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Friday, June 13, 2014

Organization for the Homeschool Momma Starts With THIS

Organization for the Homeschool Momma Starts with THIS...giveaway of my favorite planner and homeschool magazine to five lucky winners {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Wanna know a little secret?

Lean in really close 'cuz I'm not too sure how comfortable I am letting this out.  

I know I APPEAR to be really organized, but I'm actually not.  It's all a bit of a facade.  I'm really only organized on paper.  TRUE STORY.  

Like any naturally unorganized person desperate to maintain an element of sanity, I've learned over the years HOW to be organized...I've learned to develop methods, systems, and routines that make my days a bit more efficient.  But, behind all those fancy plans and procedures...way in the back...where no one else can see...is a big pile of disorder.


Don't believe me?  Just take a look at the current state of my spice drawer. (This post contains affiliate links.)

Organization for the Homeschool Momma Starts with THIS...giveaway of my favorite planner and homeschool magazine to five lucky winners {The Unlikely Homeschool}

(I apologize in advance if some of you uber-organized mommas are breaking out into hives right about now just looking at this picture.)

I, for one, find it easy to ignore the chaos knowing that I can just push the drawer shut and no one ever has to know my dirty little secret.  (OK...so now YOU know about it.  But you're not gonna tell. Are you?!)  I've long since shoved the "spices-in-alphabetical-order" dream to the bottom of the priority list. 

Unfortunately my spice drawer is not the only corner of my home in desperate need of a Container Store-style rescue makeover.  Don't even get me started on the bottom of my purse!  

Organization for the Homeschool Momma Starts with THIS...giveaway of my favorite planner and homeschool magazine to five lucky winners {The Unlikely Homeschool}

But, while my purse and spice drawer sit in upheaval, the areas of my life that mean something to me...the ones that REALLY matter...like my faith, my family, and my friends...are right in order.  I prioritize.  I plan.  I purpose to keep those areas of my life organized. THRIVING, not just surviving.  

All too often, I've seen new-to-homeschool mommas lose track of those BIG THREE because homeschooling becomes an out-of-control chaos in their lives.  In their desperate attempts to keep the many "plates" of the homeschool life spinning, they end up dropping the three that matter most.  

Homeschooling is a big job.  An important job.  A noble job.  

But, if not placed in the right spot on the priority list, homeschooling can easily become overwhelming and disorganized.  

One thing that has helped this only-organized-on-paper momma control the mind-clutter (the dates, times, assignments, page numbers, project schedules) that comes with homeschooling is my Well-Planned Day Planner. Not only does it satisfy my slightly-irrational love for stationary supplies, it gives homeschooling a PLACE so that it doesn't clutter up my head and prevent me from focusing on those BIG THREE.
Organization for the Homeschool Momma Starts with THIS...giveaway of my favorite planner and homeschool magazine to five lucky winners {The Unlikely Homeschool}

I can write all my homeschooling plans down and walk away!

I can, in a very real sense, schedule my ENTIRE homeschool year, stick "homeschooling" on a shelf, and come back to it the next day knowing that all my thoughts and plans and preparations will still be there when I need them.

So, while my spice drawer looks like a scene from Hoarders, my life...the three most important pieces of it anyway...doesn't have to.  I can control the "beast" of homeschooling by ORGANIZING it so that it doesn't overwhelm my days.   

EXHALE!

Organization for the Homeschool Momma Starts with THIS...giveaway of my favorite planner and homeschool magazine to five lucky winners {The Unlikely Homeschool}
What a typical page in my planner looks like by the end of the week.

2014-2015 Well-Planned Day Planner

Not surprising, the 2014-2015 Well-Planned Day Planner comes with all the amazing features that I've come to know and love.
  • at-a-glance monthly calendars
  • side tab dividers between each month
  • 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 year's planner also includes a few helpful sample pages to show you how to effectively utilize the planning sections. 


Organization for the Homeschool Momma Starts with THIS...giveaway of my favorite planner and homeschool magazine to five lucky winners {The Unlikely Homeschool}

My Current Favorite Parts of The Well-Planned Day Planner

Every year it seems like I have new favorite parts to my planner. If you are a regular reader, you already know a few of them. And while I still like it for all of those wonderful reasons, I have grown to love it in other ways this past year.

