The Ultimate Homeschool Planner Review & Giveaway {Closed}

Do you have a homeschool planner? I’ve never had one. I’ve seen them advertised everywhere in the homeschooling world. This was our first official year homeschooling and the curriculum I used was well organized, so I didn’t think I needed to invest in one.

However, call it God, or inevitable, but just a few days before getting this review opportunity, I completely forgot to take my oldest to his co-op class. Forgot. We were home. Not sick. Not busy. Right then and there I realized I needed somewhere to write down my plans, thoughts, and routines.

The Ultimate Homeschool Planner by Debra Bell is, in a word: AWESOME. A breath of fresh air. Mind-cleansing.

As soon as I opened the planner I realized why I needed one. Debra has outlined goals and planning that hadn’t even occurred to me. I use Sonlight curriculum, which comes with the academic portion of our studies planned . . . but this planner reminded me there is so much more to homeschooling!

It has a sturdy cover, is spiral bound, and includes a pocket folder on the front and back covers.

Although a planner may sound self-explanatory, this one gives a ‘How- To’ tutorial straight away on how to best utilize this planner. I was so thankful for this — the way she lays out the year and talks about how to plan, it really helped me see my year more clearly. She even lays out when and how much time to allow for planning . . . for example, a yearly planning RETREAT. A day to yourself to plan and outline the following year! What a great idea! I’d go to Starbucks. 🙂

I really liked the Student Goal Setter pages. It includes spaces for each child to have several character and academic goals for the year. My kiddos may be small (5, 3, and 1), but I liked the idea of thinking about each one individually and really planning for their needs.

The planner also includes a page for ‘Family Priorities,’ ‘Resource Lists,’ and then a Monthly planner.

The actual weekly planning area is laid out in a unique way. I really like what’s she’s included on those pages: An inspiration verse or anecdote, a Bible Plan, Battle Plan, Prayers, ways to be Hospitable and Outreach. Also, she leaves a page each week to jot down Memorable moments and Evidences of Grace.

In the Index, she also allows space for Reading Lists, Field Trips, and tips about homeschooling in general.

The only thing I wish it would have were tabs to easily flip to certain parts of the planner, which I plan to add on mine.

The Ultimate Daily Planner For Students

I also received a student planner to review. It’s about half the size of the mom’s planner, and is also very sturdy and spiral bound. My kiddos are too small for this planner, but I used to teach third graders and I could see students of that age really enjoying this planner.

I like the ‘All About Me’ section in the front that has a place for the child to list out their ‘favorites’ in life. There is also a space for them to list their goals and describe their future ‘me.’

Throughout the planner and in the index, there are lots of student resource information pages that give a variety of information.

The planner has monthly pages and weekly planning areas. The weekly pages include a Bible verse for each week and spacious areas for the child to write assignments and goals. There are also ‘Done’ and ‘Approved’ check boxes next to each line.

In the back of the Student Planner, there is a place for grades, Reading Lists, an Exercise Log, U.S. and World History Timelines, Time zone listings, a world map, and various math and science charts as well. Great resources! Oh . . . and it has some really cute stickers as well. Who doesn’t love stickers?

Again, although my own kiddos can’t benefit from this planner yet, I know that 2nd or 3rd graders and beyond would really enjoy taking charge of their own day.

The Ultimate Homeschool Planner and student planners for primary kids and teens are published by Apologia Educational Ministries. Find Apologia on Facebook and Twitter.

Ultimate Homeschool Planner Giveaway

We have two Ultimate Homeschool Planner sets for two Hip Homeschool Moms today! Up for grabs:

  • The Ultimate Homeschool Planner and The Ultimate Daily Planner for Students
  • The Ultimate Homeschool Planner and The Ultimate Weekly Planner for Teens

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  1. My daughter would love the kids’ one! She’s 12 but only in middle school, so tracking credit hours, etc., doesn’t register to her just yet. She’d love the stickers, though.

  2. I LOVE your blog! I am going to start homeschooling my first grader and I would LOVE to have this planner to help me get organized. I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. Thanks!

  3. I’ve been wanting one of these FOREVER!!! 🙂 The Ultimate Homeschool Planner and The Ultimate Daily Planner for Students

  4. Wow!! This really looks awesome. I have 3 kids, 3,8 &14. Ive been homeschooling for 6 years now and have tryed planners but never worked. They never had everything together like this one. I this would truely help me with schooling 3 kids next year all so far apart.

  5. Wow!! This planner looks amazing!! I would love the elementary school age one!! I’m so spontaneous & disorganized… OH HOW THIS WOULD HELP ME! =] My hubby would love it, as he is very much my opposite. ;] very organized & well planned out, complete w/ check lists. LOL

  6. By nature I am truly a disorganized unplanned person, now that my role in life has changed from career minded to mommy minded. I would love something that teaches me how to plan and organize like I desperately need to!

  7. Id love the ultimate Homeschool Planner for Teens would be wonderful… I have three teens.. This would be so very helpful!!

  8. With the prospect of returning to homeschooling after a two year hiatus, the primary school planner set would be extremely helpful. Thanks!

