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Jeannette Tuionetoa

Homeschool Planning that Doesn’t Suck the Life Out of You

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Some of us are planners and some of us – not so much. I know some moms, including myself, who love order love to plan out the school year and get it laid all out for goals to tackle and achieve. On the other hand, I have heard some moms calling their planning period the month of dread. I know these moms can use homeschool planning that doesn’t suck the life out of them.

Have you ever felt as if homeschool planning sucks the life out of you every year or every quarter? If this time of year is especially grueling for you, it might be wise to try something new to make things so much easier for yourself.

As much as I love order and planning out goals for our homeschool, I have to admit it stresses me out – without fail – every time. So, I can imagine what someone who doesn’t love the planning seasons feels.

I picture a mom plopped down on the couch with stress written all over her face paralyzed with the fear of failure. This happens to me after the planning period. I buy supplies and get everything all planned out in my Homeschool Planet homeschool planner online, and then I plop down on the couch.

I wonder if all I have set forth for us is even possible. I don’t even know if the first weeks I planned are feasible. I wonder if we are doing too much then I wonder if we are doing too little. I wonder if we will go through the same struggles this year as last year and what do I do if I want to give up?

Then I come to my senses and remember that there are things I do that get me through.  Here are a few things that I keep at the forefront of my homeschool planning to get past it sucking the life out of me:

  1. Remember why you needed to homeschool in the first place.

I remember how many years I wanted to homeschool and my husband was just NOT on board. I have two degrees, and my husband just couldn’t understand why I would want to homeschool when I could be making money in a “real job.” It was tough when my heart was wanting to be with my children as they grow older. We cannot get back these years, we are doing what we feel is best for our home.

  1. Remain flexible and use your homeschool planning as a framework.

Like I said homeschool planning is good for me because I like order and it keeps me in line for the year. I use Homeschool Planet to plan my entire school year, specialized for my son and daughter. It does take me hours of building the framework then it just takes a few clicks on the Homeschool Planet organizer to build the year. The Homeschool Planet planner is super flexible, and you can reschedule assignments and due dates easily without losing the bird’s eye view of what needs to be made up and caught up on. There is like a method to the madness that is flexible enough to fit any crazy lifestyle of a homeschool family. We also don’t have school on Fridays which gives all something to look forward to, and it is nice we have the freedom to do that.

Homeschool Planet’s homeschool organizer and planner has truly taken any type of planning stress away and keeps everything in order for us.

Homeschool Planet’s planner online is a quick and easy planning system. My favorite features of Homeschool Planet’s online planner include:

  • Being able to create your school calendar in minutes utilizing semesters, terms, or quarters with an automatic and instant calculation of the number of school days per term
  • Easily clicking to create classes, assignments, field trips and appointments which are timed or untimed and single or recurring events
  • Adding, editing, or deleting weblinks to assignments for one-click access to online curricula and resources
  • Uploading PDFs to lesson plans for one-click access for your student
  • Creating, saving, and reusing plans with other children in the future
  • The automatic assignment generator is a savior and saves you tons of time
  1. Have an established routine in place for your homeschool.

When children automatically know what they need to do, the day flows smoother. There may be some outliers, maybe when grandma slips in some candy to the kids the night before or if someone is cranky that day. However, a routine schedule helps their stability and normalcy even if things get a little crazy throughout the day. We know if something comes up during the week, Friday is or make-up day and everyone is OK with that because they are prepared for it.

When I remember these three things have saved us year after year, I feel better. I know I can do it. I know I can make it one more year. Public school seems less appealing ad I am excited for the year to come.

What are your reminders to keep you going when you feel like homeschool planning has sucked the life out of you?

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!

How Homeschooling and Homemaking Can Be Planned out More Efficiently

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The most efficient way to manage your homeschool and homemaking is to get your kids involved. Did you know that researchers in Harvard found that children who were given chores became more independent adults?  I totally believe this. I was pretty strict on my daughter when she was a teen. She had lots of responsibility as I worked full time and she was the oldest of three. It’s just what we had to do. She didn’t like it then, of course. However, things changed after she was out of the home.

One day, out of the blue, she called me from her apartment that she shared with some other college girls. She began to tell me how much she appreciated me giving her chores and making her learn how to do laundry, clean, and cook.