It's BY homeschoolers FOR homeschoolers

I've looked at numerous planners over the years and have grown to appreciate the fact that THIS planner is just for homeschool moms.  No other planner will do because no other planner really GETS IT.  I mean REALLY gets it!  This planner was created by fellow homeschool momma, Rebecca Keliher, with all the other plate spinnin' homeschool mommas in mind.  She's successfully combined HOME and SCHOOL into one neat little paper trail by providing multiple specific-to-homeschool features.

It encourages a family rhythm

I've recently landed on a new soap box...developing a family rhythm. Every family's rhythm is different...unique to their particular plans and purposes. The Well-Planned Day Planner helps me maintain a rhythm to my days...an order...a flow. While I don't necessarily like a pre-scribed schedule, I do like order. My planner helps me organize our days so that they flow IN RHYTHM not chaos.

It provides room for the un-planned

I love the "weekly priorities" space in the top right-hand corner of each 2-page spread.  I use this little spot to jot down any "unplanned" ideas I have throughout the week like books I'd like to look up for possible future use, words that I've found my kids consistently misspelling so that we can work on them together, or telephone messages that I need to revisit when I get the chance.  

I love that blank little box.  It's a reminder to me that the un-planned...the detours of the day...need a space too!


The Nitty Gritty



Wanna win one?

Now's your chance to grab your very own copy of the 2013-2014 Well-Planned Day Planner. Along with three copies of my favorite homeschool planner, I'm also giving away five one year subscriptions to Home Educating Family Magazine!  Eight lucky readers will win!  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.  The winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter and announced sometime after Friday, June 20, 2014.  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 what part of the planner sounds the most appealing to you.  (Remember, simply leaving a comment does not ensure entry.  You also have to click the +5 after you have commented.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I was given a copy of the 2014-2015 Well-Planned Day Planner in exchange for my thorough and honest review.  All opinions expressed are completely my own.  I am not responsible if your experiences vary.  

186 comments:

  1. I love the thought of unplanned things not totally ruining your homeschool planning! I think this would help me SO much--hope I win! :)

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  2. Tricky to choose just one! Probably the teacher and student scheduler pages...having a place to plan out both mine and my kids' days in the same place makes so much sense!

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  3. To be honest...it all sounds wonderful. This fall will be my fourth year of homeschooling three kids and I have never tried using a planner like this. Would be wonderful to win one!

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  4. I like the fact that each day already has sections for different subjects, something I haven't seen in other planners so far. Of course, it all sounds (and looks via the pictures) wonderful. This is my first year attempting to homeschool a 5th and 3rd grader. Your OCD about paper organization sounds so much like me it isn't funny. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  5. I like that everything has it's place. We will have 2 officially schooling next year.

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  6. I've never used any sort of published planner and I think it would be neat to try!

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  7. Do I have to pick a favorite part? The whole thing sounds great to me! I am always buying calendars at Walmart or trying to come up with my own and they just never seem to work for our large homeschooling family. I would love to try out one of these!

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  8. I have a planner for the organization I teach through this would help me oh so much furthdd.

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  9. I love the matching student planner. And the read aloud, field trip plan. Wait ... that's more than one thing. Hard to narrow it down. :)

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  10. The whole planner looks wonderful!

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  11. With 4 kids doing school I love the student schedule pages. I also love the month at a glance :)

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  12. I can't narrow it to just one, but I've been interested in this planner for a long time and would love to have one to see what all the rage is about!

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  13. I love the idea of having all of my plans in 1 place.

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  14. I love that I can schedule ALL of our lives in one place, school for ALL my kids and any appointments or lessons throughout the days/weeks/months!

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  15. I love it all. The budget section to the cleaning schedule to hbe a section for each subject! I also like that its made by homeschoolers for homeschoolers.

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  16. The planner looks great!

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  17. I have been homeschooling for 5 years now. (I taught prior to that, and even had to do/submit lesson plans!) I STILL struggle with getting everything planned and keeping all the wheels in motion. I am so tempted to buy this planner, but the cost is prohibitive. I wish it were MUCH cheaper. Maybe I'll win one, and be "won over" by it?

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  18. I am just like you! I love that it had space for everything!

