I love the smell of notebooks and pencils and binders and books. I love that every year for the first day of school the kiddos and I go out to breakfast, go shopping for one new school outfit each, head to the park to feed the ducks, make “About Me” books, and then take school pictures in our new outfits. Such fun!
We also have a little tradition of walking to the school bus with the neighborhood kids, you know, solidarity and all. As the neighborhood kids board the school bus, my kids wave goodbye and say, “So long suckas!” I kid, I kid on that last part!
Well, in honor of almost back to school (and for sure back to school in the South, where you all are CRAZY starting so early), and The Type-B Homeschool Planner, I give you DaySpring and some super cute school accessories to begin the year with!
Today, you have a chance to win all of things shown above!
And how about the fact that there will be 10 WINNERS! Yep. 10 of you will get to take home the four items in the above picture, BUT they will be your choice. So, if you don’t want a bearded notebook, you can have a cute owl one, or a mustache one. Perhaps instead of the “Shine” water bottle, you’d like the “Joy’s of Life” one instead. Your choice!
Get the Planner!
Hold, write in it, love it! Click below to get the spiral-bound physical copy for only $24.99 (FREE shipping, unless it’s international – email me sarahmaewrites (at) gmail.com for international rates!)
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Enter to Win!
To enter the giveaway, just fill out the form below! Good “luck”! And be sure to come back tomorrow for ANOTHER GIVEAWAY! WOOT!
Open to U.S. residents only.
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Love, Sarah Mae
P.S. Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win the Type-B Homeschool Planner AND Chevron Scarf from Sorta Southern Boutique! If you buy the planner and then win the planner giveaway, you will get a full refund!
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Today I have a great giveaway for you in celebration of the release of The Type-B Homeschool Planner!
The sponsor of the planner is the wonderful Sorta Southern Boutique, a sweet little shop that offers “a little something extra for your fun and funky side!” I personally like them because I have a little bit of my heart in the South, seeing as that’s where I spent a few years of my life (Georgia) and where I met my husband (Tennessee). And Paige, the owner of Sorta Southern, is so friendly and welcoming; she has that Southern hospitality thing down saying, “Pull up a chair, have some sweet tea, and stay awhile. Sorta Southern Boutique is a place where you’ll find fun clothing and accessories to match!”
I love Southerners.
In the planner, you will find a coupon code for 50% off the Sorta Southern Boutique!
Today, you have the opportunity to win not only a copy of The Type-B Homeschool Planner, but one of these lovely scarves (yes, you want to look cute while you’re homeschooling!):
“Sorta Southern Boutique is a proud sponsor of Sarah Mae! This adorable online boutique is giving away a prize to FOUR lucky readers! Visit their website www.sortasouthern.com to check out all the other accessories and gift items available to you.” -Paige Yelle
If you purchase the planner and then win the planner, you will get a full-refund!
Look for an updated version HERE!
Enter the Giveaway
To enter the giveaway, just fill out the form below! Good “luck”!
Up for grabs is one spiral-bound planner and four scarves. This giveaway is open to U.S. only.
Love, Sarah Mae
P.S. Tomorrow I’m giving away school supplies…
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So yea, I homeschool.
And wow am I on top of it. I mean, I am so organized and detail-oriented, and boy do I know how to rock lesson-planning.
You all know I’m joking, right?
Listen, lesson-planning makes me break out in hives. Schedules with 1/2 hour blocks and the mere mention of spreadsheets, and I’m standing in a foreign land where I all hear is, “blah blah blah.” I don’t know what you’re saying!
I’m what you might call a Type-B homeschooling mom.
I jot down my lesson plans on notebook paper (and I use the term “lesson-plans” quite loosely) and I sometimes even follow them.
I like writing up all the ways I’m going to homeschool my kiddos, and then I toss it to the wind (not necessarily intentionally), make hot chocolate, and look up You Tube videos with my kids on how astronauts eat in space. It’s quite fascinating.
Now before you get all worried that my children are fending for themselves in a wasteland of rejected education, I do actually teach them. About subjects. Like history and art and music and geography. Oh yes, we learn alright, we just do it in a…flexible sort of way. No half-hour blocks of time scheduled neatly in our house. Not that there is anything wrong with that at all. It’s just not us.
And I’m finally okay with that.
See I used to read homeschool blogs and you know what I did? I compared myself to those moms. And I compared my kids. I was afraid I wasn’t doing enough; I was worried I would fail my children. I got neurotic. I planned more. I tried harder. I cried and I finally thought, “I am not Type-A enough to homeschool my kids.” I thought that in order to be a good homeschooling mom, in order to be a good mom, I needed to be a certain type of personality. It turns out though, I am fully capable of homeschooling my kids, and being a good mom, just the way I am. And I’m not organized or detail-oriented or scheduled. I despise crafts. But you know what I have? I have heart.