She said her roommates were super messy and even took their laundry to their parents on the weekends, not because their parents wanted to help but because they actually didn’t know how to do laundry. I had a moment of silence and almost cried. See, what we do in training our kids has a lasting effect on their lives.

Although our kids may hate doing chores, assigning your children chores goes way beyond you getting some help around the house (which is awesome too,  by the way). Many kids grow up and have to teach themselves basic life skills they could have easily learned while they were under your care.

If you are wondering if you should give your children chores, the answer is YES. Yes, you want your kids to enjoy their childhood but not giving them responsibilities is a great disservice to them as they grow older. I have read that chores are the best predictor of which kids were more likely to become happy, healthy, and independent adults. Let’s explore why.

Assigning chores to your children can help you plan your homeschooling and homemaking more efficiently.

Here are a few benefits to assigning your children chores:

Chores build confidence.

Kids feel confident when they do chores, especially when you show them how much it means to the family. Whether it’s making their bed or sweeping the floor, you are building your child’s confidence for them to know they are indeed capable of getting the job done.

Chores help with team building.

Kids aren’t just born into a family without responsibility. A family unit is a team. Working together will help your kids understand the value of teamwork and that they are crucial to making the home flow smoothly. Being a good citizen can stem from you giving your child chores This will also encourage participation in their future endeavors. They feel as if they can make a difference, and they can!

Chores help build life skills.

I was reading a comment on a blog where a daughter stated her mom did everything for her and her brothers. However, when she got older she had to learn life skills on her own. She said she is definitely giving her kids chores because not having them has negatively impacted her as an adult. One of the most evident causes of over-indulgence of adults is parents doing too much for them as kids. You want your kids to function well in the outside world, don’t you? Then equip them with what they need to survive out there. It starts with self-care, responsibility, and learning to do minimal tasks like iron, cook, and clean; all of which can be taught by assigning them chores.

Chores can help build your child’s self-esteem.

When your child completes a chore, it gives you the opportunity to praise them for a job well done. They can be struggling in a subject or not doing too well at a sport they love, but even in little things like contributing to the home can give them a sense of feeling appreciated. I honestly, love to notice one of my children’s chores done well. I make sure they know how much I appreciate it. They love to help mom and know that mom appreciates their help.

If you don’t assign your kids chores just yet, incorporating them into your homeschool day can be the best way to introduce them to your kids. It truly is our job to prepare our kids for life. We have so many opportunities to include our kids into taking care of the home that it would be wise for us to plan it out.

Homeschool Planet has a built-in option for you to make sure your child can incorporate chores into their homeschool day. It is quite useful and helps kids to know that chores aren’t just another thing to do but are part of what they do during the day. Chore time can be counted as school time which may shift your child’s perspective some.

Homeschool Planet offers a chore and household organizer that can be tailored for each of your student’s calendar. When your child logs in, they will be able to see their weekly or even daily schedule and what chores you have assigned them for that week or day. Making chores a part of their daily routine will help you manage your homeschool and homemaking easily.

It may not be easy at first to get your children to want or to even enjoy doing chores but it is worth every effort to prepare them for life.

I wanted to share a few tips they may help you include chores to better manage your homeschooling and homemaking plan:

  1. Use Homeschool Planet to organize your homeschool and your homemaking schedule all in one place.
  2. Count chore time as school time so that your child will not see homemaking as something they dread but as something they contribute to.
  3. Choose age-appropriate chores.
  4. Set a certain time for your family to complete chores during the day.
  5. Make sure to show your family how much you appreciate their contribution to homemaking.
  6. Try to also do your chores at the same time as your kids. Work alongside them, it will really help motivate them and YOU to make it part of your daily routine.
  7. If at all possible, try to make homemaking fun. Make it a race or give awards for weekly accomplishments both in homeschool and homemaking.

There is definitely a way to make Homeschooling and Homemaking Planned out More Efficiently. It takes some effort and it takes involving kids no matter what their age. Being efficient in your homeschool and homemaking takes the whole family. Plan out your homeschool and homemaking schedule with Homeschool Planet’s organizer and take the stress out of trying to handle it all on your own.

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!

Create Assignments AND Much More with this Homeschool Planning Resource

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Crystal from Sharing Life’s Moments is our Homeschool Planet reviewer of the day. Sharing Life’s Moments is all about helping you make the most out of all your moments in life. Crystal shares with us most of her life’s interests and opens the doors into her insight into family life, making money from home, homeschooling, and hobbies & leisure.