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  19. This is my first year homeschooling and I like the teacher and student scheduling pages. This would be a huge help for us since I don't really know what I'm doing yet. :)

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  20. Hello, A well organized and planned out day sounds like a blessing to me. I like that this planner is laid out already for me to fill in the blanks. Thank you for the chance to get that experience of being better and ready to start our day!

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  21. I think I will love the space the most! I've never had a scheduler that was for more than one student (and I need that!!;)) I also love that you can keep everything organized in one place!

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  22. I got this planner and it helped me so much in our first homeschool year.

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  23. I love that it has.different sections for different areas.

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  24. I love that my entire family life is all organized in one place. I definitely struggle with organization. If things aren't written down they won't get done.

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  25. This will be my first year homeschooling. I'll have a kindergartener, preschooler and 1 1/2. I feel like i really need a plan to make this work. So my favorite part will be the monthly and daily calendar pages.

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  26. Would love a planner to help our homeschool experience go a little easier! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  28. I'm a planner at heart! I have loved houseplants k Nguyen posts and referred to them often!

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  29. The nice large calendar boxes for each day are fantastic for writing in all appointments for our large family!

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  30. I have never used a "professional" planner,just made my own. I would love to try one I don't have to plan out and print on my own!

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  31. It seems to have plenty of room to write everything down!

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  32. I love that this is created for homeschoolers by a homeschool family. I have yet to find a planner that really works well for us and I'd like to give this one a try. Having space for more than one student is HUGH!

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  33. Knowing I don't have to juggle and extra book, and can read an interesting and encouraging article from my planner in a doctor's office waiting room without having to touch their germy magazines is priceless!

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  34. Just having it all in one location with no pages falling out or tracking them down in another binder sounds awesome!

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  35. I love that the different months are tabbed!

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  36. The whole thing:) I'm a disorganized mess! Making baby steps. Having a highschooler, elementary, prek, and 5 month old I'm learning I have to have some organization:)

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  37. I like the idea that you can plan for more than one student at once. Thanks for this opportunity!

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  38. You made it ALL sound wonderful! :)

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  39. I've spent several weeks researching the possibilities and my husband and I are now in 110%. This planner would provide the path for us to follow as we embark on this new journey with our sweets. It's so exciting and she's as equally as excited. I realize this first year may provide challenges as we find our niche', however, I know this planner could smooth out any blemish that could surface from not having our plan set forth. Have I mentioned how excited I AM!! :)

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  40. I absolutely loved my Well Planned Day planner last year. I write in pencil because I change my mind A LOT. These pages hold up to a lot of erasing!!

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  41. I have made my own planners in the past but right now life is very busy and I don't have time. It would be wonderful to have this already put together ready to fill in! Being able to see all of the children's assignments on the same page sounds very appealing also!

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  42. I really enjoy reading your blog! I was thinking of getting one of these planners.

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  43. I've spent several weeks researching the possibilities and my husband and I are now in 110%. This planner would provide the path for us to follow as we embark on this new journey with our sweets. It's so exciting and she's as equally as excited. I realize this first year may provide challenges as we find our niche', however, I know this planner could smooth out any blemish that could surface from not having our plan set forth. Have I mentioned how excited I AM!! :)

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  44. This planner looks like JUST what I need! I'm beginning our 1st year of homeschooling in the fall & I love to be organized!! ♡

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  45. Yes! With 4 kiddos to plan and organize for, this would be a great help!

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  46. Love this planner! It really helps calm the crazy!

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  47. I feel like we are kindred spirits...the unorganized trying to keep organized! I love the report cards (something my children have actually asked for), the read-aloud segment, and planning for the year all at once (something I am attempting this summer for the first time).

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  48. I used this planner last year for our very first year of homeschool, and I loved it! A big thank you to you, Jamie, for recommending it on your blog! My favorite part of the planner was the space it has to plan for multiple kiddos. Being made by a homeschool family has been so wonderful because they really understand what we want and need in a planner. I am looking forward to using the "unplanned" section for weekly priorities as life doesn't always go as planned on paper!

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  49. The planner sounds wonderful, but I especially like that it has semester progress & attendance sheets. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  50. I have been searching for the perfect planner and this may be it! I want something where I can keep all of my thoughts together - homeschool, scheduled appointments, budget, cleaning, to-dos. I'm super organized now, but I have separate ways of keeping track of all of this. It would be nice to just have one planner to keep track of.

