A Planner for the Home

I am so excited! After spending some time playing around with ideas, I finally did it! I made a basic planner for the house. Or a mom planner, or dad planner, whatever you want to call it!


This planner is simple. It is not for homeschool lessons, but you could make it work if you wanted. Or you wait while I brainstorm up a way to make a homeschool lesson planner

In my Home Planner, you will find un-dated monthly calendar pages. I left them un-dated, because I know this is way past the beginning of the year, so you can start whenever you want AND you can reuse this time and again.

I have included a Monthly View in this planner. This will allow you to plan out your month a little more in detail. List your Top 3 goals, must do things, important dates. This is the page for you to plan out your month.

Breaking it down more, I have included a weekly planner. List out what you need to do each day of the week and have it on hand for a quick glance to see what needs to be done. Also, I have added in a meal planner. Sometimes I menu plan, sometimes I wing it. But, I have had requests for a structured meal plan for each day, so I am using this to help me plan out the meals before I go shopping!

I love knowing what I need to do each day, so I have added in Today’s View. I can take the menu from my weekly plan and list them down for each day. I can focus on the important details, along with my quote for the day. This is something I am starting to help me keep my focus on the good things.

For those working on new habits, I have you covered with a habit tracker. I plan to add some new habits into my daily life. Not only for me but for the rest of the family. This sheet is just what I need.

Grab the Home Planner to get your home in order!

How We Keep Our Records and When We Give Grades

We have been busy over here at our house. Between health issues with Daddy, finding just the right curriculum for our needs, and mom starting a new job, things got put to the side. Blogging was one of those things. But, I really miss writing. When I saw this new blog hop that was coming up, I knew just what I wanted to share! Join me today as I share how we keep records, and when we decide to keep grades.

Record Keeping

When it comes to record keeping, I have tried numerous different products and programs over the years we have been homeschooling. There are online options and there are paper options. I have tried a few of each of these. Can you believe that I have two favorites, one online and one paper? Not to mention there are second bests for each of these.

I am currently homeschooling a senior in high school, a fourth grader, a second grader, and a preschooler. The age/grade of the child plays a large role in the method of our record keeping.

Online Record Keeping

I love the online record keeping, especially for Moe Man, my high school senior. When it comes to the high school ages, I need something that helps me calculate the grades and GPA. I could do this on my own, but I really don’t have time to do that, so I have opted to look for something that can help with that. That is where the online record keeping comes into play.

The first program that I used, and actually used at the beginning of our homeschool journey is My Homeschool Grades. I have been with them since they started and I am locked in on a lifetime plan. If you haven’t been with them, the pricing is really nice and isn’t that spendy. You can get a whole year for only $49.99. They offer a monthly payment plan also.

I love that this program allows you to keep track of courses, assignments, and grades. Not only that, but they give me my states laws. This is awesome when I don’t want to go to another site to make sure we are meeting all the requirements. This is something I haven’t seen with other programs and one that I really appreciate.

Moe Man is now in the independent mode. He wants to be able to access his assignments each day and mark them as done. I had previously reviewed My Homeschool Planet and their homeschool planner. I knew that there was a student log in option, and gave it a try. He loved that he was able to log in and see what he needed to do each day. I love that I don’t have to print or write up his weekly assignments. This is a program that works for both of us.

With Homeschool Planet, I am able to put in the assignments for the week, month, or semester and can change things as needed with a click of a button. This is helpful for when life happens. I am able to grade the assignments as they are completed and all grades and GPA are calculated for me. This is a win when I am busy with everything else. I don’t have to worry about anything besides logging in and doing my part each day/week.

Paper Record Keeping

While I love the online option for Moe Man, my younger kids don’t have phones or laptops to easily access the assignments each day. I also don’t need to keep track of grades for this age, just what they are doing and their attendance. So, I opted for paper record keeping for them. This also allows me to get my fix on both online and paper record keeping!