Crystal’s review of Homeschool Planet is super informative and shares her surprise of just how many features Homeschool Planet has. Crystal was easily able to use some of the many features of Homeschool Planet that other online organization tools just don’t have.

She has a love for quotes and scripture, therefore quickly added those widgets to her family’s planner. Aside from a Homeschool Planet being a homeschool organizer, Crystal enjoyed being able to keep track of the books she needed to read for her reviews, shopping lists, and even her to-do lists.

Do you know that Homeschool Planet emails a daily list of your child’s to-do list to them? NO matter what homeschool curriculum you use, the assignments can be easily linked or added to Homeschool Planet in addition to daily chores and appointments.

“This system covers everything a homeschooling family needs for their record keeping. It creates transcripts from the classes your students take. There is a place for attendance records. I can print out daily assignment lists for each student so they can easily mark off what they need to do each day. Even with my kids using Connections Academy, I can still use this program to help me add on their chores from home and their daily assignments in a more user-friendly manner.”

“After reviewing it, I physically saw how I could benefit from using it for our family.”

Click here to read all about Crystal’s Sharing Life’s Moments review of 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!

Learn to Schedule Everything Without a Paper Planner

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Today’s review is from Diana (FlyMama Di) at Homeschool Review blog spot. FlyMama DI is part of The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew. She has generated trustworthy reviews of all types of homeschool curriculum, products, and resources. She is predominantly Charlotte Mason homeschool mom with a bent toward the Classic but admittedly is too creative to keep things clean. I am sure some of us can relate. She also is a crafter at Crafting for Online Angels, an amazing cause.Diana first reviewed Homeschool Planet in 2015, now she had the opportunity to review it once more to see all the new improvements and updates we have made. She found new features as soon as she set up the Homeschool Planet planner which allowed her to enter specific details about her child’s schedule right on the online homeschool planner. She also found some widgets that she was easily able to use with her family!

Do you know that Homeschool Planet widgets are available for you to customize your online homeschool planner? A shopping list widget allows you to print, share, email and even text the list to a family member?

“I am normally a paper planner type of gal, but I am just loving Homeschool Planet. I have learned how to log in from my iPhone, so now I can schedule things without having my paper planner. My phone is always with me! This is great!”

Click here to read Homeschool Review’s detailed review of Homeschool Planet’s homeschool planner and organizer online.

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!

Easy Homeschool Portfolios with Homeschool Planet

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I am so grateful we still have the right to homeschool in every state in America (and in other countries like Canada and Australia).  Although we can freely homeschool, there are some parameters we need to adhere to that vary from state to state or country to country for that matter. No matter what state or country in which you live, an amazing tool to capture your child’s education is a homeschool portfolio. You can easily create an all-encompassing homeschool portfolio for each of your children with Homeschool Planet’s digital homeschool planner online.

If you are in the U.S., each state has developed its own legal structure for home education. One state’s homeschooling requirements and laws may look completely different from another. It would be beneficial for you to take a glance over at the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) website for insight and laws for each state. Some states don’t even have reporting requirements which is amazing! Yet it leaves you with a decision of whether to keep a homeschool portfolio or not.

If you ask most veteran homeschoolers, they would tell you that keeping stacks of documents and physical files containing your child’s work over the years is just not efficient. It is, however, wise to keep a digital homeschool portfolio of your child’s work in the event you ever need proof of progress — for whatever reason. Even some youth sports teams require a record of progress to be allowed to play or participate.

What do you do, as a homeschool family, if you have nothing to show in regards to your child’s academic progress? It isn’t hard to do, but Homeschool Planet makes it even easier. Whether your state has strict reporting laws or doesn’t have any at all, Homeschool Planet provides an easy portfolio with everything you need in one place.

Let’s start with a few items that need to be included in most reportable homeschool portfolios:

• Transcripts of grades
• Photos and videos taken
• Reading Logs
• Field Trip Logs (and written documents of kids after field trip)
• Lesson Plans
• Attendance records
• Artwork
• Assignments
• Community Service hours
• Curriculum used
• Work samples

Having to keep a record of all this can be truly overwhelming. Yet, Homeschool Planet has a means to gather all this information, all in one place, all throughout the year. Homeschool Planet has the power of the computer with the convenience of paper. Homeschool Planet is intrinsically designed to make homeschool organization and accountability easy, mobile, and flexible for the whole family.

