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Monday, May 1, 2017

There's a New Planner in Town: Review of A Plan-in-Place

A Plan In Place Homeschool planner review and giveaway

Extras always seem to weigh me down. They require work, rob me of my energy, and breed unnecessary guilt. As a busy, work-at-home, homeschooling mom, I don't have time for that. I'd rather focus my effort on things that bring me joy and add, not detract, from my day. And so I purge all the extras, guilt free. I prune away any non-essentials...of my time, of my home, of my school. 

Recently, I made the decision to paper purge. For the past few years, I've been using a popular homeschool planner. And while I've been happy with the basic set-up of the planner, I've felt a wee-bit burdened by the pages and pages of extras that I've never really used.

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When I heard about the customizable planner at A Plan in Place, I knew it was time to break up with my old planner and forge a new relationship. I was excited to be able to create a planner that could meet the needs of my unique homeschool and not weigh me down with a bunch of unnecessary extras.

So, I ordered a Homeschool Teacher Edition Planner and I think I'm in love. 

Here's the skinny...



What I like about my Plan in Place Planner


It's made by homeschoolers for homeschoolers.

I learned early on in my homeschooling that no run-of-the-mill planner will do for a homeschooler's schedule. A traditional classroom style planner falls short too. When combining HOME and SCHOOL, a momma needs a planner designed for living in the tension of both. The Homeschool Teacher Edition Planner was designed by a homeschool mom with homeschool moms in mind. 

A Plan In Place Homeschool planner review and giveaway

It's what I need and nothing more.

While I could have ordered a bunch of extras on the weekly scheduling pages, I had the option to just go basic. As I mentioned in the video, I didn't need any of the checklists and weekly meal plan grids. All of those would have just cluttered up my pages and eventually my brain. I love the clean, simple spreadsheets that include unique-to-my-homeschool focus boxes, subject titles grids, and blank date lines that will make planning MY homeschool so much easier. 


A Plan In Place Homeschool planner review and giveaway

Its separate month-at-a-glance section makes more sense.

In all the other homeschool planners that I've looked at or have used, the month-at-a-glance calendars are interspersed throughout the weekly scheduling sheets making it a bit difficult to do any long range plans. With that type of system, I've always had to flip page after page to find the month's calendar that I'm looking for. But the Plan-in-Place planner has a separate section that includes a whole year's worth of month-at-a-glance pages. I can quickly look ahead at any month of the year and schedule appointments in seconds. 

A Plan In Place Homeschool planner review and giveaway

It's basic structure is user-friendly.

I can not even count the number of times I've spilled hot coffee on my planners-of-the-past. Trust me, a simple card stock cover of most homeschool planners is no match for Starbuck's finest. The laminated front cover and vinyl back cover of this planner will no doubt salvage many best laid plans in the coming year. In addition the tabs and pocket folders are genius. I've never had a planner with such clearly defined sections. The tabs are sturdy and very easy to grip and turn. 

A Plan In Place Homeschool planner review and giveaway

The Nitty-Gritty of A Plan in Place


A Plan in Place offers five different planner formats in both downloadable PDFs or printed versions. They include the following:

The basic Homeschool Teacher Edition  retails for $19.99 but includes the following:
A stock image laminated cover
Goals-and-planning pages
  • My Mission Statement
  • Mission Planner Board
  • Brainstorm Boards
  • My Goals for the Year
  • My Responsibilities
  • Time Schedule
  • Curriculum Resources
  • Family Plan
  • Homeschool Budget
  • Field Trip Planning
  • Long Range Planning Form
  • Meal Planner
  • Good Books to Read
52 weekly planning pages 
  • space for 7 subject headings
  • scheduling grid with dates
  • checklist box
  • up to 3 focus and/or notes boxes
  • goals for the week checklist
  • inspiring thoughts box
  • weekly meal plan boxes
Record keeping pages
  • Important Dates to Remember
  • Resources for Reference
  • Healthcare Information Log
  • Monthly Bills and Expenses
  • Homeschool Expenses
  • Lending Library
  • Notes
A vinyl back cover
Coil binding

Customizable features are available for an additional price and include the following:
  • custom image cover
  • 14 month-at-a-glance calendars 
  • custom weekly scheduling sheets
  • inspirational quote
  • up to 2 pocket folders
  • clip tabs
  • pencil loop

From now until June 1st, Unlikely Homeschool readers will receive 20% all orders from A Plan in Place using the coupon code UH20%off. 

A Plan In Place Homeschool planner review and giveaway

Wanna Win a $25 gift certificate to A Plan in Place?


Now's your chance to grab a $25 gift certificate to A Plan in Place to be put towards the purchase of your very own planner. Choose from any one of their five different versions. Select the standard or customizable format to create a planner that is unique to your homeschool. There are two chances to enter.

