So, if you’ve been around the blog before you know I’m a huge planner girl. I love to keep myself organized and keep track of my daily to-do’s. And to be honest though – keeping track of our homeschool lessons and plans is hard. I love all things paper planning – but I totally crush on apps and computer organizers too! And usually you can’t have both, but with Home School Planet I can!!
In full disclosure, I received this product for free and have been compensated for my time. But this in no way sways my opinions expressed.
What I need from a Homeschool Planner
I need a homeschool planner to be both easy to use and tangible. Not all things that you can hold in your hand to plan with are easy to use. When you have a lot going on with so many family members at once – the reality is that your day will never go as planned.
In fact, your week might never go as planned either. Am I right? Mom needs to be able to be flexible and the schedule needs to be able to change with us at the drop of a hat.
Homeschooling involves more than just sitting down and teaching lessons or grading school work. Grades need to be tracked and kept for records, attendance needs to be kept, we need to make sure we’re teaching the classes required by our state laws, and transcripts will be needed at graduation.
I’m pretty stoked that Homeschool Planet for FREE offers the ability to do all of this, and more! You truly have everything you need to take care of the “technical” part of your homeschool.
Homeschool Planning with Homeschool Planet
Homeschool Planet offers the best of both worlds: digital and paper. .
- You are able to fully plan your homeschool schedule (for each kiddo) and you can print it out to have a hard copy in hand.
- You are able to print out a daily, weekly, monthly checklist for each student you have scheduled. This way they can keep track of their own work throughout the day. Even if you’re right there working through the lessons with them, they’ll begin to learn out to work through daily tasks and check off the list.
- Older students can work independently with confidence that they’ll be tackling the daily lessons mom has planned out for them.
- Mom can print out and keep track of what everyone is doing too!
- Emails can be sent to everyone you have in the app so they can keep up with their own schedules, assignments, chores, and more!
- Mom is able to track attendance, grade easily, and create transcripts or grade reports!
Homeschool Planet also allows you to keep track of your meal plans, grocery lists, and do research from right within the application. You can share calendars with your spouse or other family members, and access the program via mobile with their super functional mobile version!
You can check out Homeschool Planet for FREE (yes, totally free!) for 30 days!!
Take a look inside
Here are some screenshots from within the program, at the end of the post you’ll find a video too. I walk you through some of the features of Homeschool Planet in the video… and probably ramble a bit too much :). But hopefully, it’ll give you a good idea of what the program is like.
It takes probably about 10 minutes to set up and then you’ll feel like a kid with a bucket of candy playing with a bunch of Labrador Retriever Puppies. Yes, it’s that awesome.
This is what your calendar looks like in the week view. On the left your students are listed. The first one is the main parent account (mine is Thing 2) and the ones below are your students/kids. You’ll see each color box has a child or children assigned to it in bold. That’s just a matter of checking a few boxes and setting up the lesson/class. You can set it to schedule out for the entire year on specific days too if you’d like.
This is the month view of your calendar. I favor the week view but I wanted to show you this too. You can scroll through your entire year (past of future) to see what’s coming up or if you might need to move things around. Did I mention you can drag and drop classes within the program? Yea – makes it super easy to move a class around should you need to!
These are your day view of the schedule. This first one is in calendar mode…
This one is in planner mode (I like how clean this one looks)
When you click print, you get a super clean printout of the day (you can print week or month too!).
Here is something I totally dig. I can print out the schedule for everyone in one place for my personal use. A super easy way to keep tabs on what’s going on that day, week, month.
This is what your calendar set up looks like. You set your date range, choose holidays (the dropdown offers some preset ones), and click dates to change from school-day to non-school-day or vice versa. On that general tab you can set your month to read Day-Month-Year or Month-Day-Year AND you can select your week start day preference. I LOVED THAT! I favor Day-Month-Year (so 1 January, 2016 ) and Monday week start. I’ve never had an online planner that I could do this with!
Check out the Homeschool Planet video I made below. I hope it’s helpful!