For most of life in South Korea, I was more of a use the calendar on my phone kind of girl. But once I started homeschooling Clarissa, I decided that I needed something more for my planning. I tried a couple of different things both on the computer and on paper that I wasn’t thrilled with so I was really excited to review the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner for the 2019/20 year written by Gena Suarez that is produced by The Old Schoolhouse®.
There were several things I liked about this planner. First of all, it is spiral bound which makes it easy to write in and flip pages. I also liked that there are devotions written throughout the planner to encourage me all year long.
The beginning of the planner gives you big block calendars for each month of the year, starting July 2019 and ending June 2020. Each month has a devotion on a different topic as well as a full page for notes. I like this section because it allows me to think of big picture ideas for each month. The calendar blocks are also big enough that you really don’t need a separate family calendar. You can plan dinners, dentist appointments, field trips, whatever you need, all in one spot.
The next section breaks it down further. There is another devotion and then four weeks of more in depth planning. You can plan a week of schoolwork for up to five children on one page. Since I am only schooling Clarissa right now, I chose to break it down over 5 days instead. Every four weeks, there is a new devotion to read which I think would be both encouraging and motivating to moms.
I think I am really going to enjoy using this planner for this year. With a new baby, I will need to have a better plan for Clarissa’s schooling than just playing and winging it like we did for kindergarten. This method of planning will allow me to be less stressed about what Clarissa is learning because I can write it down and plan it out better. I also like that I can write it with a pen instead of making my own documents on the computer. It doesn’t have to “look professional” since I don’t have to turn my lesson plans in to a school. I think I will also like being able to look through this at the end of the year so that I can see, in one place, all the things that we worked on. The notes for each month and the devotionals should also help me to keep my focus each month.
I look forward to seeing how other families used this planner with multiple children to give me ideas for the future. As of the writing of this review, they are 98% sold out of this planner. So if this is something you are interested in, I would definitely look into buying it early next year.