Originally published in Learning Tangent Homeschool Magazine, Summer 2015.
I’ve had the opportunity to spend the last couple of months reviewing (and using) the Homeschool Teacher Edition from A Plan in Place. They offer affordable, customizable planners for homeschool students and teachers. Each planner has sections that you can customize with a variety of options.
It starts with a decision on which cover image to use. The tree and the flowers are both beautiful and add a little something to the whole package, the cover is laminated and the inside is designed so that you can doodle on in with dry-erase markers. What a fun idea! The cover is also laminated on the student edition, which is great for my fidgety boys who love to doodle on anything and everything.
The goals and planning section includes space for a mission statement, and a page to brainstorm ideas for your mission statement. Mission statements are important to develop as a family, and I’m glad this was included because it helps keep us going in the right direction.
Planning and budgeting each year for each child can quickly become overwhelming, but again, A Plan in Place has something to help you. They include space to write down goals and curriculum plans for your children for this year and for the future. Pages to budget for the year help organize and figure out how much you have available, what you plan to sell and estimated income from selling old curricula. This and the space to brainstorm for each child, list goals and responsibilities, and even two different time schedule options make this one of my very favorite planners on the market.
Among the excellent choices available for inclusion in your custom planner is a 14-month calendar where you decide on which month to start. I love this, because I can use that for my attendance record, along with writing down important events and appointments. I usually wind up with multiple printed sheets of paper to accomplish this, which includes my violin student calendar, so this simplifies things considerably.
One of the things I liked about the available options was the ability to have custom headers added to the weekly planner section. But, given the fact that I developed a random twitch when I once made the mistake of pre-filling out my planners in ink (you only make that mistake once!), I decided against having the column headers customized and went with the blank stock option. I’m certain that a more organized mom would be over the moon happy to take advantage of this!
Your record keeping should even become simpler because there’s even a section for that. The record keeping section includes a variety of forms to keep track of expenditures, important dates, passwords, favorite websites and more. I love the little details they included, a lending library list so you can keep track of what you have lent to others, and what has been lent to you. Things like that are a welcome sight, and help you feel that you can have your plan in place, and see it through.
The Homeschool Teacher Edition is available at www.APlaninPlace.net, and the cost varies from $19.99 to $28.94 depending upon the options you choose.
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