How to keep your homeschool organized – online
Sometimes it takes just the right online planning software…
I’ve been homeschooling for almost 20 years, and throughout that time I’ve gone through more ways of scheduling formats than I can shake a stick at! From lessons and schedules scrawled on sheets of loose leaf, to typed-up plans and transcripts, to ~ these days ~ records maintained on my laptop or on-line that can be printed out or transmitted electronically.
So let me tell you about this one…
Today I’m talking about an online planner offered by Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op. I had the opportunity to “try it on for size” for awhile, and if you’ve been trying to find a way to get your homeschool, and your home life, organized, you may want to watch and read on!
The Benefits of A Good Homeschool Organizer
Homeschool Planet offers a flexible and functional tool to keep all your home-related plans in one place! Finally, I’ve found a way to stay on top of what my middle-schooler and high-schoolers need to accomplish (daily and over the course of the semester), and their sports, music and church activities, and my grocery/meal planning/shopping list.
Integrate it with almost any online calendar you might be using already – I use Google’s calendar – and have classes or extracurricular activities show up there, so you don’t double-book yourself or the family (not that ever would happen to you, I know 😉 ). Include any family member’s cell phone when you set up profiles, and you can shoot them a message when you’re updating or reviewing lessons or the calendar, as you’re sitting at your desk.
I can send the kids daily or weekly schedules to their own email accounts, or print them out in color or ink-saving black. And when changes to class assignments or lessons occur, as they often do when life happens, the schedule is easily accommodated – Homeschool Planet automatically moves everything ahead 🙂 ! Plus, you can create and print out reports: almost any combination of reports you may want or need – assignments for a single student or combined students, or any schedule of classes or activities for the same…for a day or a week or a semester!
Another beautiful feature covers me on those days when I’m more out-and-about than in the schoolroom. I’m able to push whatever I need – schedules, lists and/or messages I create for myself while at home – to my smartphone. No more forgetting something that I really needed to purchase or do while I was out, or to check on with the kids after I’ve gotten back home…
Teaching high-schoolers? You can create and update beautiful, professional-looking transcripts simply and easily.
Still on The Fence?
Of course, even if you’ve gotten this far, you still may be a little dubious about this format as I was. That’s fair. It’s hard to really let go sometimes and give up the pencil and paper. And, honestly, there are some advantages to that method (although they may be more emotional and less practical).
I think the folks at Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op were expecting that as well, because they have offered a FREE 30-day trial so that you can give it a test-run, too.
So here’s my suggestion: Take them up on their 30-day offer. And really try it out: add classes and schedules and assignments, create profiles, integrate it with any other online calendar you already have for personal use, push a few lists to your smart phone… Take about an hour or two to examine it; you can even view this short overview video outlining the basic features here.
And THEN make a decision!
I think you’ll be happy with incorporating Homeschool Planet with your organization and planning efforts.
NOTE: This review is part of our mini-series “5 Areas You Need to Control to Have a Successful Homeschool” – check out the other areas here!
Do you have questions or comments about online planning software in general, or Homechool Planet in particular? Please leave them in the comments below and I’ll be more than happy to address them!
(You can also contact Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op – they have great customer service 😉 )