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My Favorite Homeschool Planner

Today’s topic needs no introduction because it is something we all have either mastered, need assistance in, or have completely failed at. Today’s topic is organization and planning as it pertains to homeschool.

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Since the beginning of our homeschool journey I have used several different planners to keep our lesson plans, projects, library notices, and activities organized. Some of them I found quite overwhelming in the beginning since I only had one child. There were also a few that I found needed a bit more, no matter how many children you are teaching. Today, I want to share my current to favorite planners for homeschool and how I use them at Team Kemp Academy.

Screenshot_20180517-134219_Samsung Internet.jpgFirst up is the A Simple Plan, Homeschool Planner which can only be purchased at Mardel in-store or online.  This you meet teacher plan is geared toward the Christian home school family. I love that includes scripture throughout, always has a unique design, and is fairly priced. This planner also includes a detailed letter explaining the features as well as several example pages to ensure that you use your planner effectively and efficiently.

 

 The Simple Plan system is also noted for having matching accessories as well as coordinating student planners each year. The varieties offered with the designs are amazing and you will never get bored because every year there is something different to choose from for your children. The only con I’ve noted is that occasionally the spring that holds the planner together does come apart. However, according to Mardel they have updated the design and that will no longer be an issue.  Also they only have one planner available for teachers so for those who like to mix and match or have a unique look that is not unlikely.  Since the planner is always so beautiful the latter has not been an issue for me in previous years.

 

To see how I have used this planner in the past, check out this YouTube video.

 

 Next up for discussion is The Happy Planner system by Me and My Big Ideas (MAMBI). This system is based on using disk to attach and remove paper from your planner as well as their variety of covers and colorful accessories. For several years they have incorporated a teacher planner system that includes various kits as well as individual large planners.  These items are available in-store and on from various retailers as well as the MAMBI website. This school year I switch to this planner because my simple home school planner did tear up because of the after mentioned spring. I was reluctant to add another happy planner to my repertoire but it worked out well. I enjoy the ability to quickly add and remove things so I can organize my planner the way I see fit.

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Though they are beautiful, the complimentary accessories might be noted as a con because it is an additional cost to the user. By the time you purchase your planner, stickers, folder packs, and protective covers you may have broken the bank.  Next, another con might be that there are too many choices within the happy planner system. You might like the cover on one, the monthly calendars on another, and the folders in another. Unless you buy all three, there is no truly cost effective way to perfectly customize your planner.  Finally, in the past it was mentioned that some teachers did not like the large size of the planners. To fix that this year MAMBI put out a classic sized teacher planner for those who prefer less space.

 

To see how I’ve used this planner for homeschool, check out my recent YouTube video.

 

So, here we are preparing for our next school year which begins in July.  I have been looking at my previous planners and going through the pros and cons of each system. Ultimately, I have decided on which one I will use next year but you’ll have to wait to find that out. Just know that it has shipped and is on the way.

 

Make this week organized,

 

-Ta’Neisha K.

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2018 Planner Lineup & January Spreads

This year my planner stack has increased slightly… okay quite a bit.. well, let’s just be completely honest and say it has grown.  I have been planning for nearly one calendar year and in that time my collection has grown tremendously and I have fallen in love with pen and paper all over again.  My writing has improved and my family is always able to check to see what we have coming up in two flips rather than scrolling through my phone calendar.  I truly enjoy this hobby and can’t wait to share my 2018 lineup with you.  You can see MOST of my collection in this recent YouTube video.

Next up I want to share my January planner spreads which you can see in this recent YouTube video.

Now that you’ve seen my planners for 2018, be sure to share your planner lineup information in the comments below.  And, don’t forget to click this super cool hyperlink to enter the awesome giveaway!!!

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Make this week awesome,

Ta’Neisha K.

Blitsy Haul & Giveaway!

This year I decided to share some great deals with all my blog family. Recently I came across the BLITSY website and I was pleasantly surprised to find such great deals on planner, art, and children’s items. I love that they offer coupon codes, you have the ability to earn points, and their two day shipping is free on purchases over $29. I’ve purchased quite a few things from Blitsy during the holiday season and you can see some of the items in this recent YouTube video.

For those that watched until the end, I hope you’re excited about this quick giveaway. I use washi tape in my planner, on cards, and even when wrapping gifts. I’m also obsessed with Rose Gold right now so I thought this prize was perfect to share with you all.

***CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GREAT WASHI GIVEAWAY #1***

You can also click this link to get a coupon code for your first Blitsy purchase.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

FREE Printables to Personalize Your Homeschool/Teacher Planner

I’ve been using the Simple Homeschool Planner every since our oldest son was in kindergarten.  I love the useful extra pages, scripture used throughout, and the décor is always beautiful.  This planner is made and sold exclusively by Mardel, a Christian bookstore.  The price point is great and you can always apply a coupon to sweeten the deal.  I also like that the company offers FREE shipping over $9.99, saving me a trip to the store where I will be tempted to buy all the matching accessories.

You can see how I personalized my Simple Homeschool Planner via this recent YouTube video.


You can see our homeschool lesson plans and how I decorated this planner via another recent YouTube video.


This school year’s planner was the most gorgeous one but it was also poorly constructed.  The spiral kept malfunctioning and my pages kept falling off.  I attempted to exchange it for a new one but the planner was never in stock at my local Mardel.  I also couldn’t get it online or at any Mardel within 25 miles.  I tried my best to fix it or just bear through it but ultimately,  I decided to purchase a different homeschool planner.  I’m not sure if I’m completely sold on giving up on the Simple Homeschool Planner for our next school year but for now, I’m happy with the new system.  A review on my new homeschool planner will be posted soon.

For now, be sure to get the FREE HOMESCHOOL PLANNER PRINTABLES by clicking this helpful hyperlink.   **These printables were obtained via a FREE DOWNLOAD from The House on Hillbrook blog. **

Make 2018 Grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

December Planner Spreads

2017 is coming to an end and I must say that I am truly happy with the new planning hobby that I started earlier this year.  Throughout the past ten months I have come to find a sense of tranquility when I am decorating my planner and peace when I see things are organized for the month or week.  Of course, I still leave room for spontaneity especially because I am married to Mr. Spontaneous himself, but I find comfort in knowing the bill payments have been scheduled, the appointments are set, and the meal plan is complete.  Next year I plan to add Memory Planning to my hobby and I look forward to creating some beautiful scrapbook photo albums.

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My December planner spreads are filled with plenty of glitter, sparkle, and color.  I love the holiday season so my planner spreads definitely reflect my love for Christmas, family time, and making lifetime memories.  This month the spreads feature stickers from the Me and My Big Ideas (Happy Planner) sticker books as well as washi from Dollar Tree and Amazon.  You can see my monthly and weekly planner spreads via this recent YouTube video.

My faith journal monthly spreads include a breakdown of a beautiful card made by my friend Catina, along with other goodies available in detail via my recent blog post.

 

Hope your holiday season is off to a great start and I pray that you enjoy making great memories for the remainder of 2017 and beyond.

 Make this season bright,

Ta’Neisha K.

New 2018 MAMBI Happy Planners

I picked up a couple of the new Me And My Big Ideas Happy Planners to use for 2018 and I was able to create some quick flip through videos of the Soft Geos Classic, #MomLife Mini, and Mini Budget Edition.  **Updated 11/25: I added a video for the 2018 Grace Upon Grace faith planner**  You can check out each of them below.

 

 

 

 

Make today great,

Ta’Neisha K.

My First Planner Meet-up

I was so excited to attend my first planner meet-up here in the Lone Star State!  I was able to meet some awesome women, learned so much about my new hobby, and even won some amazing goodies. I found out about this event by clicking a hahtag on Instagram, which I usually don’t do.  It landed me on the DFW Planner Addicts page and from there I joined the Facebook group, and started joining in on the fun conversations.  I love this group because the ladies share more than planner photos, they share coupons, life stories, and even encouragement.

You can watch my meet-up experience via this recent video.

I am so grateful for the time I had there and I hope you enjoyed a peek into my swag bag along with some amazing photographs from the event.  If you are a part of an great planner group on Facebook or follow an awesome planner via Instagram please comment and let me know.

You can also check out a recent flip through of my October planner spreads in this recent YouTube video.

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Be sure to check out the Dallas/Fort Worth Planner Addicts Facebook Group and the DFW.PlannerAddict Instagram

    Keep organization alive,

    Ta’Neisha K.