it easy for kids to plan ahead. To make the month view clear and easy to understand, I did not add in potentially confusing dates from the previous month. I also made sure each day gets a full square. Other planners split the squares diagonally at the end of a month if there are too many days in the month and not enough space below. To avoid the lack of space for writing and confusion created by this diagonal line, I chose to add an extra row for those days. On the inside back page, kids can view all the months of the year. I also placed the numerical value next to each month to illustrate that months can also be represented by a number (January = 1, the first month of the year).
Goal Oriented, Engaging Questions
At the beginning of the planner and on each month page are questions to keep kids interested. While some of the questions are just for fun, many are meant to get kids thinking about future planning.
I made these planners sturdy to hold up to wear and tear from kids!