The first paper record keeper that I used was the planners from SchoolhouseTeachers. I would go in an add all the assignments online and print them out each week. This is a great option for those who want to have all the extras, plus it is included in my SchoolhouseTeachers Membership. This means I don’t have to spend extra on my record keeping, I just need to print what I need and store from there.

This year, I have started using The Well-Planned Day with Ray Ray and Little Miss. I have the Family Homeschool Planner and they each have the Student Planners, one boy version and one girl version. I don’t have to print anything, it is all right there for me to fill in. I fill out my Family Homeschool Planner for the week and transfer the assignments over to the kid’s planners. I know there is probably an easier way to do this, but right now, this works.

I am able to mark off what we do each week as we go through the week. There is a spot to keep track of weekly grades, but at this stage, I am not worried about those, see more on this in a minute. I only plan week by week, knowing that life happens and I don’t want to buy a bottle of white-out every other month. At this age, the kids love having a planner of their own to know what needs to get done each day. I love seeing that they are learning how to take on the responsibility of their school.

When To Grade

When it comes to grading in our homeschool, I have a love/hate relationship with grading. I love to have my kids striving to get better, but at the same time, I don’t want to ruin the learning fun that comes with a great curriculum. I have officially decided that I will not keep grades until the kids reach the high school grades. In my state, that is OK, so I am going to run with it. When the younger kids for a grade, I will give them what I suspect them to have, but I don’t keep a record of it.

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Once my kids reach 9th grade, I keep track of their grades. Before this, I want them to focus on enjoying learning and not striving for a perfect page. I will help them along the way and offer corrections as needs, but rarely do I pull out a correcting pen until I need to keep grades for graduation.

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What is your favorite way to keep records? When do you start grading your kids work? Let me know in the comments!

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Why I Plan a 2-Week Homeschool Schedule

When it comes to planning for homeschool, I am a little different from most others. I have made a decision to NOT plan out more than a whole month or more of homeschool lessons. There are a lot of pros and cons of this and I want to share with you why we plan our homeschool schedule this way.

In my first year of homeschooling, I went all out. I planned the full year for both of the boys. I spent a lot of time planning, checking on ideas, and planning some more. When I was finally ready to go, I hit a roadblock the first week!

What do I mean by roadblock? Well, both boys learned differently than I had planned for! They were either ahead of the plan or needed more work in certain areas. All that I had planned was scrapped after the first two weeks. This hit me hard. I spent a lot of time on that planning, only to have it thrown in my face!

So, what do I do now? I plan bi-weekly! Yes, I may set yearly goals as to what I want to finish each year, but I only lesson plan twice a month. This gives me leeway. This gives me a chance to see what the kids are learning, and what they need more time working on. With this information, I am able to better plan their learning!

Since we school year-round, I am not worried about a true “homeschool schedule”. I like being able to see what the kids need and working with them. Since I have our goals lined up for the whole year, I know where I want to be at a certain time, but I don’t have any set deadlines. This gives me the lee-way to slow things down when we need to or skip something altogether when we already know it.

Another nice thing about not planning a whole year for the kids is when I do have to make a change, I don’t have to worry about a cascading effect on my schedule. What does this mean? Well, the first time I planned out a full year, I spent a week working on it. Tweaking it, and making it just right. Only to find out two weeks in that something did not work for Moe Man. I had to change everything. Not just one day, or one week, EVERYTHING! I will tell you what, I don’t ever want to waste all that time again!

Now, some would say that you just work through it, oh well, they will adjust. That is not me. I am one to find what works for my kids and make that happen. So when I find out something isn’t going to work, I don’t want to have to re-do all that I have done. How do I prevent this? Well, I just plan two weeks at a time. I can change what needs changing and keep what needs keeping without wasting all my time.

Right now, my planning for two weeks at a time takes less than a day for me to do. I spend time at the beginning of our year and make goals, set ideas down as to where and what I want to be done. When I sit down to plan, I know what we have done, and I know where I want to go. I check out notes as to what needs changing, change that up, and write next two weeks down. Once you get into the swing of things, you can easily write up your two weeks without a problem.

