If there’s one thing I know after more than a decade of homeschooling, it’s that flexibility in planning is key.
Something is pretty much guaranteed to go off course, whether it’s a kid slowing down in math or a change in extracurricular activities requiring a whole changeover in how your days go. When I was offered the chance to look over the details of a new Kickstarter campaign for Flexible School Starter, I jumped at it.
I was compensated for my time writing this review.
The Gore family are a homeschooling family themselves who like to stay organized. They are currently developing an application to help other homeschool families do the same.
Flexible School Schedule is a web app for planning and tracking your family’s homeschool. It’s
structured enough to keep you on track but flexible enough to let life happen.
Plan your year by flexible terms and weeks per term, not rigid dates and times on a calendar
that tend come undone once real life begins to happen. One of the reasons many of us chose
to homeschool was so each child could move at their own pace. And when we homeschool,
life still happens (sickness, family, even the occasional bit of fun). Rigid plans are not workable
plans because homeschool life is rarely rigid.
Can one child go faster with math? Does another need to go a little slower with reading?
Flexible School Schedule can handle it. Even if you must stop school for a couple of days,
simply pick back up right where you left off. No alerts screaming that you’re falling behind and
no piling up supposedly overdue work onto the current day. Move through each subject at the
proper pace for each child.
Flexible School Schedule is about recording what you actually did, when you did it and how
long it took you to do it. Progress bars provide an overview of each child’s advancement.
Beautifully formatted, customizable and printable reports keep your records up to date and
assist you with fulfilling state requirements.
Flexible School Schedule works with your life, not against it.
Here’s how it works for you:
1. Gather Your Thoughts
As you homeschool, all kinds of ideas and plans come to mind. But you may not be
ready to act on them. The scratchpad is a great place to jot them down so you
2. Collect Your Resources
As your homeschool library grows and as you find more and more resources online,
it can be difficult to remember what you have and where everything is. The Flexible
School Schedule resource list can help. Simply enter a video link, website link or
book into the list so you always know what you have and where to find it.
3. Lay Out Your School Year
Plan your year in flexible terms and weeks per term, not rigid dates and times on a
calendar. Homeschool life is rarely rigid. Children go at their own pace. Life
happens and we need to stop for a day or two. Flexible school schedule allows you
to speed up or slow down as needed. You can even stop and just start back up
right where you left off.
4. Plan Your Subjects
Focus on each child’s individual needs and pace as you plan what subjects you’ll
teach. You can schedule subjects to be taught as many times per week or per term
as each child and each subject requires.
5. Record Your Progress
As you progress through the school year, mark each lesson complete when it is
done. Enter what you did, when you did it and how long you spent doing it.
Progress bars will give you an overview of your child’s progress for the year, the
term and on a per subject basis.
6. Report Your Accomplishments
You can create custom reports. Simply select what data you would like to see and
click “print” to get beautifully formatted reports that accurately represent your
efforts, perfect for your records and to assist with fulfilling state requirements.
Simple as that! I urge you to head over to Flexible School Schedule’s Kickstarter campaign to learn more and to contribute to a great idea in the making.