  9. I could really use the ultimate and student planners after the way this year has gone, I need all the help I can get.

  10. Happy to see this review & the opportunity to win a planner. I have often looked at them & wondered if I needed one… My kids are k4 & k5 this year.
    Thanks for sharing – your review & your giveaway! 🙂

  11. The Ultimate Homeschool Planner

    This is only my second year homeschooling and didn’t firgure a planner in my extremely tight budget.
    Would so love to win one, and see what kind of difference it would make for me.

  12. I would love the The Ultimate Homeschool Planner and The Ultimate Daily Planner for Students I’ve been trying to figure out a way to teach my kids how to plan out their days, this just might do the trick!

  13. Sounds like a wonderful tool! I’d love to check out The Ultimate Planner and the student version. It’s never too early to start teaching organization skills which are a building block for strong research and study habits.

  14. Would definitly benefit from The Ultimate Homeschool Planner and The Ultimate Daily Planner for Students!

  15. For our family I would love to win The Ultimate Homeschool Planner and The Ultimate Daily Planner for Students

  16. The Ultimate Homeschool Planner and The Ultimate Daily Planner for Students is the planner I would love to win. Thanks so much for the opportunity. I have four boys and I have been looking for a planner like this.

  17. I am at the end of my first year of HS and I see the need for this tool for next year! I need the primary for my soon to be 5th grade daughter. I too feel this would be a breath of fresh air for me since, well.. I confess…. I am “organizationally challenged”!! 🙂 Whew.. that felt good to confess! 🙂

  18. I will be homeschooling next school year; our school is closing & after much thought & research, we decided to homeschool. I would love to win the Ultimate & the Student Daily Planners, it would be so much help! Thanks for the opportunity & for your blog, it has helped so much!

  19. The Ultimate Homeschool Planner will be great for our family. Thanks for the opportunity!

  20. This being my first year of homeschooling 3 kids, grades 5, 3, 2, it would really come in handy. Thanks for the opportunity.

  21. Thanks for the review. I am looking for different resources since I am new to homeschool and this sounds great. Thw Ultimate Homeschool Planner & Primary Student Planner is what I would need.

  22. I might be THE most unorganized homeschool mom in the world, and three of my children will soon be teens. I REALLY NEED the teen organizer! 🙂

  23. I am an “okay” organizer with my calendar. But, could definitley be better.
    My oldest starts “High School” next year and That scares me that I am not
    nearly organized enough. I, we, would LOVE the Teen planner so that I a can
    be sure not to miss any of the important things I may not realize I am missing.
    Thank you!!!

  24. I’d like to win the homeschool planner with the primary student planner. One will be super helpful for me planning out school for two of my daughters, and the other will be fantastic for my 4th-grader to use!

  25. Have been trying to find a planner which would help. Missed a Dr. appt for one of my children this week, so I’m right there with you! We would benefit from the primary planner. Enjoy your day!

  26. I’d like the non-teen one. I wonder if this is the same one I used 2 years ago. I REALLY liked it, but then ended up changing from one “year” to the next in the middle of the school year and had problems using a planner. I’d like to try again for next year. And I’d love to have my 9 year old filling out his own!! What a way to teach personal responsibility and accoutability!!

  27. I would love one too!! With baby #5 on the way. The student planner looks wonderful too.

  28. I’ve been looking at this planner ever since it came out and would love to have one for next year. My 3rd grader (4th next year) would enjoy the student planner.

  29. We would love the Ultimate Homeschool Planner and the Ultimate Daily Planner for Students. We could definately use it to get more organized in our homeschool! Thanks for reviewing this!

  30. The primary planner set would be priceless for my family. We are preparing for our first year of homeschooling. As a former classroom teacher, I will be doing the planning. However, my husband will be facilitating the learning while I continue to work as a library branch manager. This planner would make it so easy for me to lay out things for my husband in a way that is simple and easy to follow even in my absence. I think this would be key to limiting some of the frustration that can come up with one parent planning and the other teaching.

  31. We would love the kids planner. My son needs a little more organization as he goes into the middle school years.

  32. I am so unorganized–and it seems like so little is actually done in the time we have for it. I would love to try the primer planner for my little ones

  33. I am “organizationally challenged” so I definitely need the assistance of a planner. And The Ultimate Homeschool Planner looks great! My kiddos are rising 2nd & 5th graders, so Primary would be what we need. Thanks for the chance to win.

  34. I would want to try the Ultimate Home School Planner! We have 2 (2nd and 3rd grades next year) plus 2 part time pre-schoolers (niece and nephew) and this year we are going back to our own curriculum planning. We did LA and math kits for the first time and realized we are better and building and planning our own! This would be a huge help!

  35. I would love to win the ultimate homeschool planner because i am so disorganized. the More i try to be organized the more disorganized i become. What a great opportunity. Thank you for offering this. God bless. nancyt

  36. I could definitely use the Mom planner. My daughter is starting PreK this year and I am at a total loss when it comes to planning and keeping track of progress.

