Hey, Mama! In Need of Encouragement?

I was looking forward to the review of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner for 2019/20 Year published by The Old Schoolhouse┬«. I have used the digital version for the past 4 years. I appreciated how the author, Gena Suarez, always includes a letter of encouragement each month. I like to receive the occasional, “You can do it!” as I organize all things that are my life.

The plan was to have the planner in hand while I went away with my kids during the break at the co-op. That way, I could look at the Hey, Mama! planner and pencil in all expected holidays and breaks.

That didn’t happen. So, I became nervous.


Because 98% of the print run has already sold out. And there are no plans to print more until next year!

I just received my copy of the Hey, Mama! 2019-2020 Schoolhouse Planner.

Literally, in my hands. Today.

Something to be said about Costa Rica snail mail, neighbors with visiting family and sick kids.

No worries, though. I’m grateful that the planner ships internationally.

I’m also grateful to have received a message from my neighbors let me know they were holding a package for me that had arrived after I flew out of the country for two weeks.

At first glance

I love the look of the planner. The glossy cover and back were pleasing to my eyes. The colors were not slap-in-your-face gaudy or busy with excess graphics.

I love the cost of the planner. For what it costs me to purchase two cartridges of ink (my printer uses four), I get a complete planner ready to go that can accommodate my girls and our foster girls.

The encouragement that I am used to seeing in the digital version is still there in the physical planner. Right from the start, the inside cover welcomes you to the devotional planner/journal with Gena Suarez’ encouraging words of advice.

The Table of Contents helps you easily find the form, checklist, calendar, planner page, or devotional you need.

Although the first two pages of the planner are geared toward the high school student and creating an academic transcript, it is most definitely not just for the mamas of older students.

Like the digital version, it includes three yearly calendars from 2019 – 2021. It includes the monthly calendars with a section for journal notes and, of course, the monthly Hey, Mama! letter of encouragement from Gena.

Then, it breaks down into a weekly planner with space for seven subjects accommodating five children. Even in between the weeks are Hey, Mama! devotional letters of encouragement and pages to journal.

Afterward, you find the curriculum planning pages for up to five children. With pages to record attendance, books read, goals for the year/semester, and more room to journal.

I went through the academic calendar for 2019-2020 and penciled in all the breaks and holidays. I also entered birthdays (in ink).

Printing Error

While doing so, I noticed an error on the November monthly calendar. The first page dates were off by one number. However, correcting them was not an issue. The calendar still ends on the correct day.

Printing error aside, I like this planner for many reasons:

  • the look and cost
  • the ease of use
  • the number of children it accommodates
  • the space for journal notes
  • Gena’s letters woven throughout with words of advice and encouragement

Searching for a planner/journal for your upcoming school year?
Read the other Crew Reviews to find out more.

I’m looking forward to using the Hey, Mama! Schoolhouse Planner for 2019/20 Year.

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