I cannot function without a planner. Like most moms, I have a lot of responsibilities as a mom, a homeschooling mom, a wife, a freelance writer and virtual assistant, and a TOS Crew reviewer. The only way I keep my sanity is by using a planner.
About the Hey Mama! Planner
What can I say, I love the style of this planner!
This planner runs from July 2016 to June 2017.
In the front, there are yearly calendars for 2016, 2017, and 2018.
After that, there is a separate page for July 2016 Notes. On the next page is the July 2016 month at a glance which provides plenty of space to write appointments or other items. This format continues all the way through June 2017.
After that, there is a two page sheet that says, Week Of_______________ and has 8 rectangular boxes that go vertically and 6 that go horizontally. There are 36 weeks of these, so they’re perfect for the homeschooler who homeschools 36 weeks of the year.
Next, there are pages to list Monthly Goals including:
- Personal Talents,
- Life Skills,
- Financial, and
Then there are:
- attendance charts for up to 5 children for 180 days,
- pages that let you list Books Read This Year,
- Curriculum Planning Sheets,
- a Homeschooling Contact List,
- 36 General Writing Prompts,
- Story Starters,
- The 13 Colonies by Date,
- Timeline of Inventions,
- U.S. Presidents and Their Wives,
- Branches of Federal, State and Local Governments,
- United States Capitols,
- Creating an Academic Transcript,
- Academic Transcript, and
- Checklist and Skills Learned
For a homeschooling mom, this planner is laid out in a nearly perfect way. The Old Schoolhouse has really thought of everything. But what really made me fall in love with this planner were the additional features.
Interspersed throughout the planner are little motivating sections such as this one:
It’s a beautiful day. Rain, snow, sun, or none of the above–the LORD made this day and gave it to YOU. Model contentedness today. One day your daughter will be 45 years old, and you will want to rest joyously as she sighs in gentle thankfulness for her day as a collected, confident Mama in her own right.
She’s watching you now. Your influence is great. Model PEACE and JOY as you go about your day. A quiet happiness in Christ. Walk, Mama, in the hope you have, with the TIME you have.
I’ll be honest, some days as a homeschooling mom can be difficult. You may doubt what you’re doing. But reading these inspirational passages throughout the planner are encouraging.
How I Used the Planner
Often, my planner ends up with so many revisions, scratch outs, etc., because it really is a work in progress and a rough plan for my days, weeks, and months. Another Crew member suggested keeping TWO planners. One as a guide for your day, and one as a way to record what you’ve actually done. I decided to use the Hey Mama! planner to record what we actually complete in our homeschool weeks. This planner will be used as my completed homeschool work and as documentation for attendance, reading, etc.
What I Disliked about the Planner
There was nothing I disliked the planner. I really love it!
My only suggestion for future versions is to have a 52 week option for families who homeschool year round as we do.
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If you’re interested in purchasing the planner, use the code CREWCODE to save $10! You can get the planner for $19 instead of $29, and that includes shipping! (The coupon is good through July 15, 2016.)
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