Homeschool Planet is a household organization and homeschool management tool that truly can fit any homeschool approach your family follows (i.e. Montessori, Charlotte Mason, strict curriculum based, etc.). Even if you take a more naturalistic or organic approach to homeschooling, keeping a homeschool portfolio through Homeschool Planet is a perfect way to log in all your children has learned to fulfill your state requirements no matter what your teaching style.

Homeschool Planet has the ability to produce all the following criteria easily for a portfolio to use either for your own use of record management or to satisfy any state requirement record.

Here are some Homeschool Planet features that can go into your homeschool portfolio or will help make your homeschool portfolio complete:

  • Printable daily or weekly assignment and activity checklist
  • Customizable, professional Report Cards and Transcripts to print or save to a PDF
    Note: Transcripts are fully customizable with spots for activities, honors, and standardized test scores. Enter previous information for a complete picture and choose the scales and weights for your GPA.
  • Printable completed or uncompleted assignment and activity lists
  • Printable professional reports of Class hours for both Core and non-Core subjects
  • Color and black & white economy printing
  • Extensive reports to help you manage grades, attendance, activities, and more
  • A filter system to create reports that include exactly what you need, and only what you need with Homeschool
  • Planet’s comprehensive and customizable reporting capabilities
  • Grade Reports (summary or detail)
  • Capability to compile all Class Notes
  • Tracking your books and resources
  • Track and report class hours (includes a convenient clock icon that lets you see exactly which items you are tracking)
  • Automatically computes percentages of grade entries
  • Group individual classes together for a single grade. For example group Spelling, Literature, and Grammar classes together for a single Language Arts grade.

If your state requires you to have a portfolio evaluation, Homeschool Planet takes the fear completely out of that process. You can print all the documents you need right out of Homeschool Planet, should you need hard copies for your evaluation. The print-outs all fit nicely into a 3-ring binder, file box, or accordion folder. You truly do not have to worry about putting together a portfolio last minute, since Homeschool Planet keeps all you need in one place for you. Even if you need a portfolio right where you are in the homeschool year, it is no problem to have one readily available right in Homeschool Planet with just a few clicks.

Some states give parents a form to fill out and submit. However, in many areas, portfolios are recommended and often even requested for college admission. Homeschool Planet’s online homeschool planner delivers all you need to easily make a homeschool portfolio for one or all of your children in no time at all.

 

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!

High School Transcripts – How to Generate them in a Click

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A big cause of paranoia in homeschooling is the worry of not doing enough for your child to enter college. You can do all you can to ensure your child is at a certain level of knowledge to proceed from year to year but when do you start capturing what they have learned in order to produce a viable transcript for graduate school or trade school? Do you start at the middle school level? High school? What do you need in in a transcript? Learn how to put this worry behind you and generate high school transcripts in only a click.High school transcripts cause one of the most fears in high school moms than any other fear with homeschooling older kids. There is a worry of doing the transcripts correctly or putting so much time in it only to realize that colleges won’t accept them somehow. It’s amazing what stress a little paper can cause us. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. It totally doesn’t have to be a huge deal, especially when you have a tool that provides a perfect high school transcript with no stress and in one simple click.

Of course, there are some things that you need prior to worrying about transcripts. You would need a clear plan to what your high schooler would need to learn. It would also be a good idea to look at the colleges around you6 area to get a feel for what admission requirements are. That way you can weave the requirements into your curriculum plan and still have room for other subjects or courses that you may want them to learn. If you want some subject or course ideas, Homeschool Planet has over 750+ professionally designed lesson plans from amazing publishers for high schoolers to explore. Having your curriculum plan or an idea of the courses you would like included on your student’s transcript beforehand can help you plan out their high school journey and your duty as their educator.

You also do not want to wait until your child is almost done with high school to start a transcript. You definitely want to start building the transcript when they start high school. Having to backtrack together documentation of what your student has done when they were a freshman will be super difficult, no matter how well you think you could recall the grades or courses they were given. So, start early and add to your transcript along the way.

