Helping Kids Take Responsibility for their Education: “A Plan in Place” Homeschool Planner

UntitledI received a product for free and was compensated for my time. However, all opinions are honest and I was not required to write a positive review!

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When I first received the Student Planner from “A Plan in Place” my first thought was WOW! This is pretty much what I’ve been trying to design for years and then some, they thought of everything. In case you are curious I ordered a butterfly cover Student Edition planner with a pencil holder, 12 month calendar with customized pages for my nearly 11 year old.

Current Student Planning Method

Prior to receiving A Plan in Place Student Planner I had created a simple checklist. Each week they received a new checklist and they continued on the plan that I laid before them. This is a very successful method and has yielded much fruit, however, they are NOT taking responsibility for their education. One of our homeschool distinctives is independent study and thus far our children have not been planning for themselves.

I really like A Plan in Place because it easily facilitates a transfer of planning from the parent to the child. And it easily allows the Middle School Child to easily take responsibility for their own education. Accordingly, as she writes her lessons each week she can see if she is advancing or standing still. She can determine if she wants to do school all summer or to finish her work a few weeks early in May.independence

 

I think that A Plan in Place’ will enable our kiddos to take an even greater role in planning their education in High School. Because by the time they reach High School the goal is that they would be able to help pick curriculum and plan out their school years (with guidance) and ultimately take ownership of their education.

A Plan in Place for the Classical  Homeschool Planner for Students

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While I was ordering the planner on line I came across this very useful page as a Classical homeschooler I know some planners just are not going to fit the bill. They are made for CM , Textbook users or unschoolers and do not address the unique differences that classical educators have from the other groups. A Plan in Place however has a page that shows how to use/customize their planner for use with many of the commonly used methods including Classical.  Yeah!

My daughter was very eager to begin to use her planner and she dove right in only coming to me with occasional questions. She has continued to plan her weeks on her own needing less & less help each week. Soon I will need to set a weekly meeting time to review her plans for the week.

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Tabs on the side of the planner & pencil holder

My Daughter’s Thoughts about

“A Plan in Place”

Her favorite part of the planner was the space to write the Books I read this week though she was very concerned that they might not realize folks “read more then 4 books (300 page novels in her case) per week” . Ahhhh to be 10 again. :). But not to worry there are several pages in the back of the book where the children can list ridiculous amounts of books read.

In truth she loves the planner and I think it makes her feel more adult because she is planning her day. As I mentioned she  happily plans her week without goading. Her little sister is eager to have her own planner to when she gets a bit older.

My Thoughts about “A Plan in Place”

I can heartily recommend this planner that is helping me to teach my children to work independently. In fact, I am actually considering purchasing the Teacher’s planner for myself.  The Customized Student Edition Homeschool Planner costs between $19-29.00 and has some really useful add-ons available on their website.

Win a free “A Plan in Place” Homeschool Planner

Now onto the fun stuff we are co-hosting a wonderful giveaway:

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No time to wait for the giveaway, I understand and I have good news you can get a Free accessory pack (a $4.99 value) with each student edition purchased! Head straight on over to A Plan in Place Shop!

 Use code FreeSmallAP through June 30, 2014.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

9 thoughts on “Helping Kids Take Responsibility for their Education: “A Plan in Place” Homeschool Planner

  1. It is always hard to find what will fit you. I have even found that one may work one year and not the next. I hope their website gives you a good look at all it offers, rather than just a couple of pages.

    1. If you really want to see the planner I advise you view their youtube video where one of the authors take you through the planner page by page.You really can see all the pages. I agree sometimes a planner works one year but not the next. However, I think the customized nature of this planner solves that problem. Each year you can add or subtract things that are no longer important and replace them with your new focuses. Additionally, if you click on the link I have up for the “Classical” aspect of the planner there are a bunch of example pages on that page too. That said, keep in mind this is a customized planner so the final form of the planner is in your hands. This is NOT a one size fits all planner by any stretch of the imagination! 😀

  2. This looks like a wonderful set-up! I’ve been looking for a way to help my son make that transition, and I think this may be able to help him. Thanks!

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