You might have heard that I am not the most organized girl in the world. That would be true.
Most of the time, I wander about my day looking as if I can’t quite remember something. Which I probably have. However, let it be known that I am a Master Planner. I can plan a party down to the last toothpick.
My issues with Homeschool Planning is that….it’s at home. Frankly, I didn’t have this kind of trouble in my own classroom. At home I get so distracted. I also have really good starts and not so good finishes.
Another problem is that I like things to look pretty. Which is probably while I tend to favor paper planners. I can doodle and scrap to my heart’s content. I also like to have carry it around with me to swim team practice and whatnot.
I’ve tried several online planners. Some with more successes than others. I recently had a chance to review Homeschool Planet. It is an online planner from the folks at Homeschool Buyers Co-op.
Homeschool Planet is an online scheduler, planner and calendar. There are more moving parts that I can’t possibly describe it all.Right now I want to let you know my experience and what stuck out at me.
We are currently in a little bit of a lazy summer. There presently isn't a whole lot to schedule. Other than Swim Team practice (Josiah) and plenty of reading (me).
I decided to go ahead and start planning for fall. I was able to specify what day I wanted to start and then finish. We generally have a 4 day school week because of my husband's work week. The program allowed me to check the boxes I needed. There is also a handy tool that added any holidays. I could also go in and manually check off any days off.
Under the Subjects tab I was able to go in a set up our course work. There was even an option to specify which subjects are core.
I was able to choose how I wanted to track Josiah's hours.
I doubt that many of you will be has happy as I was when I discovered that I could change the theme of the planner. I picked something blue and peaceful!
Now that I had something I liked to look at it was now time to set up Josiah's information.
I started by scheduling in his Swim Team Practices. It allowed me to even pick a identifying color. I was able to plug time and how long the practice lasts. It keeps track and adds them to Josiah's school hours.
I then begin to start planning Josiah's subjects for the fall. This is the screen shot of his science assignments. One of my very favorite parts is that I can add website information, extra assignments, pdf files and more! I included a website in this particular block of assignments that Josiah can explore.
I also have the option to send Josiah's assignments to him via email.
If you are like me there will be days that "stuff" just doesn't get done. Homeschool Planet has a reschedule. You can just move an assignment where you want it to go!
|This obviously isn't my screen shot. Who are all those people? I'm just using it for show and tell.|
Another favorite. You can add a resources. No more trying to remember that one site. You know. That one. I am in love.
Here is a look at the calendar in all its glory. You can see that it is very well done.
So here in the bottom line. This is a fantastic planner. I have decided I can have the best of both worlds. I am going to do my best to take advantage of this great planner. I can have my small paper planner to carry around with me so I can appease my doodle beast.
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