As many of us are wrapping up this school year, our thoughts wander to the fun that summer break inevitably brings. In the midst of planning for vacations, activities, (and in my case, moving AGAIN), thoughts of the upcoming school year are never completely vanquished. Singing in the back of my mind are ideas for unit studies, thoughts on organization and curricula, and questions like Am I going to teach my 2nd grader and kindergartener the same science class or have them do their own?
If you are like me, you can’t completely put school planning aside for the entire summer. That is why I am so grateful for the opportunity to review the Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 by The Old Schoolhouse to help organize my scattered summer thoughts and get a jumpstart on my planning for the next school year this fall.
The Product: Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016 – 2017
This planner has many helpful features to organize your school year, starting in July 2016 and ending in June 2017:
- Yearly reference calendars for 2016, 2017, and 2018
- Monthly calendars with room for planning activities and appointments
- Weekly planners with 7 rows and 5 columns to organize your daily lessons
- Goal-setting worksheets for monthly, semester, or yearly goals
- 4 Attendance charts
- Book log
- Curiculum Planning Sheets
- Homeschooling Contact List
- 36 general writing prompts
- Story Starters
- Historical reference guides: the thirteen colonies by date, timeline of inventions, U.S. Presidents and their wives, branches of federal, state, and local governments, and states and capitals.
- Report Cards: creating academic transcripts for high school, a quarterly checklist of skills learned, and a list of other courses.
After thoroughly looking through the the Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017, I noticed a couple features that I really liked. Each month has a Hey Mama! note of encouragement that will uplift you in the middle of schoolyear flurries. I also liked how customizable the planner is. Its open, flexible design will allow me to plan and arrange lessons in a way that best fits our schooling style.
Big Picture Planning
We’ve only been out of school for about 2 weeks. And although I have already been looking at curriculum and making some planning decisions, I am still not ready to plan daily lessons; however, I have taken the time to do some goal-setting.
Due to some changes in my husband’s job, our living situation has been fairly fluid since the beginning of the year, and we are moving (again) to the state of Tennessee. So, the first thing I did in my big picture planning was to look up the homeschooling laws of Tennessee. I set up my attendance chart accordingly:
Next, I determined my start date by first selecting all planned holidays and choosing my desired end date. Then I count backward from my end date 180 day plus a couple extra for unexpected days off. This gives me a start date of August 1, 2016.
I started filling out the yearly goal sheets for my second grader and kindergartener. Goals at this point are pretty general; the actual planning of how to accomplish these goals will come later.
I have also started do a little bit of planning in the way of curricula choices and a summer ‘Shark Week’ unit study.
Have you started thinking about next year? If so, take advantage of the coupon code below and get ready to plan!
Till Next Time,