Planning Your New Homeschool Year? I Have Just the Thing for You!

homeschool calendar

Planning a new homeschool year can be a fun, yet stressful, time. While most of my children adhere to a year round schedule, my high school age kids have opted for a schedule that more closely resembles a typical school year. One problem I always encounter with finding the right calendar is that the average calendar generally starts in January and ends in December, so I often end up having to use two separate calendars for one homeschool year.

I’m telling you, in a house as crazy as ours, it can be hard to keep track of one calendar, let alone two! 

So I’m sure you can imagine my delight at coming across this awesome 2016-2017 printable homeschool calendar created by Jen Mackinnon, author of Practical, By Default. Not only does it start in the month of September and end in August, but it also comes with a set of adorable printable homeschool planner stickers, and each month has an encouraging quote at the top of the page.


My favorite quote is this: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

Amen, Mr. Edison.

At first I wasn’t sure how I wanted to hold the calendar together because I didn’t want the pages getting all bent up from staples or brads, so I clipped it right to the board in our homeschool room (aka- the dining room). Now, whenever we finish a month , we can simply unclip the completed month, put it in a folder, and the new month is right there underneath!

The stickers are a very clever and practical (I should have known…get it?? Practical, By Default? I crack myself up.) idea and add a splash of color and fun to the calendar. There are stickers for day trips, library days, and study days and will be such a great asset in our pursuit of keeping our homeschool as organized as possible!

Additionally, Jen has also recently added a set of printable homeschool event stickers that can be purchased separately. These stickers are the perfect reminders for, among other things: tests, field trips, crafts, and more!

homeschool stickers

I am so excited to start planning my teens’ upcoming homeschool year, and these resources are just adding to the excitement! I highly recommend these products to you.

Happy homeschooling!


(Disclaimer: I was given complimentary downloads of these items in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)


Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

18 thoughts on “Planning Your New Homeschool Year? I Have Just the Thing for You!”

  1. Squeal! I am so glad you loved it 🙂 I love how you mentioned that because it runs from September -August it works better for school. Even though I created it, I didn’t think of that point. LOL Great review if I do say so 🙂 Thank you so much!

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  2. I always love reading how other homeschool families stay organized! We are two weeks into our adventure and I was thrilled to stumble across a good-looking planner on Amazon that I’m going to give a try and then I use printable worksheets to track our reading and resources. We’ve also decided this year to try journaling, so we’ll see how that goes! 🙂

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  3. I love academic calendars, too! I’d probably need one that also included daily sheets, but this one definitely looks cute! Love the sticker idea. How fun!

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