For years I put the boys’ lessons in the Homeschooler Tracker software program. After trying other methods due to certain mishaps I didn’t really like any of them. I found myself pining away for the ease and use of that software program.
When I did find my old CD it wasn’t any use. The thing is still usable, sort of, but it’s unstable because it’s so old. (Read: old, very old, not new and improved.)
I shared with my Facebook followers how sad I was because they don’t even sell the CD’s anymore. A joy of being a blogger means that companies notice you and your followers and want to find a way to help you. Hey, if they can help you maybe they can help your tribe, too! Right?
Their rep told me that the system is all online now and is more robust. Not only that but if I tell you what I like, and don’t like, about the new program they would give me a year’s free service.
Well alrighty, then! I like free, don’t you?
I have to be honest, I would have told you about the new program anyway. I love it that much! But, first, let me tell you why I prefer a software program than any other system.
The Early Days
After bringing Logan home from public school I knew I needed some way of keeping track of his lessons. Since I had been a software programmer my first inclination was to find a software package to fit my needs. I think at that time Homeschool Tracker was the only system out there.
I instantly fell in love and used it for years.
Then I got a really bad virus on my laptop’s hard drive and had to wipe everything. While waiting to get my laptop back I had discovered the wonders of Google Drive.
The boys could access that on any WiFi enabled device, namely, their iPhones, any PC, or the iPad. I can type about 140 words per minute so inputting the data was extremely easy for me to do. If I changed my mind, or found better videos, interactive websites, or online games I could easily add that information. The information could also be re-arranged at any time when I needed to re-schedule something.
The problem with Google Drive, or any hard copy calendar system, is that the boys also could move things around or change information. I’m just gonna let that sink in for a minute.
Doo, doo, dee, duummm, dee dee <— my best elevator music impersonation
Yes, I did get those hard copy homeschool calendars for me and both of the boys. You have no idea how hard I have tried to use those things. You have to take time to write down all the dates, and make sure you don’t miss one or it throws the whole thing off.
Then you have to make sure that what you write down is your book is the exact same thing you child writes down in his book. If you want to move anything around because of timing issues, well, you really can’t without messing it all up.
I am NOT that organized, people!
The boys are NOT that accurate.
I pined away from my old Homeschool Tracker system. That thing was the bomb and so useful in so many ways. I had added the household chores to it in addition to their homeschool lessons. We would hang the daily sheets on the “Wall of Fame” with the monthly calendar and graded papers. Everyone could be on the same page at the same time and RestaurantMan could easily see what we were learning at the time.
It. Was. Wonderful.
It was also lost. Gone.
Or so I thought.
The new and improved Homeschool Tracker
RestaurantMan dragged out the high school curriculum boxes the other day. I needed to get moving on compiling work for Jordan’s 9th grade year. Anyway, he found my Homeschool Tracker CD!!! I was happier than a kid finding an unopened Easter egg in the middle of the summer. I couldn’t wait to get this thing installed on my new computer.
Which brings me back to the top. The old CD no longer is stable. What I did get was a new account with the new Homeschool Tracker system that is all ONLINE. Woot!
The Benefits of Homeschool Tracker Online
It has all the same things the old system had. I can create lesson plans and then schedule them. I can move things around and re-schedule them without having to erase, re-write, or re-type anything.
Sometimes I forget to add important things like having to write a report, or get a supply in order to do the report, that kind of thing. Homeschool Tracker allows me to keep track of that stuff and then print a report at any time.
Speaking of reports, you can slice, dice, bind and twist all of the data any way you want that creates a printable PDF.
🔆 Want a report card to show Grandmother Dearest?
🔆 Need a record of attendance or assignments completed, or not complete yet?
🔆 Does one college want a trasncript written one way and the other college another way?
🔆 All of these reports, and more, can easily be printed with any date parameters.
The best part is that everything is online. I can create hyperlinks to any resources online including the text books, printables, interative games, videos, you name it. As long as the boys have their iPhone, an iPad, or a PC they can learn anywhere, at any time.
Homeschool Tracker also allows me to set what the boys are allowed to change or edit. There’s no more “but I heard you say this” or “that’s what your handwriting looks like” arguments.
To learn more about pricing for the month-to-month plan visit their website. Oh, don’t let me forget to mention that they have a Homeschool Tracker YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/HomeschoolTracker) that shows all the whiz bang neato things you can do with this system.
Can you tell I just love it? HOw would this system benefit you and your family? Be sure to tell me on the LJSkool Facebook page. We would love to hear from you!