This homeschool schedule has saved me whole planners, and sanity at the same time. I learned from my mistakes and decided to change. This change has been a benefit for my whole family. I am happier not wasting my time with 3 yearlong schedules that are bound to change, and everyone is happier because I am happier!

How do you plan out your homeschool schedules? Have you changed recently? I would love to hear about your experience!

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Homeschool Planet – A Homeschool Crew Review

Free Curriculum

When you are a homeschool mom to 4 and you have appointments besides school, you need to find a planner that will work for all your needs in one place. Homeschool Planet has done that for me with their Online Lesson Planner. 

Free Curriculum

Homeschool Planet is an online digital planner that allows you to not only plan your lessons for each child, but also their chores, and all your other appointments. You can view all of this in Calendar View, which is just as it sounds or Planner View which is a simple to-do list style. Each of these also has the option to be viewed by Day, Week or Month.

Homeschool Planet

Now, if you are like me and have 6 people in the house that you are planning for, you might have a concern about how much will be on the screen when you are looking at it. I was happy to find that I could view each person’s individual calendar as needed versus a very full one all the time.

Homeschool Planet

I found the actual setup of this program to be very easy. I could find simple step by step tutorials if I had a problem. I set up individual log-ins for Moe Man and Ray Ray, but we never did use this. I found that printing their calendar each week worked better for them. Little Miss was thrilled to have her own print out of her daily lessons and chores as well.

Homeschool Planet

Each week, I would plan the lessons and enter them into the program. I had some that I could schedule for the whole year because they were simple repeating lessons, but for the others I would do it weekly. If there was a day that we ended up missing, the program would give us an option to move the schedule forward instead of having to delete and re-enter everything. This was my lifesaver!

Lesson Plans

This year, Homeschool Planet now has the Lesson Plan Marketplace. This is a wonderful new addition that I have fallen in love with! Instead of me needing to plan everything out, I could simply click a few buttons and had Ray Ray’s math lessons set up for the year! When I got this all entered in, I realized that not only did they include the lessons from his math book, but also some fun activities from the Resource tab. These made his math lessons fun and not so boring.

Not only that, but I also grabbed the free Virtual Field Trip lesson plan and we have enjoyed visiting the National Aquarium, US Capitol, and Mark Twain’s Home so far! This lesson plan comes with everything you need to take a virtual trip to 6 different locations. The recommendation is to do one “trip” a week, and I loved having that be the thing to look forward to on Fridays.

What is really awesome, is that during the month of June, not only can you try Homeschool Planet for 30 days for free, but you can also get one lesson plan for free! Yes, I said free! This is only for the month of June and does expire on 6/30/2017, so be sure to hop on over and check it out before it is too late!

I love paper and pencil, but I also love not having to scribble and erase when life happens and our plans change. Homeschool Planet has given the freedom to easily change what needs to be changed and I can still print out the week for each child to have their own paper copy if needed. I really liked Homeschool Planet before, but now with the lesson plan option, I am in love! This online planner has made my planning work easier and for that I am forever thankful!

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Homeschool Rescue ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

Homeschooling can be rough. In fact, some days you may want to just throw in the towel and send your kids off to school on those big yellow canoes (insider joke at my last job). Heather at Only Passionate Curiosity has given you the perfect resource if you feel as though you have hit your homeschooling limit when she created Homeschool Rescue!

Homeschool Parent Resource

Homeschool Rescue is an online class just for moms, or dads, who have hit the end of their ropes when it comes to homeschooling. For the parents who feel like they are going around and around in circles not getting anywhere. For those moms with the mom guilt that they are not doing enough for their children when it comes to homeschooling and life in general. If you have ever felt like this you first need to know that you are not alone, and second, you need to check out this course.

