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I’m starting on next schoolyear’s organization with the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner for 2019/20 Year written by Gena Suarez and printed by The Old Schoolhouse®. I received a copy as part of the Homeschool Review Crew. As always, all opinions are our own and links may net us a small commission when you purchase through them.
Before summer even arrives, I am like many a homeschool mom who has an eye on next year. Although, I’ll admit it is hard to think about it too much when a certain child is still finishing up the current school year. That just means year-round schooling for us instead of a long summer break.
About the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner for 2019/20
Like past years, the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner for 2019/20 provides you with the basics needed. This is not an in-depth planner, but rather one that allows you to utilize it as it best fits your needs.
As one would expect, the planner includes calendars and pages for planning out the workload.
Along with single page yearly calendars, there are 2-page calendars for each month (July 2019 – June 2020.) After all of the monthly spreads, you will find 2-page weekly spreads with room for 7 subjects for 5 children. These weekly pages have no dates pre-printed on them, so the user can choose the dates for each week.
Finally, there is a section of pages for each student (5 in total) which offers a page for notes, a page for curriculum planning, and attendance sheet, a page to record books read, and then goals for that child.
Throughout the pages, you will find short single page devotionals written by Gena Suarez that speak to the homeschool parent’s heart. This is where the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner shines.
NOTE ~ As of the time of publication, the Old Schoolhouse had already shipped out 98% of the print run. They will not be printing any more this year.
Members of the Schoolhouse Teachers website will have access to the digital copies of other Schoolhouse Planners for 2019 – 2020. So, if you miss getting this pre-printed one, you can still print your own with most of the same pages.
My Thoughts on Getting Organized with the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner
I’ll admit I am a planner junkie. Show me something that promises to help me get all my ducks in a row and I’m ready to dive in.
Some things have worked fine and others not so great.
This is not my first pass using the Hey, Mama! planner. I reviewed the 2016/17 one here on the blog.
As I mentioned in that past review, I have a digital organizer for tracking grades. I like the ease of it automatically calculating the grades. However, I could just as easily use fewer grade points and track it all in this planner.
What I Love About the Hey, Mama! Planner
First off, I love having everything printed and nicely bound for my use. I can do it myself, but appreciate the cost and time savings of having a planner like this one.
Secondly, I like having the three years of calendars (single page format) to help me with long-range planning.
Since I still have more than one student who I am homeschooling, I like having space for up to 5 students in the weekly planners.
Another feature of the weekly planners I adore is not have set dates on the top. This allows the homeschool parent to choose what dates comprise week 1, etc.
The section per child is awesome with space to write out goals for the year and by semester. These are not all academic goals which is a nod to the fact many of us homeschool for more than academic excellence.
Finally, having some pages to make notes throughout the year as well as for a specific child is quite helpful.
Small Items I Wish this Planner Offered
There are two things that would make this the most incredible planner ever for the homeschool mom. I mention them but recognize it unlikely to happen. For both, there are workarounds.
First off, if you order the printed copy there is no easy way to add to the planner. If you get it from Schoolhouse Teachers and print out the pages you want, then it is easy to customize it all. This is especially true if you use a 3-ring binder. If it is just a few sheets of paper, then stapling into the best section for it will work. What would be awesome is a pocket on both the front and back covers to hold a few pieces of loose paper when needed.
There are no sheets to record grades. This can be done on the weekly pages. However, separate pages to record grades would be awesome. Along with that would be having examples of different ways to determine a grade. I find this most important during the high school years when you are compiling transcripts and helping your child prepare for college applications.
Video Walkthrough of the Planner
Final Takeaway on the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner 2019/20
My final takeaway is that this is a simple, yet elegant planner for the homeschool mom. Gena’s devotionals help to show the heart she has for helping the homeschool community. As it cannot meet every need of the homeschool parent, you may still opt to use other resources for things like tracking grades.
How do you organize things in your homeschool?
Are printed planners like this something that helps you stay organized?
Don’t just take my word for how we found this to be. Visit The Old Schoolhouse® review post on the Homeschool Review Crew website to see what other homeschooling parents thought about this book.