Sunday, May 31, 2015

Review of the Unplanner by Tavia Armstrong

Are you looking for an affordable planner for your next school year? Do you want to plan your homeschool activities ahead, but find yourself erasing and changing things before you even get to that date? I was recently introduced to a wonderful planner called The Unplanner. It is written by a fellow homeschooling Mom, Tavia Fuller Armstrong, from The Unplanned Homeschooler. This planner is exactly what a homeschooling mom like me needs, and the price is fantastic at $6.49!  I love to plan. The problem is, in our school at least, hardly anything ever goes as planned. When changes occur, I always have to go into all of my "plans" and erase and draw arrows etc. It actually starts to look like a big jumbled up mess. In the past, I have actually bought three different planners, one for each child plus one for myself to try to organize our homeschool. Like Dr. Phil says, "How's that workin for you?" Well...let's just say all four of those planners are still sitting on the shelf in the school room. The Unplanner is different, because instead of planning ahead, you simply record what you did for that day.  One of the best features of this planner is that you have the option to plan, or UNplan, for one child all the way up to six children, and it's all in one nicely bound paperback. You order the one that best suits your family.

What do you get with the Unplanner?  First, do you need to record attendance everyday? Most states require 180 days of lessons. She has a page for you to check off everyday so it's easy to keep track. Next, is a place for you to write all of those to do's, dentist and doctor appointments, etc that we have to keep track of. It's laid out in a monthly calendar form with a space for each day. A great feature of this section is that she starts her calendars in July. We school year round, so it doesn't really matter for us, but it gives other families a jump start on their school year if they go the traditional months. The next section, Year in Review, is where you can record what you did everyday for school. You can add in any grades in this section, or any learning that wasn't done with a workbook or computer. She also has pages in this section for you to record what primary curriculum you are using, so that you don't have to rewrite that every single day. It makes it so much easier to see what your current week looks like, because life happens, and plans change. The fourth section, Learning Adventures, is where you get to record all of those wonderful field trips and learning experiences that just tend to happen everyday. Whether it's a trip to the grocery store or to The White House, there is learning going on everyday. This is a great place for us moms who love to record not only what is being learned, but just plain old memories. Last, but not least, she has a section for notes. We always need a place to jot something down, and this is the place for that.

So, now that you have heard all about this extraordinary planner, you want to know how to order one right? Well it's super easy.

You can order the 6x9 professionally bound paper back directly from Amazon by clicking here.
You can also click on over to her page The Unplanned Homeschooler for other ordering options.

I hope everyone enjoys this planner as much as I have!

**I received a copy of the planner for 3 students in exchange for my honest review**

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