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February 2019

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Seeing the Big Picture of Your Homeschool Year

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I cannot function without an end goal in mind when it comes to homeschooling- or anything else for that matter. I like order and organization, therefore I want my children’s schooling to be done with intention and focus. Seeing the big picture of my homeschool year is what helps me take one purposeful step at a time.

The big picture of homeschooling begins with thinking about what is really important and what you want your outcomes to look like. I see it in my mind like a rainbow. The big picture is like an overarching arching rainbow were you can track from beginning to end  –and hopefully the iris a pot of gold at the end. The pot of gold is the end point where you have achieved the key outcomes you intended to from the beginning.

Planning for my homeschool year starts with lots of prayers. I want to get the Lord’s guidance on what the main things I would like my kids to accomplish by the end of the school year. This year the major things I wanted my kids to come away with was their core subjects (Math, Grammar/Writing, Reading, History, and Science), to grow a love for God’s Word, and focus on one extracurricular for the whole year (that they picked). My daughter picked to work on her skills in playing the ukulele and my son, of course, was to play rugby.

From these overarching things, I then can build my lessons upon them. Planning a big picture approach for your homeschool allows you the flexibility you need to plan lessons under the major aspects of the homeschool year.

According to your state requirements, some of the subjects may not have much flexibility. For instance, you may want to look into what your children, at their age, need to know for math or language arts and reading. However, the flexibility in the big picture approach is that kids can choose what extracurricular they want, what books they want to read, and what science topics they find most intriguing.

How to see the big picture of homeschool planning is the fun part. I love to plan the overarching needs of the year, then see the kids progress throughout the year. Having a visual of what they do when they begin, how much they have left throughout the year, and reaching their endpoint really gives my kids, AND ME motivation to get there.

I have comfort in making this a reality with using Homeschool Planet’s online scheduling for home, school, and work all in one place. Homeschool Planet truly has all your planning needs, when you need it, and available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The big picture of my homeschool year is laid out for each of my family members in our Homeschool Planet calendars. Once we gather what we want to learn to achieve the big picture goals we just dump it all in the Homeschool Planet calendar for the entire year to keep us focused, intentional, and accountable.

I schedule classes, assignments, chores, field trips, sports practice, doctor appointments, and music classes all in our calendars. This is really important to me because it keeps me on schedule to develop my lessons for the week, or month if I have extra time. My outline for the year is set, I know what lessons to prepare for, what field trips to set up, and what dates are known as time goes by. I love how we can adjust our schedules if we need to, and still be accountable to complete what we needed to reschedule.

After knowing what our big picture needs to look like at the end, it feels so good to create my homeschool calendar in only minutes to keep me organized. The Homeschool Planner allows us to view our calendars in the semester, term, or quarter views with an automatic and instant calculation of the number of school days per term.

I really didn’t know how much I needed Homeschool Planet until I began using it years ago. My children have their calendars set for weekly views in order to complete assignments and lessons, but I keep my calendar on a monthly view to see how the month is progressing for them.

Seeing the big picture in your homeschool year really opens your eyes into just how much you can accomplish in a school year. In the public school arena your children are confined to learn and dump. If they love a subject like Astrology, they can’t stay there for a little longer. They are forced to move on because of the need to cover every single lesson in someone else’s ideal curriculum for your child.

Homeschooling is a freedom for you to work towards what your kids are interested in while making sure they progress and keep learning. In every subject, we can point out kids back to the Creator and back to a Christian worldview.

Instead of taking your homeschool through a rigorous intense whirlwind of needing to cover subjects, focus on reaching your big picture rainbow. See how it evolved from start to finish to see the prize at the end–happy, healthy, learning kids.

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

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How to Stay on Track and Keep All the Children’s Schedules in Order

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When I first started homeschooling, I didn’t know whether I was coming or going. It was like a whirlwind and I was just along for the ride. I was initially so excited about homeschooling my kids that I honestly didn’t plan like I should have or go in it with realistic expectations. Staying on track and keeping my children’s schedules in order was just not something that happened my first year.

Here we are mid-year and I know I could have done better. If you are new to homeschooling, take heart. You are not alone, we have all been there. You can do this! You just might need a little help, and that is OK. I needed a lot of help and I am not ashamed to admit it.

Organization and order bring me joy. When my house is clean, I can concentrate so much better. When my desk is in order, I can work so much more efficiently. I am not quite sure what happened when I started homeschooling. I really struggled with keeping the house clean, and cooking dinner, and working from home. Please tell me someone else out there understands.

