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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Review: Secondary Student Schoolhouse Planner

Our oldest is entering tweendom…that time when he’s still a kiddo, but craves more control over his life. The temptation is to schedule everything out for him, managing his life so he gets everything done, but I know he needs to acquire his own management skills. It’s time to start turning over the reins, but he needs some tools to help him learn how to manage his time.


The Old Schoolhouse has introduced their new student planners, just right to help your student get a handle on his schedule. I was fortunate to get the opportunity to review the Secondary version (for grades 4-6). At 236 pages, the planner might seem a bit overwhelming at first, but the key here is to print what you actually need and skip the rest (or save it for later). In addition to calendar pages for 2010-2011, you’ll find weekly planning pages, and various forms to keep track of field trips, books read, library books, assignments, and extracurricular activities. There are also journal pages, unit study recording pages, chore sheets, music practice records, Bible memorization sheets,…more forms than the average student will ever actually need. Just about perfect for customizing your own notebook.

And the planner is more than just forms, there are also plenty of informational pages you’ll want to print off for easy reference, the types of things that tend to come up in the course of conversation: basic info about the planets, cloud types, measurement conversions, US Presidents, history timeline, and on and on.

This planner is a nicely condensed version of the Schoolhouse Planner I reviewed earlier this year, and would serve most students well. The type-in feature makes it easy to type your own subjects and text into the forms, save and print. Lots of flexibility here. My only real complaint: the weekly planner has a separate page for each week of the year, but it only goes up to 36 weeks. Some of us homeschool year-round. I would like to see a blank template of the weekly planner so I could add in additional weeks.

The download also includes a “parent” files with suggestions on how to get your child organized…they really did think of nearly everything.

The Secondary Student Schoolhouse Planner is available from the Old Schoolhouse Store for $9.95. Visit the product page for more info and a free sample.

Other Schoolhouse Planner options include:

  • Primary Planner—grades K–3
  • Middle School Planner—grades 7–8
  • High School Planner—grades 9–12

Disclosure: I received a free pdf of this product from the Old Schoolhouse Store for review purposes. I received no compensation.

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