Friday, August 27, 2010

The Well-Guided High School Planner

The Well-Guided High Schooler is a four year planner, designed to help you and your student stay on track during the high school years.  Written to the student, it provides one place for all your high school plans and is meant to serve as both a planner and a record of work completed.  It provides areas to track assignments, attendance, grades, etc.

The biggest surprise to me was the number of articles sprinkled throughout.  These cover what you need to know for your college prep student, including information on the SAT/ACT, the college application process, grants and scholarships, yearly checklists, etc.

Although I am of a more relaxed homeschool mindset and encourage our children to attend college if needed for their life's pursuit, I appreciate having this information at my fingertips.  When we first began homeschooling high school, we determined what was needed for both college prep and non college prep transcripts and have taught our children accordingly.  It's nice to have this information handy for those who require it, and it's easy enough to skip over for those who do not.

Although I enjoy technology, for some reason I prefer paper planning.  I need to sit with a pen (erasable!) and my planning book and physically write.  It's what works for me.  I like having the entire four years in one book that is small enough to curl up with.  With this advantage comes the disadvantage of not always having enough space or exactly the forms I would like.  So far, we've been able to tweak it and make it work. It's so pretty to look at though, sometimes it's hard for me to cross out a pre-printed word and write in my own or list more courses in tiny print to the side.  But perhaps I shouldn't use the word "pretty"!  Don't worry, it's still manly enough for my 15 year old son and I appreciate that it is enjoyable to look at and yet perfectly acceptable to either gender. ;-)

As this is designed for all four years of your student's high school journey, it is sold in four year increments depending on your student's graduation year.  My son is beginning his sophomore year and so I chose the planner dated June 2009-July 2013. I filled in his course info and grades for his freshman year and we will go from there.  Some subjects cover more than one year for us, so I just left the grade section blank if it was as yet incomplete.  Again, a little tweak or two but that's what we do as homeschoolers!

I love all the options we have available to us as homeschoolers now.  This would have been a wonderful tool to use with my two graduated students and I am happy to have discovered it in time to use with my younger kids.  If you have kids heading into high school, you may want to check it out.  If you're not quite there yet, they also have planners available for the younger grades!  

The Well Guided High-Schooler is available in spiral bound softcover for $29.95 or in PDF format for $24.95.

*Disclosure: I received this planner at no cost, for review purposes.  The thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own. As always.*

3 comments:

TerriG said...

Hey, I need to look at it, can that book go to the park?

Lizzie said...

I'd like to see it hands on too. :)

Lori said...

Well, I asked that book if it would like to go to the park and it seems to be willing- even after I told it that it will have to go twice because Lizzie won't be there this week. ;-)

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