To enter:

  • Use the Rafflecopter generator. Clicking on the +sign for every entry you wish to make here on the blog.
  • AND/OR head on over to Instagram. Be sure to follow @unlikely_homeschool. Tag at least one friend in the comments section. You can tag as many friends as you would like for additional chances to win. Just be sure to tag each in a separate comment. 

No purchase necessary to win. Must be 18 years old or older to enter. The winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter and announced sometime after Monday, May 8, 2017. The winners will be notified by email and/or Instagram and will have 72 hours to respond. If an email is not provided or the winner does not respond, the prize will be forfeited and a new winner 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 sounds most appealing about the customizable option of A Plan in Place OR tag someone on Instagram.  If you are logging in the blog comments section as "anonymous," please be sure to include at least your first name at the end of your comment. (Remember, simply leaving a comment does not ensure entry. You also have to click the +sign on the Rafflecopter app after you have commented.)

*I was given a Homeschool Teachers Edition planner in exchange for a thorough review. I also received monetary compensation for my time spent in reviewing the product. All opinions expressed were true and completely my own. I am not responsible if your experiences vary.




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35 comments:

  1. I've been planning on ordering o e of these, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet. Maybe my procrastination will pay off!

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  2. Oh this looks delightful! I am the same as you--do not want to haul around huge stacks of pages that I never use!

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  3. I've never found a planner that I love- pretty much because it's either way too much to deal with or it's not enough for what I need. But this looks great! I especially like the fact that the month-at-a-glance pages are all in one place!!!

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  4. Did you order the student editions as well?

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  5. I have followed you for quite some time now and we are very similiar in homeschool styles! I like that this planner is made by home schoolers, because really, we all know that home schoolers do things differently than the normal! Thanks for the review! Can't wait to look into it!

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  6. I have been wanting this because I love the idea of being able to customize and only pick pages that I will use. Custom is the key word here!!!

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    1. Just realized there are two Holly here. I assure you I am a different Holly than the one above.

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  7. I will be interested to hear how you like thus compared to a well planned day.

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  8. I've tried other planners as well and they did not fit my needs. This looks wonderful, especially being designed by a homeschooler.

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  9. I have been in search of a new planner. I like that it is designed for homeschooling.

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  10. This looks perfect. I love how customizable and clear. Definitely looking into this!

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  11. The ability to customize the layout seems the best. I like that they have a CM option.

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  12. The customizable option is so nice! We've used this planner in the past and could definitely use it again!

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  13. I Have been wanting one of these for a while but couldn't justify the cost when I can just print out a week at a time on my computer.

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  14. I love the month at a glance pages because I'm a visual person and I like to see everything laid out for me. I also like the time schedule pages. I have to write out a schedule for each school year to make everything fit into our day.

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  15. I like that you can choose what subjects you want listed on the weekly planning pages.

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  16. I like the option to have the weekly planning on two pages!

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  17. As I mentioned on IG, this is a VERY timely post!!! I'm a longtime lurker and was just coming to your blog as we look forward to our next school year and wanted to see how you had used WPD. I had used it once before but not too it's full potential. I'm excited to consider this personalized planner as I look to my planning this Summer. Thank you!

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  18. Love that this is customizable! Mandyslovelylife@aol.com

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  19. I have always found that planners are missing something or other that I need. I like that this is not one size fits all. -Heather Hill

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  20. I like the clip tab and pencil holder options.

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  21. I like that I could keep track of our school and home responsibilities all in one place!

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  22. I like that you can order your subjects on the weekly planning pages.

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  23. I like that you can order it with the days blank!!

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  24. I am interested in eliminating my pages that I don't need as well, but will be watching to see what you think of this as you get into it more!

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  25. I like everything in one place and the ability to customize it for our family.

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  26. I like that you can have the pages you want and leave out the other. Jamie

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  27. I keep switching planners every year because I haven't found one that I like. They either have everything already printed in there, or more information and pages that I am not going to use. So I like that this is blank and that I can add and leave out pages that I don't use.

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  28. I have been wanting to do this for a while. this is perfect for my family

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  29. oh wow I love that you can customize it to what you want

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  30. This planner is so well designed! It would really come in handy and help me stay organized! Love how easily customized it is.

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  31. I need a planner that links my full-time job, part-time job, three kids and their activities and school things, plus, blogging, reviewing and such. Yeah, I have searched and am looking at doing a custom one now.

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  32. I really need to be able to organize my daughter's home school scheduled next year.

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  33. I bought a planner for $27 this year and didn't use it once! It was not anything that was helpful for our needs. I love the idea of this one!

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