June 2, 2016

Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 {Product Review}

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When it comes to organizing or planning stuff out, I need paper and pen. I just don't do well with digital or online planners. I want to be able to cross out, erase, and jot notes quickly, without needing to have my computer or tablet. Two years ago, I was given the Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner  2014-2015, and I fell in love. Imagine my despair when last year, they didn't offer it in print. I nearly cried, and I began a quest for the "perfect" printed planner. While, I did find one that I liked very much, I was waiting and hoping that the Hey Mama! one would come back. Needless to say when we were given the chance to review the Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 from The Old Schoolhouse, I did a nice little dance. I hoped that all my favorite things from before would still be here--and maybe a few new ones!
Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner Review


Product Information

The Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 is a 196 page, wire bound planner for the homeschool parent created by The Old Schoolhouse. Measuring 9" x 11", it is a great size for managing your school year. It is full of tips, tools, and even devotions to help encourage you throughout your homeschool year. There is a monthly calendar with large squares for jotting down appointments and notes. There are also pages for notes, weekly agendas, book logs, curriculum notes, and more!

You can check out some sample pages of the planner to get a feel for what it's like. The print planner retails for $29 ea, which includes shipping costs. YOU CAN SEE THE BOTTOM OF THE REVIEW FOR A DISCOUNT CODE! 

I was given a copy of the Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner to review.

How Did I Use the Product?

When this package arrived, I ripped it open, hugged the planner to my chest, and did a little happy dance. As someone who fell in love with the planner two years ago, and then couldn't get it last year, it was like being reunited with an old friend. I eagerly admired the cover, and then flipped through the pages to see if the layout had changed at all from the last time I used it.

It still had the nice large square days on the monthly calendar. I love that not only are they great for writing, but my small post-it notes fit in each square.

Next, I flipped through to see if the weekly agenda was unchanged. I was happy to see that it was the same wonderful layout as last time.
I have two students, so I just put the days of the week across the top, and the subjects down the side. I keep a row open for anything that is just for Baby Britches, and I am using the last row for any of our extra review products. I think I might tweak this as Baby Britches gets older and has more separate things, but for now this works.

Here is a collage of a few more things from the planner:
Every month begins with a Hey Mama note of encouragement. Every 4 weeks of weekly agenda there is a little history tidbit relating to a piece of pioneer history. One of the things at the back of the planner are homeschool helps--like story prompts, writing prompts, fact lists, and more.

I discovered that the back pages also included attendance forms for five students, book logs, curriculum planning charts, information for creating an academic transcript, and something new--a skills checklist.

I don't remember the old planner having this page, but I really think it will be useful for Baby Britches and his first grade year. 

As of right now, I've only begun to jot important dates in the July calendar and have only used one weekly agenda to give you an idea on how to use it. I plan on saving this to kick in gear once my current planner has been used up. 

What are My Thoughts?


Oh I am just so happy that I have this again! It was my "first love" when it came to planners and I've been hard pressed to find one that I like as well. The main thing that I love about it, it's no nonsense. I didn't want a planner for my daily LIFE. I just wanted a planner to use for lesson planning school and keeping tabs on attendance and appointments. I wanted something basic, but too many planners these days are full of lots of fluff I won't use.

I love the weekly agenda and that there is enough space for me to write information about the lessons for the day. I really appreciate the attendance forms, as that is something most homeschool planners don't include. I also am grateful that there is more than one, so I can keep track of both boys. Having enough for up to 5 students will help a lot of other families as well.

I don't really use the goals section, but if I did, they really have it laid out nicely. It's separated into weekly, monthly, and yearly goals over about 6 different topics from school to spiritual.

And let me just say how much I adore spiral bindings! Especially for planners. I love having it be flat, and be able to fold it under. The quality of the planner is so nice. The cover is sturdy thicker cardstock with a glossy finish.

Cons?
I think I would like to have more weekly agenda pages. We go longer for school so I always seem to run out a few weeks early. It would be nice to actually have 50ish weeks worth--especially for the people who school year round.

I would like a online curriculum passwords page. Since this is a planner, I keep tabs of what we are using in it. It's only fitting there should be a spot to keep track of all the log ins and passwords we use for school.

Will I Continue to Use This Product?
Definitely! I am going to finish the year with the one I have, but will be firing this beautiful baby up for my planning of the 2016-2017 school year this fall!

Would I Recommend this Product?

Yes! If you want a no-nonsense, basic planner for school, this is it! If you want to have your daily chores/appointments in your school planner--this one probably won't work for you. It really is just a basic homeschool planner--just the kind that I love.

In fact, I have a code for you! With this code, you will get $10 off the cost of the print planner, making it just $19--which INCLUDES shipping! I have looked for planners all over--you can't find good print versions for that price! Use the code: CREWCODE and snag your planner today! Code is good through July 15, 2016.
Coupon Code Hey Mama Planner 2016 2017


Want to Know More?

I just shared with you my review of the Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 from The Old Schoolhouse. You have seen how much I love it--but what did other reviewers think? Most of them have more students than I do, so I'm sure if you are looking at how a larger family would work with this planner, you need to check other reviews out!
Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 Review
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I am so happy that I have a print and bound copy of this planner again! I just love how it's laid out and look forward to having it to use throughout the upcoming school year! If you are seeking a print planner, I hope you will strongly consider the Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017!