I love a good planner. I have to tell you that the TOS Planner for 2009-2010 is so much more than a good planner. I was so pleasantly surprised when I paged through this planner to find all of the wonderful extras. The 2009 Schoolhouse Planner goes way beyond a series of calendars. Before you even get to the planning forms, you are treated to a wealth of information.
For each month, from June 2009 to June 2010, there is a unit article concerning a potential unit study for that month. These subjects can range from, multiplication tables, to weather, to letter writing. What I loved about these mini-unit studies was that in each month there was a list or chart concerning that subject. In the multiplication tables section, there is, of course a sheet with a multiplication table going to 12x12. In the weather section there is a page on cloud-types. These charts can easily be printed for a quick reference or used in a lapbook or notebook. They are a great notebook page all on their own. Finally, there is a list of resources available at The Old Schoolhouse Store on the subject for the month. Using this list, you could build a unit study on the monthly subject with ease.
Still in the month section, we get to my favorite part. Each month has two recipes for new dinners to try. So that’s 24 new recipes as part of your planner! I loved that little added bonus.
If the charts found in the monthly section weren’t enough there is a section called “Educational Information.” Here you will find all the forms that weren’t in the monthly section. There is a chart listing US Presidents AND their wives. There are timeline lists, composers, and important historical documents. Again, these lists would be great additions to notebooks or lapbooks. It’s a great resource!
And then we get to the forms. Oh, the forms. If you have something to plan, there is a form for it in the 2009 Schoolhouse Planner. I was so impressed by the forms. If used thoroughly, this could mean an entirely different year for our little homeschool. I was drooling over all the lovely printable forms when I accidentally clicked on the middle of one of the pages. To my surprise, my mouse turned into the flashing line that would allow me to type into the form. I can’t believe it! I can type my information right into the forms and print them. I have visions of a beautifully organized homeschool planner with all of our information typed neatly. I can print these lovely pages and place them neatly in a binder instead of hastily printing something and scribbling my plans as I go along. Not only can you plan your year, but there are forms in this section to use throughout the school year to record your days, keep a journal, or log test scores. This may be my most organized homeschool year ever!
And if you love the sound of the homeschool forms, wait until you get to the household forms. Our home will never be the same. Using the forms in this section you can organize everything from groceries to gifts. And again, all the forms can be printed and written or you can type into the form and then print it.
I realize that this review might seem a bit effusive. But, please understand, that I love planners. Up until being given the opportunity to review the 2009 Schoolhouse Planner I have tried to design pages to fit my needs, or adjust pages that I received via other vendors. This is the first time that I have seen a planner that is so complete. I loved the extras that you don’t expect to receive from a planner. The units, the recipes, and the charts were an added bonus to a beautiful planner. I would highly encourage you to check out the 2009 Schoolhouse Planner. If you want to read more reviews about this product, go to the TOS Homeschool Crew blog entry here. And, once again, check out the planner here. It is very reasonablly priced at $39.00, well worth the investment. You will definitely find so much to meet your needs and help you organize your homeschool and your home.