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    1. If I had to pick just one, though, I really love the side tab dividers between each month. The faster I can get to what I need, the better!

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  51. I like that it leaves room for the un-planned things. That seems to be the part that can throw our day off.

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  52. The best part is that everything is in one place. You don't need a separate calendar, schedule book, grade book, etc.

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  53. I actually love to organize, but can never stick to it for very longlong. I need this! :) my favorite part is the section for unplanned things, so that you don't lose track of your entire week! (Or month or year, haha) thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  54. I love the month at a glance portion

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  55. Everything being in one place sounds fantastic. We are just starting so this would help so much!

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  56. Everything as a whole sounds appealing to me. I've been searching for a calendar/planner and have not been able to find one that I like, that has everything I need in one. I would love to see how this one will work for us!

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  57. I'm a single, working mom of two that plans to start homeschoolin Kindergarten this fall. This planner would be so helpful in organizing my household and my homeschool activities all in one place. Organization will be key to my success!

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  58. I like the fact that everything is all in one place. I would love to win!

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  59. This year will be my first year homeschooling. I will be homeschooling a 1st grader and 4th grader while entertaining an 18month old. I love the aspect of helping me get into the "family rhythm", so the teacher and 4 student scheduler pages section will probably be my favorite. :)

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  60. I love that it is something that I can write in and access easily. I also love I can have the information for all my kiddos in one place.

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  61. I have been on the hunt for a wonderful homeschool planner for quite some time! I love that this planner has space for all of my kiddos. I should have really jumped on board last year when you did the fabulous review/planning.

    P.S. Do you also use a day planner for 'family/personal' stuff? Thank you! Angie

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  62. I tried to make my own planner last year and although it "did it's job" it was a lot of extra work. I love this planner and it will be a great help as all three of my children will be full time students next year.

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  63. I'm also an undercover organized person. I love to plan and have a plan, but the implementation is what gets me.

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  64. I have been stalking this planner for months since I saw it on your blog! Im in desperate need of something to help me keep my home goals as well as my school goals in order. This planner seems like just the thing to do it! Thanks for sharing!

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  65. I learned from my mistakes now and am willing to admit I need a good planner. No more trying to keep stuff in my head!

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  66. I love that this planner has room for all of our kids. It has space for just about everything our family needs to keep track of during the school year. It really takes the pressure off.

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  67. Having everything in one place will be so awesome - no more questions about "do I write that in the calendar or the homeschool plan book!"

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  68. Everything about the planner is awesome! I love that it has the At A Glance month and than a separate break down of the days. The little extras like Holiday planning are always a bonus as well!!! This will be my first year homeschooling and I really want this!!! :)

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  69. I like that it's all in one place. No more multiple calendars...

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  70. I love to be able to plan out multiple students in one place as well as family and home items.

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  71. I like the idea of the unplanned area. I do well with the planned activities, but then have more to add as I think of them.

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  72. 1st full year of homeschooling! I'm nervous I won't be organized enough! This will definitely help!

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  73. I love this planner! Used it last year and will be using one again this year...it'd be awesome to win one!

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  74. I like that it combines my day into one book. That intrigues me. I have calendars all over the place with notes here and there. Consolidation sounds great. And the meal planning.

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  75. As a mom of five soon to be six of which 4 are school age and all are 10 and under, organization is the key to survival (and sanity) and something I constantly struggle with. This looks like an awesome product. Thanks!

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  76. I like all of the features! But, if I had to choose one it would be the teacher/student scheduler pages.

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  77. Jennifer effersonJune 13, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    I love the sections for the subjects. This is my first year homeschooling and I think this would be a tremendous tool to help my first year be smooth

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  78. I still can't wrap my brain around writing out the whole year in the planner at once. Too many unpredictable things have happened in my life in the last few years that I do not find it possible to write out the whole year. It would drive me nuts not to have the right things written on the right date. Any suggestions?

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  79. I would like to use this tool for organization in general. I have never been a very organized homeschooler. We get to about May 1st and I'm calculating how much we need to do each day in order to achieve our goals for the year. You can imagine how much my three kids love this!

