Thursday, June 6, 2019

Hey Mama! Homeschool Planner for 2019/20: A The Old Schoolhouse® Review

As a member of the Homeschool Review Crew, I have been exposed to many companies, products and opportunities that are widespread in space and idea.  The blessings are many, but I have to say nothing quite compares to the gift of prayerful guidance that comes from the parent company, The Old Schoolhouse® I have never had the honor to do business with such a multi-faceted company that genuinely seeks to glorify God and bless me for being a part of it.  Today, I am sharing with you the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner for 2019/20 Year that Gena Suarez, founder of The Old Schoolhouse, has authored again this year.  Even in this product, you can see their desire to support and help us committed but exhausted mamas!

There are planners upon planners out there to choose from, but finding a planner designed and suited for homeschooling is not easy.  Not to mention, we all work and plan in different ways with a different number of children, so one size doesn't usually fit all very well.  That being said, the Hey Mama! planner does a beautiful job of incorporating the many aspects of a homeschooling mother planning and keeping track of her children's education.  I've only just begun the job of homeschooling two students and mentally trying to prepare for three and it's just a little much for my brain!  I'm convinced that if you weren't already in the happen of writing stuff down, once you get to three students, heavy record keeping is a must!   

The Hey Mama! Planner is a spiral bound 189 page book that includes:
  • Academic Transcript instructions and template
  • Skills Checklist
  • Annual Calendars for 2019,  2020, & 2021
  • Monthly Calendars with Notes
  • Hey, Mama! Devotionals
  • Weekly Planners (dateless)
  • Curriculum Planning, Books Read, Attendance and Goals for up to 5 students

One of my favorite aspects of this planner is the weekly planner pages.  Covering two open pages, you have the ability to track up to 5 people in a couple of different ways.  I chose to list subjects to track each child in, but an equally useful way would be to track their day, as there are 7 spaces for 7 days of the week.  There are no dates on these forms making it very versatile.

In the planning section, there is a page for yearly, first and second semester goals.  I appreciate these pages so much because of the sub-headings that are included.  There is a space for each of the following for each child:
  • Educational
  • Spiritual
  • Physical
  • Personal Talents
  • Life Skills
  • Financial
  • Relational
All of these categories certainly seem relevant to a high school student, but we don't focus on all of these with the same intensity with younger students.  The reality is that considering these things for younger students is arguably more valuable because of how much is still developing in their lives.  Whatever the age though, these are so important to consider and map out for our children.  One of the reasons I love working with this company, The Old Schoolhouse®, is the main reason I love this planner - both are working to keep me focused on the most important things.

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If this is something you could use in your homeschool, don't put off getting one! A little birdie told me these are close to being sold out and there won't be another printing this year.  Interested in seeing how other moms used it?  Check out other reviews through the link below:

Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner for 2019/20 Year {The Old Schoolhouse® Reviews}
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