I have always been a fan of paper planners. I have preferred to scribble down reminders to myself in pretty notebooks and keep track of our life that way. However, I am now an online planner convert to the point where my friends are starting to avoid me (OK, no, not really, but only because they love me…..I’m babbling about Homeschool Planet that much!)
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Let me show you why you need Homeschool Planet too, no matter what your lifestyle. It’s an online planner designed by the folks at the hugely popular Homeschool Buyers Co-Op, and you can access it on your smart phone, computer, and tablet. But it’s so much more than a lesson planning tool!
You can add lessons for each child with ease, and have them emailed to each individual separately. Each subject shows as a different (tweakable) color, making it easy to see at a glance. If you have a girly girl, for example, her lessons plans could be pink, purple, and hideous and make her very happy without her baseball-loving brothers having to deal with it in their own planners. 🙂 Lessons can be single-use or you have the option to repeat with a specific time frame. The planner even asks you to define your particular school year to help you with this.
One of the really useful features are the lesson plans you can obtain from the co-op itself and plug in to the planner. These are so handy when it comes to a curriculum like Bravewriter, Life of Fred, or All About Spelling; someone else has already done the work and laid out the daily plans. All you do is tell it to go ahead and schedule them. We gave it a try with the free virtual field trips lesson plans and had a blast (remember last week’s Lego ocean zones? That was inspired by a virtual field trip to an aquarium.) I counted about 50 possible lesson plans, divided by category, so as you’re setting up you’ll definitely want to check them out.
Because life, for most people, doesn’t stop when the lessons do, you have the option to view either daytime hours only or all 24, in hourly, weekly, or monthly format. Each family member has their own login and can choose their own view.
When you go to add something to the calendar, it ask you what type of something it is. This is where it became really useful for us; I could add a birthday, a task (“Clean the chicken coop”) or pretty much anything else my little heart desired, and decide to whom it would be shown. Virtual nagging! I kid, of course, although the recipients may disagree 🙂 We have a lot of animals on our farm and being able to plug in vaccinations for sheep, birth dates for lambs, or who was coming to purchase/sell which animal and when, has really streamlined our farm operations because I can add it to the applicable family member’s calendar and they have it instantly, even if they are 3 hours away visiting friends.
I can add groceries to a list, plan this week’s library book requests, and make sure I have vaccines and science experiment supplies in the house…..all in the same place. And because Homeschool Planet understands that sometimes you hit a cell phone dead zone, I can print it out and take it with me as backup, if I so desire.
What I’ve shared with you here is really just the tip of the iceberg as far as features go. You can try it out for 30 days for free and you’ll see why it’s so amazing. I firmly believe that Homeschool Planet is for everyone, not just homeschoolers.
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