Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 (TOS Review)

Hello, my name is Joesette and I am a planning addict, snicker. The folks at The Old Schoolhouse have helped feed my addiction by having me review their Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017.     While that may be a bit of an exaggeration, I love all things planning and this lovely planner just feeds into that personality trait.

I love that the planner is spiral bound, allowing me to either have a two page spread showing, or one page, depending on what I'm working on.   Another big plus for me is that there is a , separate one page yearly calendar for 2016, 2017 and 2018 and they run back to back.   I can easily look at the year and flip to the next page to see the following year without having to go all over the place to find it.

Other features include:
  • two page monthly calendar layout (July 2016-May 2017)
  • monthly notes section (prior to the 2 page calendar)
  • monthly "Hey Mama" encouragement pages
  • 36 weekly lesson plan pages (2 page layout)
  • monthly goals (educational, spiritual, physical, financial, life skills, etc.)
  • semester goals (educational, spiritual, physical, financial, life skills, etc.)
  • yearly goals (educational, spiritual, physical, financial, life skills, etc.)
  • attendance charts- 180 days
  • book reading logs
  • curriculum planning sheets
  • homeschool contact list (name, address, phone, email)
  • various educational helps (ex. writing prompts, invention timeline, states and capital cities, etc.)
  • transcript guidelines
  • transcript form
  • skills checklist
  • other courses list (co-op etc.)
I like the rustic look of this year's planner.   There are little "Hey Mama" encouragement posts as well as little informational blurbs, with photos, throughout that  have little snippets about items used "back in the old days".   I especially liked the one about the cast iron skillet, as that is still what I use today in my kitchen.

With having all of these tools together in one place (especially the yearly calendars) I was able to quickly schedule my 6 weeks on, 1 week off plan for the upcoming school year.   I was then able to flip to the monthly calendars and fill in start/end dates as well as birthdays, vacation days etc.   Within about 30 minutes I had our 2016-2017 roughed out and then was able to start looking at lesson plans and the like.

Admittedly, I didn't DO our lesson plans yet, because we're just starting to wrap up this school year and my brain just needs a breather.  I also need to get some of my things to do list done before talking new lesson plans.   That will come in the sweltering days of July, when it's too hot to go outside.   Picture it in your mind, me-the planner-cold sweet tea.   Pure heaven I tell ya!

If you live in the U.S., you can get a printed copy for $19, including shipping, by using coupon code  CREWCODE at checkout.  The coupon is good through July 15.

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