Over the summer, I decided it was time to make a change. For years I had done all of my homeschool lesson planning on paper. I tried using numerous different types of planners where I either wrote out all of our assignments or I typed up and printed the assignments. I even created my very own printable homeschool pages.
I purchased my initial 1-year Homeschool Planet subscription. I received an extended subscription free of charge for review purposes and I was financially compensated for my time. All opinions expressed in this post are my own and I was not required to post a positive review of the product.
But, I had the same problem with each and every lesson planner I tried…
Whenever assignments were missed, I would spend hours erasing, crossing out, or cutting/pasting to make the needed adjustments and revisions. I started dreading Sunday evenings when it was time to make sure that the kids lessons for the week were accurate and up-to-date. Moving around and shifting assignments became a serious chore!
It got to the point where I could only plan a week in advance in order to avoid the inevitable frustration that came whenever I had to make changes. I knew there had to be a better way…and I was determined to find it!
Determined to Find a Solution…
So, I started researching. I began reading reviews from fellow homeschool moms who were using Homeschool Planet, the online planner created by the Homeschool Buyers Co-op. I figured an online planner would have way more options than I really needed and that all the options would make planning way too complicated. But, with the FREE 30-day trial, I decided to at least give it a shot. Boy, am I glad I did!
I fell in love with Homeschool Planet and purchased a one-year subscription!
Fast-forward to today…I have been using Homeschool Planet since July 2015.
When I was offered the opportunity to review the online planner on my blog, it was a no-brainer! Homeschool Planet has revolutionize lesson planning for me and my hope is that it will do the same for you!
A Homeschool Planner for the Present & the Future
I was initially concerned that Homeschool Planet would be way too complicated and have way more options than I needed. Well, I was right about it having lots of options. You can do A LOT with Homeschool Planet…from resource lists to shopping lists…from daily digest emails to text capabilities…from customizable widgets to calendar sharing.
While I don’t have a need for all of the options now, I see how Homeschool Planet will grow with me as my children get older.
For example, I don’t really need to be able to print out transcripts now…but I will when it’s time to work on college applications! Homeschool Planet will do that for me!
Right now, I loosely track my kid’s class hours. However, once they hit high school, I will need to keep more accurate, detailed records of this data. Homeschool Planet will do that for me too!
Homeschool Planet is the last homeschool planner I will ever need, because it serves my organizational and planning needs, both now and in the future!
My Entire Homeschool Year is All Planned Out
While I was right about Homeschool Planet having loads of features, I was totally wrong about it being too complicated! It was still very easy for me to do all of my basic lesson planning! To get started, I watched a few of the video tutorials. I was able to get our ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR planned out in just a few days! For all my fellow planners out there, can you imagine the exhilaration I felt?
Reschedule Assignments With Ease!
I keep discovering really cool things that I can do with the homeschool scheduler. But, the very best part is the rescheduling feature. Y’all, this is EXACTLY what I was looking for! It solved the one problem that I had with every single planner that I tried!
Check it out below! If we miss an assignment, I can easily open up the “Rescheduler” and move assignments forward, add assignments or delete assignments…with just the click of a button! LOVE IT!!!! This feature alone makes Homeschool Planet worth every single penny I paid for it! No more dreaded Sunday evenings spent erasing, crossing out, or cutting/pasting in order to revise our schedule.
Homeschool Organization w/Multiple Device Capabilities
I also love that we can access our assignments in multiple ways! I entered all of our data and assignments using my laptop. During the school day I make changes to our schedule using our classroom desktop. I can even keep up with assignments on my phone when we are on the go!
And, my daughter has a separate login and is able to access all of her assignments on her tablet.
Printable Assignment Sheets
While my daughter (7th grade) prefers to mark off her daily assignments on her tablet, I currently prefer for my boys (3rd grade & 5th grade) to have printed assignment sheets. Well, you guessed it…Homeschool Planet makes it easy for me to print off assignment sheets for each of my boys. As they progress through their daily assignments, they check off their completed work on their sheet. As I check their progress throughout the day, I mark the assignments as complete on my phone.
Do You Need Homeschool Planet?
In case you can’t tell, I absolutely LOVE my new homeschool planner! And, you may be wondering if you would love it too!
Well, if you are tired of spending Sunday evenings erasing, crossing out, or cutting/pasting assignments for the upcoming week, you need Homeschool Planet!
If you want to be able to reschedule and move assignments with the click of a button, you need Homeschool Planet!
If you want to be able to easily plan out your entire school year without the frustration of trying to make changes to the schedule when life happens, you need Homeschool Planet!
If you want the versatility of accessing assignments on multiple devices and having the option to print assignment sheets, you need Homeschool Planet.
So, go ahead and give it a shot and see if you fall in love with Homeschool Planet like I did!