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  80. I like that is has room for everything. I have a "to do" list for me and each of my kids and cross referencing them and having a good flow to the day is tough. I used to be a planner freak until I had kids and now that I'm homeschoooling I need to get back to it. Not that my plan is always followed, but it is good to at least have a general path to follow!

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  81. I actually already have the planner (which I learned about from your blog last year) and I'm so excited to use it. But I would LOVE to win a subscription to the magazine.

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  82. I use a planner that I like, but I like the fact that this planner is made especially for homeschool. I, too, am a very disorganized person, so this may be just what I need!

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  83. I have never had one, but have looked at others, and this is the one I keep coming back to to possibly order. I would love to win one! I don't think I could pick a favorite at this point - it all seems great!

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  84. We used the Well Planned Day Planner last year and enjoyed how organized it was. One of my favorite things about this planner is how it is divided up. EACH month has its own monthly spread, reading log, field trip log, budget, and weekly schedules all TOGETHER. No need to flip back and forth between many pages because it is all grouped together and repeated for each month.

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  85. I like the idea of having everything in one spot already made up instead of searching out individual pages and collating myself :) the nice staionary part helps too...

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  86. Been considering trying the high school one. Now I'm even closer to that decision.

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  87. I've never used the Well Planned Day planner, but I like the idea of establishing a rhythm rather than a strict schedule. It seems that the planner might provide assistance through the articles and sample plans. And room to record un-planned activities is nice.

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  88. I like that is multiple planners in one. I could have my menu planning, budgeting, non-homeschool events, and of course my homeschooling schedule all in one book :-)

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  89. I like that it helps to plan. My year last year had no planning and it did not go well at all

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  90. I love your site and all the advice you offer us newbies! This will be our second year and I am having trouble getting organized already! I would sure love to win this planner, looks like it would be a big help!

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  91. It all looks good. I like all of the added features for total organization such as the cleaning schedule. Getting ready to start my first year homeschooling and a little unsure how I'm going to do it all. This should help. :)

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  92. I look forward to organizing not only my homeschool schedule, but my HOME schedule as well with this.

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  93. I like having the whole month calendar at a glance and then the weekly schedule area.

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  94. I would love having all my homeschool plans in one place!

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  95. I love the grade/record keeping factor here. I have a personal planner, but it just doesn't work for keeping track of multiple students.

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  96. I love that it has a month at a glance plus the weekly schedule area. With two schooling and a new baby next year I would LOVE to plan it all out and 'walk away!'

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  97. I love the homeschooling planning, especially the curriculum purchase tracking!

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  98. I love everything about it! It makes it easy to plan :)

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  99. I like it that it has a part for the home planner. I have a hard time remembering what to do next with the house. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  100. All of the features sound great; however, I think the record keeping feature would be the most beneficial for me.

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  101. As new homeschool mom (my son will he kindergarten age next year), I love that it will help me organize the million thoughts and plans I have in my head.

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  102. I love the layout for each day's schedule!!

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  103. Well, as a fellow stationary addict, I love this planner. It was be great to be able to so easily organize my homeschool year with it!

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  104. I'd love to tryout the planner. I've heard good things about it online.

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  105. Id love to win this. We are starting homeschooling this year for the first time, and I KNOW I really need a good planner!!!!

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  106. My husband would be happy that I was keeping track of school. I like the fact everything is in one place.

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  107. I love how it combines homeschool, daily life, calendar...just everything a mom needs! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  108. I have wondered about this planner... Would love to see if it works for me. I love organization, but have learned to accept dirty and chaos for more important things too :). Thanks for the giveaway!

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  109. I have been comparing this one with the Ultimate HS Planner. Thanks for your timely input. :)
    Dinner menu planning and cleaning planning are two parts that appeal to me. I need that to be a part of my *intentional* weekly planning!

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  110. I'm going to be homeschooling two kids for the first time this fall, so I like that there is room for more than one child.

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  111. I like the way the weekly pages are laid out, and of course the beautiful colors and designs throughout!

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  112. This looks like a great way to keep track of schooling more than one child! I'm starting my son in Kindergarten next year in addition to my daughter for the third year and I'm a little nervous about keeping track of more than one! I'm a list person and the check off boxes and spiral binding looks super functional!!