I have a paper planner that keeps my business life together. I order a new one every year and it has everything work related in it to keep my freelance work going smoothly. I am meticulous about my work and cannot afford to miss any appointments, being late or not completing tasks. I needed to be as organized with my homeschool as I was with work, and I was determined to do so.

Staying on track and keeping my children’s schedules in order took me years to get right. I think it took so long because I didn’t have anything to motivate me to “get it together”. I let the days slip by my fingers, telling myself I will do better tomorrow–while dreading that failing feeling Ihad when I laid down to sleep. It felt like groundhogs day, stressful, hectic, and repeating itself daily. Something had to give.

I heard of Homeschool Planet’s homeschool planner online and I knew I had to give it a try. I have never looked back since.

I want to share with you what in Homeschool Planet’s online planner keeps me on track and keeps my kiddos on their schedules.

1. Homeschool Planet allows for an easy whole year planning system from start to finish. 

I cannot describe the weight lifted off of my shoulders when I knew I could just plan out my children’s WHOLE homeschool year. Homeschool Planet’s user-friendly options to plan out the year make moms happy campers. I was able to break up each child’s calendar into terms, although you can also break them up into semesters or quarters.

2. I can use Homeschool Planet to communicate with my family when I just don’t have time to chat. 

This sounds horrible I know. However, texting my hubby to pick up dinner on his way home from Homeschool Planet’s site is incredible to me. It has saved me many of times from needing toilet tissue for the house or picking up the kids from a friends house—you name it. Assignment reminders for the kids can be sent via email or text, which really helps when they have their headphones on.  I literally can send a text or email lists, notes, and messages right from within Homeschool Planet to family members. How cool is that?

3. Homeschool Planet has widgets for everything. Really, everything.

We can complete our to-do lists in Homeschool Planet; in “we” I mean my husband and me. We are in the process of renovating a rental property. We don’t have a huge budget for it, so we track every cent we pay and we log in our next steps. It really helps keep us accountable to our goals.

My kids love that they can use the Homeschool Planet widgets to look up reference tools like a dictionary/thesaurus or search Google right from the planner’s site. I love to check the weather while I am on and read the Bible verse/inspirational quote on the screen whenever I turn it on. The planner can track and report class hours with a convenient clock icon that lets you see exactly which items you are tracking.

4. Calendars and reports are everything I need to keep my family on track and to stick to our schedules.

Each child is able to access their very own calendar and I can adjust it as needed. I clearly can see their calendars and what they have planned for the day. All of our appointments and game days are on the calendars. I truly love being able to see where our kids are at any given time and they like to keep tabs on me as well. The calendar system can hold my daily routines, chores, and activities while letting me view my kid’s as well.

The online planner has extensive reports to help manage grades, attendance, activities, and more. The report is filterable to obtain the exact information we need. I let Homeschool Planet handle these administrative tasks for me and it is a blessing on my workload. Rescheduling assignments are super easy, and I appreciate that so much. I can have one on one with a child if they are struggling, then re-assign a task to them. It keeps me involved and proactive in their learning.

5. I saved the best for last. Homeschool Planets have an ever growing list of lesson plans for any student.

The lesson plans are exclusively made for Homeschool Planet. There are over 750+ professionally designed lesson plans that we can select from. Each of the lessons is customizable to fit the schedules you have set out for each child. The lessons are printable and you can even print out free homeschooling worksheets for your kids to use offline.

Staying on track is as easy as a click of a button with Homeschool Planet. I only wish I would have known about it my first year of homeschooling.

Homeschool Planet keeps me on track at home and in my homeschool all one place, and it’s available 24/7/365 days a year. I already use it for school and for my home. I am seriously considering using Homeschool Planet’s planner online for my work as well. I will always be a pen and paper planner gal, but keeping organized and logging down my ideas, meetings, and deadlines sounds more and more appealing by the day.

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

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FREE Membership to Homeschool Planet (Contest for Existing Members)

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We want to hear how Homeschool Planet works for your family!

Over the years we have heard from die-hard “Planeteers” who attest that Homeschool Planet has changed their lives. We have over 500 customer testimonials and 125 blogger reviews raving about our homeschool life planning software.

Would you like to win a LIFETIME SUBSCRIPTION to Homeschool Planet or even a FREE YEAR? Keep reading!

 

We are not looking for perfection, we want authenticity. We want you to record your video testimonial telling other homeschool moms how much you love Homeschool Planet.

Have you already submitted a written testimonial? No problem! You can still make a video letting others know what you like about Homeschool Planet and enter it for a chance to win.