I have heart and excitement and vision, and I love that I get to homeschool my kids. Love it.
I love it because now that I’m comfortable with who I am, how God made me, I can walk in the freedom that God gave my children to me! He didn’t give them to a Type-A mom, He gave them to Type-B me.
I do recognize that I have certain limitations, being detail-challenged and all. I also realize that my personality isn’t an excuse to slack off. Definitely no. Hot chocolate won’t teach my children to communicate and interact well with the world. God has called me to steward their minds, hearts, and souls, and I intend to do just that as best I can.
Which isn’t very best. So thank God I have the power of the Holy Spirit in me to help me and guide me and give me strength as I need it. Thank God for His grace and kindness and gentleness as He leads me by faith in all things, including homeschooling.
And after a few years of doing this homeschooling thing, I’m finally getting the hang of it. Which is to say, I am confident that I can homeschool my children well because I’m not alone in it.
I’ve even gotten pretty good at planning! Which is why I’m writing this post.
About a month ago I was on Facebook and I mentioned how I wished their was a planner for Type-B people like me who didn’t need detailed schedule sheets, but really needed detailed step-by-step “how-to” lesson-plan without wanting to cry in a closet. Many of you responded saying you’d like the same thing.
Well, don’t you know that I am a Type-B gal who is also motivated.
So I took all the planning that I had finally figured out how to do (in a Type-B way of course) and compiled it into what I now call, The Type-B Homeschool Planner: The planner for the rest of us.
Fortunately God gave me a husband who knows my last-minute ways and is willing to step in and get the job done. Specifically, he’s the one made all the calendar pages, formatted the book, and made the cover. In a week. Because he is amazing.
Friends, today I present you with…
The Type-B Homeschool Planner!
Sweat-free lesson-planning! WOOT!
Oh ya’ll, I am so giddy over it!
My husband and I have worked tirelessly to finish this, and it has been a labor of love, late-night crab dip sessions, and calls to Colorado where I have a very patient printing company owner who was willing to make the planner a for-real, spiral-bound book. You have no idea how difficult that is to make happen in a cost-effective way. Unless you go to China. Or order 10,000. Let’s just say I am a very thankful woman right now. But I digress.
The homeschool planner. That is for US! You and me, Type-B moms who love our kiddos but who struggle with details, get overwhelmed with lesson-planning, and are generally laid back but know we need to get our ducks in a row if we’re going to homeschool well. Yea, it’s for us.
- Spiral bound, physical book
- 233 pages
- 8.5 x 11 inches
- 14-day guide to getting homeschool ready (includes how to lesson-plan without breaking a sweat)
- Full-year of monthly calendar pages (July 2014-June 2015)
- Full-year of daily calendar pages (July 2014-June 2015)
- Planning pages for up to five children
- Planning pages with question prompts to help you plan
- Words of wisdom on how to homeschool multiple children
- Wisdom from seasoned homeschool parents
- Encouragement from homeschool graduates
Take a Look Inside
Yes, I Want the Planner! How Do I Get It?
I’m glad you asked.
I am offering the planner in two versions: spiral-bound physical book and PDF (the PDF is not eligible for the tote bag offer).
Spiral-bound Planner (hold it, write in it, love it!): $24.99 (FREE Shipping, unless you want it shipped internationally, in which case please email me at sarahmaewrites (at) gmail.com before you purchase so I can help you out!)
There will be a 2015-2016 version released in May!
“When I read this quote I knew this planner was written for me: “I love planning, but I’m not always super awesome at following through with my planning.” Um, yeah…. that’s me to a T! I wanted to remember so many sections that my highlighter ran out of ink while reading. I love that this planner is not just for school but for life as well. Having 14 steps already broken down into manageable pieces was reassuring and helpful in getting the ball rolling. For someone who gets overwhelmed easily, these easy to complete steps (with lots of thought prompting questions) were perfect for me. I am so thankful to have found a planner that is practical, easy to use, and manageable. Seeing this question “What memories/feelings do you want to invoke in your children during their homeschooling years?” has made me totally refocus and reevaluate why I’m doing what I’m doing. Thank you Sarah Mae from the bottom of my ‘best intentions’ heart.”
Jessica Bish, Mom of Four
Love, Sarah Mae
*You can return the planner within 30 days of purchase for a full-refund (minus shipping) as long as it has not been written in.
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