curriculum reviews

Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner Review

If you are like me and prefer paper and pencil when making lesson plans that you need to check out the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner for 2019/20 Year with devotions written by Gena Suarez and published by The Old Schoolhouse®.  This is soft cover planner is  8 1/2 x 11 inches, spiral bound, and has 188 pages. The front and back covers are nice and thick.

This is the planner that I used when I first started using a planner specifically for my homeschool plans.  I had used some generic forms that I created in the past, but I love using a homeschool specific planner.  You can read my review of the 2016-2017 one here.  Now I’m hooked and will always need a homeschool planner when planning my kids school year!!

This planner is more that just your regular homeschool planner, it’s also a devotional written directly to the Homeschool Mama.  The author, Gena Suarez is a homeschool mom with 7 children.  She’s been there and done that and is still doing it!!  She knows what we are going through.  Mrs. Suarez wrote 21 devotionals about real life things: squabbling kids, God’s provision, joy, trails, field trips and many more.  Her writing is very encouraging!!

Below is a picture of the pages right before the July 2019 calendar.  I like that there is a place for notes before each month.  I can write things I plan to accomplish or write things we have done after the fact.  I always look back at my previous planners while I’m setting up the new one.  The notes I make help me to plan for the year.

In the planner you will find yearly and monthly calendars, weekly planners, help with making a transcript, checklist form for skills learned and planning spaces for five children.  Each child has a section that includes a page for notes, curriculum planning, attendance, books read this year, yearly goals, first and second semester goals and another blank page for notes.

I love being able to plan far in advance.  This has been very beneficial for us.  Many years there are things that I really hope to get to but can’t.  Instead of feeling bad about it, I open my planner for the next year and pencil it in.  I have found there is a much better chance of getting these things done if I can plan ahead for it.

Here is the weekly planner. I use it a little differently. This format works very well for us.

If you are interested in getting this planner don’t hesitate!!!  Almost 98% of their print run is sold out already!!  They will not be doing another run this year.

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Many other families on The Homeschool Review Crew had the opportunity to review this planner also.  Click on the graphic below to see what they had to say about their experience with it.  I bet they love it as much as I do!!


Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner for 2019/20 Year {The Old Schoolhouse® Reviews}

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Exploring Virginia Beach Virginia part 2

Back to Virginia Beach this week. We had dentist appointments there. We love our dentist office and don’t mind the hour drive to them!!

We checked out the Virginia Beach Visitor Information Center and picked up more brochures. There is a neat interactive board there to help you find things to do.

We made a quick stop at Lynnhaven Mall. Got jewelry cleaned and some coffee at Starbucks.

Then we stopped at Moore Expressions. It’s an awesome homeschool curriculum store. Lots of curriculum to look at and amazing employees with a wealth of knowledge!!! If you stop in tell Traci I said hi!!!

Of course we had to go to the beach. We went back to Sandbridge. The waves were perfect and water was a little warmer. Since it’s after Memorial Day there were lifeguards. That was nice!

There is a nice playground here by the bathrooms and parking lot. There is also a shelter and grills. Someone was grilled some yummy smelling dinner as we were leaving!!

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Exploring Virginia Beach Virginia Part 1

We had the opportunity to visit the same general area twice this week.

The first time was to Sandbridge Beach. This is a nice beach to go to with kids.

There is a nice parking area with bathrooms, changing areas and showers. there is also a fishing pier.

From Memorial Day through Labor Day there are lifeguards and parking is $5. All other times it’s swim at your own risk and free parking.

Sandbridge is a beautiful part of Virginia Beach. There are lots of fun Beach houses to look at (or stay at) in this area.

Today we attended the 36th annual Pungo Strawberry Festival. This is held each Memorial Day weekend.  This is not far from Sandbridge. Pungo is a quaint little area of Virginia Beach. There are many pick your own strawberries in this area. During the two day festival you can ride rides, eat yummy food and shop with many vendors. It’s worth the drive.

We were in the parade that is on Saturday morning. It was nice with lots of groups marching.

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God is Better Than Trucks: Picture Book Review

Today I want to introduce you to the delightful children’s book God is Better than Trucks published by Christian Focus.

This book is a great size for reading aloud to little ones.  This hard cover book has a sturdy binding and 48 nice thick pages.  I shared this book with my 6 year old son, Thomas.  He loves trucks and construction vehicles.  He’s also learning his letters so this was a great book for him.

Each letter has a “vehicle” to go with it.  Best of all, you learn how God is better than each vehicle.  All of these are strong and mighty, but God is bigger and stronger than all of them.  This was a great message for a truck loving boy.  Each page has a Bible verse.  These would be great as memory verses.

The pictures are bright and engaging.  The text is short enough on each page that Thomas didn’t get bored.  I enjoyed sharing this book with him.  We were able to talk about God’s strength in a way that we hadn’t before.  This is a nice addition to our library.

Since the early 1970’s Christian Focus Publishing’s purpose has been to share the gospel.  They have produced books in more than 70 languages from many different authors all around the world.  They have a few series available.  The books that The Homeschool Review Crew got to review are from the CF4K series.  These are for children.  Great for homeschooling and Sunday School.

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Many other families on The Homeschool Review Crew had the opportunity to review this book and a few others:

Big Bible Science

Elizabeth Prentiss

God is Better than Princesses

Click on the graphic below to see which book they received and what they thought about it.

Big Bible Science, Elizabeth Prentiss, God is Better than Princesses, God is Better than Trucks. {Christian Focus Reviews}

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