You can submit your video throughout the month of February. We will choose 4 winners. This contest ends on 2/28/19.

Prizes:

  1. Grand Prize Winner: LIFETIME SUBSCRIPTION to Homeschool Planet
  2. Three Winners: ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION added to your account

You don’t have to be scripted (we would rather you be authentic!), no need to get your hair done, or lock yourself in a closet (but you may want to). We are looking for videos that will appeal to moms just like you. Have fun!

P.S. We are releasing some amazing new lesson plans this month.Our lesson plan marketplace continues to be a magnet for families who want to try us out. Cathy Duffy has raved about the features. Have you checked them out for yourself?

HOW TO ENTER THIS CONTEST

This contest is for existing Homechool Planet subscribers, AKA “Planeteers.” We are seeking quality video testimonials from real moms like you who love Homeschool Planet. Here’s what you need to do to enter to win.

Record a video testimonial talking about how much you love Homeschool Planet. Here are some ideas that you can use for good talking points:

  • Talk about how many children you homeschool, how long you have been homeschooling, etc.
  • If other planners have failed you but Homeschool Planet works, that’s good to mention. Please no bashing of other programs though. 
  • Mention your favorite features of Homeschool Planet and how long you have been a user.
  • If Homeschool Planet has benefited you in other ways of life (appointments, scheduling, grocery lists, etc.) be sure to tell us about it.
  • If you feel you cannot live without Homeschool Planet, let us know!

Please make this your own. The list above are merely suggestions, we really want you to be authentic and share your heart with us.

After your video is complete, you can submit it here. Please be sure to read through the submission guidelines found on the form and contact us if you have any questions. Contest ends on 2/28/19. The winning entries will be announced on social media and this blog post no later than 3/31/19 as well as contacted via email. Void where prohibited by law.

 

SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO TESTIMONIAL!

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An Amazing Tool to Help You Organize Your Homeschool

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We are featuring today Susan Anadale’s review from Homeschooling Hearts & Minds. Susan has children in the 3rd, 6th, 8th, and 12th grade. Let’s just say her expertise in homeschooling is nothing short of invaluable. Her website shares how she has chosen to help her children learn, homeschooling reviews, and free homeschool resources and printables. We are glad Susan has stuck around to share her wisdom with the rest of us.

In her review, Susan calls Homeschool Planet a flexible online people management system and many others would agree. Although in the past, her homeschool was a “do the next thing” type of learning style, she has found that being more organized with her homeschool was a necessary evolution.

Do you know that Homeschool Planet allows you to customize your dashboard easily by changing the theme and adding useful widgets?

“I’ve always been a paper girl, too, but my paper has turned into a pile of index cards and sticky notes added to calendars and lists—it’s a mess that has taken over my desk. I’m looking forward to reclaiming my desk.”       

“I think Homeschool Planet is a great tool and I’m looking forward to putting it to its paces over the coming school year.”

I hope you enjoy this review on Homeschool Planet.

 

Check out Homeschool Planet for yourself with a 30-day FREE trial. No credit card information is necessary to give it a try!

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

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This is Truly the BEST Online Planner

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Margaret Chind of Creative Madness is our featured Homeschool Planet reviewer today. We are glad that Margaret has chosen to share her creative madness with the world, as she says. Margaret is part of the Review Crew who reviews anything from books to curriculum. I love reading their honest reviews and I am grateful for how many families they have helped throughout the years. Creative Madness shares insight into family life, homeschooling, random thoughts, and reviews.

Check out why Margaret says the Homeschool Planet planner continues to impress and get better with every upgrade. Margaret explains in her review how the Share-Out calendar feature for sharing to her Google Calendar was easy to set up, keeps her organized and makes her a happy mama!

Did you know that the Lesson Plan Marketplace is now much easier to use and new curriculum plans are coming soon!

 “All of the original things that I love about this planner that I discovered in 2015 are still true from my original review post. Yet, the Lesson Plan Marketplace makes it so much more easy to use and I’m thrilled with the idea of more curriculum plans coming in the future. Homeschool Planet is truly the best online planner that has student interactivity that I have tried, and I have tried most if not them all. I am delighted with what they have so far and each time it is upgraded I am thrilled even more. Definitely, something that I plan to come back to and use again and again in the years to come.”                 

Head over to read this review on Homeschool Planet.

 

Check out Homeschool Planet for yourself with a 30-day FREE trial. No credit card information is necessary to give it a try!

