This planner is a spiral bound, 192 page, soft cover book. It is amazing in it's sheer simplicity. I have looked at a lot of planners over the years and have stuffed them back on the store shelves overwhelmed by the number of pages that I had absolutely no need for. I only have four kids and my school planner is just that. A planner for my school. Nothing more.
The Hey Mama! planner offers me exactly what I need to keep track of our school, all my lists, plans, goals, obligations, and schedules. It starts off with year at a glance calendar of 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Then it jumps straight into the important part of a planner, monthly spreads. It begins with July 2016 and ends with June 2017. Each month has a bit of inspiration (a quote, a scripture or an uplifting encouragement), a page to take notes and then a two-page spread of the calendar month.
Next is my favorite part. Week of: spreads. Again, this is a two page spread so I have plenty of room to write. These pages are undated, so I never get "behind" and have plenty of room for me scribble in the proposed plans for all four of my kids. Scattered throughout this section are more encouragement pages.
This brings us to 5 pages of Monthly Goals, Semester Goals and Yearly Goals. Since I only have four kids, I will probably use the extra page for my own personal goals. Next are Attendance Charts, a place to put Books Read, Curriculum Planning sheets, a contact list, and the "fun stuff", ie: writing prompts, timelines, list of the US presidents, and transcript pages.
For me, a school planner is simply a place to keep all the important stuff together; a list of what we need to do daily so I can be sure it gets done; a reminder of what we need to prepare for next week; a go-to place for appointments, practices, parties, playdates, deadlines. So here is how I plan on using the Hey Mama! Planner this fall.
The Monthly notes pages will be for things I need to do, plan, or buy to prep for that month. I will also jot down our hymn of the month, poet and artist of the term, and any other Morning Meeting info that I might need to keep track of (since I haven't officially planned our Morning Meeting for next year, I don't know exactly what I will need to write here).
The Monthly Spreads are, of course, for writing down our schedule of where we need to be and what we need to do and when. This keeps me from forgetting things like Chess Club and Boy Scout camp outs.
The Weekly pages are where we will spend most of our time. I like to write down lists like:
Math: Kaytie, Nate, Daniel, Abbie
Photograhy: Kaytie, Nate
Reading: Daniel, Abbie
Bible: Kaytie, Nate, Daniel, Abbie
So I know who is supposed to accomplish what on each specific day. This means I know when each child is finished with their list for the day and can be allowed to enter that blessed zone known as "free time".
I will most likely use the Books Read pages for "need to read" lists instead of "already read" lists, since I have discovered that random sheets of notebook paper are not good for this purpose.
And of course, with a rising 8th grader, I was most excited by the Transcript page. I will certainly be putting that to good use in the next few years!
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