If you are a homeschooler than you know a necessary part of it is record keeping. Some states require a lot and some only require you to keep them for yourself but it's always a good idea to keep them. It can be a pain so I was really interested when we were given the opportunity to review an online record keeping system called My School Year Homeschool Record Keeping and their Annual Membership Plan.
I've never used an online planner/record keeper before so this is all from the perspective of a digital planner newbie! Bare with me here, y'all. First, off there are tutorials and help for everything you'll be doing on it. At first, I thought, man I can't do this. But with just a little exploring I was able to navigate it easily. There's a lot to this program!
Here's how I used it!
First I set up a main account, then added my two students. I actually only keep track of Jake's hours, attendance ECT because he's the only one I'm required to do that with yet. But I added Gabe for the fun of it! Then I went in and added Jake's classes and the days he would be working on those. Super easy after I figured it out.
I also redid the school year start date. We started ours August 1 instead of September so that required an adjustment. It was simple to do!
You can go in and set daily or weekly lessons. Then you simply mark them as complete when they've been done, along with time spent. It easily keeps track of your hours and attendance. I keep mine in a written planner then plug the numbers in once a week.
I can access this system from any of my digital devices as long as I have internet access. So, I can access their schedule, so can my husband and if they were old enough to have an independent device they could also. I can see how this would be a HUGE benefit to independent learners like a friend of mine whose daughter does her schoolwork while my friend is gone to work.
You can see at a glance how many hours they've aquired in each month, days in attendance, ECT.
You can also add in a book log or reading list. I love this part because it really helps you keep track of all those books throughout the year! This would be a great helpif you keep track of books read for certain reading programs!
Another super helpful spot is the calendar. You can set up appointments, extracurricular activities, and more for each individual including yourself from this page!
There's a place to enter in standardized tests and the results to keep track of them in one place for all your kids. There is also the option to add events, awards, a planbook and access reports. There is a button that says Teacher's Aid and gives you notifications such as "Jake is missing attendance hour records".
Another great function is the reports where you can download, save or print all your reports!
I probably will never be a complete digital person. I like my paper planner, however I do NOT like manually figuring out hours so this is amazing for that for me! As my children age I can see me using the feature that allows them to access their schedule independently and thereby make them responsible for planning their own day!
Whether you are technologically advanced or not this system really has something for everyone! I hope you'll check them out along with reading the other reviews at the link below!