Each state has its own system for calculating credits and its own credit requirements for graduation; you can find the requirements in the state’s department of education website. Most states see a year-long course as one credit and require around 20-24 credits for high school graduation. Remember to see your area’s/state’s requirements. They usually have a system for calculating credits and obtain the number of credits required for graduation.

Usually, homeschooled students can earn 1 high school credit by:

• Completing a high school level textbook
• Taking a semester-long course at a local college
• Taking an online course (at either the high school or college level)
• Completing a year-long unit study

Keeping accurate records along the way and staying on track can get pretty overwhelming, especially if you have a house full, but Homeschool Planet can take all that overwhelm and make it simple.

We are responsible for creating our children’s high school transcripts ourselves, but with a tool like Homeschool Planet being your personal assistant in gathering grades, attendance, courses and more it will be a cinch.

Homeschool Planet captures all you need to be included in a transcript. Some other features of Homeschool Planet include:

• Print daily or weekly assignment and activity checklists
• Completed or uncompleted assignment and activity lists can be printed
• Print professional looking reports of Class hours for both Core and non-Core subjects
• Print, or save to PDF, customizable Report Cards and Transcripts
• Extensive reports to help you manage grades, attendance, activities, and more.
• Filter all reports to include exactly what you need, and only what you need with Homeschool Planet’s comprehensive and customizable reporting capabilities.
• Create Grade Reports (summary or detail), Assignment lists (done or undone!), and compile all Class Notes.
• Track your books and resources.
• Track and report class hours with a convenient clock icon that lets you see exactly which items you are tracking.

Homeschool Planet creates a professional looking transcript which is fully customizable with spots for activities, honors, and standardized test scores. You can even enter previous information for a complete picture and choose the scales and weights for your child’s GPA.

High school transcripts are required for any type of higher education. Even if a homeschooled student intends to go straight into the workforce, having a transcript is still important, as employers might request at least a high school transcript.

We devote so much time and energy to providing our kids with the best information. Capturing all family’s hard work on a transcript at the end of high school is such a relieving and accomplished feeling. Head over to Homeschool Planet for a planner and all-in-one organizer that can generate your teen’s high school transcript in one click.

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!

Organizing Your Family Schedules all in One Place

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I think that moms should get a degree in juggling. We juggle home life, mom life, being a wife, and for some of us working from home; we should be considered part of a circus juggling act. Do you ever wonder how we manage to do it? Sometimes it’s just too much and we let a ball drop, or two. Keeping track of all your family members, especially as the kids get older, can seem like a winless battle. Wouldn’t it be nice to organize your family schedules all in one place?

As an adult, I have always been really organized. Order in my life brought me joy. Things were always so crazy around me that I liked to come home to peace and cleanliness—and enjoyed a neat desk. Once I finally was able to work from home and homeschool, things pretty much were flipped upside down. It was a shocker for me. Why weren’t things perfect like I imagined they would be?

I thought things would be amazing once I was able to stay home with my kids, but staying home opened up the door to more responsibility and more time to do more. It was tough. People came out of the woodworks asking if I could take them places or babysit their kids, we had doctor’s appointments, chores, grocery shopping, co-op, and I was torn in all different types of directions.

Keeping our family’s schedule straight can feel impossible at times, it seemed that way for me for a while. We, as busy families, could use a tool that has everything we need, when we need it and all in one place. I found one that works perfectly for my family and I know it can do the same for yours.

Homeschool Planet’s online planner can manage your home, school, and work schedules and—it’s also available 24/7/365. Once I discovered all I could do with Homeschool Planet to organize my day, weeks, month, and year, I was hooked.  I use a paper planner for meeting notes and to jot down ideas for my freelance business, but Homeschool Planet’s planner online is what I use to schedule my work appointments, deadlines, homeschool assignments, and everything else with my home.

You can access Homeschool Planet from any smart device, making it easily accessible and adjustable for busy days. At the beginning of the year you can schedule the whole framework for your next 365 days, then adjust it for your children’s classes, assignments, chores, field trips, sports practice, doctor appointments, and music classes all in ONE convenient location.

Although Homeschool Planet’s online planner can be accessed all online, each family member has a separate login where you choose what they can view and edit. We often use the Mobile Version on our phones to know our plans for the day and we can easily organize our day to ensure we accomplish everything.

After I have chosen my curriculum for the year and done research on what I want my kids to learn, I can easily create our school calendar year in only minutes.

