First Day of School

Monday, September 8th, 2014

The first day of school isn’t the “First Day of School” anymore

With Kindergarten and Pre-K and structured day care, that once common rite of passage, the “First Day of School,” doesn’t loom so large to primary school students anymore. While there’s far less separation anxiety these days, the first time children enter a classroom to begin their education, they do embark on a new journey – one that may be all the more dramatic after a summer break.

A primary school student planner designed to introduce organizational skills

At qualityplanners.com, all of our planners, from primary school student planners, elementary school student planners, middle school students planners, high school student planners to college student planners empower a student by supporting efforts to develop time management and organizational skills.

Obviously, a seasoned student and a student just starting out need different levels of support.

It is one thing to reinforce organizational skills, and something else to “introduce” them!

Our primary school student planner excels at introducing organizational skills. It is an ideal tool to be used in conjunction with a “study hour” in which parent and child can begin the routine of setting aside a designated time for school work.

Our primary school planner has been carefully designed to appeal to a youngster’s tastes. There is a simple and colorful “week at a glance” calendars to start primary school students on good time management habits.

A primary school student planner as tangible reminder of concepts encountered for the first time

Because it is never too early to introduce the concept of time management, our primary school planner offers a section for goal setting to reinforce classroom and study habits.

The primary school planner serves then as a physical and tangible reminder for concepts that are as yet very abstract to a young mind. They can hold in their hands solid reminders of the habits they are just learning to grasp.

Finally, our primary school planner acknowledges that the primary school student is just beginning to notice milestones in his or her short life. To help reinforce the habit of organizing one’s experiences, the primary school planner includes a section for the student to add “class memories.”

It all ads up to an exceptional introduction to the skill sets that will serve a student through his or her entire academic career!

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MIddle School Essays

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Middle school: Grammar and essay writing

Don’t be fooled by those who suggest that electronic media will make writing well less valuable in the future.

The ability to express an idea, summarize a finding, deliver a report remains an asset.

A good writer can distinguish him or herself as a clear thinker and a thought leader.

And on a purely pragmatic basis, writing well can dramatically distinguish one student from another by conveying a mastery of language.

Writing well emerges as a necessary skill in middle school

Learning to write well is a lifelong task, and at every level of education, students acquire increasingly sophisticated skills; but it’s especially critical in middle school.

That’s why we pack all of our planners, starting with primary school student planner, to elementary school student planner, middle school student planner and high school student planner with tips and techniques to enhance a student’s writing skills.

Our middle school student planner offers an exceptionally thorough section on writing.

It includes a Grammar and Punctuation Guide as well as a valuable 5 stage “Guide to Better Writing” process for better writing

Our middle school student planner teaches process and provides structure

First, there’s the Grammar and Punctuation Guide.

This Guide neatly summarizes proper use of punctuation, explaining each punctuation mark in clear detail.

More importantly, our 5 step “Guide to Better Writing” provides students with a mean to  structure the writing process, which is fundamental to any form of expression, whether an argument or position or a creative endeavor.

The guide take students through the complete writing process, from generating the thesis to editing.

Just as our student planners help students understand and internalize general and big picture skills such as planning and organization, our writing guide assists students in mastering very specific skills in composition.

This combination of large and small scale structure provides the ideal foundation for lasting academic success.

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Summer Learning Loss

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Over the summer months, it’s not unusual for children to lose things: a flip flop, a pair of sunglasses — even an entire weekend!

But there’s one loss that occurs over summer that’s a bit important.

We’re talking about “summer learning loss.”

One full month of learning can vanish in the summer

Summer learning loss is the phenomenon where, according to some experts, students actually score lower on “standardized tests at the end of summer than they do at the beginning of summer.”

While there’s some variation in loss among subjects, as well as income groups, the average loss is equal to approximately one month of achievement. (Full article )

Student planners; an “ideal resource” to combat summer learning loss

Thankfully, there are strategies to support retention.

Indeed, one authority notes that a student planner is “an ideal resource” for reviewing the previous year’s work. (Full article )

It’s gratifying to see that reviewing workbooks during the summer can be an effective means to “combat summer learning loss.”