There are 5 Modules within this course. Within each of the five modules, you will find 3-5 lessons on that topic. Each lesson leaves you with a small amount of homework to help your home and your homeschool run just a little bit smoother. Heather has the busy mom in mind when she made each lesson. You have options on how to go through them!

Homeschool Rescue

There are multiple ways to get through each lesson. If you have the time to sit down and listen to the video on the computer, you are able to do that. Don't have the time to sit down in front of the computer, you can download the audio of the lesson on your phone and listen to it on the go. Did you miss something you wanted to remember? You can download the transcripts and highlight what you want to remember. I love this because I am a paper and pencil type of gal, highlighting is my thing!

Paper and pencil type of learner? There is even a downloadable note sheet to go with each lesson for those of you who want to take notes as you go. What more could you ask for? Oh, I know!!

Homeschool Rescue

The Bonus section!! Here you will find access to the Facebook group, Student Checklists and eight different styles of the Ultimate Planner with two different layouts, monthly and/or daily. With these bonuses, you are able to add more to your learning experience and bring it all together. Not to mention, the Facebook Group was where I was able to find a great mentor/friend who not only helped me work through this course, but has been there through so much more as well!

Heather does a great job of really walking you through the lessons. She has a very calm and refreshing tone of voice that just makes you want to listen. That calm voice that makes you also calm down. The Modules and Lessons are bite size. These are not going to take up your whole day or night. Each video or audio ranges from 15-30 minutes and the homework doesn't take that much longer to complete.

Help for Homeschool Parents

My favorite module was the one on teenagers. This is the area where I am struggling right now. It was nice to find the help I needed to go along with the rest of the help that was given.

I really enjoyed using this course. There are great tips for when you hit that homeschool burnout moment and all you want to do is send the kids off for the day or week.  If you are new to homeschooling and just don't think you can do it, if you fear that you are failing your kids in this adventure you were called on, this is the course you need.


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Homeschool Planning 101

Yesterday we talked about the curriculum we love. And that is all fine and dandy, but now you have to plan those curriculum choices out for the year. This takes time, and planning. Ha! You have to plan to plan! Yes, you do, especially when you are planning your child's education. Some people are lucky enough to be able to fly by the seat of their pants, but I haven't been able to do that, so I plan to plan!

Homeschool Planning 101

Today I want to share with you the top tips that I have learned when it comes to planning out your homeschool curriculum. Yes, even if you buy a boxed curriculum that comes with a schedule, you should still do some planning. Trust me, it isn't as scary as it sounds.

Plan Your Year

The first thing you will want to do is to plan your year. I know this sounds a little funny if you are new, but you want to decide what days you want to school and what days you will want to have off. If you don't plan this, you could hit a roadblock and burnout. This is not what you want. We homeschool year-round, and I love this planner from Tina's Dynamic Homeschool. We have school for three weeks and have one week off. I simply fill out this calendar and have, at a glance, what days we need to homeschool and what days we have off.

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Plan Your Lessons

Once I know when we will be homeschooling, I can plan the actual lessons. It might have taken me three years, but I finally have a system that works! Since we do the 3 on and 1 off, I take that one week we have off and plan out the three weeks we have on. Trust me, it takes me a full week with the three active kids in school right now. I look at everything. Is there something that isn't working? I look to see if we need to slow down or change it. If we need to change it, I am not trying to change a full year of lesson plans, just a few weeks.

This is the bonus of not planning a full year of lessons. I tried that once, guess what? Something didn't work, we found something better, and we had an emergency that put school on hold for a few days. Do you know what that means? Everything that I had spent all that hard work planning was trash. After that year, I NEVER planned a full year again!


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Use Any Help You Can Get

Most curriculums, even just one subject at a time, come with a sample schedule that you can follow. Use that to help you out! I love the Easy Peasy curriculum for our older two boys. This is a full curriculum that I talked about yesterday. But I don't use it all. You know what? I found a planner that helps me plan this, and I can add in our other subjects to this planner. This lets me know what everyone should be doing each day and if they need anything printed before we start the week. I always look for the suggested schedules and see if they work for us. This one less step that I have to plan when I find these!

