Friday, September 12, 2014

{NEW!!} LDS Activity Days Planner

Since doing planners for RS, Primary and YW the last few years... I've a zillion requests for an Activity Days one (which is a religious, goal-setting program for 8-11 year old girls in the LDS Church).  Until now, I haven't had the time to sit down and sketch it out (much less design it) - so I was thrilled to finally get it done.  It's 82 pages and is packed full of organizational goodness!   Also... just to qualify myself so you know I know what it needed to include - I've been an Activity Days Leader twice + with the perspective of having been a Primary President and a mom with 2 girls in the program... I think this turned out super awesome and I'm excited to walk you through it!

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Activity Days Planner {HERE}

Activity Planning is probably one of the most important roles of an Activity Day Leader. Where possible, groups should meet twice monthly and the leaders should prepare creatively planned and enriching activities to help the girls learn, grow and pass off "activities" in their books. So first, I created monthly sections that contain dated calendars for 2015 (+ sections for Sept-Dec 2014) and two one-page activity planners. The "Activity Planners" have a space for thoughtfully outlining and preparing each activity, tracking to do's, notes, reminders, expenses, etc.

Next to the activities themselves, probably the most important thing is tracking the girls' progress.  I created two sections to do this - first an "Individual Progress Tracker" section, then "Group Progress Tracker" charts so the leader can have a more bird's-eye view of where everyone stands with their achievements - which can aid in planning future activities.

In addition, there are annual activity planning sheets for 2015 & 2016, annual at-a-glance calendars for 2015 & 2016 + rosters, birthdays, attendance, budget pages and more (each in it's own section).

And... of course, this planner also comes with a set of coordinating divider tabs to make navigating your planner quick and easy.  You can print your tabs on regular paper or card stock, fold and staple to adhere - OR you can print on full sheet sticker paper, punch, fold and adhere that way.  I always design the interior pages in black and white to keep printing costs down, so the tabs definitely add a fun splash of color. The tabs with this planner are 1 inch square - and as you can see from the picture, I punched mine with a 1" square scalloped punch.  Similar instructions are also included with the printable, but that's the basic idea. 

TIPS for TABS: You can trim your tabs with scissors - or you can find these types of punches at any craft or scrapbooking store.  You can also find them on Amazon, I prefer either EK Tools or Fiskars Brand punches for reference. I also ran a strip of clear packing tape over my tabs before punching them out, this makes them nice and shiny + lots more durable for a full year of use. 

TIP for COVERS: The covers are designed for "borderless" printing.  On your home printer, when you hit print and the properties box opens - select your "borderless" option in Advanced Settings + check the "fit" box so the image spreads properly on the page and isn't shrunk.  This can also be requested at a copy center.  I print my covers on glossy photo paper, then laminate for durability.

When everything is printed - you can either 3-hole punch and add to a regular binder or can have it spiral bound at your favorite copy store.

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Happy Planning!

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Tyne Sione said...

I love this!! I'm a counselor in our ward primary and I used your primary planner last year which I found awesome so I'm excited to see that you have added activity days and choristers to your collection. I loved it so much that I bought the RS ones and made them up for our ward RS presidency. I even wished there were ones for elders quorum/young men to help my husband in his callings this year. Men don't care about the cute factor, mind you lol just functionality. As the counselor over Activity Day I may just have to purchase this for our leader, it's perfect! The one thing is that we use Activity Day for both boys and girls here in New Zealand - we don't have scouting - but then again the boys don't need to know that their names are on the roster of "girls" lol.

Colette said...

Hi, Tyne! I'm so glad to hear that!! Thank you for your orders - I'm so happy to hear they are working for you - and what a great idea to give them to the RS Presidency too! :)

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