This spiral-bound planner is 192 pages long. It has pretty much everything that you need to plan a school year for multiple children. Since I only have one child, I plan to use the planner to plan his school year and to plan my own studies.
The planner is dated and begins in July 2016 and ends in June 2017. This means you can plan for the entire year if you want to. Inside you’ll find all kinds of fantastic forms and helps for the homeschooling mama. There are yearly calendars, monthly note pages, and monthly calendars so you can keep track of everything that’s going on in your life.
Scheduling is done by the week instead of the day, and there is plenty of room for everything you need to write down. You get to choose your weekly dates and, depending on how you use the form, you can use it with up to seven children. Simply write their names across the top and subjects down the left-hand side or put their names on the left and subjects across the top. It’s a blank form, so it’s easy to make it work for you.
In the back of the planner, you’ll find even more helpful forms like monthly goals. These cover such areas as educational, spiritual, and life skills. Have semester goals? There’s a form for those too. There’s even a form for your yearly goals. There are enough goal forms for five children.
How about attendance? Many of us have to keep track of attendance, myself included, and it’s something I struggle with because I always have to hunt down an attendance chart and print it out to add to my homemade planner. Not this year! There’s an attendance chart included right in the back of the planner. Just check off each day and you’ve got your record! Again, there are forms for up to five children.
What about books that are read throughout the year? You’re taken care of with this planner. There is a book log waiting for you to fill in the book, author, and date it was completed.
There’s even a curriculum planning sheet to help you shop for the new year. It has places for grade level, price, and vendor and is a great way to keep everything organized while you finalize your shopping for new curriculum.
There’s a contact list where you can keep track of all your important contacts who are fellow homeschoolers. Or anyone else that you need to keep track of. You can write in their name, address, phone number and even their email address, so you don’t lose important contact info when you need to confirm that play date.
Finally, there are 36 general writing prompts. That’s one prompt per week, great if you need an idea for a writing assignment. In my mind, the prompts could be used at any grade level. Younger grades could easily draw a picture and tell a story instead of write.
Besides writing prompts, there are other helpful lists. For example, you’ll find a timeline of inventions and a list of the 13 colonies by date. There’s a list of the U.S. presidents and their wives, the states and capitals, and a page about the government. You’ll even find help if you need to make a transcript, from what to include to how to figure out credits. There’s a place to keep track of high school classes and even a place to keep track of skills learned in extra courses such as electives.
One thing that I really like about this planner – besides the large spaces to write in – are the encouraging notes that are scattered throughout the pages. While the planner has religious references, this secular schooler doesn’t find them to be distracting or off-putting. I actually find the messages encouraging and hopeful. Another neat addition is that there are random fact sheets scattered throughout the planner. These have interesting facts such as about spinning wheels and when they were invented or facts about cast iron skillets.
Want one of your own? There’s a coupon good until July 15 that lets you buy the planner for just $19!
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