Wednesday, July 1, 2009

TOS CREW: TOS 2009 Schoolhouse Planner

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine has done it again by producing another great planner. New topics, 24 new recipes, and 40 additional new forms are included in this 2009-2010 edition of the planner. What is great about this planner is the you can type on them and then print them out as you need them. There are 375 pages in this down-loadable file, so it is a big download!

Calender / monthly planner for 2009-2010

What I like about this part of the planner is the monthly themes. I always want to have a monthly topic that my entire family can work on together. This gives articles and suggestions for completing the topic of the month. Additional modules are released each month to enhance these topics, but they are an optional purchase.

Themes this year include:
13 colonies
Fire Safety
American Government
Letter writing
Jesus' first miracle
Latin and Greek Roots
Getting into College
Homeschooling around the world

Miscellaneous Homeschool Information

Composers, inventors, seven wonders of the world, presidents, periodic table of elements, and more.

School Forms

There are all sorts of useful forms in this section. So many, that I doubt I would use many of them. But if you are looking for it, it is probably here. Report Cards, tracking high school hours, weekly planners, course of study, curriculum planner, bible memorization record, books read, multiple journal and nature pages, book report forms, a preschool planner with checklist and activities, and new this year is the multiple children planner for up to 5 children. There are way too many forms to list here!

Household Forms

Here you will find traditional forms for the home. Emergency numbers, information for the babysitter, medical information, home-keeping schedule, home improvement forms, schedules, chore charts, meal planning, grocery lists, budgeting forms, prayer journal, pet forms, car maintenance forms, vacation planning, and garden planning forms. TOO MANY TO LIST!
What I like about the planner:
- that you can type on the pages before printing them out to personalize them
- the variety of forms available
- monthly themes to bring the family together on one topic
- availability of monthly modules to supplement planner
What I don't like about the planner:
- large size of file to download
- most forms (except the chore charts which are multi-colored) are just two colors - black and maroon/red colored. I would rather they just be black and white. This is easily fixed by "telling" my printer to print in only black and white.
- I wish they had the option of buying it on a CD.
- more forms then I would use (but this goes on both lists depending on how you look at it.)
- wish they included a blank monthly calender
- wish you could buy modules on a subscription basis at a reduced cost
- cost: $39.95 makes it difficult to purchase on a yearly basis. Would like to be able to purchase updates only at a reduced cost.
You can purchase this at The Old Schoolhouse Website by Clicking HERE!

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