Homeschool Planner Reviews (Ep 37, 10/20/13)

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Savvy Homeschool Moms Podcast, Homeschool Planner Reviews

In this episode the moms review four homeschool planners, including printed, online and wall sized.

Links in this Episode:

Africa’s Super Seven (Animal Planet)
Chile Documentary
Tina’s Playlists on YouTube
Tina’s Goodreads Account

Books of the Week:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird
Sisters Grimm series Tina mentions
Lego Play Book
The Big Unofficial Lego Builder’s Book
Cat Warriors Into the Wild and Fire and Ice
Doctor Sleep
The Light Fantastic
Avalon Revamped
Ukulele for Dummies
Septimus Heap #6: Darke, by Angie Sage
Septimus Heap #7: Fyre
Midnight is a Place, by Joan Aiken
The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse, by Thornton W. Burgess
The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad, by Thornton W. Burgess
The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Links of the Week:

Monthly Themes
Outline Maps Great for creating multi-media presentations


Homeschool DayBook

Homeschool Helper App

Weekly Homeschool Planner

Seize the Year Calendar by (Purchases made through this link help support the Savvy Homeschool Moms!)

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14 Responses

  1. Natalie

    Thank you for the very helpful reviews. The homeschool helper app would help us remember what we are doing when.

  2. JenRay

    I am using paper and pencil for scheduling – made myself a little week-at-a-glance spreadsheet of our routine, and pencil in some of the specifics. But I keep thinking I should embrace the technology!

  3. Kristen Leach

    This app would be great! I use my iPad for everything including teaching my college classes. Why not use it for homeschool organization as well!

  4. Bobbi

    I loved today’s podcast! I don’t currently use a formal planner, we started out planning to use time4learning so there wasn’t much planning needed, but my 12-year-old son got fairly bored with only using that, so I dug out materials from the Critical Thinking Press when I homeschooled my older son through middle school. That’s livened things up! :)

  5. Sheramy

    Thanks for the great podcasts! Love listening to your reviews, links of the week and all the chit chat!

  6. Sheramy

    I plan right now by taking the number of lessons and dividing them loosely by the number of weeks I want to finish….it is very loose and works right now…but as my younger two get older, I think Im going to have to become more

  7. Kimberly S

    I’m currently use post-it notes on a poster board grid to plan our lessons. That way we pick and choose which subjects we do each day and I can see where we need to catch up at a glance. Since my iPad seems to be attached to my hip Homeschool Helper would probably work better, and it would save many more trees!

  8. Heather S.

    I really appreciate your podcast and will be checking out the things you recommend in the show notes. I often forget that the show notes are there, thanks for the reminder!

  9. cd

    This has been fluctuating for me for a long time. Right now I just use a binder and regular paper. I write out lesson plans for units in a checklist format, then copy the activities for a certain day to a seperate paper as each day comes up.

  10. Stacie

    I’ve been using myHomework for the past year. I like that I can enter all the information on my computer & it syncs to my son’s iPad. Actually, that’s the biggest PRO for me as I need my big screen & keyboard, using the little iPad is frustrating (for me). The major CON is that is that lessons aren’t kept in history, so if I want to look at something we did 4 months ago, I can’t. I’ve been looking at other options, but not having that web based interface/sync option puts me off. However, that said, I may need to just suck it up and learn to type on the Mini as I want & need to be able to see past lessons.

    Oh & my 5 year old daughter got a Ukulele last Christmas and no-one knows how to play it. I will have to pick up that book now :-). Thanks for the Podcast!

  11. Elly

    I’ve been doing really basic planning with a wordpress diary, but you’ve persuaded me that it might be worth looking at a real planner!

  12. Janeen Brown

    What, there’s a giveaway?! OMG I’ve been so behind. A migraine that’s lasted two days, senior portraits for one child, keeping up with the eldest who’s moved out, and the three little ones doing some big projects here. Life has been so busy for me lately! Thus far I’ve only used a simple Excel spreadsheet, but I think I’d like something more detailed. It’s fun that you mentioned the ukelele. I bought one for my husband who wanted to learn (complete with book and tuner) and he immediately decided that a guitar was sexier, lol! So, I’ll be Ebaying soon…

  13. Marisa

    I’m not using a planner right now – we have a clingy 2 year old, so I’m just flying by the seat of my pants as the opportunity presents itself. But I’ve done more planning in the past, and will return to it in the future as she ventures further from me! Thanks for your reviews – I’m going to check them out so I’m ready!

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