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Thinkbin Family Calendar, The


Thinkbin Family Calendar, The

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Publisher: Thinkbin

List Price: Deluxe Large: $14.95, Compact: $11.95

Ages: Adult

Reviewed By: Jean Hall

Pardon me while I jumpstart my heart. It's August? Really?

Now that we homeschool year round, more or less-in the current heat wave, less is more... shall we devote our formal learning time to swimming practice? Good idea! And while my dolphins and otters are cavorting in the pool, I might sit in the shade alternately watching them and doing some homeschool planning.

I must tell you that my children greeted the new calendars with cries of joy. Calendars! Hooray! To them, a calendar is the source of infinite delight: birthdays, holidays, outings, meetings with friends...

To me, the calendar is an invaluable tool that keeps me from such frustrations as double-booking and missed appointments. I have developed a habit of glancing at the day on the calendar first thing in the morning (last thing at night might be better. One habit at a time...). Looking at our current calendar, I see that several of the blocks this month are nearly unreadable, with too much information squeezed into too small a space. It doesn't help on Thursday this week that the 7 p.m. meeting was written at the top of the block, and the 11 a.m. library program was added in below (and therefore, we missed it, sad to say). And now, because our eight-year-old has discovered time management and loves to write in the calendar blocks, many of the blocks are filled to overflowing!

The Thinkbin Family Calendar is about to jump in and help us out of our difficulties. Its design makes it suited for global thinkers with the lists at the top of each page ("Things to Do this Month" and "Reminders") as well as for detail-oriented people who will appreciate the spacious daily blocks divided into morning, afternoon, and evening. The larger size, not surprisingly, has even more room to write in the daily blocks, plus handy check-boxes so that you can check off tasks as they are accomplished. ("Return library books?" "Check!") The design of the calendar itself is neat and uncluttered, more functional than decorative, but not unpleasant to look at. A graceful tree in the corner of each month changes with the seasons, for those in need of decoration, or you could let your young artists play.

This 17-month calendar goes from August 2004 to December 2005. Some holidays are marked (US holidays and major Christian and Jewish holidays); there is room for you to enter the feast days your family celebrates, such as "Uncle Irwin's Birthday" or "National Ice Cream Sandwich Day" (August 2nd, in case you were wondering). The last two pages of the calendar include a "Next Year Planner" so you have a place for reminders to be transferred to your next calendar, and an "Important Phone Numbers" page.

Two calendar sizes are available. The smaller size ("Compact"), 11.5" x 18" unfolded, is "perfect for hanging inside a kitchen cabinet or even taking with you on the run!" It fit nicely with my notebook and came in handy at last night's meeting when we started planning event dates with our homeschool group. I'm thinking of getting it drilled at the copy shop so that I can put it in my three-hole punch notebook. With the spiral binding it folds neatly into a notebook-sized space.

The larger size ("Deluxe", 17" x 24") is said to be designed "for families who need lots of room to write". This one's going on the wall. It has plenty of room for our eight-year-old to write as she helps us plan our schedule, and she loves the pre-organization of dividing the day into morning, afternoon, and evening. Her eyes positively gleam as she envisions the blocks full of all sorts of enticing things: swimming, field trip, music lesson, art class, drama team! (Christmas, anyone? Not to mention birthdays!)

Hooray! August is here!
More Information
Available From: Thinkbin
Address: PO Box 8123
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Phone: 800.942.7715
Other Notes: Deluxe Large size (17" wide x 24" high when open) Compact size (11.5" wide x 18" high when open)
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Jean Hall
Jean Hall, a Christian home educator with three daughters, enjoys writing stories and music. Her family's interests include reading together, art, gardening, volkswalking and pets: two cats and a Giant Schnauzer.
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