I am a paper person. I not just that I enjoy writing things down, I need to write them down. I am a wife, mom, homeschool teacher, homemaker, household accountant, and travel planner in our home. My schedule can be pretty packed even if I don’t leave the house. If I don’t write things down – I forget them.
I always have a calendar and notepad in my purse and the wall calendar in the kitchen is a requirement! But sometimes (ahem, maybe often) I write info on little scraps of paper or am following directions written on the back of an envelope. It works, until I need to find the information again and I realize I threw it out when I cleaned out my purse.
I had a planner several years ago, but the cost for pages I didn’t use, or having to use the address book for a notepad has prevented me from purchasing another. I would love to have a planner again. I’ve even tried designing my own, but (see opening paragraph) I just do not have time!
In this ‘quest’ I have drooled over many planners, but bought none because none of them met my needs. Enter the “The Old Schoolhouse 2010 Planner”. Click the title and you will be able to look at sample pages – or keep reading and I will show you what I did with it!
First let me give you a few facts about this Planner:
• It has more than 600 pages.
• Many pages allow you to type the information in, before you print.
• There are many homeschool forms.
• There are also many forms for non homeschoolers.
• It is designed to be used for one year, but has type in calendars which allow you to stretch the use!
• It is a e-product, meaning it comes as a download or on a CD for you to print yourself.
• The table of contents and form lists are interactive. You can click on the page you want to view and that page will come up. This means no paging through 600+ pages to find that one form you wanted to print an additional copy of!
• It is infinitely customizable.
• It retails for $39.00 for download and $44 (with free shipping) for the CD version.
I typed in August’s schedule before printing the calendar, so you can see it below:
But for September, I just printed the calendar and used paper scraps and a few stamped images to make it pretty. I will just handwrite the events on this calendar. This was another thing I really enjoyed about the planner: it can be a crafty project or a simple straight forward print out and go project. Yes, I will decorate all of my pages, but you don’t have to unless you just want to! I also bound each of the planners I made with my Zutter binder, but when I make one with financial information, website passwords, and vacation planning sheets, I will just put it into a three ring binder so I can add and change the pages.
I’m sure Maggie will do some decorating in hers so I made the cover pretty, but Kirk likes plain and simple, so I used metallic duct tape for his cover.
Final note: If you purchase the TOS Homeschool Planner before Sunday night (Aug 15th) there are some extra perks included! You will receive 12 free Modules (see my review of one of these here.)
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Kirk began football practice last week. Friday was their first day in full pads and Saturday they divided into two teams and ran plays.
Kirk is playing on a 6-man football team. Dad grew up in West Texas and played 6-man football in middle and high school - so this is pretty neat for him! Here in East Texas, six man is rare so we will have to do some traveling to find teams to play.