Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Planning Out Your Homeschool Year: A Review of Hey, Mama! Schoolhouse Planner for 2019-2020

I have not used a paper planner in a number of years, so I was very excited for the chance to review the Hey, Mama! Schoolhouse Planner for 2019-2020 from The Old Schoolhouse ®. It is a beautiful 188-page spiral bound planner which starts with July 2019 and runs through June 2020. Included in the planner are devotionals written by Gena Suarez which will be sure to inspire and motivate you during the homeschool year.

Please note: The Hey, Mama! Schoolhouse Planner for 2019-2020 is almost sold out! More will not be printed until next year's planner releases, so if you are interested in purchasing it – do so now. It is about 98% sold out - Wow!

What does the Planner Look Like? 

The planner contains several important but very different parts to help you plan your homeschooling year on paper. The Table of Contents divides the planner into forms and "Hey, Mama!" devotionals from Gena Suarez.

In the beginning of the planner, you will gain advice on how to create an academic transcript as well as some useful forms to help you create one. There is also a yearly one-page calendar for 2019, 2020, and 2021. The Planner then brings us to the first of twenty-one "Hey, Mama!" devotionals from Suarez. This one reminds us to think about our homeschool purpose and reminds the reader to teach their family the ways of God. A great start for the school year!

Each month is spread across two pages and has a third page for notes.

The blocks are large enough to write multiple things in and the side column for notes is great for jotting down online program information or what you would like to accomplish that month.

After June 2020, the planner changes to a 36-week weekly planner with room to write out lesson information or curriculum details for 5 children and a blank column which you use for days of the week or subject information.

I started writing some of our teen's assignments on post-it notes so I can shift them
around if need be when the school year starts for him in September.

At the end of the planner, there are five sets of pages for five different children. These are the pages I have already started filling out. I was so excited to put in the details for my kids for the 2019-2020 homeschooling year.

On this page, I included information regarding online programs and their expiration dates.

I began filling out the curriculum planning page with the course from that we be will using. The attendance page is waiting for July 1 and I plan on penciling in the books that he will be reading as part of his English Curriculum. At the end of the month of June 2019, we will sit down with our teen and discuss yearly goals. I will then split these into the two pages for semester goals.

For our younger two children – our son and daughter – I have started filling in a lot of the details for next homeschooling year. Our younger son will be in first grade. So his curriculum planning pages, yearly goals, and first and second semester goals will be a bit more detailed than those of his sister who will be in preschool. For our daughter, I will not concern myself with a concrete plan. But I am very excited that I will get to write down her first book she will have read on her "Books Read This Year" page.

My Thoughts 

I really like this planner. It lays flat on my table, sofa, or bed – wherever I am planning and working on my homeschool days.

I can lay it out so I can see both pages at the same time:

Or have the planner so it uses the spiral bound feature and doesn't take up as much table space.

And you know what else is cool? I can use my new felt-tip pens to color code homeschooling plans and the ink doesn't bleed through to the other side. Nice, thick pages for this planner!

These are the pens I am using...felt tip ones

I can underline and write on the pages and the ink does not bleed through to the other side

I recommend the Hey, Mama! Schoolhouse Planner for 2019-2020 from The Old Schoolhouse ® with devotionals written by Gena Suarez. Homeschool moms who are searching for more organization in their planning time will find it to be very beneficial!

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Please visit the other members of the Homeschool Review Crew to see how they are going to use their planners this year in their homeschool.

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