Planning has never been one of my strong suits. Well, I plan just fine but following through. . . well that’s a different story. Part of my follow-through issue is that I forget to write things down. If things don’t get written, inevitably I will forget them. Some call it “mommy brain”, others call it age. Either way, I need help remembering and prioritizing things.
Whether it’s schoolwork, housework, errands, or supper. . . it must be written down. Lately I’ve been writing everything down in The Ultimate Homeschool Planner from Apologia Educational Ministries. The planner is available in three colors: yellow, orange and blue. I received the blue one for review.
The Ultimate Homeschool Planner Review
I must admit that I’ve been looking forward to this product for a while. Being part of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew has given us the opportunity to review many awesome products. This planner is no exception.
At first look through I realized that this is the most encouraging planner I’ve ever used (and I’ve used many a planner.) Usually planners have the same section types just arranged differently. There are several components in this planner that I’ve not seen anywhere else.
- This Week’s Memorable Moments- a place to write down and celebrate all the small beginnings and promising signs
- Evidences of Grace- a place to document God’s kindnesses and evidences of grace in your family’s life which will build faith for the future (this would be a great place to revisit when you’re having a rough day)
- Family Priorities- a list of goals for your family to strive for. . . essentially a long term prayer list for your family
The planner begins with detailed instructions on completing the yearly, monthly and weekly pages. Upon reading them, I knew exactly what to do and was greatly encouraged!
I’m so glad you asked. . .
One of the hardest things I’ve tried to do (planning wise) is getting every aspect of my life into one planner. Housework, schoolwork, errands, cooking, family goings on, . . . etc. Apologia’s homeschool planner has allowed me to do that!!
I used one of the monthly planning pages to plan a 5-week meal routine.
Did you notice the color coding on the meal routine? I’m in the process of implementing the same color coding for the chores too. Eventually we’ll have color weeks, like blue week, purple week. . . I’ve got some cardstock door hangers that I’ll laminate and hang on the kids’ bedroom doors each week to remind them of their weekly duties.
How else has the planner helped?
- Our days run more smoothly because there’s no question of what needs done
- I’m able to keep other grading pages and curriculum guides in the inside pockets instead of losing them in the clutter of my desk
- It fits in my diaper bag so I can take my planning on the go