Plan For Change

Even when I do 3 weeks at a time, I know something is going to happen and I will need to change these plans. You know what? That is just fine with me. I know that life is going to happen and that I will need to change. That is a part of homeschooling. You don't have a substitute teacher, unless you know you will be off for a while, so you need to be adaptable. Use pencil whenever you can, or a program that will reschedule for you. This way you don't feel stuck and get sucked into the burnout mode when you "fall behind".

These are just some of my tips when it comes to planning your homeschool year. I stand by the planning for change and love finding help when I can with suggested schedules. These tips are what I have found to be the most useful over the last 3 ½ years of homeschooling. I am still learning, and feel like I will be up until the last baby graduates, so what tips do you have about planning out the school year? I love hearing new ones!

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Planning Year Round Homeschooling

Yesterday I told you about the benefits of homeschooling your kids year round. This made you interested in homeschooling your kids year round, or at least I hope it did! But how in the world do you plan a year round school year? Let me tell you a secret, it is not every weekday for the full 52 weeks! Can you believe it?? We accidentally started homeschooling year round and the planning wasn't that hard.

Planning Your Year Round Homeschool Year

Plan Your Breaks

Now that I officially call myself a year round homeschooler, I needed to plan my whole year out. Don't be afraid! I do not mean lessons or details, I just mean what days do I need to have off and what days do I want to have off. One of the best ways to do this is to grab a calendar like the one from Tina's Dynamic Homeschool Plus (Option 3A, scroll down). This calendar lets me see the full year. I can mark down the days I want to have off each month, and add up the days we are, or will be active for school each month. This gives me a great visual of how many days we can take off after our scheduled breaks.

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Speaking of breaks, we like to homeschool for 3 weeks and take a full week off. We also like to take the whole month of December off. This gets to be about our "half way" point of our year for grade levels. I also notice a lot of restlessness happening at this point. This means that we need a break. I watch for other times like this during the year and can rework the schedule as needed. I ALWAYS fill these forms out with pencil because they WILL change!

Plan When You Will Learn What Subjects

Yes, you read that right. We don't always do everything every day. We will do reading, writing and math every day. Those three are a given. I also like to make sure to do copywork a few times a week. Everything else, science, history, extras, those have been getting grouped into different subjects each day or week. We don't do everything every day. This would be too much when going all year. Moe Man does better when I say, "Wednesday is Science day, do all your Science for the week and be done". He has no issues with this.

Sometimes, you will find us not doing a subject at all for the entire week and the following week we will do it every day. We pick and choose what we want to do. As long as we get it all done within 365 days I am happy. How it gets done, I don't care. We might even spend a Saturday doing school some weeks. We pay attention to the weather, extra-curricular activities and our schedule to tell us what we need to be doing.

Set Goals

What does set goals mean? To me, it is when I decide that I want to get this far in this subject by this time. Doing this keeps me on track for each monthly planning session. I break down my goals into yearly, semester and monthly goals. I know that I want to complete certain things by a certain date. Some of them are yearly, I want to complete Ray Ray's 1st grade math by August. Or monthly goals like wanting to get through this many lessons in Moe Man's Science. Having these simple goals makes it easier when I want to sit down and actually lesson plan.

I love using the goal pages in my Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner. These pages take it past educational goals and has me looking at spiritual, physical and financial goals to name a few! I have a full review of this planner right here. These pages make my year round planning easier.

Hey Mama! Goal Planning

These are the three main things I look at when planning my year round homeschool year. I don't worry about lesson planning at this stage. Right now I just worry about getting my breaks in, yes I love my breaks, and getting my goals set. Once I have the basics in order, I can worry about lesson planning! Join me tomorrow when I talk about lesson planning for the summer months! I can't wait to tell you how easy it really is!

