An unexpected, chaotic school year is wrapping up for some families. Shutdowns, screens, and inconsistent schedules were the hallmarks of the year. Other families have achieved educational stability during the pandemic by teaching their children at home where they are safe, on schedule, and successful. They’re homeschoolers now. They’ve doubled the number of households across the country that already experience the countless benefits of home education.

The US Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey revealed that 11.1 percent of households with school-age children reported homeschooling (not including virtual learning through a public or private institution) in the fall of 2020. Many are planning already now to continue home educating for the next school year.

“Pandemic homeschoolers learned that children thrive at home,” said Gena Suarez, publisher of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. “Home is the ultimate learning environment. Planning for another productive, healthy, and consistent homeschool year can start now.” The Old Schoolhouse® can help with those plans. They’ve just released the Schoolhouse SmartMama Planner, and it’s ready to fill.

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Designed by veteran homeschool moms, it offers exactly what home educators need in a planner, including encouragement. Parents can utilize this modern organizational tool to schedule lessons, record completed work, plan budgets, schedule chores, and manage goals. Specific pages help track everything from preschool progress to high school transcripts.

The Schoolhouse SmartMama Planner is available now. Since the 2021–22 version is digital, it can be tailored and modified to each family’s specific needs. It can be printed or downloaded here. Each lovely detail and useful page is designed to support and encourage home educators. Smart curriculum choices are also available through, where membership includes a complimentary Schoolhouse SmartMama Planner.

“The Schoolhouse SmartMama Planner is smart, unique, and customizable—just like homeschool,” added Suarez. “Everyone at The Old Schoolhouse® wishes new homeschoolers the very best as they anticipate another school year. We’re here to help through every step with planning, inspiration, curriculum, and much more.

The Old Schoolhouse® is a privately held corporation that publishes the industry-leading homeschool education print magazine, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, as well as hundreds of books and planning support tools for homeschooling families., a division of The Old Schoolhouse®, supports over 9,000 member families with more than 400 courses for preschool through high school, as well as educational videos, World Book Online, transcripts, report cards, planning tools, and recordkeeping. Established in 2001, The Old Schoolhouse® is focused on providing high-quality, encouraging, affordable solutions for homeschooling families.


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