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Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner for Homeschool Organization contains affiliate links and was made possible with a copy of Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 from The Old Schoolhouse for review as part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.
It wasn’t long after we began homeschooling that I heard about The Old Schoolhouse. I enjoyed the magazines they published and then was blessed to become part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. While the magazine is now digital with an annual large edition, they still continue to provide resources that make homeschooling that much easier and even enjoyable at times.
One of those resources is the Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner. I received a print copy 2 years ago and am thrilled to be sharing about the hot off the presses 2016-2017 edition.
There are a lot of options for planning. And, like many people I know in the homeschool world, I tend to have more than one planner going at a time. Digital planners are a favorite for recording grades as you can easily tell many of them how to weight the different type of work and have it spit out a semester or year long grade. However, there are times when a paper planner is needed.
What is the Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner?
Whether you order the digital or print copy, the contents of the planner are the same. However, I highly recommend the print edition as the silver wir-o binding is awesome. And, honestly, printing the 192 plus covers in the muted colors would cost a lot out of pocket.
The first section is calendars. 2016, 2017 and 2018 calendars are presented on single pages for you to see the months in block format. Then, there are 2-page monthly calendar spreads from July 2016 to June 2015 with a notes page and Hey Mama! letters.
The majority of pages in the planner are the unlabeled weekly planner pages. You have 5 (wide) by 7 (tall) grids to customize as you see fit for your family.
Beyond the weekly planning, there are plenty of homeschool forms in this planner. As planning requires looking at the big picture, there are goal setting pages by month, semester and for the year. You will find 5 attendance chart pages that are perfect when you need to document a child has 180 school days under their belt. Several pages of simple book logs, curriculum planning sheets, and a homeschooling contact list round out the forms.
Finally, there are some informative pages rounding out the book. For those who struggle with writing prompts, there are 36 general writing prompts along with some story starters. And, you will find pages such as a list of the United States with their capitals.
The planner weaves pages of encouragement throughout the book. This is truly where the Hey Mama Schoolhouse Planner differentiates itself from more generic and sterile planners. There are also informational pages sprinkled throughout the weekly planner pages which provide glimpses at times long gone.
How I have used the Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner
As the edition which just arrived has dates starting in July of this year, I have not been fully using the pages. I have started to mark important dates on the calendar (e.g. my 11th grade son’s one week culinary arts program at the university) so I can start truly planning the upcoming year.
Given the lack of use for this one, I thought it would be helpful to talk about how I used a previous edition of the planner.
When my laptop accidentally joined me in a bit of tea this spring, I found that a print planner is just what I needed. And, it was the partially used Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner from 2014 which had the honors. After all, the pages I most needed were the dateless weekly schedule ones.
While I awaited the return of my laptop from the repair shop, I set up the weekly pages to show me what each boy needed to get done that day. I then went back and marked what grade they received as well as indicating the completion date if it did not match the assigned date.
For my kindergartener, it was more a way to record what we did as we accomplished it. Most of his work is literally us going from one lesson to the next. And, as I take a little more laid back approach to finishing material in a single school year, it seems almost pointless to set up a fixed schedule just to change it.
BONUS: For a limited time, you can get the Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner for just $19 including shipping in the United States. Just use coupon code CREWCODE to get the special pricing. (The coupon ends on July 15, 2016 and is worth $10. International orders can use the code as well.)
You can receive a digital copy of the planner when you subscribe to SchoolhouseTeachers.com. I’ve printed pieces and parts from the digital planners available as part of that membership and greatly appreciate all the work which goes into creating them.
Here’s a short video look at the Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner:
How do you approach planning in your homeschool?
What resources do you use for planning in advance and then recording grades?
Don’t just take my word for how we found this to be. Visit the Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner Review post on the Schoolhouse Review Crew website to see what other homeschooling parents thought about this and other self-paced courses.