I’ve been homeschooling for thirteen years. Over the years, I have tried more planners than I can count. I’ve used online planners. I’ve written our daily lesson plans. I’ve tried planning my entire year at once, and I’ve planned week by week. I think I might have actually – for real – found something that will work for me.
When I was given the opportunity to review Homeschool Planet, an online homeschool planner by Homeschool Buyers Co-op, I couldn’t wait to give it a try. An online planner that works for the entire family – planning school lessons and so much more? Yes, please!
10 Things I Love About Homeschool Planet
1. Homeschool Planet is an online homeschool planner and scheduler. But, it’s so much more than that. In addition to your homeschool plans, you can use it for your to-do lists and grocery lists. By adding widgets to your online planner, you can easily check the weather and get daily Bible verses right on your desktop, as well. There are so many ways to customize this online homeschool planner to meet your individual needs.
2. It is easy to schedule my school year calendar with Homeschool Planet. I printed out our district’s calendar (we follow it, because I have one in public school), and plugged in all the school holidays in the calendar. I plugged in our trip to Columbus for the 1D concert, too, since we’ll miss a day of school. With all of those dates plugged in, I can see at a glance what our school year will look like.
3. Setting up my year is super easy! Right from the start, this program was easy to use. I was able to enter and color-code Emma’s subjects. For those who are required to track core subjects, you can denote core subjects when you set up your homeschool year. In the same area, I was able to make a note of what will be graded this year – tests, projects, quizzes, etc. And, I chose from many of the planner themes to make my planner suit my personality.
4. Entering lessons plans is so easy! I just choose a subject from the drop-down menu, and choose who to assign it to. (This is helpful if you will be using Homeschool Planet with more than one child.) I can then just type the lessons right into the online planner. By clicking the “notes” tab, I can enter any notes Emma will need to complete the assignment. I can also set up grading for each subject if I want to use weighted grades.
4. I can make the lesson plans as in-depth or as brief as I need them to be. You can see above that our math lessons are brief and to the point. However, our history lessons need a little more information on them. You can add multiple assignments to the same day. The pic on the left shows my lesson planner, and the image on the right shows the calendar which lists the assignments with their checkboxes.
5. It’s easy to customize our schedule. By clicking on “change schedule,” I can change when the lessons will be assigned. For instance, math (shown below) will be scheduled daily, but science and geography are only scheduled twice a week. It’s easy to change the schedule as needed.
6. When I get off track, I can easily reschedule lessons right in Homeschool Planet. This is my biggest lesson planning struggle. With other planners, I have to erase and rewrite my plans which makes a huge mess. Or, I have to retype an entire day/week of plans if I’m using my online planner. However, with Homeschool Planet, I can bump an entire day’s worth of lessons, or I can bump one assignment at a time.
7. It’s easy to see at a glance what we have scheduled for the week or the month. I love how the calendar is color-coded by subject. I can look at the calendar and see what I have assigned Emma for the day/week.
8. I can print out daily plans if I choose to use a paper planner. I, personally, am a paper person. I think, for the upcoming year, I will type up my plans in Homeschool Planet and print them out for my teacher binder. I get great satisfaction from checking boxes, and I like having physical plans to put in Emma’s portfolio before I store it away at the end of the school year. I don’t know whether Emma will want a paper plan or online plan.
9. Because this planner is online, Emma and I can access it from our smartphones or tablets if we are schooling away from home. I like that Emma can check off her completed assignments from her phone or tablet, and then when I get home, I can print out the assignment sheet and add it to my teacher binder. See the green squares? Those denote completed assignments. How convenient is that!
10. I can track attendance, grades, and create transcripts right in Homeschool Planet. This will really come in handy as we start our school year next month. I can’t wait to put these parts to work!
If you are looking for an easy to use online planner, you should definitely check out Homeschool Planet. Visit them today for a FREE trial!