Mardel’s Homeschool Planner Review & Giveaway

I often get asked, “How do you manage to run a farm AND homeschool?”  Aren’t they both full-time jobs?  And the answer is, YES, they ARE both full-time jobs!  Today I would like to share a tool with you that helps me stay organized and keep track of what I need to be doing:  It’s “A Simple Plan:  Planner for the Homeschooling Family.”

Homeschool Planner Giveaway


Mardel’s sent this planner to me to review a couple of months ago and I really love it!  First of all, it’s pretty.  Not that pretty should matter, but the reality is that I’m more likely to use a planner if it’s pretty.  (Is that sad?)  Even the dividers on the inside are lovely:

A Simple Plan Dividers


I’ve looked at a lot of homeschooling planners and the problem I keep running into is that most planners either have space for way too much information or not enough space.  A Simple Plan is a nice balance of just-enough space.  The planning section at the beginning of the planner has year-at-a-glance calendars for 2013 and 2014 and also a place to plan out each student’s weekly schedules and a yearly overview of what they’ll be learning each week in each subject:

A Simple Plan Planners

Brilliant!  Pre-planning the year out this way really helps me set reasonable goals and stay focused on what I need and want to accomplish.  There’s space for up to 6 children, which is perfect for a family like mine!  I also love that there are samples included of how the forms could be filled out.  I’m very visual and so seeing the samples helped me quite a bit.

Really, the only thing I didn’t like about this planner is that it is thick.  But, since it covers 12 months (July 2013-June 2014) I suppose I could remedy that by simply tearing out the pages for the weeks that we take off.

As a side note, this is a very versatile planner.  For our family, it works to spread our homeschooling day out over 6 days per week but most planners only accommodate 5 days perweek.  This planner is designed for 5 days a week, but by switching the column down the side with the row across the top, I am able to make it work for my family’s unusual schedule!

Some of you will say, “Oh, but I really don’t like to keep up with paper planners.”  Well no worries, friend!  Mardel’s has a FREE ONLINE homeschool planner that you can sign up for by clicking right here.

I love this planner so much that I contacted Mardel’s and asked them if they’d be willing to give one of my Good Old Days Farm readers a free copy…. and they said YES!  Simply enter using the entry form below.  The Giveaway ends this Thursday!


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  1. kristy imschweiler says

    I could use this as i am looking to run a farm and home school, and part time ministry. Say what?!?! ya its a lot plus add a growing family to that and i shudder at the idea. But, with some organization and lots of patience and God on my side, i know its possible.

  2. Sarah says

    I like that it’s simple and not laid out “clean”. I have used other planners before and never followed through. I really like the tabs. I always had to make my own. It look slimmer and just simple and pretty. I love it.

  3. Jennifer says

    Very pretty, maybe it could actually get me organized, new to homeschooling and feeling very upside down … :/

  4. Charissa Rice says

    I love that it looks so easy to use and would work well to help keep all of my family’s schedules straight.

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