What are your tips for planning out the school year?

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Top 5 Benefits to Homeschooling Year Round

When it came to deciding that I was going to homeschool the kids year round, it was not an easy decision at all! I struggled with the idea of not having the summer months off to do nothing. I struggled with how I would tell the kids that I wanted them to keep doing school while all the neighborhood kids slept until noon and played video games all day. It came down to the fact that I had to look at the benefits and see how this would work for us. Here are the top 5 benefits that made up my mind to homeschool year round.

Homeschool Year Round Benefits

More Time, Less Stress

What does this mean? How can homeschooling all year make for less stress? Well, when you homeschool all year, you have 52 weeks to plan out 36 weeks worth of school. This means that you don't have to finish by a strict deadline. I can look at the kids and say, "Let's go to the park and play, no school today" when I notice the attention is not there. This means I don't have to get frustrated and they don't have to get frustrated, we have time!

Vacation When We Want

EVERYONE goes on vacation at the same time each year, spring break and summer time. Why would I want to do the same thing when I am homeschooling to be away from that? We can homeschool right through the busy times and go on vacation when things are slower. You know what else? That usually means the prices are lower as well!

Year Round Learning

We have all heard of the summer learning slump. When we do year round homeschool, that also means we are learning all year. Yes, we do take breaks, but not for months at a time. Moe Man needs to keep his mind working on school or he will forget. If I give him more than 2 weeks off I notice that I have to restart the lessons, and this is not fun for any of us!

Easier Planning

What does easier planning mean and is this really a benefit? Yes, it is a benefit and I take my one week to plan for their next 3 weeks of school. I can see what is or isn't working and change it up every three weeks. I have used this many times with Moe Man especially I can see where he is lacking, take some time to find some extra work when he needs it and move on only when he is ready. If I had planned the whole year out and something didn't work for us, I would have to redo the WHOLE year. This way I can customize for the kids every month!

Shorter Weeks

What? How do you make a week shorter? Well, we do 4 days of school instead of 5. This is new to us in the last few months, but we LOVE this change! Monday through Thursday are our school days. Friday is our Home Ec day. While this isn't school books, I use the kids to help me around the house and use it as their home ec day. Not only are they happy to have only 4 days of school, I am happy to have help picking up, washing clothes, or even just cooking food.

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Are you a year round homeschooler? What is your favorite benefit to homeschooling year round?

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MySchoolYear.com ~ A Lesson Plan Review

Moe Man is in high school…if you have been following along, you know this bugs me. I am not ready to have a high schooler, yet here I am at the end of our first year. Now I need to actually track this, and my paper books are just not organized enough for this, so I have found MySchoolYear.com and their Homeschool Record Keeping Program online to help me with that.

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What Is It

MySchoolYear.com is an online program that allows you to create transcripts, report cards, lesson plans and so much more! This program is all online, but allows you to print reports as needed for a paper copy. You can access this program anywhere you have an internet connection.

How We Used It

With MySchoolYear.com, you will be able to schedule a whole year of lessons in a few minutes. If you have a program that repeats itself (like our Daily Grammar), you are able to punch that into the Create a Plan Rapid Repeat feature. Here you put the starting lesson and ending lesson and any additional text you want to have shown. The next step will allow you to pick the start date and allow you to decide what days of the week to use. This feature was a life saver for a few of the lessons Moe Man has. I did not have to enter each one, and just had to enter and go!

Rapid Repeat Feature

Another great feature we used was the Quick Split. When entering the school year, I also factored in what books Moe Man was to read. I knew how quickly I wanted him to finish a book, so I could enter the starting page number, the ending page number and the number of days it should take. This program did all the work for me and I just entered it into the lesson plan and don't worry about it again.

