Confessions of a Type-B Homeschool Mom (Plus, the Type-B Homeschool Planner is Here!) - Sarah Mae
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Confessions of a Type-B Homeschool Mom (Plus, the Type-B Homeschool Planner is Here!)


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

Planner Preview (intro and sample calendar pages)

Day 1: Vision (Sample)

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) 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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  • Sara Russell

    I am so excited to see this. I wish financially things were different for us financially right now that we had the extra to purchase this, but we don’t. I do have a birthday coming up though and I think I might use some of my birthday money for this planner. 😉 Anyway that just tells you how much I am excited by your planner. I love planning, but I have learned over the last few years that I am no where near as type-A as I once thought. That said this post really resonates with me. Thank you and thank you to your husband.

  • EK Bradley

    This is SO me!! I am absolutely a Type B homeschooling Mama. I love the various lesson plans I’ve seen but I could never do them, it’s not me and it’s also not my daughter. This will be fantastic for us.

  • Angi@SchneiderPeeps

    Love this idea! I am also a type B homeschooler how has been homeschooling for 15yrs. I’ve graduated 2 – in fact one is graduating from college next week, my third is taking dual credit classes at the the college for part of his last two years of high school, I also have a 9th grader, 7th grader and a kindergartener. I’ve never written lesson plans. I tried at the beginning, I really did, but I would end up overwhelmed. Over the years we’ve gotten into a very simple rhythm that works for us. I’m excited about this resource! Tell your husband “thanks” from the rest of us Type B’s

  • Brooke

    This looks great! My only question is how do you plan for 5 kids in it? As I looked at the samples I didn’t see how you would do that very well. We have 4 children that we homeschool and I have yet to find a planner that fits them all well. We are very non routine also and don’t do well with super structured days either so this might be the one (finally, I’ve been looking for the perfect planner for the past 3 weeks) that actually works for us. Thanks for taking the time to put this together.

    • Sarah Mae

      Hey Brooke, can you email me at sarahmaewrites (at)

  • Heather

    Yippee! I love this. Managers of Their Homes gave me panic attacks! Soooo not me.

  • Emily

    I am excited about this! One question — for the pdf, would I be able to type stuff in and save it? Or is it just for printing out and writing on? Thank you!!

  • Sandra Watkins McGrandle

    I would love to win this planner! We are trying to plan out this next school year right now, and I was recently diagnosed with Lyme disease so it’s a difficult season for our family. Oh – I visited Sorta Southern and LOVED the blue and yellow statement necklace. 🙂

  • Laura Page Atkins Milner

    Is the blog post we are supposed to comment what we like from Sorta Southern? I rather like the bow back top. I am so excited to see this planner. I will most likely buy it if I don’t win it. Thanks!

  • Rebecca

    I’m extremely excited about this. I’m actually a detail-oriented person who is a passionate and proactive planner. But where I’ve struggled and changed in the past is that I give myself and my kids too many details, too strict of a schedule. Then they get burnt out and I get overwhelmed and struggle with the follow through. I have been afraid too in past homeschooling years that I’m not “Type A” enough to be good a this, wondering if I’m doing everything they need. I’ve changed a lot in the last year and half in the way I see myself as their teacher/mom and the way I see them as my students/children, realizing that we flourish when we are learning together while we’re living and in a more relaxed daily regimen. I have bought so many PDF customizable planners to try and fit our family but always end up unsatisfied because it’s geared towards…not me. I am really looking forward to trying this out after reading all the details and viewing the sample pages. 😀 This year will be our 6th year schooling and home (including preschool), and my first time schooling three kids at once, and I’m really thrilled. 4th, 1st, and Pre-K4 🙂

  • Krystal

    How fun!! i love planners. Even though I don’t always follow my “plan”. Sounds like a great resource- love Sorta Southern Boutique! I like the Maxi Beach dress and all of the necklaces. Cute stuff!

