Makes Homeschool Planning Easier
I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be able to host this giveaway of the Applecore Gold Plan. Because I know it will bless the lives of one great homeschool mom. Be sure to read through the post to find out more about Applecore and register for the giveaway.
Working with Applecore, an online digital planner and record keeping system, allows me to serve as a reviewer and affiliate blogger, so that I can share my honest review of the product they offer. I received a free subscription to the gold plan so that I can try out all of the features they have available. All opinions expressed are my own and I gladly share them with you because I truly think this system has made my life easier.
When I was in first grade I sat in wonder and watched as my teacher Mrs. Ratti opened a spiral bound leather book and added tiny check marks next to the the names of all the students present in her class. Then she’d flip a few pages and I’d see a calendar with all kinds of writing in it and she would go to the board and start the school day. Whenever we completed an assignment, she would grade it, then flip to the back of that book and write down our scores next to our names. I’d watch her and think, I want to do that when I grow up.
Since I began homeschooling 5 1/2 years ago, I have done just that. It didn’t take me long to discover the monotony associated with a paper planner. I searched high and low for a homeschool planner that would simplify the process. Yet, I constantly found myself writing the same basic school routine every week, then filling it in with details.
In November that all changed. When I received the subscription to Applecore I had my doubts because I had never used a digital planner and I was concerned that I wouldn’t transition to it very well. But I was wrong!
The Simplicity of the Applecore System
The online system is simple to use. Once I set up my login, I added my student, but you are not limited by a set number of students. I then set up the course tracker, which allows me to enter the subjects being studied along with textbooks being used. The course tracker automatically coordinates with test scores and grade report, making it easy to enter grades per test and create a grade card either by semester or by year.
The grade report and course tracker automatically coordinate with the transcript which makes it simple to track students progress through high school while at the same time creating a transcript for college applications.
I then began setting up weekly schedules. I plugged in the subjects and created a general weekly routine by setting how often that subject recurs. Because I can set a general recurring schedule I am not re-writing; Tuesday, Math, Wednesday Grammar, etc. I simply plug in the daily details, with specific descriptions. I do this apx. 2 weeks at a time.
My Favorite Features
- As a homeschool mom to an advanced learner I love that this system doesn’t limit me to grade level and/or anticipated age leveled work.
- I am thrilled that I can create a transcript based upon course of study rather than age/grade level.
- The ease of setting up a regular routine, makes it easy to keep track of what subjects need focus and the days they will be focused upon.
- The drag and drop feature makes it easy to make changes to the routine.
- By right clicking any page I can simply print directly from the online app or I can download into a pdf document for digital record keeping.
I really like how Applecore has made my homeschool planning easier. If I had a wish or 2 for how I would update the program it would be these:
I wish the program allowed me to set my own time-out settings rather than the automated time-out settings. But I do understand that it may be a website server issue, rather than a program issue.
I wish that I could choose my daily subject routine from the integrated course of study.
But those are really minor wishes. I do love this planner and think you will too. Here’s what you need to know about Applecore Systems pricing.
- Basic – Course Tracker & Grade Reporting, Free
- Silver – Course Tracker, Grade Reporting, Report Cards, Portfolio & Attendance, $45 per year.
- Gold – Course Tracker, Grade Reporting, Report Cards, Portfolio, Attendance, Scheduler & Transcript, $55 per year.
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