I’m a planner dropout. I’ve tried many, many planners with most being pre-printed and bound planners that you see all over the place when stores stock up with back to school supplies. Usually about a month into using a planner I find they don’t quite fit my needs. I get frustrated and stop using them. A few weeks ago I saw an opportunity to try Lessontrek free and though I’d give it a shot. After using this planner for almost 6 weeks to plan next year for my boys, I’m still pretty happy with it!
This review is sponsored by Lessontrek. All opinions are my own.
About a week into using Lessontrek I discovered I could copy and paste links directly into the assignment boxes. This is a big deal for me! For Magoo and Doodad, I try to use as many free resources as I can from various blogs and education websites. Its often hard to keep track of the links or remember which kid I intended a particular activity for if I don’t take notes.
I’m still deciding exactly what I will do with the boys next year, but I’ve started grouping things into basic themes like letters, numbers, and shapes. I’ve been keeping track of links by creating a single assignment each week or two for the themes I think we’ll use this year. Assignments can easily be moved around within a week or bumped to a future week using the drag and drop feature. It gives me great flexibility which I really need for my preschoolers.
I created profiles for each boy and two for the classes I’ll be teaching in our co-op next year. Bebop and Magoo will both be doing the same memory work for our co-op so I may create another profile for the group work.
Each student profile is color coded, has its own specific assignments, and can track grades and attendance. I have not used the grading features yet because my boys are so young, but I did play with the setting. It seems to be pretty easy to navigate, just like the rest of the planner’s features.
In addition to color coded profiles, I can also color code assignments. You can keep the colors the same across all students or give each profile a different coding system. Right now Bebop’s assignments are color coded to match his books. The little boys are the same color for right now. Its very easy to change the color codes within either the student profile or the assignment information section.
Lessontrek allows you to create templates to quickly copy and paste repetitive assignments. I did this with Bebop’s first week of assignments (in the above graphic). I set up all the information for handwriting, copied the assignment and just had to change the page numbers.
Since its still summer and we’re only focused on two subjects right now, Bebop’s lesson plans look pretty light. I was able to copy and paste the entire week, just changing page numbers, to fill in all the days until our co-op start up in September. Between now and then I will be adding subjects.
We’re only 2 weeks into first grade and already we’ve had to adjust our homeschool lesson plans. With Lessontrek, I am able to quickly drag assignments we did not complete to a future day. I can see this feature being very helpful as we encounter the typical sick boys and snow days!
Lessontrek has a printing option. I have not fully explored this option, but I really like that I can plan out the whole year and print a copy. Then at the end of the year after I’ve added my notes and journaled our experiences, I can print that out too!
I got the idea for using Lessontrek as a homeschool journal from Sheri Graham. I plan to use Lessontrek as a preschool journal for Magoo and Doodad.
There are a few features I’d like to see added or adjusted. For example, the grade names start with kindergarten. I would like to enter the little boys as preschoolers. I submitted my suggestions to Lessontrek and received a very prompt reply. I’m very impressed with the customer service!
Remember above how I told you I discovered Lessontrek through a free offer? That offer is still available! You can sign up for a FREE 14 day trial by visiting the Lessontrek website. I also have a coupon code for my readers that gives you an entire year of using the Lessontrek planner for just $30, that’s a savings of 50%. Use the code 2IOL50 in the payment info section. (This coupon is only good for the first year, additional years will be charged at the full price if you choose to renew).
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