Monday, July 18, 2016

Homeschool Planner Review and Comparison

Anyone that knows me knows that I am planner crazy! Over the last 6 years of homeschooling, I have used a number of different planners including digital and paper planners. Until this year my go to planner was The Well Planned Day. This year though I decided to switch planners and try out A Simple Plan by Mardel. I am so glad that I made the switch, I absolutely love our new planners! All of the views below are my own and I did not receive any type of compensation for this review :)

Here is a look inside our old planners The Well Planned Day:

Each month has a month at a glance for planning out important events or dates. Then the weekly view allows enough room to plan for 6 children (this never seemed like enough room to me so I got one planner per child). The first 5 subject boxes are already filled in for you but there are two empty boxes for you to fill in your own subjects. There is also a lot of extra space for shopping and menu planning and a place for recording book lists and field trips. My favorite feature about these planners is the tear out "report cards" at the back of the books. My kids always got a kick out of these. 

Now lets take a look at the new planners, A Simple Plan by Mardel:

This is everything that the planner includes

The Planning section has enough of these sheets for 6 children

The planning section also provides space to plan out the year for each subject

Each month begins with these pages: Things to Accomplish, Special Activities, Supplies Needed, and Reading List

There is a month at a glance for each month July-June

Each week is set up like this. All of the subject boxes are left blank so that you can fill in your own subjects. 

The thing that I really like about A Simple Plan is that the cover, binding, and monthly tabs are sturdy. It doesn't feel like it would break or bend easily. It was also cheaper than my previous planner. There is plenty of room for planning and scheduling for up to six children (but I still use one per kid). This planner is 100% schooling related in that there is no shopping lists or menu space, it is purposely made for keeping track of lessons, grades, book lists, curriculum, extra curricular activities and field trips. You can take a look at the planner and find the current price of it here:

UPDATE: Although I purchased the planners online, I just noticed that they are currently only selling A Simple Plan in stores and not online. Hopefully this is only temporary....

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