This is a Planner on steroids! It includes something for everyone. It has Monthly Planner Pages, Homeschooling Planner Pages, Household Planner Pages … you name it, it has it! This 247 page Planner is in a PDF version. If you have a Mac, you need to make sure and download it as a PDF …. do not let your Mac change the formatting. This Planner starts out with a yearly calendar (a MUST for those of us global thinkers) then moves on to the individual month …. along with Timelines, Tips, Store Resources and a couple of unique recipes …. for each month! After all 12 months, you can choose from 41 Homeschool Forms or 34 Household Forms to print out and use.
For those of us moms who are organizationally challenged, this planner is amazingly complete. I started out by printing out the three (yes, I said 3) pages of Table of Contents. Then I highlighted the forms that I wanted to print out to create my Personal Planner. This gives me the ability to personalize it anyway I need to. Make sure and check out all those cool pages you don’t know what the title means …. you might find a great help! (or you can always go and read the Instructions) For me, it’s the Homeschool Forms that really interest me …. but all of it is amazing! Once you know what you want to print out, you can pull up your Planner PDF on the Table of Contents page and click on the name of the form that you want to print out. Your PDF will go directly to that particular form without you having to scroll through all 247 pages. Then just print it out and put it in a notebook! Oh, and before printing out any of the pages, make sure and type in all the information that you already know. For example: on the My Address Book, you can type in all your information before you print it all out! Or type in your Co-Op plans into your Month Planner pages and then print it out, all complete and ready to go.
In my humble opinion, this is one of the most complete Planners I have ever seen. You can create a small Planner or take all year and create the biggest Planner on the planet! Because we have a Special Needs Child, boxed curriculum just don’t work for us. However, Iâ€™ve been struggling with keeping our Homeschool organized and on track. Not this year! Especially if you live in a State where you must â€œproveâ€ you are homeschooling and what exactly you are teaching, make sure and print out the Course of Study form.
I believe there is only one thing I would change in this Planner – the color scheme. I’m really not a “Rust” person, and when I print this out on my black and white printer, it prints in a grey scale …. so it’s not really sharp. I usually print on colored paper (colored paper is cheaper than colored ink), and a grey scale just doesn’t pop like black does.
The TOS Planner does a great job of incorporating forms and ideas for Unschoolers, Classical Schoolers, Unit Study Schoolers, – really anyone who Homeschools will benefit from the TOS Planner.
This computer program teaches the times tables in a fun and engaging way for young mathematicians …. and non-mathematicians! I’s like something they would play on Nintendo or Game Boy – but on this game, you need to answer the questions correctly (times tables) in order to get the golden key and advance to the level.
Being the sneaky mom that I am, I loaded it up and started playing it myself (turning up the volume very loudly!) Soon, both my kids were saying, …. no mom … go here! ….push this button!…. MOM …. you are gonna loose or walk over a cliff!!! and the finaly, Mom, you really need to let me play this game cause you are gonna loose.
Timez Attack is a great game for High Functioning Special Needs Kids. It is easy for them to figure out, even this old mom figured out how to make it walk and such …. of course, the directions are there if you want. But who needs directions when you can push buttons and make it work?
The only thing that might be tough for some kids is the timer. Some Aspergers kids or ADHD kids don’t do well with the intensity a timer creates. I realize that with “normal” kids, this would not be a factor, but with our Special Needs Kids, it tends to be. It would be awesome if the creator could produce a different version, one with out the “timer” for our kids!
I would defiantly recommend this Computer Program. Oh, and did I mention, it’s FREE! Yes, you can buy an upgrade version, but my kids are having fun and learning on the Free version. For more information, see: Big Brainz – Timez Attack