QuickSplit Feature

Once our lesson plan was made up, I was able to print out the weekly lesson plans for Moe Man. We have used different types of lesson plans before, but this one was a hit with him. There are no extras, nothing to confuse a person. You can pick if you want it separated by date or by subject. We used the date and all he had to do was go day by day and see what he needed to do each day. A quick glance was all he needed to be able and see what was to be done each day.

Weekly Lesson Plan

For me, I was able to log in each day and see what needed to be done with the Planbook. This part of the program was what I saw each time I logged in. This showed me what was supposed to be done, and what I needed to grade as well as what needed to get done that day. This was a great way for me to stay on track for the lessons and report cards.

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What We Thought

Moe Man loved using this program. He loved how simple the weekly lesson plans were and wasn't confused or distracted by anything. I love how simple it was it was to plan the lessons. The features in this program did the hard work for me! I was able to easily plan and grade the lessons and see the reports. I loved being able to add in the course descriptions for the transcripts and know that I had what I needed for the high school reports. This gave me a peace of mind.

I really loved this program, this is one that I will continue to use for Moe Man and his high school years.

We were not the only ones who used this program, we are just one family with one way to use it. Check out the crew and their reviews to see if this is just what you need!


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Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

It might be the start of summer, but for homeschool moms, this is the time to start the planning for the upcoming school year. One of the main things we need is a homeschool planner. So what kind of planner do you use? Well, in my house I use multiple, one for each child. And Ray Ray loves the Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 from The Old Schoolhouse.


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What Is It

This is a spiral bound print planner that you can easily use for one child or multiple children. This planner includes yearly and monthly calendars along with weekly panning pages. You also get Hey Mama! Letters, monthly, semester and yearly goal sheets, attendance charts, books read this year and curriculum planning sheets. This is just for mom, you also get writing prompts, story starters and some great United States help sheets for the students. And no planning is complete for high school parents if it didn't have the pages to help you make an academic transcript!

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This planner is really everything that mom needs to make things work for the whole school year, no matter the child or the age/grade. The Weekly Planning pages are undated, so you start them when you want to! While this is for the 2016-2017 school year, we have already started to use this planner since we school year round. This is what makes it nice for our family, we are not trying to find a way to fill in those summer months with a planner that is only set up to follow the academic school year. We make this planner our own and use it as such!

How We Use This

Like I mentioned, we have a planner for each child. Each child likes a different kind. I like them all, so I don't mind. Ray Ray loves this Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner the best out of all three school aged kids, so I have decided to use him as my test subject!

Monthly Planning Pages

This planner is simple to use, all you need to do is start by filling in your dates for the week. Decide what days you will be doing lessons and what days you won't. Decide what subjects you need to work on that week and fill them in as well. Now you have a chart to fill in. What will you do each day for each subject. That easy! While I used it for one child, you can easily fit more than one child's assignments in each square.

Now that I have the week filled out, Ray Ray knows that he can come and take a look at what needs to get done each day for each class. I do not have to rewrite anything in a separate planner for him. He can write a list each day if he prefers, but he really just likes to see what he needs to do and get to it, usually last minute, but it gets done!

On my yearly calendars, I have marked the holidays that I know we will not have any school lessons. This gives me an overview of what I have to work with, when we want to plan breaks and when we need to work a little harder. Each month I am able to transfer any holidays from the yearly calendar over to the monthly calendars. I than add any appointments or other activities to the calendar for the month and start my weekly plans. I have everything in one place, with no worries about losing something.

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What We Thought of It

Ray Ray and I loved this Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner. I loved the Hey Mama! Letters. These simple little reminders are what have helped me get through the planning that comes with homeschooling. They remind me that I am not alone in the struggles or the joys. I love having everything in one place for Ray Ray and knowing that he can simply grab this planner and know what he needs to do.

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Ray Ray loves that while this is my planner, he is able to be independent in his school. He doesn't have to wait for me to finish with the baby, he can just run and grab the planner and get to work.

We are not the only ones who have spent some time in this new planner. Check out the reviews of these other families and see what they had to say!!


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