Do you desire to be one of those Type A planner gals, but just don’t know how to muster her up? Stay right here, because I am going to drop a big bomb of awesomeness in your lap!
I am not an organized person. I crave structure and routine, but for the life of me, I cannot seem to inject it into the chaos of six kids. Every time I get that exercise routine going or I get a menu plan written out, life happens, we deviate from said schedule, and then I feel defeated. It is enough to make any mom want to throw in the towel.
I have a weird anxiety thing too when it comes to paper planners. They are just so pretty, clean, and white. The idea of writing in them, erasing, and filling them up, stirs up panic within me. Is that healthy? No, probably not, but it has caused me to flee from paper planners and seek out a better tool that fits my family’s needs and my weird personality quirks.
Enter Homeschool Planet.
Homeschool Planet is an online homeschool planner created by Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op. The only thing I don’t like about it is that the name boxes it into a “homeschool” planner, and yet it is so much more. As Erica, in the video below puts it, Homeschool Planet is the “control center” for the busy mom. It is the perfect planning tool for scheduling homeschool, home, and work. As an online planner it allows you to see your personal calendar and homeschool day in one place. Watch the video below to go to the site and see it in action!
I have been using Homeschool Planet since the Fall of 2016. After reading a few reviews I knew I had found my match. I was in love with all of its intuitive features. It was like they knew what I needed before I knew what I needed.
Want to try it out for yourself? I highly recommend signing up for a FREE 30 DAY TRIAL!
Homeschool Planet is the Ultimate in Lesson Planning
I used Homeschool Planet last year in a more relaxed way. I had only 3 students homeschooling, a third grader, first grader, and kindergartner. I didn’t feel the need to mess with strict grading or those features that would be more necessary for high school transcripts. However, I did use it for lesson planning and attendance records which we needed to fulfill state regulations.
Have a high school student? Check out Richele’s review on Homeschool Planet and how she uses it to prepare high school transcripts!
Homeschool Planet’s lesson planning features are a dream come true. It is hard to share in a few simple words exactly how many options are allowed for the lesson planning and how easy it is to schedule using it. Here are some of my favorite features:
- Easy pre-made lesson plan downloads for you favorite curriculum resources.
- Lesson plans can easily be created for shared work between children or individually for each child.
- Automated scheduling makes lesson planning a breeze!
- Simple, one-click rescheduling of your lesson plan from day to day.
Pre-Made Lesson Plans: We are taking advantage of this feature for the first time this year. I purchased the IEW Writing Intensive Level A Lesson Plans from the Homeschool Planet Marketplace for my eldest because we are doing this program this year. With just a quick click, Homeschool Planet uploaded our entire year’s lesson plan for us for this program! How SIMPLE is that?!
Lesson Planning for Multiple Students: As a large family, we often have subjects that we do together like Bible, Science, and History, but there is a catch! My children, due to their age differences, will sometimes have shared assignments and other times individual assignments. Homeschool Planet allows me to easily assign to each child what needs to be done, as well as the shared assignments. I LOVE the FLEXIBILITY!
Automated Lesson Planning: This feature is really snazzy. I use Math-U-See for my younger two students. I was able to quickly tell Homeschool Planet that our pattern is Lesson 1-A, 1-B, 1-C, 1-D, 1-E for week 1 and week 2 shifted to 2-A, 2-B, etc. and that we end that pattern at Lesson 30. It pre-populated the sequence for me without my having to write it all out or go into each of those days on the calendar and manually add those lessons. Totally INTUITIVE!
One-Click Rescheduling: Last year, I pre-scheduled my entire lesson plan. I used that auto-population feature for all my lesson plans, but I obviously didn’t stick to that schedule for the entire year. We took off a day here, a week there, and yet it was so easy to reschedule. When you log onto Homeschool Planet, it prompts you to reschedule anything that wasn’t marked complete. It allows you to mark it completed, to delete it, to push your schedule a day out, or reschedule it for a totally different day. So QUICK and EASY!
Watch this video overview of Homeschool Planet to see many of the awesome features that I am describing at work!
Homeschool Planet is the Perfect Homeschool Tracker
I mainly used Homeschool Planet for tracking our attendance last year and used it to keep me accountable to the general material I should be covering that time of year. I went in monthly and actually filled in the details needed and used the rescheduling tool for a quick shift where the plans on days were changed. It worked so well for my disorganized self. I needed a year of dipping my toes in the water before diving head first like I am this year into detailed lesson planning and using the grading scales … which are pretty cool too!
Grading options allow you to grade just a single subject or grade by subject groups. If you have one umbrella subject that covers a few individual subjects but need only one grade you can make this happen. For example, your Language Arts program may encompass Grammar, Spelling and Vocabulary. You can enter the grades for each subject individually and then Homeschool Planet will grade them as a group for you and issue one single grade for the Language Arts subject. Isn’t that cool?!
Homeschool Planet gives me that organized feeling in my homeschool that I need without giving me the simultaneous sensation of restriction. If I don’t stick to the schedule, Homeschool Planet just asks me if I want to move those assignments to the next day, choose the day I want to add it to, or delete it from the schedule. I don’t have to manually go in and shift the whole schedule. It does it all for me, no erase marks, no anxiety about the white space filling up of the pretty and pricey paper planner. It asks me one question, works its magic, and PRESTO! I am back on schedule. Homeschool Planet tracks my schedule and our attendance for me so that I don’t have to think about it or keep up with it.
Tracking attendance, hours spent teaching, and submission of grades may be a part of your state homeschool regulations. If you are looking for a better way to stay organized and keep on top of your homeschool day, I know that if you try it you will find Homeschool Planet to be a well-used, much-loved tool at your disposal.
Homeschool Planet makes the BEST Family Calendar
Another amazing feature that our friends over at Buyers Co-op added to Homeschool Planet is the ability to sync it with your Google Calendar, iCal, or other popular family calendar applications. They really have thought of everything you (or your spouse) might want or need!
This year I have multiple children in therapy on certain days of the week, church events, and family appointments that I am loading into our schedule. The kids will have their chores on their daily schedule as well. As our schedule is emailed to me daily for a quick print, I can then quickly jot down my to-do list for that day. At the end of the day, I can just toss the schedule in the trash for less paper clutter!
For me, having all of this in one place with such a simple procedure for rescheduling at the click of a button, it just makes organization feel attainable. That is what I needed and Homeschool Planet succeeded in providing me: an intuitive planner that knew my needs before I knew them. It has saved me both stress and time, and for a busy mom, that really is invaluable.
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