It’s that time of year again and for those that homeschool you may already have a planner or are trying to make a store bought one work. Last year, I purchased an Erin Condren Teacher Planner and fell in love. It was everything I was looking for – color, functionality, style, room to write, and more. I haven’t looked back and while a bit pricey, I find it worth every penny.
I knew that I would be purchasing another one. When? Well that was another story. Between moving, twice, I didn’t want to purchase any big packages that would take longer than a week to get to me. Finally, I had to make the purchase because who can pass up a sale! I had it shipped to my in-laws and was counting down the days. Now I have it and I’m ready to share with you my plans for it this year.
Erin Condren is known for her Life Planners but also her packaging. Who can pass up good looking packaging? Her team really takes care and packages everything so nicely.
There is always a nice postcard and a motivational sticker. Not to mention it is wrapped beautifully with tissue paper and protected with bubble wrap. I’m so glad they package their products this way. Having a bent planner, especially one that has heavy duty lamination, is not fun.
I also order some additional supplies. Here is her snap in dashboard with 6 different sections of square post its, and 6 sections of flag post its. I used so many post its last year and was constantly having to hide them because my kids would get in them. This way this will go right in my planner and they know not to touch that.
She also had a Cool for School jute bag available and so I snatched it up. It came with this bag ———————————>
and a set of her new party pops markers, sticker book, and compliment cards. Planner stickers are all the rage, oh do I have so many and it is addicting, so of course I had to get something very school related.
I had used her other set of markers in the past and I wasn’t a fan but these are newly formulated and in different, brighter colors so I figured I’d give it a try. Then, the compliment cards. These things are so cute.
As you can see, there is a variety of cute and inspirational quotes. On the back there is space to write. I plan on implementing them with my kids. Probably for a free ice cream or something.
The teacher planner opens up to this page. A very standard introduction page to any planner. Last year I believe it was owls. This year it is apples. I like the apples!
Since I don’t have to keep attendance, I will be taking this section and creating a book log for each kid. It’ll be a great reference point as we are doing a lot of early classic starters so in years to come, I can reference this to know which books they can read again at a harder level.
Year at a glance. This is where I will do my general planning. Nothing fantastic but will help give me a guide before I detail plan.
Erin Condren also has her months not dated. This way if you buy last years design you can still use it for this year. She also includes a complimentary set of her date dots so no more writing in the dates.
This is what it is all about. 40 weeks of 7 subjects, weekly lesson plans. I don’t consistently school Monday through Friday so I will have some stickers made to cover up the days. They will either be blank or will say Day 1, Day 2, etc. I will then put the date that we did those subjects. Hubby works 2 weekends a month so on his days off, we don’t do school. He works a Saturday, we will do school. Plus we take a longer break in November and December so I can sew more.
The checklist is also awesome. Each child gets 2 pages and it is where I record their scores for spelling, practice tests, etc. I’m not required to keep test scores but it is for my record to know if we have a sudden drop off, I can look back and see why. It also helps me adjust if the curriculum isn’t working in one way or another.
Remember stickers? There are more in the back. The first two sheets I don’t use but she provides blank ones as well. I will use them throughout the monthly spreads.
At the end, there is the two sided folder, a page protector, and the zip pouch. I didn’t use them last year but I think I will incorporate something this year. They did forget some of the freebies they include but that’s ok. I was really interested in the coil clips so I will be ordering some.
I am so excited to use this planner again. I am a firm believer that if you like your tools, you’ll use them more. And I did use that planner last year.
I will also do another post later in the year to show you how I detailed my lessons. And in true blogger fashion, I didn’t take some photos of items in there so….you get a video! Yay!
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