Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Weird but True! Daily Planner: 365 Days to Fill with School, Sports, Friends and Fun (National Geographic Kids) [Review & Giveaway]

ISBN: 9781426327933
Spiral Bound $16.99
Ages 8 to 12
National Geographic Kids Books is debuting two back-to-school titles for tweens that will help students tackle the bigger workloads and more advanced thinking they are sure to encounter when they walk into the classroom this Fall. This review is about the new Daily Planner" for ages 8 to 12 students.

My thoughts: Having worked in schools for 35 years and having raised my own five children, I know the importance of having a place to write down in organized fashion what the child is responsible for on a daily basis. Writing down the homework assignments on a scrap of paper simply doesn't "cut" it. Having a tablet which you devote solely for writing homework assignments in daily is a step in the right direction. Learning to use a daily planner that encompasses more than just homework is really a giant step toward responsibility.

It's that time of the year when all those school supplies are being sought out and bought in quantity. Such a plethora of items from which to choose and so hard on mommy's purse and daddy's budget. But I have a grand suggestion for one of those "over-the-top" purchases.

Get the National Geographic Kids Weird but True! DAILY PLANNER. This is a fantastic daily planner with the necessary spots for recording and tracking those "must be done" things and those practises, events, and fun times. Not only is this a tool for keeping the 8 to 12 year old organized and on target, it is simply packed with fun pictures and facts about the world that will fascinate. There is fun stuff as well. Such as thoughtful suggestions....
"It might be cold outside, but who says you can't be stylish? Doodle some cool hat designs next to your to-dos for the week."
"Turn that frown upside down! Write a weird poem to brighten someones day." 
"Make up a joke that starts with, "A dinosaur, an insect, and a math teacher are in a canoe...."

I can hardly wait to pass this along to my grand-girl. She is going to have a blast with it and get herself really organized as well.

About the book: Nat'l Geo Kids has made getting organized for school FUN and injects some creative thinking into the process, too!  In the planner, each day of the school year is peppered with weird-but-true facts.  Turn the pages and write the class schedule for the year, record school work, keep track of activities, and plan social time, all while learning wild things about the world around them. Fun writing prompts invite students to celebrate weirdness and hone their writing skills at the same time. Plus there are homework help sections, useful distance, volume, weight and multiplication charts and tons of space to write or doodle their daily schedule any way they wish. With beautiful full-color artwork and engaging information and activities, this is the must-have planner for the 2017/2018 school year. Spiral bound and durable, it will last until the final school bell rings in June.
Begins August 9
Ends August 30 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA addresses only.
a Rafflecopter giveaway DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from MMPublicity on behalf of National Geographic Kids to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and freely given. I was not compensated.


  1. Organization: Put things in Boxes! Put things in Rows! Edit your collections!

  2. We make lists, prepare the night before, and rise early.

  3. All books and materials placed in your bag the night before, lunches and snacks packed and in the fridge during dinner prep time, any appointments/meetings/practices/events written on the master calendar

  4. 1. We prepare beforehand. always get clothes out and lunches packed the day before. 2. We clean closets and see what fits before school shopping. 3. We label all their school supplies and keep them in one place!

  5. I leave a basket in each room. If something does not belong in that room, it goes into the basket and we clean them out a couple of times a week. We have a bedtime routine we stick to whenever we are home that gets the kids in bed on time and with everything done. We also take advantage of dry erase boards to keep everyone's schedules straight. Thanks for the super giveaway opportunity.

  6. I live by:
    1) Planners
    2) Lists
    3) A family chalkboard/calendar to keep track of all of our schedules

  7. My phone reminders, calendars and erasable chalk board help us the most.


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