We are homeschool schedule drop outs. I’ve tried so many methods of scheduling our day: planners, regular daily schedules, intentional spontaneity. It’s not working. We are just wasting time because we aren’t organized enough. Or we are missing important parts of our schedule.
I recently discovered Homeschool Planet and I was intrigued. It is a robust program that is centered around homeschoolers in particular.
I was compensated for my time in reviewing this Homeschool Planet. The opinions in this post are my own (and my kids).
TL:DR for Homeschool Planet
- Easy Set Up
- Intuitive Design
- Free Trial
Homeschool Planet and the Ease of Set Up
I don’t have a lot of extra time to spend setting up new things like planners so I was really excited to see how easy Homeschool Planet is to set up. It was as simple as adding my kids and adding the classes.
But it’s even easier than that.
- Add a repeating schedule. If you do math every Monday, you can set it to repeat. You choose the days, the times, the students, etc for each class you schedule. A few clicks and you’re full year of math is on the calendar.
- You can go in later and add specific assignments if you want. We only plan a week or two ahead of time for specific assignments so we can move faster or slower if we choose. This is perfect for moving at your own pace but also having a bit of a guide.
- You can assign work to all students, one student, or a combination. I love this because I have some kids who still have reading class and one who doesn’t. I don’t have to enter reading twice for each, I can do it once. And classes they all have together, I can assign just once.
- Add classes in a time slot or not. Both options are available and they end up on the same calendar (screen shot below). So if you have music lessons at 3, you can add that. But then if you just want to complete math at some point, it’s not in an actual time slot.
- Calendar View and Planner View. The Calendar view is better for a wide look at what is to come. The planner view is better for looking at individual days and what needs to be completed every day
- Print Version. I try to have the computer off during the day because I find it too distracting. There is a way to easily print off the plans. Then you have a copy of the week on paper but you can also pencil in any notes or new items to add easily.
When setting up the calendar, you can select what days of the week you school (We take Tuesdays off) and then add in holidays or off weeks.
So visually pleasing! It’s easy to see and you can color coordinate all the classes.
Intuitive Design for a Homeschool Planner
I love programs that work for me. By that I mean, programs that do the work for me. I love that I can go in once and add a lot of information. I do not have to remake my schedule every week. But if something changes, I can easily go in and change what I need to change.
It also includes great features for tracking attendance, keeping records, tracking assignments, grades, and transcripts. If you’re in a state where you need to keep some kind of records, that feature could be invaluable.
You can also filter your content to see just one person or a combination of people. There is also the ability to have your children log in themselves and see their own work. You can limit their access in multiples ways
In addition, you can purchase lesson plans for specific homeschool programs in the Homeschool Planet Marketplace. Most of the programs from Homeschool Buyers Co-op have an option for a tailored lesson plan that will be directly uploaded to your Homeschool Planet planner.
Adding subjects – there are so many features! Select the days of the week, the time (or no time), the students to be added, specific assignments, etc.
Free Trial for Homeschool Planet
There is a 30-day free trial available from Homeschool Buyers Co-op right now! So you can try it risk-free and decide if it’s right for you.
Homeschool Buyers Co-op gives a 10% discount off most of the items in the catalog and 20% off a year subscription to Homeschool Planet.
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