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HOW TO: Customize Your Interface

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You may have noticed we are making a few upgrades to the Homeschool Planet site! We have updated our Themes and Colors interface, but if you don’t like change – no worries! We have you covered. You can easily customize your Homeschool Planet online planner interface.

If you would like to revert back to the old default Theme and Colors interface, you can simply take the following steps:

  1. Click Settings.

  1. Then click on Themes and Colors.
  2. Now select the Theme and Color interface you prefer.

That is it! We wanted to give you a heads-up and let you know how to either revert back to your originally selected interface or spruce things up with something new.

Homeschool Planet is working hard behind the scenes to make Homeschool Planet the best experience for all of our users.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments or contact us at support@homeschoolplanet.com.

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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!

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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!