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Apologia Ultimate Homeschool Planner: Review and Giveaway {Closed}


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Thank you to everyone who entered the contest and for being part of the Hip Homeschool Mom Community!



HHM Team Member Review…

Hold onto your pencils, Moms…TWO of our Hip Homeschool Team members reviewed this product…and state that it is a MUST HAVE!

Louanne’s review:

I received the Ultimate Homeschool Planner by Debra Bell to use and review and there are a lot of great features. First off, I am an organized person by nature – and that makes me REALLY picky when it comes to planners and how they are laid out. I also like the feel of having a paper planner to write in rather than having everything digital. I like how she asks you to look at your family priorities and then build your homeschool goals around that.

Debra Bell has space in here for a yearly planning retreat, monthly planning and weekly planning. There is also a page before each week to record things like prayer requests and how your family will reach out to others to show hospitality/to serve. I know it will be encouraging for me to go back and read over these notes at the end of the year.

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The monthly calendar pages are great for an overview of family activities. The weekly pages are my favorite part of the planner. You can organize the columns in whatever way will help you the most. This has made the last three weeks of tracking our daily school a breeze. It’s also helping me to see areas in which I was a bit too overzealous while planning, and areas where we can add more. I really like seeing our week laid out with a spot for each child and for my personal commitments.

The more I use this planner, the more I like it. I like seeing the big picture, but also being able to break our school down into smaller segments. There is also a section for tracking reading lists, field trips and grade records. In addition to it being a great organizational tool, it’s pretty and the planning pages all have some sort of encouraging quote or Bible verse that have to do with education and learning. I highly recommend this planner by Apologia Press.

Louanne lives in Texas with her awesome husband and two daughters. She loves Jesus, cookies, reading and scrapbooking (when she has time). She homeschools and also runs a mentorship program for at risk children through her church. Louanne also enjoys finding coupon deals, making gifts with her Cricut and Taste of Home cookbooks. Louanne blogs at www.dwimble.com.



Samantha’s review:

I am a planner, and therefore I love homeschool planners. I have looked at lots of them, ordered several, and thought I had found the perfect one. That was until The Ultimate Homeschool Planner arrived at my door. Allow me to share with you why I love it so, in no particular order.

The cover-

Is plastic, and will not get ruined if it touches something wet. The appearance is also very attractive. My favorite feature of the cover is that it has pockets! I adore pockets, and this planner has one in both the front and back of the inside. They are the same sturdy material as the cover.

The inside-

There is a year at a glance calendar, user’s guide, one-year planning grid, a place for goals and plans, as well as space for monthly plans. There are extras like reading lists, grades, and tips for mom-but not too much-just enough for me.

The planner itself is undated, which is great for those who don’t follow the “normal” academic year-make your own calendar! The bulk of this great planner’s pages are simply for your weekly planning, with great emphasis on the spiritual. I LOVE that. There is space to make your spiritual pans for the week before it begins to ground your week in the Lord.

The other thing that actually brought tears to my eyes, was the space for “This Week’s Memorable Moments” and “Evidences of Grace”. How many homeschool memories have been forgotten, never to return? Not with this planner!

I am so impressed with all of the thought and work that went into this planner. It is customizable, with space enough for six children, and puts God first in your school week. What more could you ask for? I am officially in planner paradise.

Samantha is a Christian homeschooling mom of six, married to Rick, her high school sweetheart. Rick was called to be a preacher, Samantha was called to homeschool, and loves blogging about their journey. She is interested in Bible study, photography, exercise, organizing, and sweet tea. You can find Samantha blogging at Sam’s Noggin, as well as on Twitter or Facebook.




Now For The Giveaway!!! 

We will be selecting TWO winners for this fantastic planner.


Giveaway Info:


• Leave a comment on this post telling us why you’d like to win.

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This giveaway will close at 11:59 PM CST on September 30, 2011

All entries posted after will be invalid.

We will select our winners using And The Winner Is WordPress and will announce the winner within this post sometime after .

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