**Home Educating Family so very generously provided me with a Well Planned Day planner to try out with my family and one to give away to one lucky reader. All opinions of the product are my own, I am not reimbursed for my opinion in any way.
I have been waiting to do this post since I got the planner in, but I am going to be honest and say that I did not think I would like the planner at all. I wanted to do the review to see what the planner was like and give one away on the blog, but I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the package.
Of course you probably know that I am a frugal person at heart, and $26.95 for a planner seemed ridiculous to me. I don’t like to spend money on things I can make at home, besides I like things the way I like them. I like to be able to make things my own way, you know, personalize them a bit.
Well that has all changed since I got the Well Planned Day Planner from Home Educating Family. I was immediately excited about doing this review.
I love the inviting colors of the planner, but I do wish the front and back pages were a little more sturdy or protected. They are coated, but I am not sure how well this will hold up over the year. I may be pleasantly surprised at the end of the year.
This planner includes so many things that I like to have in my home binder. It’s a combination of two binders I currently use (home & school) into one. At the front of the planner there are pages for household finances, household duties and phone numbers. I especially loved the fist page that listed the Encouraging Articles from the Home Educating Family Magazine. I can’t wait to check these out each month in the planner, because we can all use some encouraging at times in this homeschool journey.
I love these little perforated card sized pages for daily responsibilities. You can flip them over for a look at daily subjects too. There are enough for 4 students. The planner is made to accomodate up to 4 students, so if you have more you may need to modify it some.
There is a teacher schedule page as well as student schedule pages which have a class plan on the back to help plan for each child’s curriculum and expenses.
I love, love this. I end up making notes in a notebook for the curriculum/supplies I need to buy each year. I love that I can include all of this information in one place.
The monthly section of the binder includes a full two page view of the calendar for the month as well as a two page look at each week (pictured) with some subjects filled in as well as a place for a couple of your own.
I love this section too, but I only wish it had a couple more places for my own subjects. It’s not a huge deal though, as you can always edit it to fit your needs.
On the side of the second page you will find a great place to write in your weekly priorities as well as your dinner menu for the week. There is also a weekly catechism and a place to write in your weekend activities.
The monthly section also includes a place to write in books to enjoy, field trips, monthly bills and also these great perforated grocery list pages. There are 6 perforated lists for each month. Each list has a front and back side with plenty of space for your list. Having this in the planner is great. I can add items to the list over the week and then tear it out when needed.
At the end of each semester you have a page to write in your semester accomplishments, a page for the semester attendance for each child and a semester goal page.
At the end of the second semester you will find a page for weekly grades by subject for each student as well as a page to write in any notes, a page to write in future plans and 4 ready to fill in report cards.
I love that the planner includes the summer months, because many homeschoolers school year around or do a light school schedule. Even if you don’t school year around, you still need the planning pages for meals, groceries, filed trips and more.
I am personally hooked on this planner. I never thought I would fall in love with it. It has everything I need in one place. Every time I look at it I find another thing I really like about it.
I will be purchasing my very own next year. This planner keeps everything in one place and is less bulky than the 2 binders it will replace. Not to mention the ink and paper I will save from printing all the pages I printed for those binders.
I also love that it’s attractive and fairly small enough to keep for years to come.
The only faults I find are:
- I am leary of how the covers will hold up.
- Pre-filled subject areas – would like more blanks, but this is not a deal breaker.
- Price – I’m not saying the planner is not worth it,because it is, it’s just a bit high for some families to add to the already tight homeschool budget. I would suggest watching for a great sale on these planners (or enter a giveaway to win your own).
So now you have a chance to win a Well Planned Day Family Planner, or if you already know you want to purchase one you can click here to visit the site to browse and order.
Right now they have a sale where you can save 30% on bundles. Just click here to take a look.
Good luck and happy homeschooling!
**The giveaway will be open until midnight on August 7, 2013 and for legal reasons is open to U.S. residents only.
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