Since they have first released their homeschool planner, the folks at The Old Schoolhouse has come up with a series of planners geared to the students. Actually four different planners are available:
- Primary Planner—grades K–3
- Secondary School Planner—grades 4–6
- Middle School Planner—grades 7–8
- High School Planner—grades 9–12
I was offered to review one of these planners and I picked the Primary Planner which is geared for grades K to 3 students. Part of me almost wish I had this product before we start the school year.
In it I discover a wealth of interesting information geared towards kids from grade K to grade 3. The informational Must-Know lists are interesting in itself. Even I an adult could use some of them. Then the child will have a series of homeschool forms to update be himself/herself when needed. Some kids are able to write and read at an early age but most would need help. It could be a good thing to instils independence for tracking various things like to-do list, audio/video log, books read this year, field trip log, Bible Memorization record and so on. But keep in mind that the parent will have to help for a couple of years.
Finally, you will also find organizational forms like chores, bible reading schedule, family tree and so on. As the child grow he/she will need to include some routine in her life (for example the bible reading). I know my oldest is reading daily in his Bible and I think God is touching him in amazing ways through it.
The planner is flexible. I could print whichever form and information I need for my kids. I don’t have to print everything. The only disappointing fact I can see if that there some of the must-know pages that are geared toward the US (Thirteen Colonies, US Presidents, US Presidents and their wives, United States & Capitals) that we won’t use much. Part of me would prefer to have an international version of it with more Geography of the world pages. At the same time, I understand that The Old Schoolhouse is a magazine produced in the US and that they primarily create documents for the homeschoolers in that country.
At the end, having a planner for the kids is interesting. It transfer the responsibility from parent to child in a creative way. But I would probably start using this at a higher level than grades K-3. My oldest son who is in grade 4 right now would be more dedicated to this task than my grades K and 1 kids.
Price: 9.95$ US directly from the TOS store.