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I’ve written before about the TOS Schoolhouse Planner (2008-2009 version, 2009-2010 version, and the 2010-2011 version). It’s a monster-sized ebook with forms for schooling, forms for the home, articles by well-known members of the homeschool community, recipes and more.
Recently, TOS launched planners for specific grade levels AIMED at the students themselves.
Our family recently had the chance to test out the Middle School Planner geared for grades 7 and 8. With P in 8th grade and my ongoing quest to have him more independent in his studies, I was eager to utilize some of the forms in the planner.
While the forms are ones most likely desired by middle school students, I found a few that even the younger boys would use.
Which is their favorite?
The All-Purpose Wish List, of course!
Each boy has now started their wish list so family members will know just what they’d like to receive in the future. I’m afraid that they’ll be onto a second page before long. I don’t mind, though, as it also includes a column for price so they can see just how much saving they need to do for a desired item.
My current favorite is the to do list sheet. We already use a computer program for me to do school assignments. BUT, the boys have non-school commitments that need some tracking as well. The pdf file allows you to type in the list for printing. That way there’s no issue of confusion over what was written down. And, this former list making addict gets serious satisfaction from placing a check mark in the box when something is done.
I also like the course of study sheet where I can put in what overall goals and resources P has for the school year. We already have to complete an individual learning plan for each child enrolled in the charter school, so it was easy to cut and paste onto this form. Why’d I bother to do this? The short answer is that the TOS form is easier for P to read AND only takes one page of paper.
The third group of forms being placed into use for our family have to do with media usage. Specifically, which books they have read, what audios listened to for school, and videos viewed. I have the ability to track it all in my computer program, but if they fail to supply the information it doesn’t get entered into the program.
The list could go on as the Planner has almost 300 pages in the file, including a parent pack with 2 articles aimed at homeschool educators. You’ll find 2 articles for your middle school student, calendar options, informational ‘must know’ lists, homeschool forms and organizational forms. While the types of forms may overlap with those in the master Schoolhouse Planner, this product is meant to allow the student to pull together their own planner without having to sort through forms that have little use for their grade level.
Disclaimer ~ Our family was provided with a copy of the Middle School Student Planner from TOS so we could complete this review. No other compensation was provided and the opinions expressed in this post are our own. Our family is an affiliate with TOS, so links in this post may result in a small credit should you purchase through them.