In any case, they are PERFECT for what my kids needed this summer and I’m hoping they will work well in the fall too (though I have some doubts about DC1 remembering to write down things like assignments).
They’re a weekly spread across two pages, which I like. What’s even better is that they have a column for school stuff and then a column for *after school* stuff (something DC1 frequently forgets!). And there’s a daily chores tracker on the right that they can check off. DC2 loves the little space under the chores tracker and fills it up with pictures from books zie is reading or lists of pokemon zie caught that week etc. Saturday and Sunday have smaller spaces, but that works too.
DC2 has really gotten into hirs. Zie updates it on Sunday or Monday morning. Zie excitedly checks off chores. Sometimes zie puts down weekly goals (“learn how to lightening strike a pig in educational minecraft”) and the weekends usually say what baked good DC2 is going to make that week. More recently, zie has moved the two evening Minecraft dates and one piano lesson to the “After School” column.
DC1 is getting less use out of hirs. Zie actually *has* done the daily chores, zie just doesn’t check them off. Zie doesn’t put in assignments (that blue in on Sunday is my writing…) or really use it for planning at all. The class times are in the planner, but they’re also in Google calendar. We’re hoping that a combination of the two systems (electronic and paper) will help DC1 remember to TURN IN COMPLETED ASSIGNMENTS and GO TO AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES once school is back in session, but it’s not looking hopeful. Maybe being a year older will be enough.
I didn’t get much use out of paper planners in middle school or high school either. I’m not sure how I remembered to get things done in high school (in middle school I just finished all my work in class so it was irrelevant). I guess I just had a separate notebook for each class and a binder and checked those daily. I started using a weekly planner (similar to the small weekly Moleskines, but with nursing branding on the front) in college some time when DH gave me one that his mom didn’t want. Then I got free branded econ ones. Then I started having to buy my own Moleskines (or rather, I started having to ask for a small Moleskine planner for Christmas, which is an excellent thing to put on the Amazon wishlist for the in-laws who aren’t sure what to get you). Along with those small weekly planners with meetings and deadlines listed, I had lots of loose leaf to-do lists. These Kahootie planners look like they should have enough space for middle and high school to-dos, but I guess we will find out next semester!
Did you use a planner as a kid? (If applicable) Do your kids use planners? Have your planning needs changed over time?