Homeschool Planet’s Ultimate Calendaring System can hold your entire family’s activities while letting you view all your kid’s calendars simultaneously. You can also select to see only a couple schedules at a time or one student schedule at a time. The flexibility of Homeschool Planet’s calendaring system allows you to efficiently organize your students’ schedule, have an overview of what it looks like in the week (day or month as well)  in order to plan life accordingly.

I now know that if I try to keep on top of everyone’s schedule, I will fail at some point or I will stress myself out in the process. That is why I rely heavily on Homeschool Planet’s ability to communicate and share information between our family members. Each child can be sent assignment reminders by email or text to independently keep on track of their learning. You can even message your kids or husband reminders of chores or items they can pick up from the grocery store right from the Homeschool Planet’s platform.

Homeschool Planet changed our lives in such a functioning and productive way.

I thought I was going to lose it for a moment a few years back, but Homeschool Planet was able to keep my head above water and save me so much time to focus on work and homemaking.

I no longer have to follow up with my children on not doing their required assignments. They clearly know what is due and when it is due. Homeschool Planet helped my life get back into order and operating in an organized manner. I love that my Google Calendar syncs to my Homeschool Planet calendar since sometimes my appointments may coincide with co-op or my scheduled chore days. I can easily adjust and reschedule directly from the site.

Organizing my life on Homeschool Planet has been a game changer for my family in work, school, and home. I am able to see what our schedules look like as a whole, schedule in time for cleaning (for everyone), and get the flow of working at home and homeschooling in order once and for all. I am back in my happy place of some type of order in the home.

Life still isn’t perfect, in fact, it still can get slightly chaotic, but we have an organizing system that never lets us steer too far off the path. Organizing our whole family’s schedules all in one place has brought us closer together and more connected. Homeschool Planet’s organizational systems can help you do the same.

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!

How You Can Make Lesson Planning Simple

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I know this homeschooling journey is different for many of us. Our families are different, our lives are different. Some of homeschool 6 children, some of us are also work-at-home moms, whatever your home dynamic is, one thing holds true—simple is better. Many of us have lives that are chaotic at times, if not most of the time, and simplifying is perfect for the chaos. It is not any different with lesson planning. I found a way to make lesson planning simple in my homeschool and I hope it can do the same for you.

I have to admit that when I first started homeschool I was super organized. I was previously an early learning teacher, so the preparedness I needed to turn in my lesson plans spilled over to how I set up my lessons for my kids. I set the term up into what I wanted my kids to learn in the main subjects (Math, Science, History etc.) and the everyday Bible, reading time, and extracurricular lessons. The order I set outworked for a while, but I found that we would need to reschedule lessons often because of “life” and it became harder and harder for me to ensure we were caught up. Lessons changed. I had to move on to another lesson because of the time constraints I gave myself.

I started working from home which added to the madness. The next terms came and I found myself getting less prepared for them. I pushed off doing my lesson plans a month, two weeks, and then to a week in advance. Eventually, I drove myself mad trying to rush my plans on a Sunday for the week.

I thrive on organization and order, so putting off my lesson plans until Sunday really threw me off my game. I was uneasy and unsettled which was not good for anyone. I was trying to do everything and it was all too complicated.

I knew I needed to find a system that would hold me accountable but I knew, unequivocally, that I could not go to a system that was complicated. I already had complicated and I didn’t want to go back. I needed something to help keep me organized, something to keep me on track, but above all, I needed something simple.

Homeschool Planet had a quick and easy planning system that my friend was raving about. I quickly found out that I could plan my whole homeschool year’s framework in this all-encompassing tool. I was hooked.

I created my children’s school calendar individually in terms like I prefer to run our school year. More importantly, I wasn’t wrecking my brain with lesson plans for the major subject areas. Looking through the Lesson Plan Market Place I was able to select lesson plans that were exclusive to Homeschool Planet.

Once I selected which lessons I wanted for my kids, the lessons were automatically scheduled out for the entire homeschool year. If I wanted to add some resources, I simply could upload the assignments, notes, and online resource links to add to the lesson. I can also do this at all times throughout the year. Homeschool Planet lays out the entire year’s framework, and I can add resources or fun assignments if I come across them online.

