Have you started planning for the autumn term? We’re getting ourselves started with the Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 by The Old Schoolhouse in today’s review. I received my Hey Mama! Planner in the post less than two weeks ago, but I’ve already been putting it to good use (and not necessarily in the ways you may think)!
I received a print copy of Hey Mama! 2 years ago and loved it! And this year I’m happy to share with you how I’m using this year’s version.
Right out of the envelope, I loved the old-style feel of the cover. I was pleased that my children knew what the majority of the items were and how they are used. For the items they’re unfamiliar with, they can flip through the planner and find more information about each vintage piece sprinkled throughout.
There are so many things included in this planner, I thought the best way to share was with a shot of the Table of Contents:
As you can see, there is much that could be talked about, so for today I’ll touch on the aspects of the planner that we’re already putting to use.
The one-page yearly calendars at the front are where I highlight the days Phil is on holidays so I can see at a glance where to start planning. I also use these pages when typing up the dates for my camera club’s program.
The 2-page monthly calendars (starting with July 2016) have become my blogging planner! No more single pieces of paper floating about and getting lost. When I plan, I tend to do all aspects of life together, so I’ll have both homeschooling and blogging all in one place, and because we blog about homeschooling, this makes sense.
There’s room in the margin for additional notes, and on the previous page there’s a Hey Mama Letter and a page for July 2016 Notes. This is where I’m jotting down things to schedule for social media, reminders for changing up my Pinterest boards, update my blog stats, and note what my monthly projects will be.
The 2-page weekly planners will be my main homeschooling planning area. These weekly pages aren’t dated so they can be used at any time. I’ve planned out this week to see how it goes. I like this physical planner as the kids can come look at it and check things off as they do them. (Update: Mommy is out for the count with a bad cold, but the kiddos are working away great because they know what they’re supposed to do).
I may change this so that they can write what they’ve done after it’s completed….but I’m still thinking about that. I wonder if they see what they’ve already accomplished rather than everything there still is left to do might be a more positive way to go. That’s the beauty of having a skeleton planner – it can be molded into whatever works for you.
Another way to use these pages is to write the days of the week down the side and the students across the top. This would mean we could make the pages last twice as long! There are 36 weeks of weekly planning pages; we homeschool year-round, so we will run out of pages if we use 2 pages per week. One option is to photocopy the extra pages we’ll need. Another option is that we can print the extra pages from the Hey Mama! DIGITAL Schoolhouse Planner 2016/17 (If you have a SchoolhouseTeachers.com membership you’ll have access to this for free).
The Books Read This Year section will challenge the kids to keep reading. I’m thinking I’ll have to copy them a page each per month to keep up with them. I’m going to use a page for myself in a quest to take ‘time out’ and relax. I’ve also changed up a page and re-named it ‘New Recipes Tried This Year’. Each year I aim to try at least 12 new recipes, and this will be a convenient place for me to track them. I’m happy to say that I’m ahead of schedule so far for this year 🙂
The curriculum Planning Sheets will give me a place to jot down things I see that I want to keep in mind for the future and not forget, or I may use them to keep track of the programs we already have, along with the expiry dates.
I’ve been having some fun with Tristan and Kallista by having them guess when different things were invented. They’re still young so that to hear some of their answers, it’s quite funny. How the world has changed…the Internet was only invented the year I graduated high school – how did I ever survive???
Side note: The Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 does have references to faith sprinkled throughout the Hey Mama! letters of encouragement. However, if this does not appeal to you, don’t let it deter you from a great planer as it’s not the dominant focus of this book. Take what you can from the letters, and leave the rest.
Overall, I’m enjoying finding my little bits of paper scattered throughout the house and organising them in one place. I’ll no longer have to go looking for one calendar or another; I have it all in one. As you can see, I’m not using this planner entirely as it was meant to be used, I’m ‘upgrading’ it? (as the kids would say) and making it work for me. The flexibility of being able to do that is just what I need.
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