Camrose Academy offers a day planner on CD for you to use to plan your year! The CD is a great option for parents, as they can order and print out what they choose. Each planner has the curriculum broken down into 180 daily lesson plans. The author has saved you time and energy by going through the curriculum out there, and finding, in her opinion, the best of the best. These planners are awesome for those of us who have curriculum already and need help in putting it all together, and for those that need the structure of a planner, but are frustrated at the options out there. It is wonderful to see a Christian planner that uses a variety of textbooks, workbooks, and readers. The books used by Camrose Academy are from many different publishers. Each CD includes the daily lesson plans 1-180, an appendix loaded with math manipulatives, maps, teaching aids etc., and a list of books you need to buy and where to get them at the lowest prices. There is also a collection of children's literature that you can print out with titles including The Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter, A Child's Garden of Verses, The Bobbsey Twins, The Railway Children, and Stories by Hans Christian Anderson, Aesop, Mark Twain, and more. The main publisher used for reading is Bob Jones University Press. The Math they recommend is Singapore Math and Horizon's Math. There is always a reason why they have chosen each particular publisher, so you can know the heart of the author.
These CDs are NOT a curriculum in themselves; they are a planner, as the title states. The author has taken the hard work of choosing books for each subject and done it for you. All you have to do is order the books suggested, and sit down and go! The books are easily found, and as I said earlier, there is a list on each CD to make the ordering easier. The CDs are definitely geared towards classical education, with many classical books right on the CD for you already. The author has been influenced by Charlotte Mason, as you can see by the use of narration and copy work included in the
planners. The actual planner itself is very detailed and laid out very clearly. It is easy to follow, just print it out, and follow the days listed; Day one, Day two, etc. Be aware, however, that the planners are easily 250 pages long, so unless you have a laser printer, you may want to take them to a copy store and have them copy the planner for you. I printed mine out on my laser printer, and it used very little ink and took very little time! I've enjoyed using the grade three planner, and right now the author has up to and including grade six available. I've looked at every level except grade five, and was pleased with each one. The grade six disc also includes Latin I and Latin II, so you can choose the level you want to use and print the appropriate planner for your student. Each CD is purchased separately, so you only need buy the grade you are on. The planners are self-loading, and require Adobe Acrobat to read them, which is available on
the disc if you don't have it on your computer already.
All in all, for those of you who are looking for someone to pull those publisher's books together and print out a planner for you, here it is! A lot of work was done to save you time and energy, and the website is very comprehensive. There are sample pages available on the website and a list of books used for each grade.