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

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This Homeschool Planner Online is Sure to Win You Over

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Table Life Blog from Emily Copeland has provided our featured review for the week. Emily is a mother of two sharing practical ideas for home education and encouragement to most of life’s moments around the dinner table. Emily is equipping moms everywhere with homeschool art ideas, curriculum reviews, book lists, unit study resources, help for new homeschooling moms and reminders that we can do it.

Emily reminds us in her review that failing to plan, means planning to fail. That is why finding a homeschool family that worked for her family was critical to them. Emily found her general planner was no longer working for her, so she jumped at the chance to try Homeschool Planet to get her home and homeschool life organized. Emily loved that when transitioning to this online homeschool organization tool, she was able to take wither everywhere. She was able to carry her organizer with her right in her phone–no more forgetting planners at home.

Did you know you could easily reschedule assignments with a click of a button in Homeschool Planet?

“Bottom line: I’m so happy to have made the switch to Homeschool Planet. This homeschool planner has solved every planning problem I had and given me the tools I need to be more organized and prepared to keep our homeschool running with efficiency and confidence.”

Click on the link to read this review on Homeschool Planet.

 

Check out Homeschool Planet for yourself with a 30-day FREE trial. No credit card information is necessary to give it a try!

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

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You will LOVE this Online Homeschool Planner

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Today we are highlighting a Homeschool Planet review from Tauna, the writer of Proverbial Homemaker. Tauna is a wife and mom to five beautiful kids who are loud, messy, but AMAZING. Proverbial Homemaker encourages and connects you with tools and resources to help you in your daily life. You will find topics on encouragement for your walk with Christ, biblical marriage and parenting, keeping the home, frugal living, giveaways, reviews, and freebies.

Although Tauna has always been a digital gal (She was a software systems analyst before becoming a mom), she never was one to use digital planners. However, when she found that her paper planners weren’t working, she took the chance to try out Homeschool Planet. In her review, Tauna explains how she was surprised and impressed at just how much Homeschool Planet could do, as well as the ways it can be customized to fit your homeschooling needs and preferences.

Did you know that Homeschool Planet can sync its calendar with other digital calendars like Google or iCal?

“I was really surprised and impressed at how much Homeschool Planet could actually do, as well as all the ways you can customize it to your needs and preferences. That alone makes it worth the cost. No more forcing a planner to fit your needs or just making due. You really can do almost anything to customize Homeschool Planet for YOU!”

Don’t miss this review on Homeschool Planet.

 

Check out Homeschool Planet for yourself with a 30-day FREE trial. No credit card information is necessary to give it a try!

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

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Why an Online Planner Can Be a Lifesaver

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Without an online planner to keep me organized, my life could quite possibly be in complete disarray. If you are like me, then keeping organized may be the only thing that is keeping your head above water. Finding an online planner that worked for my family wasn’t easy, but when I found one that actually worked it was truly a lifesaver.

Flying by the seat of your pants when trying to keep your home “together”, just doesn’t seem to work in the long haul.  Even the most organized person can easily fall into a hay ball of chaos throughout the month and wonder where time has gone.

I remember a time in life when my homeschool and home life was literally a blur. My memory of those days was like a cloud of chaos; like when cartoon characters get into a scuffle and all you can see are hands and feet popping out of a cloud of smoke. I know that seems like an exaggeration, but in the midst of my unorganized life, it truly felt like that.  I wonder how I was able to even function.

If this sounds familiar, then maybe this is the year you let an online planner be your lifesaver as well. Anytime is a good time to start using an online planner, but why not start today?! Once you get started you will wonder why you didn’t start a long time ago. When I learned all about Homeschool Planet’s multi-purpose online planner, and there was no turning back.

Check out these reasons why Homeschool Planet was a lifesaver for my family and why it will do the same for you.

  1. I am forgetful

It is easy to find yourself wrapped up in a super busy week, and let your to-do list pile up with not a thing to checked off.  My online planner helps me to remember what is due and when, what my deadlines are, and what I need to do next in my housework, work, and family. Reminders can be sent to each family member individually. My kids even send me reminders. “Mom, don’t forget about our movie date!” They keep me on my toes. Plans change and an online planner helps us roll with those changes seamlessly.

  1. I need flexibility

How many times have you been out and about running errands or at a doctor’s appointment, when you need to write something down, set-up a reminder, or even learn you have missed a deadline? An online planner follows us anywhere that has an internet connection to update and edit as many times as we’d like.