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  113. This would help me SO much in my 2nd year of homeschooling! i would LOVE to win this! I have had my eye on this planner for a year and havent purchased it. I love your updates and am inspired by your posts!

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  114. I love everything about this planner!! I've always wanted one :)

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  115. The best part is that everything is in one place.

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  116. Love these planners! Will be giving my oldest his own student version this year.

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  117. I have used this planner for the last 2 yrs. I love it all! I really like the fact that I have a place for meal plans for the week & the Sat. & Sun. boxes are great for looking ahead to the weekend plans. The best thing of all is the articles & scriptures they include through out! Even if I don't win I will be ordering again for this next year! :)

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  118. I love the idea that it can take the place of all my lists, calendars, note pads, all of it and in one simple place!

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  119. I love the idea that it is made by homeschoolers. I haven't done a lot of shopping around and just use a standard lesson plan book. Its so full of unnessecary pages and elements that just don't quite fit me.

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  120. 4 scheduler pages for my 4 students! :) Everything is so well thought out! Love the idea!

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  121. I so want this for my 2 homeschoolers!

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  122. Well planned day helped me keep all my activities and day to day lessons organized! Would love one for this year!

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  123. I like the tab feature. And the budget feature! Great ideas...and little things that make a big difference.

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  124. I love just about everything, but I particularly love all of the space for my subjects. It is the perfect homeschool planner.

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  125. I love the both a teacher and 4 student scheduler pages. But truly I love it all! Really hard to choose.

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  126. I would love to try this planner.

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  127. I have used and loved this planner since we began homeschooling our three daughters. This fall, we will have a new student joining our little home school! So this planner is DEFINITELY what I will want/need to keep everyone organized and "on track."

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  128. We will be homeschooling for the first time next year and it sounds like a great way to get organized!

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  129. The monthly tabs an sections sound so nice!!! I've been wanting to try this planner!!

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  130. I love how much room there is to plan each subject, and having four kids this is the only one I've found with enough space for everyone! It's great!! :)

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  131. The Well-Planned Day is my go-to for homeschooling and family activity lists. Thank you for providing this opportunity to be blessed yb a chance of winning a free planner!

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  132. I totally didn't include my favorite parts of this planner! I love the double page spread for monthly calendars and the carved tabs to find the months. I love the meal list column on the monthly spreads too, so the family can see the overview of dinner for the week. I like the information pages at the front of the book where I can record websites, numbers, and info that I access frequently and can now find easily. The weekly breakdown for assignments is easy to use and my children can track their own assignments as well. I enjoy the Christmas gifts section as well, so I can track spending and ideas I think about for gift ideas! There is so much goodness in this book- I love this planner!

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  133. I've spent several weeks researching the possibilities and my husband and I are now in 110%. This planner would provide the path for us to follow as we embark on this new journey with our sweets. It's so exciting and she's as equally as excited. I realize this first year may provide challenges as we find our niche', however, I know this planner could smooth out any blemish that could surface from not having our plan set forth. Have I mentioned how excited I AM!! :)

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  134. I used this planner last year, it helped me stay organized. Really a necessity in my homeschool.

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  135. I love that everything can be in one place! I hate having three organizers

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  136. I like that it has the teacher and 4 students planning pages. It's nice to have all of the kids lesson/planning pages in one spot.

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  137. I do so much better when I am organized....the children can sense when I am prepared and not scattered...

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  138. Everything! I love having a paper planner to actually write things down on. I love the page with the spaces for both of my students for each subject for each week.

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  139. I think it is great to have a holiday planning insert, I have never seen that in an organizer! This sounds like a terrific planner to get organized and ready for the new school year!

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  140. I love that everything will be in one planner, and being able to see all of my children's assignments on 1 page. Using colored pens is a bonus! ;)

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  141. I like the dinner planning portion on the planner (I can see it on the far right in your last picture). I have been struggling to stick with a system for meal planning & I believe integrating it into my homeschool planner would be very helpful.

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  142. I like the mothering and homeschooling articles and the home management mixed it. It reminds me a lot of the planner I created for myself this year because I couldn't find one I truly loved!

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  143. I like that it would help establish rhythm and the space for thoughts/priorities for a given week.