  • Deborah

    I belly laughed as I read about making plans, then settling in with hot chocolate and YouTube videos. I very much want to have structure and detailed lesson plans, but it’s not who I am. I gave up believing I could homeschool, that I should, and have been looking for a school for my oldest, hoping maybe I can still do some preschool fun with my little guy. If I were to homeschool my daughter again, I’d hope to have fun learning together, without stressing over whether or not I’m doing it “right”. Your planner sounds wonderful–loose structure with room for creativity. Thank you for sharing wisdom through this planner and for encouraging us to educate our kids with the abilities we have been given. Go moms!!

  • Amy

    I laughed out loud when I saw this in my inbox. I’m just getting into the high school years with home schooling. For years and years I thought there was something wrong with me because I just hated making super detailed schedules and plans (and they ALWAYS failed later in the year) but I thought that was the way a “good” home schooler did it. Eventually I learned to embrace my Type B style. I’m much less stressed and we still get everything finished every year! Long live the Type B Homeschool Mom!

  • Nikki

    My planner arrived today (hello fast shipping!) I love how you broke the process into bite-sized chunks. I feel much less overwhelmed now and excited to dig in and plan our adventures. Thank you!

  • Meredith Bernard

    I’m so glad I found YOU and this!! I’m all of one week into my new gig as homeschool mama. And I’m not type A…at all. I’m worried I will definitely mess up my son who is too smart for me…and he’s 6. :- My daughter will be in pre-school (because I’m not trusting me to teach her to read…they did a great job with my son, so I’m going to let them repeat with her). I feel like I have found a great friend here who speaks my language. I have several friends who homeschool and are great resources, too, but I see “me” in “you.” So cool! And I’m an #allumenewbie. I hope I can actually meet you in person, how cool would that be? Very cool for me. Maybe not so much for you. 😉 Blessings to you and thank you in advance…I know where I’ll be coming for advice…and comfort. Hot chocolate in hand…xoxo, Meredith

  • Renee Getty

    Just ordered my copy today! Can’t wait for it to get here!

  • DeAnna Newsome

    Thanks so much for this! And thanks for thinking of us Type-B’s! 🙂

  • Lauren

    Excited to read it! What I would like in a planner is a realistic, flexible plan to follow with wiggle-room, but plenty of specific, practical ideas for lessons, and Godly wisdom filling every page. I have had to create my own thus far, and indeed- it is difficult! Thank you for creating this!

  • Carisa Zglobicki

    I got my planner today and I’m SOOO excited to sit down and digest it and start filling it out – the introduction speaks to me so much as far as my personality with homeschooling and how I have often felt like a failure because I’m not meticulous about blocks of time even though we try to hit certain subjects on certain days, etc. I have downloaded several planners before finding yours and I didn’t even hesitate to hit the purchase button!!!

  • Mrsbkind

    Question, when you say a full year of daily calendar pages, this is not weekly is it? Do I get one full day on one full page?

  • Anne Gregor

    Do you have a question about how to homeschool or about which homeschool curriculum is best for you? They might help –


  • Nicole

    Sarah, at the time I bought the planner I read somewhere the curriculum choices you were making – a history reader. Sadly as I complete weeks I throw them away. Could you let me know what you are using. We are needing to change some of our curriculum choices.

  • Jackie

    Hi Sarah Mae, this is fantastic! Since we’re past halfway through this school year already, are you planning on having one for the 2015-2016 school year anytime soon? I can relate to you on so much in this post and would love to become familiar with this planner so that I’m not overwhelmed when school begins in June (we school year-round, or at least try to, anyway). If so, when will it debut? I would love to pre-order. Thanks so much for being so honest and helping us moms relax!

  • Laura

    This planner looks awesome! I’m wondering if you will be offering it for the 2015/2016 school year?

  • Heather

    I just want to say thanks for this post! This is the first time I’ve come across your blog, and I just had such a sigh of relief reading your description of yourself and how you do homeschooling…I am definitely that way too! And I often get so stressed thinking that I’m not detailed enough! I recently made my own planner from different homeschool printables and got them spiral bound, and it really helped me so much, and now I feel even more encouraged after reading your post! Thanks again and I look forward to reading more of your blog! God bless you and your family!

  • April Sunshine

    curious how you use this for 5 children? each day there are five lines… are you meaning each kid would only get one line for day to write plans on? thanks:)


    Is this planner still available?! I NEED this lol

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