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8 Tips to Choosing the Perfect Homeschool Planner

To pick the right homeschool planner, you need to check if you want digital or paper, the level of detail, the binding type, and available features.

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Homeschool planners are the small notebooks you use to store notes and key information. It is somewhat a mix of a “to-do list” and a “reminder list. This is very important for every homeschool student. 

Why Do You Need a Planner?

If you are homeschooled, then you need a planner to write down your daily, weekly or monthly study plans. It becomes very difficult to keep track of your study and keep notes if you do not have a well-maintained homeschool planner.

But getting a good homeschool planner is just as hard as maintaining one. You need to pay attention to a lot of key details.

If this is your first time buying a planner, then consider the things mentioned below.

1. Digital or Paper

Both digital and paper homeschool planners are available on the market. Digital planners are the ones you can get access to any time, anywhere with the help of the internet. There are various digital planner websites and software which you can use for homeschool planning.

You can also buy digital planners from stores. They are reusable because they use a special pen and an ink remover. You can write on them, scan them to store in your phone memory, and remove the writings with the ink remover.

On the other hand, there are also paper planners that you can buy from your local store. If you are new to homeschool planning, it is better to use paper planners because they are much easier to organize.

2. Detailed or Slowed Down

A detailed planner means a planner that can store a lot of information. They will have a lot of pages, different segments for each month, and are slightly larger compared to normal planners.

Slow down planners on the other hand can store weekly or monthly information. You need these when you have to only note specific information for a short period.

3. Binding Type

This is for paper planners only. You need to consider the binding type before buying the planner. There are different types of binding available, such as sewn binding, glue binding, spiral binding, Wire-O binding, ring binding, and more.

The two best types of binding that you can get for your homeschool planner are either spiral binding or ring binding.

Sewn bindings are strong, but since you will be using your planner often, it may damage the paper. Ring bindings and spiral bindings remove this problem. The other benefit of ring binding is that you can detach it, insert additional papers in the planner, and reattach the ring binding. So try to get a planner with a ring binding.

4. Resources in the Planner

Check the content inside the planner before buying one. Some planners are bland. They do not have many resources such as a table of contents page, anything that distinguishes each month, and they do not have a procedure paper at the start of each month. It is obvious that your planner will be messy if you buy such planners.

So buy a planner that has resources. A table of content will allow you to find any information at any given time. A procedure list will allow you to make a flowchart.

5. An Attendance Tracker

This vital paper should be present at the very beginning of the planner, right after the cover page. This will mark how many homeschool classes you have attended.

This is very crucial when you want to track your study history. It also helps your homeschool teacher have an idea about how many days you have studied and whether you are ready for an exam or not.

So, definitely buy a homeschool planner that has an attendance tracker. Some states even require attendance if a homeschool student wants to take an exam. If the state finds they do not have sufficient attendance, they will not allow the student to take the exams.

6. A Separate Segment for Legal Documents

If you are going to be homeschooled, you need some legal documents issued by the state and a school. Otherwise, your grades and your certificate will hold no value. Now, you obviously do not want these legal documents to be lying around.

It can be a big hassle if you lose them. This is why it is best to keep a photocopy of the legal documents attached to the homeschool planner. There should be a separate area in the planner where you can attach these legal documents. If they are ever needed, you can just pull them out from the planner.

7. Make Sure You Enjoy the Planner

If you want to continuously use the planner, you obviously want something that is pleasing to look at. The cover page, the color of the paper, and the design of the whole planner can determine whether you will like it or not.

If you love the color blue, make sure the planner has a blue cover and some flash of blue colors all throughout the planner. You will find much pleasure from using such planners that you enjoy looking at.

8. The Price of the Planner

The price is also a key factor. Although it is similar to a notebook, you will be surprised to know that these things can get expensive. A planner with high-quality details, designs, and features can cost you around $50.

But you can get cheaper ones too that serve the same purpose. But do not go for cheap options because those are very bland. A good homeschool planner will cost you around $20-25.

As for digital planners, they can get pricey. They may cost you from $50 to $150, depending on the brand.

Final Thoughts

Homeschool planners are essential for your studies. Writing key information, dates, and reminders are all part of a student’s routine. A good planner will keep you on track and organized.

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