  37. I would love to win the Ultimate Homeschool Planner & Teen Planner (high school). Usually my luck is not well on giveaways, but we will see! *fingers crossed*

  38. The Ultimate Homeschool Planner and younger student planner! I would love to try one of these out. I usually make my own lesson plans online but would like to have a lesson plan book for a change! 🙂

  39. The ultimate student planner. My girls are coming out of the publis school system the upcoming school year and they are used to having a planner. I hope to win!!! I ordered the Ultimate Planner for myself. I can’t wait to start using it!

  40. Ultimate Homeschool Planner & Student Planner (primary)
    I am looking forward to working with my 3 kids (6, 4 & 23 mos), this would be my first year to Homeschool & a planner would be helpful, I’m sure.

  41. The Ultimate Homeschool Planner and The Ultimate Daily Planner for Students. I have 3 kids I am homeschooling and would love this.

    1. I am so pleased when I see moms continue homeschooling through the high school aged children. 42 states offer dual enrollment which allows your teen to attend college for free until they turn 18. Be sure to check that out.

  42. I’d love the Ultimate Homeschool Planner & Student Planner (primary)! It looks AWESOME! Love your site 🙂

  43. I would love to win the primary set… I have a planner now that I depend on just about as much as my Bible. It’s about to run out due to the end of the “school year” and I am craving the planning of next year. Driving me crazy that I have nothing to scribble in yet. Here’s to fingers crossed!

  44. The Ultimate HS Planner & Student Planner would be wonderful!! Not quite ready for high school…thank goodness! 🙂

  45. I homeschool my 3 daughters. 1 which has ADD and another with ADD, SPD, & anxiety to name a few. I recently went back to college to finish my Early Childhood Education degree. This planner would help me tremendously!

  46. Somehow I did something wrong and it says I left a comment but I didn’t… anyway, if I were fortunately enough to win I’d really appreciate the The Ultimate Homeschool Planner and The Ultimate Weekly Planner for Teens. thank you!

  47. We would love a homeschooler planner both I am my child or very OCD about everything , this would be an added bonus to help us stay organized and on top of the school year .

  48. I would be interested in the elementary planner.. I was looking at the exact same planner a couple weeks and found it to be exactly what we needed..

  49. I would need the primary student planner! I know my daughter would love it even though she’s still a bit young (she’ll be in 1st grade). She already has a “planner” and love to write down her daily tasks!

  50. We would need the teen planner… Tackling 8th grade this year and continuing through high school!

  51. Primary set please! Homeschooling my girls in the fall for the first time . This is all new to me AND I’m a single mom. I forget everything!

  52. I soooooo need the primary set. I have my high schooler pretty organized…..but ugh! Help with the younger! What a blessing it would be : )

  53. I really love the layout of this planner. I homeschool my 15 yo son and 11 yo daughter, plus I have a 1 1/2 yo baby, so having my copy and putting their assignments in their possession as well sounds great! I’d prefer the high school one if I win, though I’ll likely buy the other as well.

  54. We would need: The Ultimate Homeschool Planner and The Ultimate Daily Planner for Students
    My daughter is entering 4th grade next year and would love this. (mom would also be excited to win!)

  55. I would use the primary planner. Starting to plan for next year already! I’ll have a 1st grader and kindergartener. 🙂

  56. I would need the student planner. My daughter would love it. And I could use all the help I can get with my first year of three kids in school and a toddler next year!

  57. They would both be so helpful… but I think I’d have to go with the combo that includes the teen one.

  58. I would Love to win the Primary planner. We are starting homeschooling this summer & it is my first year of homeschooling. I am starting from a very scary place of the unknow but I know we are up for it.

  59. ultimate planner and daily planner for students – I’m allelrgic to planners – would be willing to try one that really works…

  60. I have a high school student & a middle school student so the parent student combo for high school would work wonderfully for us!!!

  61. Oh, the primary planner, to be sure. I have two of those. Primary kids. Not planners. Planning. What a concept.

  62. I would love the primary planner. I am starting to homeschool my daughter this summer & I am so new to this, I’m not sure where to turn. This planner would be a complete blessing!

  63. I have my first high schooler next year and we could definitely use the high school planner to get off on the right foot!

  64. I would live to win the mom and student planner. I thrive on organization, and i think my oldest does too. She would love a planner too.

  65. I would absolutely love the teen bundle! As a single homeschooling mom who works 3 jobs and goes to school myself, I could totally use this planner! Thanks!

  66. I spent some time today looking at two resources for planners. I am very impressed with the Ultimate planners. Right now I am homeschooling three children and have a handicapped child who demands a lot of my time. We could use all three sets. It is very hard to prioritize my days without being able to view all that is coming at me for the week and many times things are left to go undone. We would love to win whatever you offer. Thank you

  67. Thanks for your review! I’m a first time homeschooler & am looking for ideas on how to plan our school year. I’d love this to win this planner looks like it has many helpful ideas to keep a busy mom on track! So I need all the help I can get!!! Thanks!! 😉

  68. I am in my second year of homeschooling, teaching an Apologia Physical Science class and tutoring. I found your review by searching for reviews on home school planners, I would like the mom planner! Thank you for your consideration! Blessings.

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