Friday, May 27, 2011

Kicking off Summer with a {GIVEAWAY}!

Summer is so close I can smell the sunscreen and Charcoal.....that may be because I've take the kids to the pool 2 days in a row! What better way to kick off Summer Break than with a giveaway to help you look ahead to next year!

Homeschool Hoop-La is Hosting giveaways every week in June!

As a former Public School teacher, my planner was one of my favorite tools. I loved sitting down and filling out all those boxes neatly! So when I started homeschooling, even when Jonah was only 3, you better believe I ran our and bought a planner and started filling in those little boxes! It didn't take me long to realize that the typical teaching planner just wasn't going to work for Homeschooling. I searched for free printable planners and found some that would work, but they weren't exactly what I wanted or needed. They lacked certain elements and had ones I didn't ever use. Until I came across.......

The new 2011-2012 Planner  

Let me just start off by adding my disclaimer here: I purchased this planner based on another Review I read, from another Homeschooling Momma.And after visiting the Home Educating Website and taking a
detailed look into their planner. I was sold. I ordered the planner right away and have loved it this entire year! You can (and should!) look for yourself, but let me tell you a few of my favorite things about this planner!

First of all, it isn't just for Homeschooling. It's an all inclusive LIFE planner, and if you have been Homeschooling for any length of time you know there is no separating life from Homeschooling. Homeschooling is a part of your life, as much as grocery shopping, cooking and laundry. This planner makes that all easy and simple to incorporate!

For Household organization there are pages for Finance notes, chore cards for the kids, special contacts and more! Two of my favorite features were the perferated shopping lists that were inlcuded at the start of each month! (6 you can jot down items and easily tear out each month) Having them handy while teaching proved essential for those items you would find you needed for science of history! No more searching for that list you thought you left on the counter somewhere! I also loved that each week has a space for Priorities, a menu list for each day and a weekend list! All 3 right there! As things come up during the day, you've got your lists right there to add to or cross off!

On the Homeschooling portion of this planner, I cannot say enough about how well thought out and organized this planner truly is. All of the Homeschooling features of this planner are made with 4 children in mind. Some of the features of this planner are The Class Plan and Student Schedule, Semester Goals, sections for Books to Read, Field Trip & Enrichment Activities, Tracking monthly expenses, Attendance Records, Weekly Progress/Grade Reports, even a Perforated Report Card for each child! Really when I say they thought of everything, I mean everything! The planning for each week includes planning spaces for Bible, Math, History, Science, English as well as extra spaces for notes! I use mine for my circle time notes as well as foreign language notes!

One of my favorite extra features of this planner are the little touches that have been added. The Scripture verses on each page, the encouraging quotes, the weekly Catechism and the Monthly articles! Truth be told I had to practice some self control and wait each month to read the articles. They were so perfectly planned and encouraging right when I needed them.

So while I go and order my planner for next year, let me give YOU a chance to win something that really will help your next year in your journey of Homeschooling! Here's how:

Mandatory Entry Requirements:
{Please leave a separate comment for each entry, a winner will be chosen randomly using}
Extra entries:
{please leave links in your comments for each extra entry}
  •  Update your Facebook Status and tell everyone you know about this GREAT giveaway!
  • BLOG about this giveaway!
  • VOTE for my blog by clicking on the "We're on the Fence button on my side bar!
A winner will be chosen randomly On JUNE 1st so please check back, or leave me your email address in a comment so I can get a hold of you! 

If you don't happen to be the blessed winner of this planner, OR you just can't wait, take advantage of these great deals:

*Sign up for a FREE 7 day trial membership of the Home Educating Magazine (another great resource by the way!) and get 10% off your planner purchase!
* Purchase a Binder and Planner Bundle and save 15% right now!


  1. Hey Tia,

    such a great idea. I would like to enter for the Well Planned Day. :)

  2. Hi Tia! Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to win and I think the PDF version on their website looks pretty amazing. :)

  3. and I like your page on Facebook

  4. Ok, I gotta enter this. I really am diggin' the Well Planned Day, that looks wonderful!

  5. I just "liked" both on FB and posted on my FB! :)

  6. I went through them more carefully tonight, and I really like the HOMESCHOOL TEACHER one. It seems simple and just sticks with schooling. I like that better then having a binder that mixes house hold chores, grocery list, card reminders and things like that.

  7. I "liked" Home-Educating Family!! :)

  8. I am now a "follower" of your blog! :)

  9. And, of course, I "like" Homeschool Hoop-La!

  10. I clicked on We're on the Fence to vote for you!

  11. I looked at the website and the Homeschooling planner is AWESOME. I LOVE the monthly articles! Thanks, Tia! This has been fun!