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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

TOS Review - Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 from The Old Schoolhouse

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HEY, MAMA! Are you trying to plan next year's curriculum, but sometimes feel discouraged and wonder if homeschooling is even a good idea, then this review is for you! 

If that doesn't describe you - It does describe me some days, and then along came this Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 from The Old Schoolhouse to review. The name, "Hey Mama!" is one of the things that makes this Schoolhouse planner unique. This is a planner with the homeschooling mama in mind, hence the name "Hey Mama!"


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What is the Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017?

This is a printed and spiral-bound planner for the upcoming 2016-17 school year, starting in July 2016. Interspersed throughout the planner are interesting tidbits about historical artifacts and pages that are intended to encourage the homeschool mom, again that's story behind the name HEY MAMA!

Also available is a digital version which you can download and print out to use immediately!

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These little notes of encouragement are amazing, and I'm sure will pop up at just the right moments throughout the school year, especially those days when you feel like sending them off on that big yellow school bus and calling it quits.

It's a planner meant for homeschoolers who are looking for a simple way to organize learning activities with monthly entries and practical, easy-to-use roomy planning pages and calendars, along with useful educational and historic facts at your fingertips.
It's more than just a calendar. Throughout the planner are short notes directed specifically to homeschooling moms. As soon as you open up the planner, there is a big Hey Mama greeting with a note of encouragement from Gena Suarez of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.

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Grab your pencil and a cup of coffee, and let's get started:

Turn the pages, and you see:

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2016 Calendar
2017 Calendar
2018 Calendar


I LOVE THE BIG SPACES THAT FIT WRITING ENOUGH TO KEEP TRACK OF ALL 3 OF MY KIDDOS!
Monthly Calendars with Notes and Hey Mama Letters

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These calendars are followed by homeschool forms:

Weekly Planners
Monthly Goals



Semester Goals
Yearly Goals
Attendance Chart


Our state doesn't require keeping track of attendance, but I'm going to try to use this attendance chart as a checklist for hours completed each day.

Books Read This Year
Curriculum Planning Sheet
Homeschooling Contact List
36 General Writing Prompts
Story Starters
The Thirteen Colonies by Date
Timeline of intentions
US Presidents and their Wives....(LOVE, LOVE, LOVE HOW THEY THOUGHT TO INCLUED THE WIVES - AGAIN.... Catch the theme ----  HEY, MAMA!
Branches of Federal, State and Local Governments
US and Capitals
Creating an Academic Transcript
Academic Transcript
Checklist and Skills Learned
Other Courses
How Did We Use It?



See this mound of books?  That's just one stack of books that I need to weed through to finish planning for my children's 2016-17 school year. Most of these are for one of my three children. I have another stack around the corner that I have to finish logging onto my middle child's high school transcript, and then I have my unschooler who makes my logging traditional hours challenging.







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Throughout the planner, there are short histories about artifacts of our past. These are really interesting to read and could even be used to stem an entire history lesson.

I was so excited when my planner arrived. As odd as it may sound, I have been excited to go back to the pen/pencil and paper method of planning and record keeping. Here's why:

When I began homeschooling 11 years ago, I was meticulous in writing down my son's school hours onto just a basic spiral notebook. I then transferred his hours and class information onto a software program. After a couple years of doing this, my daughter entered Kindergarten, and I did the same procedure for both children. A few years later, my third child entered Kindergarten, but my computer crashed and died. With it, my software program was no longer usable. Since that time, I have been searching for a way to log hours and keep records and have not found a better system. I have come to realize that the old-fashioned pencil and paper method works best for me. So, I anxiously awaited the arrival of my Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017.

What Did We Think?

I really like the layout of this planner, and I can't wait to put it to full use during this upcoming school year. I'm so excited to have a paper planner again. I love the big square blocks on the calendar pages, and I really think the lists of facts, like the presidents and their wives, is going to come in handy especially with one child learning more about presidents this year. I appreciated that there is an easy form for high school transcripts. Mostly, I'm thrilled that there are notes of encouragement just for HEY, MAMA! - That's me! throughout the planner. I have a feeling that just when I start to feel discouraged, one of these notes is going to hit me in an oh, so timely fashion!


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