The Old School House magazine has done it again! The SchoolHouse Planner is the perfect help for a homeschooling family. You will find plenty of useful pages in this planner.  The SchoolHouse Planner has large, two–page, monthly calendars for planning, helpful articles, classroom resource items, easy recipes, and more.

This planner is packed with wonderful information, calendars, and forms, but if you can’t find it quickly when you need it even a perfect calendar or form won’t help and can even slow you down. Whether you print it or use it digitally, everything is right at your fingertips for planning and day-to- day use during those hectic teaching moments. The organization has three overall sections: monthly calendars and resources for each month, homeschool forms, and household forms. The planner begins with everything you need for your summer planning such as a full calendar for the years 2008 and 2009 and a list of holidays for the school year. Each month of the year spanning across the school year from July 2008 to June 2009 has the two-page layout calendar for planning, a different teaching resource item, an article on homeschooling tips or home management, resources available for purchase for the Old School House store, and two wonderful recipes. This format makes it easy to have everything at your fingertips.

Using this format, finding the features are definitely easy and a few of those features really stand out. One is the resource supplement for each month. A few included are an inventions timeline, the Periodic Table of Elements, Famous Composers, and Kitchen Measurements. These can certainly jumpstart some teaching ideas. To further augment activities that can be done with the monthly supplement, another good feature is the list of e-books and other resources available for purchase from The Old School House Store. The e-books are really good resources to help add spice to any program and to have them listed where you can review them quickly online while planning is wonderful. Lastly to mention, though certainly not all of the features, is the large number of forms for both homeschool and household purposes. You will find every form needed to fulfill almost any state’s record keeping requirement such as annual goals, course of study, test scores, field trip information, craft activities, books read, etc. You will find neat forms that you might not have thought of either (unless you are a frequent reader of The Old School House magazine) such as an audio/video log, co-op information, curriculum and vendors list, and unschooling. Household chore lists, financial information, pet health information, and a loaned and borrowed list are just some of the household forms provided. There is a wealth of usable information and resources here all in one easy to find place.

In addition, one of the best things about all of these resources is that it is in an e-book or Adobe .pdf format. Unlike a print-only format, the ways to use this planner are numerous. The planner can be printed in whole or part. You can use it totally on the computer, too. You can type in your information and print out what you need if and whenever you want. You can even use the “save as” function to allow you to plan as a teacher and then allow your students to use the blank calendars and several of the forms for their own planner. E-books are so versatile. They can take the drudgery out of planning.

Well, drudgery is a thing of the past with The Old School House Planner. The staff did an excellent job planning their 2008-2009 School House Planner. It has everything you need to do the job right and easily.


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