I have a deep affection for Apologia Educational Ministries and was blessed earlier this year to review THIS item. When the opportunity to review The Ultimate Homeschool Planner-Blue Cover from Apologia was presented, I was eager to get started!
Apologia is a wonderful Christian company who offers a wide range of homeschool materials! I adore their science and, well, everything that I have ever used of theirs! They are truly a top-notch company. Prior to receiving the planner, I knew it would be nothing short of fantastic!
Apologia did not disappoint, I can assure you of that! You may be thinking to yourself, “What could possibly be so special about this particular planner as opposed to the rest?”
Let’s take a look:
- I am not a big fan of planners with dates already catalogued. As a homeschooler, a planner just won’t fit our needs when it starts out like a regular school calendar. The Ultimate Homeschool Planner – Blue Cover does not have these dates. This planner allows you to get the most out of it because it starts when you do!
- This planner is crammed of useful resources! Personally, I enjoy a lot of fluff in a planner. This one is for the homeschool curriculum
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This planner is incredibly easy to use! You will find the following:
- A welcome letter
- A users guide
- Student Goal Setters
- Monthly Planners
- Weekly Planners
- A section for records and grades
- A place to record activities
- Teaching Tips
- High-School planning guides
- Year in Review
- My second favorite section was character goals and academic goals!
- My favorite section is a place to record your Bible Plan, Battle Plan, Prayers, Hospitality and Outreach.
I’ll admit that my educational planning usually done on my smartphone. It has been quite some time since I’ve used a paper planner of any kind. I once had an addiction to planners, but I am also very finicky about what I use. I love taking great notes and keeping good homeschool records. Honestly, it is super difficult to find a planner that has absolutely everything you want in it, especially as homeschoolers.
How did I use this planner?
I think this planner is a picky planner’s dream come true! It has everything! A few things I failed to mention above are the sections available to record book lists, field trips, and I could continue for hours. Let me return to book lists. Book lists, people! In the planner! You can literally have ONE planner that has everything you could possible need as a homeschool parent! Can you tell that it was developed by one of the leading homeschool curriculum companies?
I begin using this planner right where we were in our homeschool year. I’m not sure exactly how much time I spent leafing through the planner, but it seemed to be a long time. I reflected on where my family was currently situated in our personal goals. The pre-planning section provides you space to write your goals, organize the stepping stones to reach those goals, and is always there in your planner to keep you on track with those goals.
I cherished the Bible and Battle Plan section and also the section to record moments of grace and memorable moments from that week. Is it a planner or a journal? How about a combination of both?! This planner doubles as a treasure of memories that someday you and your children can look back over and relive the memories spent schooling, field trips, book lists and all the other events that are recorded!
I can’t say enough about this product or the company! If you have a need for a homeschool planner, or if you don’t think you have a need for a homeschool planner, you should definitely check this one out! I believe you will fall in love with it just like I did!
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