Homeschool Review: Godly Glimpses Homeschool Planner

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I used to teach in the classroom. Planning was a part of the job. I was always given a planner I could use, or I could buy my own. And since we started homeschooling three years ago, planning has been pretty simple. But that was preschool…now we’ve begun 1st grade. I don’t want to miss anything. And if you’ve been in the homeschooling world long enough, you know that there are PLENTY of homeschool planners floating around out there. What makes one better than another? My answer? I’m not sure. When Jennifer over at Godly Glimpses asked if I was interested in reviewing her homeschool planner, I told her, “Absolutely!” I feel like I need all the help I can get!

About the Product:planner4
I don’t even know what I’m looking for in a homeschool planner. As you can tell from this picture, I am a stacker! That’s pretty much how I roll. The Godly Glimpses Homeschool Planner ($15.00) has many features that I wanted to look at and try. There are at least 45 pages, and the colors are beautiful! Here is a feature list from Jennifer’s website:

  • Full color front and back cover (w/ an optional front cover) with spine labels
  • Information page including picture for each student (5 colors included)
  • Year at a glance
  • Upcoming activities for the year
  • Yearly attendance records
  • Daily schedule spreadsheet
  • Grade sheets
  • Full page calendar for each month
  • Weekly planning pages
  • Notes, book lists, memories, etc for each week
  • Scripture memory list
  • Field trip logs
  • Resource list

My Thoughts:
When I received the digital files for the homeschool planner, I sat and looked through everything first. There were two different covers to choose from. Did I mention I love the colors?! I chose the cover with the flower on it, as you can tell from the first picture. planner3

Then I saw the information page and the year-at-a-glance and printed those out. (I let the kids choose which colors they wanted for their info page!) I plan on using those info pages each year so the kids can see how their personalities change over time. I interviewed the children and filled out their answers. Then I found an up-to-date picture, printed it out, and glued it onto the page.

I love the year-at-a-glance concept. That is something I had not thought about. After I filled in everything, I was able to hand both of them to my husband and say, “Please look these over and ask any questions.” That way he knows what our plan is for the year. I took all of these pages, put holes in them, and put them into my 3-ring binder with all of my plans.

planner2I also printed out the weekly planning pages. These are set up to be used as one page per student. I attempted to use those, but I really like having both kids on one page for easy reference. I can see how these would be great to use once the kids are older and have many subjects and activities to keep up with and are more independent. But for now, I think I will stick with what I have.

** Jennifer told me later that she uses one sheet for all of her children, but uses a different color of ink for each one. That way all kids are on one weekly planning sheet. Nice!!

The Homeschool Association I belong to sends me an attendance sheet, so I didn’t need that; and in my state I do not have to keep grades for the elementary years. But I am going to hold on to those sheets for when I need them. The scripture memory sheet I’m going to save for later as well. Both of my kids are in Awana right now, so I have their books listing the scriptures they will know.

The greatest thing I like about this planner is how the different parts can be utilized by different homeschools depending upon what type of record keeping they need. I love products that are versatile. And this planner is. A family can use this if there are 5 children…OR you can send Jennifer a message and she will make you even more pages!

You can buy this planner by clicking through the image below. AND if you use the code flyingsaucer20 you will receive 20% off the cost of the planner!!
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plannercostWhat types of features do you use on a regular basis while planning your homeschool?

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Homeschool Review: Godly Glimpses Homeschool Planner — 2 Comments

  1. Looks like a wonderful planner! I am using the Ultimate Homeschool Planner this year and it also has a whole year on a two page spread. I currently use that feature the most! I like being able to see the year planned out in front of me. One of the things I did was sit down with my husband and mark his non work days as non school days and plan out a few “educational field trips”. I also use those pages to mark attendance. Who knew two pages would be so useful. Now, I would never consider purchasing a planner without the yearly planning pages.

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