for homeschool planning sake

15 Aug

It’s that time of the year again, so I want to share with you one of our favorite homeschool tools: Homeschool Tracker.

It is a homeschool planning and record keeping software that would allow you to manage, copy and reassign or reschedule assignments. It is useful for recording field trips, attendance, readings and daily journals. You will love the printable reports.

A feature I like about it is the Reading Log where I can enter not just the books we are currently or finished reading, but also the ones we plan to read- which is helpful especially with requesting books from the library. You assign a date; otherwise it defaults to today’s, but you could always edit it. This is an excellent place to record titles that you couldn’t tackle at the moment, or the book recommendations that you need to save for another timetable or study.

The Assignment area is what we use Homeschool Tracker the most for. This is where you would plug in everything that each child need to do for the week. You could be as general or as detailed as you like, utilizing the Subject, Activity and Resource drop-downs, and the blank fields for page/lesson/chapter and for Directions. You check the assignments as they are completed.

I could go on and on, but I suggest for you to just check it out, see the pros and cons, to see if this would suit your needs. And why not? The download is totally FREE, unless you opt for the upgrade. Honestly, the Basic FREE VERSION is ample enough. Here is a helpful review (or this ) if you decide to explore more.

I am working from scratch again this year with scheduling, but for part of last year, we used Tapestry of Grace, and Homeschool Tracker worked perfectly alongside it. I would say it would do well with the other curricula out there as well.

If you are a homeschooler, what kind of planner and record keeping system do you use?

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5 Responses to “for homeschool planning sake”

  1. Alexis August 15, 2008 at 12:04 pm #

    I am beginning a website on homeschool software and have been doing some research on record keeping software. It definitely seems that Homeschool Tracker is the winner in this category, I have yet to come across a negative review on it. I would love once I get my post up….you add your review to it. I would like help other future and new homeschoolers (like myself) choose trusted and recommended software!

  2. yielded August 15, 2008 at 1:05 pm #

    Alexis, hello! Thanks for the visit.

    Yes, you are very welcome to link to this post. Thanks:)

  3. Sarah August 17, 2008 at 6:35 am #

    I use Homeschool Tracker for record keeping on what we have accomplished. We are a state that you have to track hours. Homeschool Tracker is great for that.

    For planning I am basically do the next thing in the book person with a Excel spreadsheet for science where it isn’t obvious. I have a general idea of a weekly plan and then fill in the spaces; 2 pages of math and Explode the Code every day, 1 chapter of SOTW divided between Monday and Tuesday, copy work 4 days a week, Free Write on Friday…you get the picture.

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