At QualityPlanners.com, we develop our primary school student planner, elementary school student planner, middle school student planner and high school student planner to support student achievement during the academic year.

The planners enable a student to write down and track important instructional material so that it is always ready at hand.

In addition, our student planners come complete with a wide variety of handy resources on all key subject, so that students can remain familiar with essential concepts, terminology and facts,

So, while you may never find that lost flip flop or pair of sunglasses, or get back that “lost weekend,” at least you know your child with a student planner has at hand the means to retain the valuable knowledge he and she have acquired during the school.

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Student Planner or School Planner: What’s in a Name?

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

 

At qualityplanners.com, we hear the terms “student planner” and “school planner” used interchangeably.

People searching for student planners for middle school students, high school students, college students, and special need students seem as likely to use one term as the other.

But you might have noticed we’ve tipped our hand. We use the term “student planner.”

Yet sometimes we wonder: is it “six of one, half a dozen of the other?” Is there any logic to why some use one term and some use the other?

From time to time, the media will publish a map of the US indicating that people refer to carbonated soft drinks as “Soda,” while others say “Pop,” and still others “Coke.”

If you’re interested in this phenomenon, check out the site for yourself — http://popvssoda.com

There seem to be definite and historical regional preferences when it comes to terms.

Unfortunately, we can’t determine the same for “student planner” and “school planner.”

So we asked ourselves, Is there a generational reference for “student planner” or “school planner?”

We thought of this when recalling a funny moment in an episode of Modern Family where young Manny laments that his step-dad, Jay, “still calls the remote the clicker.”

Alas, yet again, there seems to be no generational divide when it comes to “student planner” and “school planner.”

It seems that we have reached the point of “tomato to-mah-to.”

We’d love to hear from you on this subject so send us your thoughts.

 

 

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New Character Building Content in Student Planners

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

 

Student planners are great tools for helping students learn the time management skills that are essential for academic success.

Success in School, on the Job, in Life

But student planners can also play a valuable role in supporting the personal and social values that support success in school, on the job and in life.

Middle school students, high school students, special need students and college students all benefit from messages that reinforce positive character traits.

That’s why we’re so excited about adding a new page specifically devoted to character building in our student planners.

It’s easy sometimes to forget that character is built.

Student Planners Reinforce Positive Character Traits

Younger people especially may not fully realize the power they possess to shape their characters.

It is a step by step process for students, one that needs support and reinforcement and practice — just as any academic subject.

Our new page is an ideal way to introduce and remind students about key character traits, such as fairness, confidence, respect, tolerance, self-discipline, caring, citizenship, integrity, responsibility and commitment.

Thought Provoking Questions, A Sound Reminder

Each character trait is presented with a brief series of thought provoking questions designed to encourage students to broaden their awareness of their actions and behaviors on others.

An example for the character trait Fairness are the following questions for students to think about:

    • How do I compromise with others?
    • Do I consider all points of view?
    • Do I always seek the facts before making a judgment?
    • Do I rely only on “first impressions” of others?

 

With an attractive new cover design, the page is seamlessly integrated into the school planner serving as a sound reminder of the student’s responsibility to self and others.

We also offer character words each week in our student planners. Some examples are:

    • Responsibility is being accountable and fulfilling tasks with reliability and commitment.
    • Caring is showing understanding of others by treating them with kindness and compassion.
    • Perseverance is applying yourself to worthy objectives with determination and patience.

 

Check out the new page. We think you’ll be excited about this latest addition to our student planners.

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Quality Planners Donates Planners

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Dear Mr. Fischer,

Thank you for your generous donation of the Quality Planners for our 21st Century Community Learning Centers Conference last week. We had over 100 attendees, representing over 70 grantees and more than 100 program sites, serving thousands of New York City public school youth in free afterschool programs. The planners were a huge hit—our participants snapped them up to take back to their programs to share with kids. The planners will help our program sites support their participants’ academic achievement by helping to teach them personal organizational habits.

Thank you, again, for your thoughtful donation.

