As a homeschool mom, I feel the need to keep a daily school schedule, a family schedule, a monthly calendar…and let’s not forgot about the planning that I need to do for my kids to keep us on track with our homeschool life. All this scheduling can get downright overwhelmimg, so it was great to learn about HomeSchool Office from Lord Heritage.
Lord Heritage is a company that was founded by a mother and daughter team, Jennifer Desautels and Joyce Hull. They founded Lord Heritage because they both felt called to prepare the next generation in both spiritual truth and the heritage of the Lord through education.
HomeSchool Office is a software that is designed to help you manage your homeschool without pencils and planners by saving all your information online. The goal of the software is to organize daily lesson planning, grading, activities, your child’s individual needs and keep it all in one place. In addition, you are able to track your child’s progress year to year and if you have to complete a portfolio this is one way to keep that process streamlined. The software will also record year end grades and can help you build a professional looking high school transcript for your child.
HomeSchool Office is set up using a specific system called *POWER*: as in, the POWER of a program that follows God’s strategy. I love how they have built an online planning system grounded in Biblical principles that God has commanded of us.
P – PLAN (Jeremiah 29:11)
O -ORDER (1 Corinthians 14:40)
W – WORK (John 17:4)
E – EVALUATE (Matthew 28:20)
R – REPORT (Romans 14:12)
By following the POWER system, you should be able to keep track of both your educational and personal planning.
How HomeSchool Office works:
After your account is activated, you log in and begin to enter your data. Under the *Plan* tab you can enter as many students as you have (I only have 2) by subject, using their grade and any additional information that may be helpful for you – like curriculum, notes about issues with a subject, etc. This took me some time to figure out how to add in Sophie and Bella’s information. I started to get a bit confused about the grade level, especially since Sophie is working at grade 2 with everything except for reading – I waffled and then finally entered her reading at grade 1. Bella was entered at the Kindergarten level. It’s important to note that HomeSchool office populates a LOT of subjects and you will not use them all – I kept with the basics off our CC curriculum.
HomeSchool Office also offers a school year plan where you can click to *save* your school days and leave blank the days you are planning to take off. This is a really neat feature because you can see at a glance where you are in the school year and how many days you have completed and how many days you still need. We need 180 days here in NJ, and after a mini break we are a few days behind where I though we would be, but I’m okay with that!
You also have the ability to have a master schedule with multiple users (whew!) and a budget tab where you can track expenses by year and by your child. This was interesting to me, because I just realized that I spend more on Sophie’s materials – and I have no idea why!
While I can see the benefits of the software, I don’t think this is a great for for our family for a few reasons. First, I really like my pencil and my paper planner because it’s in my hands. I know that might sound silly, but there is something about paper and pencil that just calls to me! Secondly, while we have to homeschool for 180 days and if we are ever asked we need to prove it – in NJ we don’t have to keep grades until high school and we never need to prepare a portfolio, so I don’t grade the girls at all. I’m sure eventually I will, but right now we don’t. Lastly, it took Ken and I years to find a calendar system that worked for us and we finally settled on google calendar. It’s not perfect, but we can access it from both computers and I’ve synced it to my phone so we are as up to date as we can get. Adding in another scheduler was just too much.
I think HomeSchool Office could be a great fit for a family that has a large number of children and records to keep track of, or perhaps for a family who really likes to be on top of things all the time. You can try HomeSchool Office for free for 30 days to see if it might be a good fit for your family – and if you are needing to prepare either a portfolio or a high school transcript I would recommend trying them out! Please click below to see what some of the other TOS Crew members thought: