Review of Homeschool Planet Online Planner9:43 AM
I've never been one to carefully detail out every single task we are to do in our homeschool. Despite my laid-back manner, however, I looked forward to building a basic plan for our homeschool with this review of Homeschool Planet, a service of Homeschool Buyers Co-op.
I should first tell you that I have tried lots of planners over the years, each promising a fully-customizeable solution to multiple students. Since I've been disappointed in the past with planners, I knew exactly what I wanted (and what I needed) in an online digital planner, and this fits my needs in so many areas.
First, it is easy to set up, although it does take some time. You may choose to just set up each student with their own profiles, fill out the basic information, and enter detailed planning info (such as daily goals) a few days or even a week at a time. This is the perfect time of year to start using a planner such as this, because you have some time before the school year starts to fill in all your info.
Once you have students and basic class schedules set up, you can get into the nitty gritty. Admittedly, the more time you spend putting in details, the more you'll get out of this planner. So what can you use it for? The possibilities seem almost endless.
While the planner can do pretty much whatever you set it up to do, here are my favorite features that we use in our homeschool:
You can track assignments by student, along with the due date. When you log in to see assignments for a particular student, you can see all the late assignements on one screen and decide how you want to handle it.
Finally, one of the things I would use the most is the resource section. Since we do a classical curriculum where each student reads 12-21 books a year, keeping track of all that we need to buy, borrow, or return can get tricky. We also want to track what we've read outside of the curriculum requirements. The resource tool lets us do just that! (A new feature of the site lets you upload your own documents for easy reference, if you're not one to type everything out. This is perfect for assignment or reading lists that you want to keep records of, but don't necessarily need to interact with regularly.)