Academic Planner {Review}

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Posted by Dina N

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 
As a parent, it boggles my mind how busy kids are these days. At school, they have to keep up with classwork, quizzes, and group projects. After school, there's homework, special assignments, extracurricular activities, sports, dance, music, and more. Their time is scheduled in precise increments. Their teachers blog, email, and send notes home in an effort to keep kids - and their parents - on track.

Clearly, time management skills are essential - as early as elementary school. Each of my kids has her own academic planner where they routinely note homework assignments and specials rotations. An academic planner such as the one offered by Order out of Chaos can help establish those time management skills. It's a spiral-bound planner designed specifically for school-aged children. The inside pages are 7"x11" and have room to jot down assignments and activities. The planner is conveniently perforated so kids can keep it in their binders. It has a monthly and weekly view. For the current school year, the planner starts on July 29, 2013 and ends on August 3, 2014. Unlike the planners my children got from their school, this academic planner has a vertical index on the left where kids can list each subject only once for the entire school year. That way, they don't have to write "20 minutes reading" five days a week.

Since for most kids, the day includes more than just school, the planner has an After School section from 3:00 to 9:00 PM. There, kids can note things like soccer, piano, tutoring, play date, sleepover - whatever they are scheduled for that day. For each week, there's a handy monthly calendar and at the start of every month, a Notes page. A vinyl pocket in the back can hold notes or other papers.

Probably the most important benefit of a time planner is that it helps put students in control of their time and assignments. I check my kids' planners daily and keep up with the teachers' blogs but ultimately, my children need to learn how to manage everything on their own. I am truly looking forward to the day when nagging about schoolwork will be a thing of the past...

The planner is available in the three color designs you see in the picture and in white. It can be purchased for $19 from orderoochaos.com.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

4 comments:

  1. Leslie Josel said...

    thank you so much for the awesome review. I am thrilled you found it useful. Keep me posted on how it works for you!

  2. dd said...

    I still like paper planners too. I thought I'd just use the computer but it's halfway through January and I'm wishing I had a paper planner!

  3. Sandra VanHoey said...

    My grandchildren need something like this, they have way to many things oing on with sports, etc and need to help them remember

  4. James Robert said...

    Being a single dad with 5 kids, something like this is important to keep up with all the kids. I need a planner to help me out.

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