Student Planners

Moms, how are you coming on your organizational skills this year? 

I’m going to admit right now that I have not always been the most organized person.  But over the years and with much prodding from my dear husband, I have become much more organized in all that I do (from running the house, to my writing, to teaching the children and everything in between).

So this year I started off with great expectations.  At the beginning of the school year I had everything scheduled and organized.  Of course, I must give credit where credit is due and The 2010 Schoolhouse Planner sure has helped in this area.  So I’m off to a good start.  Now comes the challenge of imparting to my children the same organizational skills.  After all, it is important for children to be structured.  It’s important for them to have order.  And as they get older it is even more important that they learn the self discipline it takes to keep them organized.

There are two things I have learned to help my own children with these skills.  First, I have to emulate the behavior for them.  After all, when it comes to children, more is caught than taught.   Secondly, I must provide for them good resources and tools to use.  For example, if I want to teach my children to be early risers then I myself must be an early riser.  Secondly, I should invest in an alarm clock for them (giving them the proper tool). 

To teach my children to be organized I first must be.  Then I need to give them the proper tools or resources.  This is where the Schoolhouse Student Planner comes in.  I received the Middle School (7-8 grade) planner from TOS in exchange for an honest review.  It is 278 pages of informative articles, helpful calendars, valuable forms, and so much more.  In fact, there really is too much to list but below are a few examples.

  • To-do lists (today, tomorrow, next week . . .)
  • Audio/Visual log
  • Log sheet
  • Marking period planners
  • Wish list (stuff to buy later)
  • Science lab sheets (use to gather all the supplies and record the experiment too)
  • General book reports
  • Early elementary book reports (with room for pictures!)
  • Chore charts (includes tasks and pictures for primary and secondary grades)
  • Loaned and borrowed lists (no more lost books, CDs, DVDs . . .)
  • Important phone numbers and contacts (never forget a phone number again)
  • Address book (from A–Z)
  • Family tree
  • Community service record (college and scholarship applications may require this information)
  • Dates to remember (birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, important events)
  • Website login/password reference (handy!)

In addition, there are those much-needed, must-know lists for those hard to remember facts and figures:

  • Thirteen colonies
  • Multiplication table
  • Branches of government
  • Planets
  • Measurement conversions
  • Elements
  • Capitals of states or countries
  • Timelines
  • Kitchen and measurement conversions
  • And more!

The student planners complement the Schoolhouse Planners in a very nice way but can also stand alone.   At just $19 they are affordable as well.   I must say that our family is well on our way to having a smooth, well-run household and a very productive year!   Visit the store to learn more information.

Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. (Psa 25:4)


Homeschooling – A Labor of LOVE

I love homeschooling my children.  I consider it a wonderful blessing.  It is also a huge responsibility.  God will hold my husband and I accountable for the teaching and training of the precious children He gave us.  In addition to being a blessing and responsibility it is a lot of work – what I like to call a labor of love.


Yes, homeschooling is a labor of love. 

No, you do not have to labor alone! 

Through the years I have gotten encourgement, tips, expert knowledge, and advice from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.  If you are familar with the magazine you know what I mean.  That’s why I wanted to share with you the “Labor of Love” subscription sale going on right now.

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If You Fail to Plan…

 What do you do when you look up and the day is almost gone?  Wondering where the time went, you realize that you still need to prepare your weekly menu and grocery shopping list, put together a financial budget for your husband, find a stack of library books to return, send out birthday cards for the month,  and somehow put together next week’s lesson plans for your three children.  In the middle of trying to figure out where to start, you get a phone call from a friend who wants a chronological list of the miracles of Jesus for Sunday School.   As you hang up the phone your oldest child needs to know the capital of Mongolia for a report.  Playing army men, your seven year old asks how many wars the US has been involved in for the past 100 years.   Your daughter wants a list of good books to read.   And, you still have to plan and make dinner!  What do you do? 

No, you don’t crawl back into bed and wait for tomorrow to come! 

You pull out your 2010 Schoolhouse Planner from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and in a few short minutes you have everything you need at the touch of your fingers. 

The Schoolhouse Planner is the most versatile and resourceful product I have ever owned.  Created by busy moms who juggle work, school, and home responsibilities – just like you – they understand your needs.  It is a treasure of 614 pages filled with a wealth of information.  In it you will find reproducible and interactive forms such as calendars, organizational forms, household forms, and homeschool forms.   With over 120 homeschool forms alone, you will find everything you need to have a successful year including curriculum forms, goal/objective forms, planning sheets, report cards, schedule forms, log sheets, science lab sheets, field trip forms, book report forms, and much more.   The calendars and household forms are a “must have” for today’s busy mothers.   The recipes and miscellaneous information is invaluable.  And the Bible reading schedule, prayer journal and study notes are great resources for not just mom, but everyone in the family. 

 At just $39 and downloadable at The Old Schoolhouse, this planner is a jewel!  It will be used daily in the Williams’ home this year!  After all, there is some truth to the saying, “If you fail to plan you can plan on failing.”   

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 Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I wrote this blog post while participating in the The Old Schoolhouse advertising campaign, making me eligible to get a prize. I received a free copy of the planner to facilitate the writing of this blog post.