It is my daughter’s senior year of high school and the time has come for her to take responsibility for her own planner. Knowing this goal was on the horizon I was comfortable with accepting a subscription to the online homeschool planner, the Homeschool Planet; in exchange for my personal opinion of this product.
Now my biggest challenge is bridging the gap between a paper planner and a non-paper planner.
I need my daughter to keep track of her own assignments and hold her accountable to her school lessons.
Setting Up The Online Homeschool Planner:
The moment I opened the software I had a feel for how things worked. Every blogger is familiar with a widget. My favorite widget allows me to send a text message to my daughter’s phone without leaving the software. I created a mini summer schedule to get a feel for how things worked.
I had my daughter log into the program. I pointed out where to change the background. I am not the pink music instrument kind of blogger.
Then I gave her the choice of setting up her school year. She chose her start date and which days she would be off for the holidays. Her end date of school is set by her umbrella group and since she is a senior it is in May this year. This does not leave us a lot of wiggle room for completing 180 days. Which makes it even more important that she stay on task for completing her assignments.
Her biggest rookie mistake with the online homeschool planner was forgetting to click the save button. She shut the laptop and thought she was done.
Then with a pile of her school books next to the laptop, she went through each subject and decided which days she would complete her lessons. Over the school year she will reschedule as she completes her lessons. She had no problem following the prompts to enter the information.
The great thing…she will be able to see how any reschedules will affect getting everything done by May 17.
Options and Accountability of The Online Homeschool Planner:
My daughter’s biggest struggle with staying on task is thinking there is always time to get things done. She starts her day with an idea of what she needs to do but things easily distract her and then the day is gone before she has completed her tasks.
My favorite option with Homeschool Planet is the weekly emailed lesson list and a daily emailed lesson list. I love the paperless option.
Then the software can send her a text message to remind her to refocus on her objectives for the day.
She can check off her completed lessons at the end of the day and I can check online from the office. This really allows me to know how things are going when I check in with her later.
Since I set-up some of her classes to track hours she now has an instant report on how many physical education hours she has completed and how many hours she has practiced her instruments. Gone are the random sheets of paper for documentation.
I am able to print out her schedule and provide her with a paper version to check off during the day. Yeah for the paper planner.
All of these options and more are available with Homeschool Planet! You can sign up for a free 30 day trial on their website.
How do you have your high school student keep track of school lessons?
I am hoping this year my daughter will learn the importance of planning her day and that these skills will serve her well in college.