I was looking for simple and I got it. I have to dedicate some time at the beginning of the year to set up the lessons, and I also review what I have set up before each term to add some fun resources where I can. Other than that I feel as if there is a weight taken off my shoulders when it comes to homeschooling. I am still a hands-on mom, I still dedicate Monday through Thursday during their homeschool hours to be available for them. However, using Homeschool Planets lesson planning has simplified our days, terms, year and freed up so much time to dedicate to work and home life.

This is the simple way to build lesson plans in your child’s Homeschool Planet planning tool online:

  • Visit the Lesson Plan Market Place and select a lesson or lessons that will fit what will be best for your children.
  • Choose the dates and times you want this class to run. Click next. Note: Homeschool Planet will let you know how many days you have on your school calendar for assignments.
  • The next section will make suggestions on how you should grade the lessons. You can also adjust your grading system at a later time.
  • Homeschool Planet then builds your new lesson plans for you, when you press “OK”. You can edit the class and see all the assignments, resources, and grading information all in one place.

It is super simple to set up a lesson on your child’s schedule. Homeschool Planet provides step-by-step tutorials to help you through its processes. Search through Homeschool Planet’s Lesson Plan Market Place for hundreds of lessons separated by subject. After selecting your lessons, buy the lesson for your curriculum, sign in to Homeschool Planet, and at the click of a button, the lesson is automatically added to your child’s school year.

I am so glad that my child is learning, and that I can trust that the lessons on their schedule are quality lessons. You can also make lesson planning simple with Homeschool Planet. View some of Homeschool Planet’s features to make your lesson planning simple and to help keep you organized.

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!

This is Not Your Ordinary Planner, it is a Command Center!

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Today we would like to feature Linda Sears’ Apron Strings & Other Things review of Homeschool Planet’s homeschool planner online. Linda has been homeschooling for almost a quarter century and has been married for over 3 decades. The Sear’s have 8 children, 2 daughters-in-law, 2 sons-in-law, and 12 grandchildren. She began blogging years ago and she shares tidbits, tales, tricks, and tips from her days as a stay-at-home wife and homeschooling mother. You will enjoy all of Linda’s favorite recipes or creative projects along with her insight on raising a family.

In her review, Linda says Homeschool Planet’s planner online is a tool ever homeschool mom should have. She used the Homeschool Planet video tutorials to help her through the customization of the planner to fit her family perfectly. Linda took the time to get the hang of the Homeschool Planet online planner and saw the benefits of having a ‘command central’ of sorts right on the desktop of her computer.

Did you know that your family can use Homeschool Planet with your PC, Google Calendar, Kindle, and Android?

“A plain ol’ pen-n-paper type of planner has been my tool of choice. I must say, although I am taking my time to get the hang of an online planner I am seeing the benefits of having a ‘command central’ of sorts right on the desktop of my computer.”

Click here to read Linda’s review of Homeschool Planet on Apron Strings & Other Things.

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!

Can a Planner-Girl Really Fall in Love with an Online Homeschool Planner?

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Tiffany Jordan at Homeschool Hideout is providing this week’s review of Homeschool Planet. Tiffany has always been a hands-on mom to three super cool kids, one is a brainiac, one wants to be a Vet, and the other loves watching bull-riding videos. She started off as a young mom and has loved every step of the way. In Homeschool Hideout, you will find Tiffany’s take on hands-on parenting, homeschooling, and mom life. Head over to her site for a fun ride.

In Tiffany’s review, she explains how Homeschool Planet was an answer to her dreams. Tiffany appreciates that she can plan out her whole homeschool year from start to finish with its easy-to-use interface. She believes this easy-to-use interface sets Homeschool Planet apart from other online homeschool planners.  Her family benefited from Homeschool Planet’s ability to help create entire lesson plans, create shopping or to-do lists, reschedule assignments, and plan their virtual field trips.

Did you know that Homeschool Planet can help you schedule an entire school year in just a couple of hours, including virtual field trips?

“…But can a planner-girl really fall in love with an online homeschool planner? The answer is “yes.” As much as I thought differently, an online homeschool planner is the answer to my dreams. Not just any planner, but Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op’s Homeschool Planet.”

 “The easy-to-use interface is what sets Homeschool Planet apart from other online homeschool planners.”

Click here to read Tiffany’s review of Homeschool Planet on Homeschool Hideout.

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!