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  144. I like that I can get my OCD on a bit with this planner. I am, like you, only OCD on the surface. My cabinets are freshly painted white but the insides are still brick red like the day we moved in. So everything looks good on the outside but in the inside...weeeelll. I'm hoping this planner can help me get both inside and outside of our homeschool in beautiful, God honoring, working order.

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  145. I love that there is plenty of room to schedule all my kids schoolwork, plus anything else our family has as going on! I seriously need help keeping track of everything! :)

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  146. I love that there is plenty of room to write each child's work, but also a place to keep all of our family essentials. I always feel like I'm juggling several different books to keep track of everything. Putting all the family into one book would be so nive

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  147. I like the fact that I can keep track of all four of my kids' school assignments in one place. With one going into the 11th grade, two into 7th, and one into 3rd, I need some help with organization.

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  148. I love that it has is place for everything - school, menu, schedules, ect... maybe I can stop with all the little notes I have jot down and leave around :)

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  149. The most appealing part of the WPD planner, to me, is the fact that you can include more than just the homeschool part of your day. When you are a homeschooler, especially when you have little ones still running around, life doesn't stop for you to begin school, and the laundry, dishes, etc. are still there. It makes it possible to plan all the aspects of your day around homeschooling and be able to accomplish all (or most!)

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  150. I like the student pages as I have 3 students in 3 VERY different stages of learning (7th, 2nd, & K4). Being able to plan individually and yet all in one place is wonderful.

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  151. I like that there are checkboxes for completed items. Very useful. :-)

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  152. I honestly love everything the planner has to offer, but most of all the side tab dividers. It makes it easy to jump to a section.

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  153. I like the "unplanned item" space you mentioned! Also the month-at-a-glance is nice!

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  154. 4 student scheduler pages? I have 4 students! This was meant for me!! :-)

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  155. I love planners and I'm a new homeschooling mom who could use some organizational help. I like the planner itself, but I like all the extras it has to offer on top of the basic calendar/planner.

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  156. As a new homeschool mom, this planner would be awesome! I need help organizing so my brain does not feel so scattered!

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  157. Thanks for this post! I've been looking for a good planner.

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  158. Second year in homeschooling. This would be amazing!

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  159. This would be soo helpful to me! I'm just beginning the homeschool journey as I'll have a Pre-K student this fall. I'm usually very organized, but for some reason feeling disorganized in the homeschooling area...probably because I have no idea what I'm doing, even though I'm a former public school early childhood teacher. :)

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  160. Even if I didn't win, I am planning to get this planner. I really like the layout.

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  161. Fantastic article. Fantastic planner! Thanks heaps :)

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  162. I love the idea that all my homeschooling thoughts could go in the one place!!!

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  163. I love that it is designed for more than one kid! Now I don't have to try and squeeze all the info for each kid in a tiny box!

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  164. I love that all four of my kids' plans can be in one place. Thanks!

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  165. The part that intrigues me is that I can fill in the info for all my kids and myself and maybe even the rest of the family (the hubby, grammie, adult child/grandchild). =]

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  166. The menu and non school things included are a huge plus!

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  167. I would live an all in one planner, I currently have 3 different binders with calendars for bills, household, and homeschooling!

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  168. Pick one favorite? Oh now thats tough! Unplanned part sounds great!

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  169. I think I would love everything about the planner!!! I need one!!!

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  170. Well done! I love a well-planned planner. :)

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  171. I like the way the weekly lesson plans are a two page spread. I'm entering my first year homeschooling and need to get organized. Thanks!

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  172. I am thrilled that I will have a space to corral my ideas!

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  173. I love the space to plan for other things like budget and cleaning. Sometimes I'm so focused on schooling that these things fall to the side!

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  174. I love that there is a matching student planner!

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  175. I love the idea of having meals, school, and non-school related appointments all in one place.

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  176. I like the weekly priority

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  177. While I have a "regular" planner for everything but school, I love plan book.com. If we have an unexpected sickness, appointment, ministry opportunity, etc., I have the ability to "bump" either certain lessons or my whole day forward without having to cross out and/or erase my future plans. My eraser got quite a bit of use until I discovered Planbook.com. There are templates for lessons, so you don't have to type the same thing repeatedly and lots of other time saving and organizational features. You can have an unlimited number of classes and I have my kids color coded, which is nice for those of us who teach several children. :)
    ~Tracy G.

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