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Ultimate Homeschool Planner, The: A reusable one-source solution for priority planning


Ultimate Homeschool Planner, The: A reusable one-source solution for priority planning

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Publisher: Champion Press

List Price: $29.95

Ages: Adult

Reviewed By: Kelly Crespin

The Ultimate Homeschool Planner is just what the name implies - a planner any homeschool family can use to keep track of the important papers and information we all seem to "collect"! The book comes in a 3-ring binder with a color cover, 5 tabbed sections, and a step-by-step plan. All pages are reproducible.

The book is divided into five sections. They are:
  1. Getting Started: Student Knowledge Inventory and Your Guide to Priority Planning
  2. Choosing Curriculum, Friendly Finance and Support Groups
  3. Assessment * Logging Your Learning
  4. Unit Studies & Student Templates
  5. Household Management
I'm not sure the book is put together in the order I would prefer. I think that before you can start homeschooling and being organized enough to keep records, set goals and so on, your personal life has to be somewhat organized. For this reason, I would rearrange the book (which you can with the 3-ring binder) and put the Household Management section first. Once a family is organized and the house is cleaned, then homeschooling can be accomplished much faster, easier, and is much more fun!

The Household Management section includes information and worksheets on Writing a Family Mission Statement, Organizing Your Home, ideas for Chore Charts and Reward Systems.

Going back to the first section in the binder, Getting Started has a wonderful section that provides the parent with a simple way to assess where your child is and what path of learning is best for him or her. Each grade level (1-8) is broken down into the major subject areas (math, language arts, science, etc) and then each major subject area is broken down into smaller standards of learning or objectives. For example, under the heading FIRST GRADE MATH, some smaller areas of mastery include:

Able to count to 100
Can write numbers to 100
Recognizes number words to 100
Can perform simple vertical addition with numbers 1-9 (no carry)
Can perform simple vertical subtraction with numbers 1-9 (no carry)
Understands the concepts of greater/lesser than
Can identify basic shapes
Can identify the cents value of American coins

...and so on. Using the chart provided, you can see if your child has mastered the objectives listed and what standards of learning are required for each subject and each grade level. Following the eighth grade section is a section for Character (All Ages) and Family Contributions (All Ages).

The planner then talks about setting up schedules, planning by the month, week, and day. Worksheets are included for all these areas and there are several variations for each worksheet so you can choose the one that works best for your family.

The second section of the book, Curriculum Planning, is designed to support the general planning done in section one. There, the year as a whole was planned, but this section gives you the support and information you need to successfully complete the year. It helps you create a reading list, curriculum supply list, and more. It also helps you plan a budget and the year's purchases. Planning the curriculum in advance can greatly reduce impulse buying, something all of us have done at one time or another!

Section three, Logging Your Learning, covers three areas. The first is helping you keep a written log of what you have studied. This becomes important documentation when showing you have met the educational requirements for the state in which you live. The second area is assessment and helping to know if your child is learning enough. The last section covers support groups and many options available for homeschoolers today.

Section four, Templates and Units, is the creative and "fun" section of the book. This section covers field trips, unit studies, book reports, nature journals, and independent studies. Again, all worksheets and planning pages are included so you can plan your field trips for the year, keep a book log, and know how to plan an independent unit study.

After reviewing the book I can't say that this book has everything I've seen and wanted to use for organization, but because this book is a 3-ring binder I can add other pages and information as I see fit. As we follow the G-O-A-L concept (Establish a GOAL, OUTLINE a plan, ACT on it, LEARN and revise) our homeschooling will hopefully be smoother, more efficient and more enjoyable.
More Information
Available From: Champion Press, Ltd.
Address: 500 West Bradley Road A129, Fox Point, WI 53217
Phone: 414.540.9873
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Kelly Crespin
Kelly Crespin has her BS in Elementary Education and a MS in Gifted and Talented Education. She now homeschools her daughters, writes test questions for standardized tests, and runs scrapbookinghomeschoolers, which is a Yahoo Groups list for those who enjoy both pursuits - scrapbooking and homeschooling.
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