Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Apologia Planners {Mosaic Review}

I consider myself a relatively disorganized person in general but when it comes to keeping track of appointments and such I have always, always used some kind of calendar.  In college it kept me from losing track of due dates, while in the military it kept me on time for appointments, and now as a homeschooling mom it keeps me from losing track of swim lessons, dental cleanings, chores, assignments and so much more!  I have tried out many different planners of different types and I am always happy to try out one more.  Thanks to Debra Bell at Apologia I had a chance to review the Ultimate Homeschool Planner along with the Ultimate Daily Planner for Students.  Trust me, it was no hardship to review such great products!

First, let me tell you about the Ultimate Homeschool Planner.  To start, it is a lot more than just a calendar.  This planner is a comprehensive planning system that manages your household, your homeschool, and so much more.  Check out the table of contents:


The first several pages include detailed pages that show you the myriad ways you can use this planner.   A one-year planning grid helps you plan out your entire year at a single glance.  Everything from summer camps, vacations, birthdays and holidays all in one easy-to-use place. 
The Student Goal Setter pages are perfect for helping your children to set Character and Academic goals for the year.  There is room for 6 students.  Pages also allow you to jot down family priorities, resource lists that you plan to use with each child for the academic year.  The back includes a high school planning guide as well as teaching tips, reading lists, and field trip record sheet.

The calendar pages are blank which I love.  This allows you to fill in your own month and dates allowing you to start anywhere in the year using this planner.  The weekly planning pages start with a Lord's Day plan. This is where you can write down notes from church or your scripture study and refer back to it through out the week.

Included in each weekly plan is a section for recording memorable moments, achievements and evidences of God's grace.

Of course, a homeschool planner would not be complete without a section for tracking each student and their assignments.

This planner is fabulous.  It is so easy to use.  A couple other features that I really like:  The cover is a heavy duty plastic.  It is durable and wipe-off-able.  There is a nice pocket on the inside of the front and back cover that is handy for storing papers.  The planner is full size pages (8.5" x11")

The biggest drawbacks for me on this planner are that there are no tabs or bookmarks.  So when looking for the current month or current weekly planning pages it was taking me a while to shuffle through them.  I have some sticky tabs that I put in myself and it is working just fine.  Also, if you live in a area that requires you to take attendance or keep track of hours there are no forms to help you with that.  You will have to find a place to write that in somewhere yourself.  All in all, this is a great resource!

You can download a sample of the planning pages and check them out!

The Ultimate Homeschool Planner retails for $28.00.

Now, on to the Ultimate Student Planner!

If you have  upper elementary age to junior high-ish students this planner may be a great fit for your kids!  It gives your kids independence in scheduling and planning their own school day as well as an easy way for you to keep tabs on what they are working on!  This planner includes an "all about me" section, personal goals tracker, a study-smart toolkit, grade grid, reading list and activities log, timelines of U.S. and world history, maps, science/grammar resources, Greek/Latin roots, measurements and well, I could go on and on.  This planner is a full study guide!

Oh, I love the active lifestyle log in the back!  This helps your student meet the requirements for the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award.  Cool!

Of course this planner wouldn't be complete without the monthly planning pages (that you fill in yourself so, like the Ultimate Homeschool Planner, you can pick this up and begin using it any month of the year.)

The most essential component to this planner would be the weekly assignments pages....

Don't you love this?  A bubble to mark off "quiet time" (we have quiet time daily at our house!) and a box to mark "done" and "approved."

A couple of other great features:  This has the plastic sturdy cover, is a smaller size (perfect for backpacks about 6.5" by 8.5") and has the moveable bookmark that is also a ruler! 

The Ultimate Daily Planner for Students retails for $19.00Download a sample to get a better look!

I am enjoying my Ultimate Daily Planner and my friends did too, read their thoughts at Mosaic Reviews!

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