Now in all fairness I have a different homeschool planner that I use and like. I have been using it for several years and it is very hard to teach this ::ahem:: pushing forty dog new tricks. That said I have been intrigued by the Apologia line of planners for some time and it was a great opportunity to look them over.
•Durable, yet flexible plastic covers (mom planner has folder pockets inside front and back cover)
•Year at a glance all the way up through 2016! I don't even want to think that far in advance but it is nice to see it.
•Bright engaging colors
•study aids in the student planners
•open ended calendars (no big deal if you take a week off you don't waste a page)
•reading lists for the college bound
To highlight some of the above points with more detail. The plastic covers are perfect at protecting the planners from coffee cup rings. All three planners are spiral bound and these durable covers help keep the interior pages protected from squishing in back packs or shuffling in piles.
The study aids in the student planners are awesome. Plenty of informational tips on how to study, use the planner and be successful. I noticed in the student planner there is even a log for the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award. In the teen planner there is a very well laid out high school section. College admissions timelines, high school checklist, and reading list. Over 25 pages of study tips!
I handed the teen planner over to my teen...the first one complained that there was not enough space each day to jot down what she needed to do. I have to agree with her as the student planner are half the size of the mom planner. She did like the time on task wheels and felt it helped her stay on track to see how much time she was actually spending doing her assignments. The second teen I handed it to felt it was reinventing the wheel because the curriculum she uses all ready is set up planner style. So not a huge hit with my teens. I could see how it would be very practical for a teen in a traditional school setting or with co-op classes.
I entered a week for my ten year old in the planner and sent him off. He really wasn't interested either! He has very little free work that I am not sitting with or near him for. Again that is just our homeschooling style and the planner just made more work for me. But in a different style homeschool, or a traditional setting I could see how this would be handy.