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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

2013-2014 Well-Planned Day Planner Review {and giveaway}


2013-2014 Well-Planned Day Planner Review-The Unlikely Homeschool

A couple weeks ago, my poor mailman practically got accosted by a wide-eyed, somewhat fanatical woman with toddler in tow.  

OK...OK...so it was me!  But, in my defense, he was delivering the latest edition of one of my most loved, most used homeschool momma tools...the 2013-2014 Well-Planned Day Planner from Home Educating Family.

Upon ripping open the box...yep, I TOTALLY ripped open the package like a crazed addict...I was thrilled to see that not only did the 2013-2014 edition have all my favorite features, but ALSO two new additions that will make planning for next year even better!

(*This post contains affiliate links.)



2013-2014 Well-Planned Day Planner Review-The Unlikely Homeschool


Well-Planned Day Planner Features

All the wonderful features that I have come to know and love in a Well-Planned Day Planner make the 2013-2014 edition a homeschool MUST HAVE.  They include the following:
  • encouraging monthly articles from the Home Educating Family Magazine
  • a family memories page 
  • a greeting card registry for easy birthday/anniversary tracking
  • a monthly budget planner
  • a weekly/monthly cleaning schedule
  • an important/emergency contact page
  • both a teacher and 4 student scheduler pages
  • 4 class plans to assist in curriculum purchases/records
  • semester progress and attendance record sheets
  • a complete, six-page Holiday organizer insert
  • monthly schedules for read-alouds, field trips, and bill payments
  • and weekly schedules for dinner menus and non-homeschooling "to dos"
  • 4 removable report cards for annual record keeping
In addition, this latest planner also touts 2-page monthly calendar spreads with extra large boxes for detailing monthly appointments at a glance AND corresponding side tabs for easy calendar access.  

The Unlikely Homeschool
2-page monthly calendar spread


What I like about the 2013-2014 Planner


Larger Calendar Boxes

Juggling the schedules of seven people every month gets a bit tricky.  And although I always color-code my thoughts to save space, the small boxes on last year's ONE-page calendar spreads made it rather difficult to keep it all straight. This year's TWO-page spread gives me twice as much writing room to record doctor's appointments, team practices, and other weekly commitments.  

The Unlikely Homeschool
Smaller boxes of the 2012-2013 Planner

Space for Multiple Learners

One glance at the teacher planners of my local school supply store, proved The Well-Planned Day Planner to be the PERFECT fit for this momma.  I, like so many other homeschool moms, have not ONE, but MANY learners.  The average planner only has enough lesson plan space for one grade level.  This would require me to buy four lesson planners to record the schedules of each of my kids.  But, with The Well-Planned Day Planner, I have sections for multiple students.

All-in-One Household Management

With the introduction of The Well-Planned Day Planner, I've been able to stream-line my home management record keeping.  Creator and fellow homeschool mom, Rebecca Keliher, compiled the necessary forms and checklists that everyone wearing both the mommy and teacher hat would need throughout the year and put them ALL IN ONE SPOT!


2013-2014 Well-Planned Day Planner Review-The Unlikely Homeschool
Weekly lesson plans-left side

The Nitty Gritty


For more information, be sure to visit Home Educating Family on Facebook and Twitter or check out my original review.

Weekly lesson plans-right side


Want to win a planner?

Now's your chance to grab your very own copy of the 2013-2014 Well-Planned Day Planner or one of five one year subscriptions to Home Educating Family Magazine...for FREE!  Just follow the simple instructions from Rafflecopter.  There are several chances to enter.  Just click on the +sign for every entry you wish to make.

No purchase necessary to win.  Must be 18 years old or older and have a US address to enter.  Six winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter and announced Thursday, June 20, 2013.  The winners will be notified by email and will have 72 hours to respond.  If emails are not provided or the winners do not respond, the prize(s) will be forfeited and a new winner(s) will be randomly selected.  This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook.

***Mandatory Entry: To enter, be sure to leave a comment in the "comments" section of this post telling me which planner feature you are most looking forward to using.  (Remember, simply leaving a comment does not ensure entry.  You also have to click the +5 after you have commented.)







*I was given a copy of The Well-Planned Day Planner in exchange for a thorough review.  All opinions expressed were true and completely my own.  I am not responsible if your experiences vary.

215 comments:

  1. Love the unlikely homeschooler and I hope I win:)

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  2. I have wanted one of these for SO LONG!

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  3. I really hope to win, I think this will help me organize both of my children much better!

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  4. Wow! I have always wanted to try one of these planners. It would be perfect for tracking our school year. Thank you for offering it.

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  5. I used to make my own planner sheets to be custom to my needs. But having so much in one place excited me! AND the progress chart intrigues me. :)

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  6. The large boxes and ability to track both your personal and school lives in it is perfect.

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  7. I would totally be better organized with the planner!!!

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  8. This planner looks awesome! I would love to get my hands on one, all of the features look amazing. Although, I would probably be most excited about the large calendar boxes as that would make it a little easier to write everything down in one place!

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  9. it would be a great way to see my 3rd graders lessons on the same page as my kindergarteners work and have a list of what housework i need to do.

    thanks

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  10. This will be my first official year of home schooling! I think this planner would help keep me sane!

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  11. Anything to make my day go smoother would be welcomed by this homeschooling momma of 3!!!

