Thursday, August 6, 2020

These planners make it easy for kids to see time so they can manage it better

School will be starting soon, and kids everywhere are going to have a lot of adjusting to do.  Whether they return to school, or continue with online remote learning, they are really going to need to learn to manage their time.  I received some awesome products from Order Out of Chaos, and I think they will be a big help for students of all ages, elementary school through college.  Read on and you will see what I mean.

Order Out Of Chaos was started by Leslie Josel about 15 years ago.  She was looking for ways to help her son, who was diagnosed with ADHD.  And now this company offers a range of customized products and programs to help parents teach their kids - whether mainstream or with learning issues - how to develop the necessary skills they need to experience success in school and in life.  Some parents struggle to help their children learn how to manage their time and stress less.  Order Out Of Chaos provides you with the tools you and your children need to figure out what works best for you.  They offer coaching services, parent education videos, free downloads on their website, a Facebook group and helpful planners and accessories.

The Academic Planners really help students manage their time better because they can quickly and easily see when assignments are due, when tests are scheduled, after school commitments and free blocks of time.  This lets them plan their study time and homework time when they have no other commitments.  The planners come in both letter size and personal size for $18.99 each.  Until September 20, you can enter the discount code PLANNER20 at checkout for 20% off on planners (the discount is valid on on planners, nothing else on the site).  I received the personal sized planners and they measure 8.25" by 8.5".  You can choose from 3 different colors (plum, teal and black).

The planners are easy to use, with unique subject pages at the front and back where you can list up to 6 subjects.  And because these boxes stick out further than the other pages, you don't have to write the subjects on every page!  And there's plenty of space in the planner to enter all of your school activities (from 8 am through 9 pm), so you'll always know what and you need to do and when you need to do it.  There's even space for weekend activities!

The planner pages line up with the index on a subject by subject basis to make it easy to record and review your weekly schedule.  The days of the week are listed horizontally across the top of the weekly two page calendar layout.  It has a Project Planning Guide, a Study Planning Guide and full page monthly calendars with ample room for notes.  It's based on a school year calendar from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.  There's a vinyl pocket where you can keep notes and slips.  They even take into account that students sometimes change subjects mid-year and include a strip of labels that are custom sized to fit perfectly over the subject boxes.  So just cover an old subject with one of the labels and then write the new subject on it.  No scribbles, no mess!

When you order your Academic Planner, it's a good idea to order the optional Academic Planner Student Sticker Sheet for $4.99 as well.  These stickers help students learn time management in an interactive and hands on way.  What kid doesn't love stickers?  There are 193 custom designed stickers that work specifically with both sizes of planners to make staying on track, on time and on task a lot more fun.  The stickers are easy to peel and apply and fit perfectly on the planner's weekly calendar pages, as well as the individual large monthly calendar pages.  The sticker sheet is 8" x 11" and has 160 "action" stickers and 33 "picture" stickers.  Students can use the colorful stickers to accentuate important dates or activities, or just to brighten up their planner.  The stickers say things like ACTIVITY, PARTY, THIS WEEK, NEXT WEEK, APPT, TO DO, NO SCHOOL, REMINDER, EVENT, TEST, WORK, TODAY, CHORES and IMPORTANT.  There are also checkmarks, stars and happy faces!

I also received this great Order Out Of Chaos Erasable Highlighter.  It's priced at $2.99 and this thing is amazing!  Do you remember the frustration you felt when you would accidentally highlight the wrong thing?  And once you highlighted, you couldn't undo it.  Well, with this highlighter, you can!  It features a thermo sensitive ink formula that disappears with erasing friction.  It can be used on books, papers and much more.  The ink is bright yellow and vibrant so it stands out, and it won't damage books or documents.  Make your highlights precise with the chisel tip.  The ink won't smudge and it won't tear the paper when you erase it.  It's great!  No more frustration from highlighting the wrong thing!  Simply erase it and highlight again!

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