Friday, June 26, 2009

Review: 2009 Schoolhouse Planner

 

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As my long-time blog readers know, I was thoroughly impressed with last year’s Schoolhouse Planner. It was a breath of perfect, organizational air and could in no way be improved upon.

Well, apparently I was wr…wro…(ahem) wrong! (Yes, that hurt.) The folks over at The Old Schoolhouse have just released their brand new 2009 Schoolhouse Planner, and it’s bigger and better than ever!

Bursting with fresh articles, charts, organizational forms (including 40 brand-new ones!), and scrumptious recipes, The 2009 Schoolhouse Planner contains everything you need to successfully organize your life and homeschool with ease.

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This hearty, 375 page planner takes you through the entire school year, beginning with July 2009. The Planner is organized by Monthly Theme, with each “theme” containing the following:

  • Topical article written by an inspirational Homeschool Guru
  • Handy resource sheet (timeline, multiplication chart, etc.)
  • Schoolhouse Resource List containing links to dozens of supplemental items that can be easily (and economically!) obtained through the TOS store
  • And finally, those yummy recipes that are guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face come supper time!

Topic examples include Greek and Latin Roots, the Thirteen Colonies, weather, planets, lap books, college basics, and more. These topical studies would make a great starting point for a unit study, or simply provide a fun “break” from your regular homeschool routine.

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The Miscellaneous Forms section contains an assortment of charts and lists such as famous composers, kitchen conversion cheat sheet (Helloooo, sweetheart!), U.S. Presidents and their Wives (just in case you’re stumped while watching Jeopardy), and more. These would be great to post around your “school room” for handy reference. And if you happen to have a child who loves spouting off facts and tidbits, this would be perfect for them. (Think “pop quiz”!)

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And now…the absolute best part of the planner; The Household and Homeschool Forms. This is where the true beauty of the Planner is fully and articulately revealed! Nearly 200 pages of organizational nirvana await you my friends, all of which will prove extremely helpful now or in the very near future.

Some of my favorite examples from each section are:

Homeschool Forms

  • Curriculum Planning Sheet
  • Report Card
  • High School Transcript
  • Daily and Weekly Schedules for up to 5 children
  • Field Trip Log
  • Science Lab Sheet
  • Books Read This Year (especially helpful to show Dads!)
  • Homeschool Book Inventory (kind of scary to list them all, but at least you won’t accidentally buy the same book twice!)
  • Teaching Supplies and Inventory List (Carry this list with you as you hit all the Back To School sales!)

Household Forms

  • Important Phone Numbers & Contacts
  • Menu Planning
  • Budget forms
  • Chore Charts
  • Garden Planning Checklist (For those with green thumbs…mine’s black. Ahem)
  • Website Log in/Password Reference Sheet (Not only for parents, this handy list is perfect for children who have memberships to websites such as ToonTown, Build-a-Bear, or Lego.)
  • Home Repair Projects (Aka: The Honey-Do list!)

And because the Planner comes in PDF format, you’re able to simply type in all your information before printing, thus streamlining your organizational madness even further.

As if that wasn’t enough, supplementary “Modules” are released each month, further enhancing the benefits of this must-have resource.

Economically priced at $7.95, the Modules can be used in conjunction with the current month’s theme or as a stand-alone unit study. (Please note that you do not have to purchase the Planner in order to use the Modules.)

My fellow Type A’s, feel free to join me in doing the Snoopy dance! This is THE best planner I’ve ever used, and can’t imagine running my household without it.

The Schoolhouse Planner is available for $39.00 through The Old Schoolhouse. Order by July 12th and receive the 2008 Planner Excerpts for free! (Remember: Freebies are Your Friends!)

I’m proud to give The 2009 Schoolhouse Planner two delighted thumbs up!


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