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My Lesson Planner

IOZion Homeschool Resources

PO Box 126
Winchester, IN 47394

My Lesson Planner is a homeschool organizer from IOZion Homeschool Resources. It is approximately 8.5" x 11" with laminated front and back covers and plastic comb binding.  The cover features a simple house logo and the verse from Joshua 24:15--". . . as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Inside, before the weekly pages begin, is a page where the owner can write identifying information and year-at-a-glance pages for both 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. There is a two-page spread for each week. Enough pages are included for about 70 weeks. The left side is a chart, 4 columns wide by 5 rows. Across the top is room to label a child's name or a subject heading for each column. The rows are labeled down the left side MTWTF. On the right side of the spread is a MTWTF checklist, a grading chart, squares to record Bible meditations, read-alouds, project ideas, and resource helps. There is also a large section labeled "Mama's Journal" with several lines for recording special moments and thoughts. The lower right corner varies from page to page. Some pages include verses here; others have a quote, poem, puzzle, cute picture, or a blank box for a special sketch or note. The back of the book holds grading charts, charts for recording read-alouds, a four-year plan for high school, assignment check-off sheets, chore planners, and menu planners.

Planners are extremely personal items, and what works fabulously for one family may not be right for another. I don't see this planner working for my needs, but it may be exactly right for someone else's situation. There are many things I do like about the planner. The pages lay nicely flat when opened. I enjoyed the verses, quotes, and poems scattered throughout. I like that it is intended to be kept as a keepsake after the year is finished. It would be easy to jot down a quick journal entry since the space for that is provided right in the planner. The menu planners are helpful to me too. However, the squares in the actual scheduling area are too small to be practical for my homeschool. Also, all the boxes of "extras" are distracting and overwhelming to me. I need to mention that the company offers personalized planners, and perhaps some of the issues that are problematic to me could be addressed if I ordered a customized planner.


Product review by Whitney Dunahee, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, August 2010

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