August 14, 2008
I have had the opportunity to check out The Schoolhouse Planner from The Old Schoolhouse. This resource, which is divided into 3 sections, is much more than just a planner! The first section contains a two page, whole year calendar. This section then is divided into 12 months. The planner runs from July 2008-June 2009. Each month includes resource lists, calendars and recipes.
Also included in this section are lists of presidents and their wives, kitchen conversion charts, lists of artists, composers, countries and capitals. There are articles on various homeschool topics such as, “Making Math Stick.” Each monthly calendar includes space for notes. Holidays have not been labeled so you are free to label according to your beliefs.
There is a periodic table which includes quotes from Marie Curie and George Washington Carver. There is a history timeline. This resource is a Protestant resource and includes the Reformation in the timeline. As a Catholic, I would not use a timeline that paints this disturbing time in history as a positive thing.
One of the most impressive parts of the homeschool resources is the inclusion of transcripts of historical documents including the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg address. These are only a few of the resources included in the first 120 pages of the planner which is 247 pages all together.
The second section is made up of homeschool forms, and the final section is household forms. There are annual plans, annual goals, report cards, curriculum planning and curriculum recording sheets. There are also pages for co-op and support group information. The household forms include grocery lists, menu plans, and chore lists, just to name a few.
I am grateful for the information that is available for our homeschool.
The Schoolhouse Planner has been revised for each year since this review was first written in 2008. There are curriculum modules that you can purchase to correspond to the theme for the month.