Are you a pen and pencil planner type homeschooler…or do you prefer technology to keep you organized? I am ashamed to admit it–technology scares me. Ok, maybe that is overkill. I like to pretty much stay in my comfort zone, so as a primary self-proclaimed ‘pencil pusher’ I decided to break free and try something new! As a member of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew, I was given the opportunity to review Homeschool Office from Lord Heritage. For this review I was given one full year of access to the planner, which is web based ($79 value).
- Plan (Jeremiah 29:11)
- Order (1 Corinthians 14:40)
- Work (John 17:4)
- Evaluate (Matthew 28:20)
- Report (Romans 14:12)-
This is my favorite part! When I logged into my account, I was greeted with “my” life verse…Jeremiah 29:11. Appropriate…a planner with a plan! For more screen samples of HomeSchool Office, click here.
Being a pen and paper gal, I was blown away by all of the options available with this product! Those included tracking grades, their schedules (each individual student), and even my budget for the year! Check out the picture above to see all of the different budgeting options: curriculum, field trips, kits, legal (I would use this for HSLDA)…even office supplies (the area I tend to overspend on). The feature I really liked was transferring the data I entered for my oldest son, a high school junior, automatically onto a transcript form. This is my FAVORITE part of this planner. I could just enter it all, hit print and go!
This planner is truly any techy homeschooler’s dream. It provides so many options. From schedules for each student, homeschooling budget, transcript options, schedules for each child, which are printable, and so many more! Check out the screen samples here.
Sadly, though, for us pen and paper gals, it reminds us of all life could be…if only we could leave our comfort zone. We travel a lot for extracurricular activities, church activities, my husband’s job, and having family 500 miles away. For me it’s easier to just have everything in my main planning folder. We don’t use the computer much for school either except research and supplements so it’s not just the planner that would be difficult for us. Too much screen time equals eye strain and headaches for me as well.
Since this isn’t a download, and no shortcut or icon is located on my computer, it also makes it easy to ‘forget’ about. And no, there isn’t an “app” for this. Perhaps if there were an app, I might be inclined to use it more. Even so, I barely use the calendar on my iPhone. Yes, I’m so “behind the times” I know! I tried adding it to the homescreen of my iPhone, to “create” a shortcut/app so to speak but it was burdensome logging in each time. I think I spend the better part of my life hitting the “forget password” button. And yes….those ARE in my planner. But, alas my planner doesn’t always go with me. My phone does so an app option for this product would be amazing!
All in all this is a fantastic product for keeping all of your homeschool information together in one place-whether it is a schedule, a budget or a transcript. My favorite was how it kept track of my high schooler’s classes and carrying them over to a “transcript.” Goodness knows I sure need help there.
Are you a techy homeschooler? Have you been searching for a great online planner? Why not try HomeSchool Office FREE for 30 days! Try it and see if you like it. I have used almost every online planner there is and even though this currently doesn’t work for me, it’s one of the best out there.