I was given a full year access to HomeSchool Office, a web-based program that helps you organize, plan and manage your homeschool effectively. You can easily keep track of your daily activities and lessons. As you login, you can see the actual progress of the students. You can also generate reports, keep records from previous years until you build the child’s high school transcripts. It can be used with any curriculum and with unlimited number of children. This product costs $79 annually per family.
Lord Heritage believes that the children’s education should be based on the Scriptures and this is where they get the pattern for the HomeSchool Office program.
Plan – this is where you prepare and look ahead for your homeschool. Set goals, build master schedules and layout lessons for the school year.
Order – this is where you set order to your schedule and integrate different activities inside and outside the home.
Work – this is where you let your children have access to the lists so they can follow their daily schedules and lessons.
Evaluate – this is where you can evaluate the subject requirements to see if they match state requirements like number of hours on a certain subject, grades and attendance.
Report – this is where you generate the customized quaterly or annual reports and transcripts.
As this is a web-based program, I just needed to make sure that my internet connection was stable and that my web browser was working fine. I used Google Chrome as my web browser on my laptop. I logged in and was immediately brought to this welcome page.
As I worked through the menu, I was a bit overwhelmed by the many screens that I needed to work with so I immediately went to the Support Portal. I went through the Knowledge Base articles to understand what I needed to do to get started.
I entered the Team page and I entered our homeschool information, like name, mobile phone, home address and school year and district. I also had an area where I can enter the information of other teachers that my children had. This is also where I created the accounts for my children. Each child will have their record and login. You can also save information for other resources and friends, much like an address book.
I went to the Plan page. This is where I can enter the information about subjects, school year plan, master schedule, projects and budget.
I added the different subjects that my daughter had for this school year and did the same for my son as well. It also included the required hours for each subject and the credit hours. When I clicked on the little button on the left, I can include the materials they were using for that particular subject and what the objectives of each subject were. I can also assign specific lessons on this page. I can add the duration and the detailed lesson plan for each lesson.
When I click on the School Year Plan, I can easily click which days are official school days for the whole school year. Upon clicking the Master Schedule, I can see the daily schedule of our entire household. The schedule is color coded, you can easily see whose schedule it is specifically for and you can also tell when schedules are overlapping and too tight!
There are tabs for projects and budget too. You can input the budget allocated and the actual expense each child has already consumed.
Order page shows the calendar of either of your child or of the whole household. You can also create the to-do list on this page. This is where you can input all the non-academic stuff that you want your children to complete.
Evaluate is where you input the grades of each assignment and test you give your child. You can also enter attendance of your child, either per subject or for daily attendance tracking.
Report builder is where you generate all the documents you would need to submit to your state government or in our case, the homeschool provider where we are enrolled.
What I Liked About the Product
This is a very detailed product and is good for those who want to document their homeschool journey efficiently. Homeschool management can be taxing for those who don’t know what to record and have to prepare for high school transcripts. Though I probably won’t be continually using this product for my daughter’s record keeping, I learned which information I need to record down. I also liked the report generating features of this product. It allows me to print all the information I have input online. I can also easily access the program on gadgets like iPhones, and iPad tablets.
The Knowledge Base articles that I found on their support page was also enough for me to understand how the product works. I liked it that I can also enter tickets to request for individual support through email.
What I Didn’t Like About the Product
I like the pen and paper type of record keeping so migrating to an online homeschool management system wasn’t that easy and fast for me. I also found that the product had too many pages that I needed to fill that it was too time consuming for me. It took me a week of at least 30 minutes each day to our initial information. It probably just didn’t fit my style of record keeping.
But don’t let my review stop you from trying out HomeSchool Office!
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