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  12. I have 5 kiddos and just need a simple but doable method to get organized this year. These looks like an easy take with me anywhere apose to my big fat Family 3 ring binder :)

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  13. Would love to win this!We are still trying to figure out the best way to stay organized.

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  14. I like the big calendar spaces. Hopefully I can organize my whole family with this.

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  15. These planners look amazing!! Functional and beautiful? Who could ask for anything more- ok well maybe to win one!! Thanks so much for the opportunity!!

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  16. Scheduling multiple students will be awesome!

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  17. I like the larger boxes to work with.

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  18. I have been wanting one of these for myself for a long time.

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  19. I could really use help planning my homeschool daily activities, and I'm sure my husband would tell you I could also use some help with household management. Having both in one place sounds amazing!

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  20. I love the weekly lesson plan layout. Usually our curriculum has nice little check list boxes on a grid, but not my old edition. I sure could use a nice pretty planner to organize my year.

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  22. I would actually love to win the magazine subscriptions, I actually just bought this planner on your recommendation and I love everything it has in it. I haven't filled it in yet and I can't wait to see more about how you do your planning with it.

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  23. A space for each student?! That sounds awesome!!

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  24. Being able to record all three kiddos' learning activities in one easy spot is what I'm looking forward to most about this planner!

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  25. I like that it is all together and that they have a family memories page so that it can be turned into a homeschool scrapbook! :)

    As a side note, I had to click on "a Rafflecopter giveaway" in order to find the entries.

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  26. Been looking for a good planner and this one may be it! Love the two page spread, with 6 of us in this house that would be very helpful to see everything at once.

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  27. I would love to win one of these and try it out for the first time! Would be much easier to keep all of the different lists in my life together in one place!

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  28. The large calendar boxes would be awesome..between my daughter's appointments and all the other extracurricular activies they do.

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  29. I looked at this at the OCHEC convention and really wanted one. Then a couple weeks later, we lost our home and everything we owned in the tornado that ripped through our street in Moore, OK. I'm glad I hadn't bought one already, and I am hoping to win one now. I know it will help this newbie homeschool mom to separate both my children's different assignments better than my original tactics. I am looking forward to the easy tabs on the side that help me locate each month.

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  30. Having everything in one location would be SO helpful!

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  31. I've always wanted to try this planner. Having room for multiple children is my favorite part.

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  32. How do you pick one? It's the idea of not having 20 different lists around the house that is most appealing!I need all those things!

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  33. This would be wonderful to win! The larger boxes are my favorite part!

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  34. 2 page monthly calendar, big boxes, I love it all!

    brookeali(at)Hotmail.com

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  35. I will be new to homeschooling in the fall, plus I run a business from home. I need to be organized & this planner would be a great help.

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  36. This would be wonderful! I'm working on planning a schedule right now!

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  37. The 2 page monthly calendar with the large boxes!

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  38. I would love to win one of these - organization is not always my strong point, so I can use all the help I can get! :)

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  39. I think the holiday organizer sounds great. Thanks!

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  40. I will be homeschooling three kids this next year and could use a planner that allows me to schedule and plan for everyone.

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  41. I would love to win this since being organized in my homeschooling journey is not always where I succeed.

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  42. I would love one of these to help organize assignments for multiple kids.

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  43. I love that there is a month-at-a-glance feature along with weekly planning pages with plenty of room for all my plans as well as a place for a menu planner.

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  44. I really love it all...and I need to get organized..I Love how it includes our lives as homeschooling mom's. The house, the kids, the curriculum. <3 It makes me feel a sigh of relief just thinking about it..YES! I need one.

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  45. Where do I click the +5???

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  46. I am old school and like to have a schedule on paper not in a phone or computer.....this looks like it is an amazing tool, not to mention it looks pretty too!

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  47. I like the lesson plan section of the planner!

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  48. Having it all together will make things much easier!

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  50. I look forward to their new planners since I started using WPD in 2011! I am excited about the 2-page monthly format! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  51. I'd love the cleaning schedule and dinner menu along with the school planner.

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  52. I would love to have my own copy of this planner. My sister uses it with her children and she loves it!

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  53. You "had me" when you said that it has homeschool schedule, monthly planner with big enough squares to write in AND meal planner all in one! Because of your review I did just purchase one from their website, but I would also love to win one to gift to my friend who will be starting home school next year for the first time!

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  54. I think just having everything in one place would really help me! I am NOT an organized person. lol Lists and the like don't help when you can't find them :)

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  55. I love the space for multiple learners. This will be the second year we are homeschooling & I didn't use a planner last year so this sounds fantastic!

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  56. I've been wanting one for a long time! I like hw it has places for multiple learners.

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  57. I love all the featues and I know this would be wonderful to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  58. I have to admit, my favorite part is how pretty it is!! I joked when I used it that it was my life, it kept me on track with school work, I used it to log my hours and keep track of appts! Loved it!!

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  59. The all in one household management.

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  60. I love this whole planner! I've been wanting one for a while.

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  61. I just love that it has space for all the many things we homeschool mamas have to keep track of in one place!

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  62. I like the extra space for multi learners and the menu plan space, I do that now on a board
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  63. I have always loved planners ever since college. This would be a great asset to add to homeschooling.
    Thank you!
    Sherry Borders

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  64. Sarah