  1. I couldn’t do it all

I decided to start a work-at-home business. As if my life wasn’t complicated enough! My family needed an extra income and I knew I was able to help provide it. Yet, how would I homeschool, run my household, AND work from home? I was using the best homeschool planner online ever already with my kids. It kept them on schedule and sent them reminders on when their assignments were due. I soon found that I could organize my home schedule of appointments, set daily chore schedules, and all while using the online planner for work deadlines and tasks. This online planner literally kept me in line, when I needed it the most.

  1. Setting goals

I go through times when I just don’t believe in myself. I deter myself from moving to the next level in my business or I get discouraged when trying to homeschool my kids. I doubt I am good enough to handle it all, and on my own, I couldn’t handle it all. Yet, my online planner helps me to stay focused and reach my goals. I am able to take notes on spur of the moment ideas, make reminders to research how to grow my business, and when to make time for fun with my kids. I needed something to keep me on track and to motivate me not to give up. Homeschool Planet’s planner online helped me to send messages to my kids for encouragement and to tell them I love them a few extra times throughout the day.

  1. I needed ME time

I honestly was running on empty. Every day felt as if time was getting shorter and shorter. Until I was able to get my life in order, it seemed as though time was literally slipping away. Homeschool Planet’s planner online was able to keep me on target for daily routines, homeschool, and now my work. The last piece of the puzzle was making time for self-care. Moms tend to put themselves on the back burner. Yet, when mom is stressed, everything in the home is affected. Homeschool Planet’s customizable planner has allowed me to schedule in some much needed ME time and my family sees the difference it has mad. It is healthy to set time aside to take care of the earthly temple given to us.

Organization brings me joy. Even in a life full of trials and struggles, being able to have order in my home really helps me feel at ease. I am so grateful to have found an online organization tool to help keep my life together. I honestly don’t know how I could have made it without it.

Homeschool Planet was exactly what I needed to keep my head above water. Do you need a lifesaver in your home too? Homeschool Planet’s Lesson Market Place and homeschool planner online can help!

Check out Homeschool Planet for yourself with a 30-day FREE trial. No credit card information is necessary to give it a try!

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

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Your Favorite Homeschool Planner to Organize Life

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This week we are highlighting a review from Crystal McClean of Castle View Academy. Crystal is a mother of two wonderful children, who has found her way to the home education path to learning. Her Castle View Academy site is full of delightful information on frugal living and inspiration to help you in your homeschooling journey. It doesn’t stop there. Crystal also provides a vast array of resources for learning, creativity, recipes, and family life.

Crystal has multiple profiles set up on her account: personal, one for each family member, chores, her virtual assistant work, and of course one for her blog (which reminded her to write the review).  In Crystal’s review, she is excited to share that Homeschool Planet has an awesome new feature that will surely impress any homeschool family. Check out what the new feature is here!

Did you know that Homeschool Planet’s goal is to set up lesson plans for all major homeschool curricula? We are excited to share all of these with you and your family.

“Yes, after 2 years, I’m still excited by what this online planner is capable of and I can’t wait to see what new features they will bring out in the future.”

Click here to read this review on Homeschool Planet.

Check out Homeschool Planet for yourself with a 30-day FREE trial. No credit card information is necessary to give it a try!

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

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Organize Your Homeschool, Home and Whole LIFE with a Perfectly Designed Planner

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Kelly of KGB That’s Me! is this week’s feature reviewer for Homeschool Planet. Kelly Burgess is a homeschool blogger who blogs about her life and times in northern Texas. Kelly is a Christian homeschooling mom of 3 growing children. She currently serves on The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew where she reviews anything from single products to homeschool resources–and everything in between.

Kelly’s review explains how important it is that Homeschool Planet is designed to organize not only your homeschool but your home and LIFE as well. Kelly has tried other digital planners that have been too cumbersome and time-consuming. By the time Kelly finished her last weeks of school on the 30-day trial, she already knew that she was hooked on Homeschool Planet! Kelly says that Homeschool Planet has capabilities she knows other families will find useful.

Did you know that Homeschool Planet provides the ability for you to track hours spent on core subjects, creating transcripts, and tracking grades and attendance? We all could use this!

“Homeschool Planet literally manages my life at this point. It has a whole year of our school assignments, all of our sports practices and game schedules, all of our doctor and dental appointments, my shopping lists, my to-do list, my commitments to volunteer at my oldest son’s school, committee meetings, field trips, and even my due dates for my reviews, all in one place! I can’t tell you how much that has improved my life!”

Select link to read this review on Homeschool Planet.

Check out Homeschool Planet for yourself with a 30-day FREE trial. No credit card information is necessary to give it a try!

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!