Homeschool Planet Review
Are you looking for a one-stop-shop for planning and organizing your homeschool & home life? In that case, Homeschool Planet is exactly what you’re looking for! Homeschool Planet has absolutely revolutionized the way we plan and track our years, which makes transcript-making time that much easier.
Homeschool Planet post updated April, 2019
We have been using Homeschool Planet for over 4 years now and we still use it every single week! You can read more about how we plan our homeschool year by reading this post. There are affiliate links in this post. I received this product for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive review is never guaranteed, you can count on me to be totally honest with you.
I know I’ve talked before about how we’re pretty laid back with homeschooling. Especially for the kids under high school age we don’t follow a syllabus, we don’t follow a strict schedule, we don’t used packaged curriculum, and we don’t keep grades. We do, however, keep a loose schedule and have a game plan. I’ve always been really bad at keeping on top of things, which is why I am so excited to tell you about HomeschoolPlanet.com!
Let’s take a quick look around:
There are two calendar modes, planner and calendar. The picture above is my favorite way to view our schedule, in calendar form. You can display a day, week, or month. Notice how each subject has its own color and how each child who is taking the class is listed.
I prefer the family-view calendar but you can also display one person’s calendar if that works for you. You can also decide if weekends are visible in your plan.
Adding a class is easy, just click on the family member and select “class”. Enter the information and when you’d like the lessons to be completed. You can be as general as picking a day of the week or as specific as an exact time several days per week for a certain number of weeks.
Pro Tip: When you add a class for one person you can copy it to another child.
Adding & removing students, classes, lesson plans, and special occasions is super easy. All you have to do is click & follow the on-screen directions.
The planner, viewed weekly, is what I use the most. Every Sunday I print the schedule out and hang it on the fridge. Worried about printer ink costs? NO worries, Homeschool Planet has an economy printing option!
We use Homeschool Planet as a guide, as we complete things we check them off.
If you do more detailed lesson planning you can enter details for each lesson.
In the event we miss something it’s super easy to reschedule lessons using the “rescheduling helper”. The helper allows you to reschedule an entire lesson or just one. Deleting a lesson is as easy as clicking on the lesson and selecting delete.
There are other things you can do with Homeschool Planet too! You can take attendance, keep grades, create a transcript, and a whole lot more! I don’t use these features as I don’t keep grades and I have another program we use for transcripts, but it’s nice to know there are there should I need them!
As if that isn’t great enough, Homeschool Planet has a bunch of other cool features!!
Widgets that allow you to customize your planner by adding quotes, shopping lists, a to do list…and the best part is, I can have the to do and shopping lists sent to my husband via text!! What’s better than that??
Some final highlights & what I love about Homeschool Planet:
-Each child can have their own login info to view their assignments
-You can have daily and weekly reminder emails sent to your inbox
-Lesson plans are completely customizable, you can add websites and videos and anything else you need
Finding a good planner is essential for homeschooling families, and I’m sure you’ll agree that Homeschool Planet has it all! This is simply the best planner I’ve ever seen in 14 years of homeschooling, and the only one I’ve continued to use for more than a few months.
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Meg Grooms is a long-time homeschooling mother of 6 children, ranging in age from preschool to married with kids of their own. Always a vagabond at heart, Meg and her family have embraced a slow travel lifestyle and currently call Southern California home. Your guess is as good as hers as to where they’ll end up next.
Meg blogs about secular homeschooling and gameschooling at Homeschool Gameschool.