If I haven't told you before, I am a planner. It's almost my favorite part of homeschooling! I like to plan out the entire year...only to watch the plans crumble as the year progresses, usually. I'll also admit that I usually prefer to plan on paper. Enter Homeschool Planet, from the Homeschool Buyers Co-op! It's radically changed my planning methods.
When I logged in the first time, I was able to set up profiles for each member of my family. I entered basic information for each: name, grade (for the boys), email address, with an option to add a cell phone number. There is the option to have an email sent daily, or digest weekly, which includes each individual's assignments, and activities. For my students, there is also an attendance tab. There is also an option for each person to have the ability to log in. You can even upload a profile photo.
Here you can see what the attendance record looks like.
They can even be color-coded. That makes for a colorful calendar! You can change the themes of the calendar itself, as well: different background colors and images. For now, I am using the purple with horses. Another thing I really like is that I can import my Google calendar, or my Yahoo calendar. I was even able to import the calendar for the bloggers of the SDA Homeschoolers blog with whom I write. Oh, and my birthday calendar has been imported as well.
You can also create reports: assignment lists, grades, transcripts, class notes and class hours. There is so much here, so much this program can do; I am still discovering what's here, and learning what it's capable of doing. Check out the thirty-day free trial, to try it out for yourself!
Time sensitive! Currently you can get a free 3-month membership, through Homeschool Giveaways. Offer ends Friday, July 17, at 11:59 pm ET.
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