Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The 2009 Schoolhouse Planner

As a 2nd year member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I have been given the wonderful opportunity to review many homeschool products over the next several months. I feel truly blessed to be participating in this review group and I'm looking forward to trying out more products and giving you my honest opinion.

It's back! It's bigger! It's better!

The 2009 Schoolhouse Planner is now 375 pages full of calendars, planners, forms, articles, recipes, and more. Seriously, it can't get much bigger than that!

I could give you long lists of everything that is included in this wonderful resource for planning your homeschool, your home, and your year. But I'd rather just give you a glimpse of what is inside and show you how we are using it for our family. Don't worry though...you can still find the lists at the The Old Schoolhouse Store which is where you will surely want to head after reading this review.

I know that some people using the Schoolhouse Planner are printing out all 375 pages and organizing them in a 3-inch binder. However, I decided to use a simple 1-inch binder as my homeschool planner, putting only specific pages in it. I can use and print most of the forms and articles in the Schoolhouse Planner on "as need" basis. The picture above shows my simple cover page I created myself with our school logo on it.

The bulk of my homeschool planner uses the "Weekly Schedule for Five Children" form which is my personal favorite. (Also included are Daily/Weekly Schedules for Two, Three, and Four children.) I like to use this format as a daily log to keep a record of the all the work we are doing. Since, I'm not actually using these pages as a "planning tool" the only information I typed in before I printed them were the kid's names at the top....YES! You read that right...you can type directly into these pages before printing them out!

Other forms I included in my homeschool planner were

School Attendance Charts
Co-op Information forms

A Section for each Child that includes:
Beginning/Ending of the school year info
Yearly Goals Form
Course of Study Form
and Reading Logs

A Section for our family that includes:
Field Trip Log
Community Service Record
Family Read-Aloud Log

All of these forms (plus many more) are included in the Schoolhouse Planner!

The Schoolhouse Planner is divided into four basic sections. First (pictured above), is the Calendar Section. From July 2009 to June 2010, each month features the calendar pages, a themed article and resource list, and recipes. (Even one of my own family recipes made it into the Planner!)

The "Homeschool Forms" sections include many of the forms that I included in my homeschool planner and oh-so-many more! Whether you're teaching elementary students or highschool students... whether you textbook, unit study, or unschool...there are homeschool forms for you! You'll also find Nature Journal, Handwriting Practice, and Science Lab pages and more.

I promised you I wouldn't make extensive lists...but you really do need to check out the Schoolhouse Store to read all that is included! One of the Household Forms that I immediately printed out to use were "The Important Phone Numbers and Contacts" form. I typed all the information right into the form before I printed it and hung it on the inside of my pantry door. Not only is it a great resource for me, but also an important resource for the kids or a babysitter if there were ever an emergency situation. I also loved the "Weekly Menu Planning" form and printed several of those.

Lists, lists, and more lists in the "Miscellaneous Educational Information" section....famous composers, US presidents, states and capitals, and a kitchen conversion chart...lots of helpful resources for homeschool moms and students!

Another project I'll be doing soon is making mini classrooms for the kids, and I've found many resources in the Schoolhouse Planner to use including a multiplication table and alphabet charts.

Wow! Well what can I say? A big Planner deserves a big review!!! Enough of my rambling...check it out yourself at the TOS Crew blog and purchase it at the Schoolhouse Store as an instant download for $39.95. PLUS, if you purchase it between now and July 12th, you'll receive the 2008 Planner Excerpts for FREE!

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1 comment:

  1. Great review! Love your learning centers, too! It was nice to meet you through the fb featured member. Blessings!



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