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Dec 19, 2013

Homeschool Helper App

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As a homeschool mom of two I am always looking for ways to keep organized and be able to document our homeschool experiences appropriately. Although Missouri is one of the more lenient on homeschoolers, we still have to keep up with grades, activities, etc.


I have always used homeschool tracker (read more here), but the free version is not easy to save to your computer, in fact I never figured it out. 


This year, I downloaded the Homeschool Helper App for iPad. I hesitated to pay the one time fee of $4.99, but I am so glad I did. This app is designed for the iPad, Kindle fire, Nook, and Android tablets. Here are some pros:



  • Visually appealing (who doesn't love cute little birdies!)
  • Easy to use
  • Very organized
  • Detailed reports 
The first step when using the Homeschool helper is to set up your students and their subjects. Click on the student's name and you will see their subject across the top; down the right side will be other categories such as reading lists, field trips, attendance, reports, and summary. They really thought of everything. On the left side is a calculator, a calendar, help topics, and to do tasks. 

The most important aspect that makes this better than the free homeschool tracker edition, is the ability to send grade reports, and other information via email. This makes it easy to save to your computer, disc, or drive or just print it out. In fact, the app will prompt you to backup your info occasionally.   

Today, I began adding lessons, because I am just "tard" of trying to write and keep up with paper lesson plans in my notebook. I am constantly tearing the pages and ripping out the hole punches. With this program, I can enter the page or lesson number, add in the activity info, and print it out in a neat document or just click on the calendar and view it on our tablet. I love it! You can also copy lessons for certain days, or add in bulk lessons which I am still figuring out. 

If you don't want to use the app for everything (lesson plans, field trips, etc.), you can just use it for certain reports (grades, attendance, etc.)

I am still learning new things about this app, but so far there are no negatives to even mention! Probably because this app was designed by a homeschool family, so they know what they are doing! 

Thanks for listening!







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