Sincerely,
Sarah Jonas and the 21st CCLC NYC Resource Center Team

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Student Planner Updates for 2013-2014

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Quality Planners, Inc. continuously appreciates feedback from both educators and students. We make improvements based on these suggestions. Each comment is carefully reviewed by our Marketing and Educational staff.

This year we have incorporated customer feedback in creating our 2013-14 student planners. Our Middle School, Special Needs, High School, TRiO and College planners have all been redesigned to accommodate a larger writing area for students. This new design will enable students to stay on top of their assignments and become better at developing good organizational and time management skills.

In our College planner, we have added a new section on Creating A Resume and Cover Letter, Tips For Finding A Job and Preparing for a Job Interview. As college students embark into the job market, these guidelines will help give them an extra boost as they begin their journey into the workplace.

All our planners again feature numerous resource pages at no extra charge. Our Primary planner includes Character Building, Anti-Bullying, Math, Alphabet, Health & Nutrition and Colors & Shapes pages. Our Elementary planner includes Math & Science, Reading Strategies & Essay Writing Methods, Character Building & Anti-Bullying, Health & Nutrition Guidelines and Internet Safety Tips. Our Middle School, Special Needs, High School and TRiO planners include Grammar and Essay Writing, How To Do A Long Term Assignment, Math Measurements, Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry, Science Measurements and Periodic Table, Anti-Bullying Awareness, Studying, Note Taking & Test Taking Methods, Health and Nutrition Guidelines and Internet Safety Resource Page.

We are also introducing a new Christian Planner. The Christian Student Planner has been designed to meet the specific needs of younger children. Core subjects are pre-printed making it easier for the elementary school student. To promote more effective parent-teacher communication, a section for parent and teacher comments and for parent and teacher initials is included.

Each week includes Biblical quotes and inspirational words, a section for 20 Spelling words and offers tips on Character Building, Studying and Health. Free Resource Pages include learning material on: Math & Science, Reading Strategies, Essay Writing Methods, Character Building & Anti-Bullying, Health & Nutrition Guidelines, Internet Safety Tips and much more.

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New Quality Planners Product for School Year 2013-2014

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Quality Planners is proud to announce our new Christian Student Planner.

The Christian Student Planner has been designed to meet the specific needs of younger children. Core subjects are pre-printed making it easier for the elementary school student. To promote more effective parent-teacher communication, a section for parent and teacher comments and for parent and teacher initials is included.

Each week includes Biblical quotes and inspirational words, a section for 20 Spelling words and offers tips on Character Building, Studying and Health. Free Resource Pages include learning material on: Math & Science, Reading Strategies, Essay Writing Methods, Character Building & Anti-Bullying, Health & Nutrition Guidelines, Internet Safety Tips and much more.

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Quality Planners Donates Student Planners

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

This month, Quality Planners was proud to donate hundreds of our High School student planners to The Mentoring Partnership of Long Island. Mentor is located at 150 Motor Parkway in Hauppauge. The mission of the Mentor is to bring caring adults together with children in need through safe, effective mentoring programs. Since their founding, they have touched the lives of 60,000 youth, trained nearly 11,200 mentors, connected 11,000 children with mentors and assisted 220 programs with technical support.

Hundreds of planners were also donated to Pronto of Long Island located at 128 Pine Aire Drive in Bay Shore. Pronto is a non-profit Community Outreach Center serving Brentwood, Bay Shore, Central Islip and neighboring communities. Pronto’s Mission Statement is “To feed the hungry, clothe the needy, welcome the stranger and provide healing and hope to everyone who walks through our doors.”

After donating our student planners, Dan Fischer, Publisher of Quality Planners, stated, “We are proud to continue our long tradition of community service to benefit those of need in our Long Island communities.”

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Teacher Appreciation Week

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

“It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape, not from our own time — for we are bound by that — but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time.”
T.S. Eliot

Quality Planners, Inc. would like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of all the teachers across our country. Through their commitment, our teachers are enabling a new generation of Americans to pursue their dreams. Only with the devotion and care of a teacher is a child able to grow to their fullest potential. We proudly salute our teachers and join in with numerous organizations, schools, parents and students in recognizing how essential teachers are to our community.

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