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I’m SO excited about today’s post! I’m a bit of a nerd and I love planners. But, it’s a little more complicated than that. I’m actually a very picky, OCD nerd who loves planners, but can never find the right one.
Except now I have. And today I get to share it with you. They say a picture’s worth 1,000 words, but we’ll go with both as I share all of the great features of the Well Planned Day planner, published by Home Educating Family Magazine.
1. It is an all-inclusive planner.
One of the best tips I keep seeing is to combine everything into a single calendar. For me, the ability to combine life and schooling is one of the perks of homeschooling. And this planner makes it easy to plan that way.
There are several planning sheets at the beginning so you can create a household cleaning schedule, a weekly routine and more. There are also scheduling sheets for teacher and students. (Click the images for a better view)
Each week includes dinner planning, and other sections.
2. A full year of planning.
Many school planners skip June and July. We homeschool year-round, but even if we didn’t, I would still want a calendar that I can use all year. There are monthly tabs for easier navigation, and each month includes a monthly calendar in addition to the weekly lesson planner. There is also a year-at-a glance calendar at the beginning which I like to use this with a highlighter to plan out our official 185 school days.
The monthly calendar portion also includes planning sheets for books, field trips, etc. as well as perforated shopping lists.
3. Lesson Planner.
The actual weekly lesson planners are made for 6 subjects: Bible, Math, History, Science, English, a blank secion, and some extra lines at the bottom of these sections. Each section includes 4 spaces, allowing for planning for up to 4 children.
4. Other Features.
There are encouraging verses scattered throughout, weekly catechisms, and verse references for suggested daily reading on the monthly calendars. Finally, each month contains an article from Home Educating Family Magazine.
Record-keeping is easy since everything is included all together. There are sheets for attendance and some very nice “report cards” for your students.
And, there it is. My favorite planner.
They also have several bundle packs right now if you’re interested, and you can save 30% by purchasing a magazine subscription along with a variety of other items, including this planner. (PS–if you’re interested in the magazine but still on the fence, you can request a free sample issue.)
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