Today is June 1st. For me, this marks the beginning of my planning for next year’s homeschool curriculum. In general, I have a good idea of what I’d like to be using in the upcoming year, but since we are an eclectic Charlotte Mason-style homeschool, it takes a bit of planning on my part. I usually have to create lesson plans, quarterly goals, and expectations for all four of my students.
My younger two are in the same grade (kindergarten), so that makes it easier. My oldest son will be starting his senior year of high school, and my oldest daughter will be in 8th/9th grade. Did I mention that I also have a toddler and am due in September with baby number six? It’s going to be a fun year for sure. Since the beginning (we started homeschooling six years ago), I have always preferred pen and paper to digital planning. So I was super excited to receive a copy of the Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 ($29 value) from The Old Schoolhouse for review a couple of weeks ago.
Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner Review
Some of the fun features of the 196-page Hey Mama! Planner
- weekly planners
- monthly/semester/yearly goals
- 5 attendance charts
- reading logs
- curriculum planning sheets
- transcript helps and even a template!
- LOTS of useful information like: 13 colonies by date, story starters, timeline of inventions, U.S. presidents and their wives, U.S. states and capitals, and more . .
While there is a ton of useful information and forms in the planner, the main thing that makes the Hey Mama! planner so great is the encouragement.
Every few pages you’ll find devotion-type encouragement. A few of these really spoke to my heart.
There are also a lot of random tidbits of neat information.
The planner officially begins with July 2016 and goes through June 2017. Because we are still in June, I haven’t really been able to use the planner yet, but I sure look forward to it. It is also available in PDF form on SchoolhouseTeachers.com ( a division of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine). You can try a full membership for only $1 for the first month, and then after that it’s $12.95/month unless you choose a different payment plan ($20/2 months, $139/year, $250/2 years)
Personally, I use SchoolhouseTeachers all the time. It is more than worth the membership fee. With over 250 courses covering preschool through 12th grade, SchoolhouseTeachers.com provides homeschooling families worldwide with what they need for a Christian education at their own pace.