I've tried a number of Planners over the last 10 years of homeschooling, and this one is the most manageable, flexible, useful, and meaningful. The homeschooling lifestyle is a busy one and sometimes I give less time to God, who has made it all possible. This Planner is focused on Him and how our plans are His plan for us. I like having a verse for each week, it keeps me and our family in the Word. I also like recording the blessings from the week.So often we ask of Him, it's wonderful to teach my children to praise and thank Him. The layout of the calendar pages are efficient and flexible, I can label the columns and rows as it fits our family. For example, if we school on Saturday, instead of Tuesday one week, I'm not crossing out days and adapting the calendar. It is obvious this has been developed and used by a veteran homeschooling mom. Love the durable cover and the pretty colors. Thank you, Debra Bell and Apologia!
This planner fit the bill. I especially like the way it combines the monthly at a glance family calandar with the weekly homeschool planner. I also like the added documentaiton of reading lists and curriculums choices. I recommend it.
Even though this planner hasn't been released yet, I am thrilled with its publication and cannot wait for it to arrive! Having homeschooled for 7 years so far, I have used and looked at dozens of planners. I can already say that this planner surpasses them all. It is flexible -- I can customize the subjects, days of the week, and number of students. No more having to cross out Monday (we school Tues-Sat.) or change subject headings! No more trying to cram my 4 students into space for 3. It is attractive -- the design is beautiful. And it's a great deal.
Beyond having the exact lay-out I was about to design myself (not having been able to find a product to my liking), this planner is packed with practical advice and God-centered encouragement. Reading the text is like spending an afternoon with an older, wiser homeschooling friend. Debra Bell gives excellent tips on how to plan, how to teach your children to schedule their time, and how to meet your goals each year. More importantly, she lifts your eyes to the One who is poised to sustain and strengthen us for this task. She is obviously well-acquainted with His faithfulness, and her trust in Him is contagious.