Monday, October 25, 2010

TOS Primary Student Planner

I am by far one of the least organized people I know, and I hope to both change that, and to help my kids become more organized than I am.

Several months ago, I purchased the The Old Schoolhouse Planner, and was overjoyed with the number of forms and lists and recipes and everything else in the planner.  The pdf file is huuuuge, has forms I never would've thought of on my own, and can be typed in so if I don't feel like handwriting something, I can type it before printing it.

When I found out that TOS has designed STUDENT planners, I was excited, but unsure if I would actually USE anything in them since I already have the big "parent" planner.

I (and other members of the Crew) were given the opportunity to review one of the student planners, and I volunteered for the Primary level one.  Yes, seeing the High School, Middle School or Secondary (for grades 4-6) planner was tempting, but I have a Kindergartner, it only makes sense that I would review the planner made for K-3 students.

This pdf file, at 203 pages long, is definitely something that I will be using for Thing 1.  I already have calendar pages from my big planner, but I can print off calendar pages for my currently calendar-obsessed 5 year old, and then he'd leave MINE alone ;)

There are also some AWESOME lists in this planner, like a list of the first 13 colonies, the periods of history, the order the States became states (does that make sense?), and a number of other awesome lists that even after the 2010-2011 school year is over we can use in our studies.

A word of caution: If you use an inkjet printer, printing off a lot of pages can use a TON of ink.  Thanks to Link, I have a laser printer now, so that is one less thing for me to worry about (my inkjet prints beautifully, but MAN it uses a ton of ink!)  However, you do have the option of typing directly onto the form and just saving it on the computer, which cuts the ink cost out of the equation entirely.

This planner is $9.95 in the TOS Store.  You can also buy it in various bundles with the big TOS planner, or other levels of student planner, or even with one of TOS's Curiosity Files.

Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge in exchange for my honest review on the product.  I received no other compensation.

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