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Friday, June 3, 2016

Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner, 2016-2017 ~ a TOS review

Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 Review
Have you heard the news about the new planner from The Old Schoolhouse? This year they have brought back their Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 in print format. It's hot off the presses and just in time for planning season. 

If you are a homeschooling veteran or a newbie you may have heard of The Old Schoolhouse and the products they produce. Gena and Paul Suarez head up the family run company. This new planner is designed to be the homeschool Mama's assistant. Let me tell you a little more about it.

The Hey Mama Schoolhouse Planner is a 9" X 11" inch spiral bound, 192 page planner. The first few pages include 2016, 2017, 2018 full size calendars for at a glance yearly planning. I like to use these type of calendars to mark off special days like birthdays and anniversaries.

After the yearly calendars the monthly calendars start with the month of July. The monthly calendars are a two page spread with large boxes to write in. If you like to use the mini post-it notes are are the perfect size for them. There is also a notes section included on the calendar page. The perfect size for jotting down quick notes and ideas. Right after the monthly calendar is an encouraging Hey Mama, saying and a full page notes page for those longer notes that you want to write down. My favorite Hey Mama quote is below because sometimes it is easy to forget when you are going through the motions of the day...

"Hey Mama,
1. You made it through another day.
2. Your kids are walking the same journey with you.
3. It;s a madhouse sometimes, but everyone knows they are loved.
4.You are the team God put together. Everyone fills a much-needed role.
5. The BIGGER PICTURE is the long-lasting one. You are a Mama who endures. You are a family running a good race.
6. Your're not hung up on the little fails and bumps. Together, they are woven into that big tapestry; i.e., the big picture.
7. It all means something. It's not random. There is a purpose and joy.
And His hand is on your head tonight". 

The planning pages begin right after the calendar pages. these pages 
have space for up to seven children or seven subjects down the left hand column. The top row has space for the five days of the week or five children. These are interchangeable depending on how you plan.  I personally use the columns on the left for our subjects and the ones at the top for the days of the week. To distinguish between each of my children I use color coordinated markers.

The rest of the planner includes helpful goals, charts and logs for up to 5 children including:

  • Monthly, Semester, and Yearly goals
  • 180 day Attendance Charts with boxes to check off 
  • Book logs
  • Curriculum planning sheets
  • Homeschool Contact List
  • 36 General Writing prompts
  • Story Starters
  • The Thirteen Colonies by Date
  • Timeline of Inventions {I found this really interesting}
  • US Presidents and their wives {I love that the wives were included too.}
  • Branches of Federal, State and Local Governments
  • United States and Capitals in order of when they joined the Union with date of Statehood and abbreviation
  • Helpful Academic Transcript sample with instructions on what to include
  • A chart for learned skills and  other Courses that were taken throughout the year
Overall, I love this planner! It is the right amount of encouragement that I need on a given day. I have not started using the planner fully because we just ended our formal schooling days for the 20165 - 2016 year. But we are in the midst of our summer learning time and I plan to use the longer notes section to write down what we got done.

When our 2016-2017 homeschool year does start back up on August 1st, I plan to use this planner as a keepsake yearly planner and write down the subjects/activities that actually got completed each week. I really don't enjoy erasing and crossing out when I have to shift things around so I will use this planner as a final jot down of what actually got done each week and our spiral notebooks for what I want to complete each week. I have went ahead an added in pencil our 6 week on schedule and the weeks plan to take off along with the days that I am scheduled to teach for our virtual co-op. I also have already included practice days for my gymnasts and other pertinent school and sports related items.

I would really like to see maybe a few more planning pages offered within the print edition. We are year around schoolers so having maybe 5-6 more planning pages for summer learning would be a great addition. I know that would be possible if I purchased the digital edition of the planner so it's not a huge deal breaker on my end.
Normally the planner retails for $29.00 but right now through July 15th you can purchase this planner using the coupon code: CREWCODE and get this planner for just $19.00, shipping included. That is a $10.00 savings!

Coupon Code Hey Mama Planner 2016 2017

If you are looking for a great quality planner I recommend you definitely checking out the Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 for this upcoming year. Be sure to check out what my CrewMates think of this planner by clicking the banner below. 

Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 Review

Price ~ retails for $29.00 but right now through July 15th you can purchase this planner using the coupon code: CREWCODE and get this planner for just $19.00, shipping included.
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Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 Review

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