Review: The 2011-12 Schoolhouse Planner

I was introduced to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC  last year, and I honestly can say that I was really missing out on a wealth of information before then!  I cannot believe how much information I have gleaned from just the magazine alone.  Then, after I found them on Facebook, I started hearing about The 2011-12 Schoolhouse Planners.  I will admit that the $39.00 price tag really made me pause and think before I purchased it.  My thoughts were:

  • Is this planner really worth the $39.00 they are asking?
  • Is all the information going to pertain to me?
  • What about the calendar?  Is it something that will really work for us?
  • What about the forms?  Are they really as good as everyone says they are?
  • Is the planner really worth the $39.00 (PDF) or $44.00 (CD)?

The answer to all these questions is a resounding “YES!”  Yes, I am one of the honored bloggers that gets to review this product, but I can say, without a doubt, that I would definitely purchase this planner! 

There is so much information contained in this planner, and it is so easy to personalize to your family’s needs.  They offer several different styles of calendars for you to choose from, all customizable to fit your needs.  Here are a couple of examples:

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Then there are all the different homeschool forms to choose from:

  • 36 weekly planning forms (each individually numbered)
  • A customizable weekly planning form

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  • Another customizable weekly planning form with a place at the bottom for daily chores and a place for Prayers & Praises!
  • A “Daily Plans For School Year” geared from 1 child to multiple children

Again, there are several different options to choose from!

They also have forms for a Summer Schedule.

Another one of my favorites is the Assignments & Due Dates form:

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This will really come in handy for me this year since we have a high schooler and a middle schooler.  This will be a great way for them (& me) to be able to keep up with all of there different assignments in our co-op group. 

There also forms to help with high school planning, high school transcripts, college planning, & calculating GPAs, as well as for recording test scores, attendance, for grading periods, & even progress reports & grade cards.  This planner makes record keeping easy even for the organizationally challenged person, like myself.  And, if you’re an Unschool Family, well, they didn’t leave you out either!  They’ve got forms to help you keep up with all your daily occurrences & records, too!

There are so many different planners, that I could go on and on about each one, but I won’t.  I’ll leave those for you to check out once you purchase The 2011-12 Schoolhouse Planner for yourself.

A couple of my favorite forms included is for keeping up with the “Books Read This Year”.  (See above pic.)

As an avid reader myself, I have always encouraged my children to always be reading something and, thankfully, they all love reading.  This will help give me a great way to keep up with all the different books that they read throughout the year, as well as what they thought about a particular book.  This will help me to be able to customize the learning experience even more. 

Another favorite of my is the “Bible Memorization Record” and the Bible reading schedule (365 days or 90 days).  As a Follower of Christ, this is very important myself & to my husband.  This is a great way for your children to be able to read through the Bible & do it in a way that they can form to fit their individual needs. 

I honestly could go on & on, but I want to give you a few more highlights before you decide to rush off & purchase this for yourself!

A few others are:

  • Field Trip Planning
  • Co-Op Information
  • Curriculum Recording Sheets
  • Curriculum Planning/Wish Lists
  • Conventions
  • Homeschool Inventory
  • Preschool Forms
    • ABCs
    • Numbers
    • Colors
    • Etc.
  • Daily Schedules (several to choose from & customizable)
  • Musical Instrument Practice
  • Scouts
  • Sports
  • Dates To Remember
  • Important Phone Numbers & Contacts
  • AND MORE!

Not only do they have forms for homeschooling, but they also have:

  • Recipes
  • Meal planning forms (weekly & monthly)
  • Grocery Lists (several to choose from & customize)
  • Forms for important family information (i.e. emergency information, insurance, contacts, etc)
  • Food Inventory Log
  • Chore charts geared for all ages from preschool to high school
  • Personal Finance & Budget Forms
  • Fundraising Forms
  • Kids Financial Forms
  • Exercise Log
  • Home Improvement
  • Gardening
  • Car Care
  • Gift forms for budgeting, giving, wish list, etc.
  • Vacation planning forms of all kinds
  • Prayer Journal
  • Address book
  • Blog forms
  • AND MANY MORE!

And don’t forget all the helpful articles on:

  • Homeschooling
  • “The Prepared Pantry”
  • “Making Discipleship A Priority”
  • Budgeting
  • ETC.

And all the chart included.  A few of these  worth mentioning are:

  • Kitchen Conversion Cheat Sheet
  • Roman Numerals
  • Prime Numbers
  • The Planets
  • Periodic Table
  • Animal Classification
  • Types of Poetry
  • US Presidents
  • History Timeline
  • United States & Capitals
  • Important U.S. Documents

Like I said, I could go on and on.  There is so much in here to help you with not only your homeschooling, but in keeping your daily life & family life in check.  This is a great package that, to me, shows just how intertwined homeschooling is with our every day lives & activities.  Everything is a learning experience & should be treated as such. What better way to help you keep track of it all that with The 2011-12 Schoolhouse Planner.

I know some of you are thinking, but I only have an elementary-aged child, or a middle school-aged child, or a high school-aged child, or even a child with special needs.  I don’t need all of this information.  Well, they have planners geared for each one of you!  I’ll even provide the links for you (prices vary on these):

The 2011-12 Primary Schoolhouse Planner

The 2011-12 Intermediate Schoolhouse Planner

The 2011-12 High School Schoolhouse Planner

The 2011-12 Special Needs Schoolhouse Planner

They realize that homeschoolers are not a one-size-fits-all group and have tried to think of everyone, & they have tried to cater to each group as best they can. 

I hope that you will consider this planner when looking for your homeschool planner for the upcoming school year.  Believe me when I say that I have looked everyone for a planner to fit my family’s needs, and none of them did like this one. 

And, if you’re looking for a great homeschool magazine full of information and stories from people like yourself, you need not look any further:

You won’t be disappointed.

Thank you, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, for the great privilege of reviewing this wonderful product! 

God Bless!

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