I love planners. I always have, ever since high school (and maybe even before that). I have used many over the years, and they have much of the same features. But, as a homeschool Mama, having a special one for homeschooling planning has been necessary and very helpful. I have been using planners especially for homeschoolers for the past 3 or 4 years, but I received a different one to review this year. It's the Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 from The Old Schoolhouse
I was happy to find a special gift with my planner, a SchoolhouseTeachers.com bag, but this doesn't usually come with the planner it can be purchased separately. Getting my hands on a new planner is always exciting for me. I love to imagine all the possibilities of what I can fill its pages with.
So, what's inside this planner? I won't list everything out individually because the picture of the table of contents below will give you a complete list, but I will point out a few things for the general flow of this planner.
The first part of this planner is the month in view calendars. It has 2-page layouts of each month beginning in July. With homeschooling it's nice to have calendars that start in July as we get ready for the new school year. My old planner ends in June so this works out perfectly.
Then after the month in view it moves onto the Weekly, or "Week of" pages. There are many pages of these, probably 52 but I didn't count. Tucked in these weekly pages are some pages with inspirational thoughts, reminders, scriptures, quotes, and educational tidbits about old things to go along with the "old schoolhouse" feel.
Also along with each month in view layout there is a notes page for each month along with a "Hey Mama" page that has some thoughts for the Mama. I love this. Having a whole note page for a month is nice. I always have a lot of random thoughts for the month, or things that need to get done.
Following the weekly layout there are many other useful pages for a Homeschool Mama to use throughout the year such as yearly goals (for each child), attendance charts, writing prompts, curriculum planning pages, timelines, a homeschool contact list, and more. That's what's in this planner in a nutshell!
How am I going to use this? Since it doesn't start until July I have used it to start planning for next school year. I have started listing out some of the goals for each child. I've filled in a bit of July, and I will probably start putting in important dates for each month. And, I really need to get to curriculum planning, but just haven't had the desire yet.
Overall, I think this planner is very useful and simple. I do wish that the weeks weren't separate from the months, I'm used to having them all intertwined with the months. But, it is a nice feature to be able to fill it all in for each week. I may or may not use it for this school year, I am not sure yet as I'm still exploring it.
If you want to see how others use this planner, and what they have to say about it click the banner below.
Edit: Almost forgot about this! A coupon for $10 off the Print Planner...