Being an international reviewer on the TOS crew, many of the print products aren’t available to us due to the exorbitant postage costs. When the lovely people at The Old Schoolhouse decided that even international reviewers were to get an actual hold-in-your-hand copy of the Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 I nearly passed out with excitement!
The planner arrived just in time for me to begin planning for the coming summer. I gathered together all the supplies I needed for my summer of writing and settled down with a cup of tea to an evening of school planning.
As I began flicking through my new Hey Mama! planner I realised this book was so much more than just that. It had all the usual planning sheets for 36 weeks worth of school planning as well as:
- Goal sheets (monthly, semesterly and yearly)
- Attendance charts
- Books read
- Curriculum planning sheets
- Contact lists
- Academic transcript sheet
- Check list and skills learnt
- Calendars for 2016, 2017 and 2018, which I find really useful because I tend to plan a year or so in advance.
- Writing prompts
- Story starters
- The thirteen colonies by date
- Timeline of Inventions
- US presidents and their wives
- United states and capitals
For each month there is a blank sheet:
And a month by month calendar:
In addition to weekly planning sheets:
This spiral bound planner has enough of these sheets for 36 weeks of planning for five children. Obviously if you have more than five children or you school all year round this might not be the right planner for you. That said, we school year round and I will simply be printing out extra sheets for the weeks not covered.
But, for me, what made this planner different to any other planner I had used was the monthly Hey Mama! encouragement pages:
Homeschooling can be tough, and having monthly reminders that what we do matters is a lovely and unexpected addition to a planner. Each month there is a nugget of wisdom to be slowly digested throughout the following four weeks. I really, really liked the ‘Hey Mama’ pages 🙂
The planner has an olde worlde feel about it which is not only quaint but also informative! Each month we are taught about the days gone by…
This is a lovely home school planner, unlike any I have used before. Take a look…. you won’t be disappointed!
If you live in the U.S., you can get a printed copy before the 15th July for $19, including shipping, by using coupon code CREWCODE at checkout and if you are in the UK you can use the same coupon code to receive a ten dollar discount:
A digital version of this planner is included in a membership at SchoolhouseTeachers.com Membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com is $12.95 (£8.97) a month (but only $1 for the first month), or $139 (£96.28) for a full year, or $250 (£173.17) for two years. I can’t say enough about the benefits of being a member of this site. Seriously, receiving the planner for free is only one perk of joining this impressive curricula site.
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