Plan Your Work & Work Your Plan!!!

So far my favorite review has to be The Ultimate Homeschool Planner by Dedra Bell from Apoligia!  It has everything I could possibly ask for and then some.  Funny thing is I had been looking for something just like this to help me stay on top of my crazy life.  Having 3 kids in 3 different stages of school life has me scratching my head sometimes asking myself where am I and what am I supposed to be doing right now?  :)

When I found out I was getting to review this planner I could not wait for it to come!!  I was stalking the mail man like it was Christmas Eve and I was 5 years old with only 1 thing on my list.  The day it came it was frozen pizza night in my house.  I had so much fun going through each of the sections.

Here are my 5 LOVES about this Amazing Planner:

1.  I Love that it has a whole section on how to use this planner effectively!!!  And how to use the 2 different student planners together with it too.  I'll get to the 2 student planners in a minute. :)

2.  I Love the individual Student Goal Setter Pages.  How awesome to have a spot to map out not only academic goals for your kiddos, but Character Goals as well.

3.  I Love the countless lists for field Trips, Reading Lists, Teaching Tips, High School Planning Guide and many more Extras that I haven't seen all in one planner before.

4.  I Love that the Planner offers a Blank Monthly Grid and a Blank Weekly Grid, with plenty of room to write and customize however you please.

5.  I Love that the Front & Back Covers of the Planner are easy to clean and offers inside pockets too.

I could probably go on and on about how much I Love this Planner, but I will share a few things I Didn't Love so Much:

1.  I do wish it was a tiny bit cheaper.  I wish I could say that the Ultimate Planner was not worth the $28, but it is.  When you have it in your hands you can see not only the quality, but the valuable tool that it truly is.  It has replaced 3 separate folders/planners and put it into 1 Hardcover, Spiral Bound Planner.  So, is it worth the price?  Yes!  Does it seem like a lot before you actually have it in hand at your kitchen table?  Yes!  Will I buy one next year?  A Big Fat Yes for sure!!!!

2.  The only other thing that I could say I like least about the Ultimate Planer is that the Months are Separated from the weekly pages.  It would be nice if it was sorted with 4 weekly grids after a monthly grid.  Right now I use a paper clip to put together the unused monthly layouts until needed.  Does it make the planner less functional?  No, not for me it doesn't.

The Ultimate Homeschool Planner

Deb Bell's insights which crafted the homeschool classic, The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling, have now applied to helping moms plan. Count your blessings while charting your family’s progress with this 48-week planner designed to help you document God’s faithfulness and activity during your homeschool journey. Features include: Unique Lord’s Day planning grid, Flexibility to help you prioritize and plan for up to six children, Customized daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly planning forms, Forms for setting goals, activities, and tracking reading lists, Year-end review pages, Sturdy construction with convenient pockets and coated covers.

Now available in two different cover styles to coordinate with the colors of your life.
Planner Sample!
Planner Table of Contents!

Student Planners
Now for the other 2 additional planners I received!!!  I was also given The Ultimate Weekly Planner for Teens and The Ultimate Daily Planner for Students.

The Ultimate Weekly Planner for Teens is meant to be used for grades 7th-12th.  The great thing about it is it allows the student to shade in the hours they spent on each subject.  This will help to add up their credits for the school year and they can use the Credit Tracker in the back of the Planner.  I love that it has SAT words at the top and is stuffed with test taking tools and Guides, Charts, Maps, Time lines, Recommended Reading list and extra Bible Verses with words of Encouragement.  I also like the durable covers it has and the neutral color scheme.  Skylar thought it was helpful during his last year of school and that he looks forward to using it in college next year.

The Ultimate Weekly Planner for Teens

Deb Bell's is the perfect planner for homeschool teen which allows you to customize the days, weeks, and months to your year and frame it within God's working in your family.

The Ultimate Daily Planner for Students is designed for grades 4th -8th.  This sweet little planer has all the cool extras just like the Teen Planner, minus some of the "College Bound" extras.  Mahala loved the layout and the sense of accountability it gave her.  She said it's on her Birthday list for next year!  :)  I like that there is a place for her to mark Done and I can go in behind her and Approve it.  We have caught a few things that would have went undetected, so this is high on my list of Loves for this Planner.

The Ultimate Daily Planner for Students

A great gift to start younger students on the road to academic independence! Students
meet with Mom weekly to record their daily assignments and mark their progress.
Helpful tips, extensive study aids and engaging trivia give this planner true kid appeal.

Come Hang out with Me and the rest of the Mosaic Reviewers at Our Facebook Party!  On Friday, April 12, 2013, at this link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/357468417706643/  The party starts at 9pm EST!

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