I LOVE My Inclusive Classroom's Ultimate Teacher Planner, but I REALLY LOVE My Inclusive Classroom's Ultimate Parent Planner.
This Planner was created by a teacher with parents in mind....or maybe it was created by a parent with school experience in mind! Either way, I am a mum of three kiddos and I work full time as a teacher. I use my teacher planner constantly to keep track of my school life, but I needed something to keep track of my kiddos' school life....and it did not work in my teacher planner. As a teacher, our planners become our life lines- we record everything in them from notes, assessment, dates to contact information. The Ultimate Teacher Planner has a spot for everything. I can keep my professional life organized and on track.
However, as a parent I struggle to keep on top of everything that needs to be done. Meeting minutes rarely make it home, I mix up field trips with PTA sessions, I have multiple notebooks & pieces of paper with scribbles from meetings- it seems like everything gets lost in busyness of life! I hated feeling like a chicken with my head cut off- never knowing what was coming next, what I needed to do, or what we chatted about at the last parent-teacher meeting. Out of desperation for myself and wanting to help friends who expressed the same disorganization with school information, I created the Ultimate Parent Planner. This is a LIFE SAVER during the school year!
In this post, I go through some of the awesome features My Inclusive Classroom's Ultimate Parent Planner contains. I promise, you will love it!
Calendars: The Ultimate Parent Planner not only has a year at a glance to record important events on a single page, but it has monthly calendars for more description & it has a spot to record important dates (appointments, meetings, assessments, et cetera). It is important to have school information all in one spot, a grab n' go, in order to start the organization process. Use the year at a glance to record special events happening in each month (birthdays, trips, parent-teacher meetings, appointments- anything unique & unusual to the schedule/routine). Use the monthly calendars to record everything happening in the month (lessons, activities, meetings, appointments). Unlike in the year at a glance, you will include more detail, reoccurring activities (swimming, tennis, hockey, et cetera), and activities of lesser importance - this section is detailed whereas the year at a glance is an overview of important dates each month. The last calendar section is important dates. It is in this area that you will just keep a list of high priority dates. I use this as a quick reference when I am booking appointments to make sure there are no conflicts: these are the dates that are not easily changed!
Keep reading, there is so much more to the Ultimate Parent Planner than calendars!
Class Information: The Ultimate Parent Planner includes a lot of space to record class information, school information, teacher contact, friend contact, and schedules. It is so easy to stay organized when you use our planner because there is a space for everything: classroom teacher information, admin's information, specialist teachers & supports' information- Instead of me filling in these pages, I always bring my Ultimate Parent Planner to school so the teachers & supports can fill out their information for me- it takes them 30 seconds and I know that the information is correct...since I got it directly from the source! I use the contacts section to keep track of my kiddos' friends information- with three kiddos, I cannot keep track of friends, their parents, and their contacts. Our planner makes it easy for you to have a 'friends' directory' to reference. I always fill out the class schedule in pencil- it changes constantly! I have stapled the photocopied schedule directly into my book, but I prefer to take 30 minutes at the beginning of the school year and write it out with each child. I do this as a way for us to discuss preparation for specialist classes (for example, on Tuesdays you need to wear active wear because you have P.E. class), have a little one-on-one time chatting about the year ahead, and I just like writing it out!
Communication Records: My Inclusive Classroom's Ultimate Parent Planner provides you with ample space to keep track of communication & meeting minutes. The communication log is just a brief record of conversations, emails, and phone calls that you have had (regardless of who initiated) throughout the school year. I record the date of the dialogue, the means of the dialogue, with whom it took place, and a one sentence descrption of the reason. Unlike meeting minutes, the communicaiton log is just a brief reference or record of important communication. The meeting minutes template is used to record information discussed at school (or similar) meetings. This is not the official or formal meeting minutes, which WILL be given to you from the school, rather this is a spot for you to record information from the meeting that you feel ought to be noted. For example, if you and the school discussed further assessments at a meeting, write this in the reason column. There is a minutes rec'd column, check off the box once the meeting minutes have been sent home & received by you. I cannot stress the importance of keeping the meeting minutes- as insigniciant as it might seem, these minutes are part of your child's schooling experience.
The communication logs and meeting minutes template is used frequently by some parents, but rarely by others. It is a good practice for parents, myself included, to use these pages to record (BRIEFLY) discussions with the school. Fill out the meeting minutes after a parent teacher meeting just as a way for you to remember the important information discussed (you will NOT get meeting minutes from scheduled parent teacher meetings). These sections are not just for parents who require more meetings due to support level, but they are for all parents of all students. You are part of your child's schooling, a large part, using these pages will help you to stay organized with their school year & informed.
Program Planning: The Ultimate Parent Planner provides parents with a general overview of the program planning process- which relates to all students. My Inclusive Classroom is not affiliated with any school board or jurisdiction, so the program planning process is not specific and may differ somewhat in your child's school system. This section is really important in understanding your child as a learner, what supports they may receive, for how long they received the supports, and the level of supports provided. The program planning section provides you with checklists to use to indicate what supports your child is receiving (intensive or not), when they received them, and, if appropriate, the frequency of the support. Please keep in mind, all children require support during their learning journey. It might be brief support or it might be long lasting, it might be intensive support or it might be superficial, but your child will require support at some point- THAT IS TOTALLY FINE. Keep record of the supports they received because you never know when you may need to share that information with someone, a simple checklist will help you keep track of it! I bring the Ultimate Parent Planner to all my school meetings and just check off the supports at the meeting (or leave the column empty if they no longer require that support).
This post is an overview of the Ultimate Parent Planner. I have not included all parts of the planner- so there is more to it!!!! I cannot tell you enough how AWESOME this planner is and how much it will help you to simplify the school while staying on top of everything.
This is truly is the Ultimate Parent Planner!
Rather than trying to connect your work calendar, family planner, notes, and phone to organize for your kiddos- the Ultimate Parent Planner does it all. You will only need this one book when it comes to your child's school year. It keeps you on track, concise, and focused on what is important- YOUR CHILD!!!
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