Homeschool Planners and Organizers
Homeschooling can generate chaos unlike anything else if you do not have some sort of planning and record keeping system. There are a variety of homeschool planners and organizers available online, both free and for purchase. The organizers are in several formats. The most common free planner type are files in PDF. There are also organizer pages that are in word processor or spreadsheet format. These can be changed and customized to fit your homeschool then printed. Online record keepers that are accessed through the Internet are also available although they are less common. Finally, there are several excellent software programs that allow you to keep a wide variety of records on your computer. These programs have many different options for creating reports and assignment lists and some even offer the ability to create transcripts. The one that is best will depend on your family, your organization style, and the ages and learning styles of your children.
Free Online Homeschooling Organizers
Home School, Inc. has a comprehensive planner called PER - Plan, Educate, Record. PER is a "FREE web based planner for your home school. Use PER to plan ahead, or as a diary to record your children's learning accomplishments. PER does the clerical work creating flexible schedules, calendars, summaries, and reports. Use with any homeschooling method or curriculum. PER creates a safe place to show you what your family has done, is doing, and will do!"
Homeschool Skedtrack is a "free online lesson planner, scheduler, and tracking system rolled into one. The heart of the system is the automated scheduling of activities that frees you from the headache of rescheduling everything once an activity/lesson is missed."
Homeschooling Records is an online record keeper with the benefit of accessing your records from anywhere. You assign a proportion to each category (tests, worksheets, etc.); within a subject and the application will calculate all of the grades for you. The records are printable and downloadable to MS Excel. This application has a class scheduler as well with drag and drop features.
Free Homeschooling Organizers To Print & Complete
Free Homeschool Organizer Download - TheHomeSchoolMom Homeschool Organizer is a weekly planner with assignment sheets designed for moms with any number of children. Simply choose the number of columns you would like to have on your Assignment Sheet (up to 3), and print as many as you need for your students. The organizer has a "week-at-a-glance" style planner that can be used in any three ring binder. The planner includes a Unit Study Planner and Unit Study Worksheet as well as an Unschooling Record Keeper.
New Beginnings' Planner - 180 page undated planner download to help you create your own Idea Curriculum Planner. The planner page offers step-by-step instructions and the download includes a variety of styles from which to choose.
Donna Young - YoungMinds has put together the largest selection of record keeping forms for homeschool that I have found. Forms are available in either PDF or Word format. PDF documents cannot be edited without expensive software, but Word documents can be edited on your computer and the resulting forms can be printed. If you wish to customize your forms then you should choose the Word format.
Organized Home Household Planner Forms - If you are looking for a place to help you get started on your way to organization, Organized Home is that place. Be sure to look around the whole site and take advantage of the many free articles, but the real jewel are these household planner forms.They offer dozens of forms for just about any organizational need you may have!
Heritage Highland Forms - Almost 500 forms, most using Acrobat Reader, for organizing your homeschool. Includes teacher forms, portfolio forms, and a variety of academic forms that would be excellent for notebooking and lap books ™.
Chart Jungle - Daily, weekly, and monthly homeschool schedules; image files to be printed from your browser
Free Homeschooling Organizer Software & Spreadsheets
Homeschool Tracker - Keep track of assignments, attendance, reading logs, field trips, grades, and more. Tracker allows you to print a variety of reports including assignments on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. We use Homeschool Tracker and I can't say enough about the value of this free program. The free version is not a trial and has no expiration date. Tracker also offers an upgrade to the Plus version with more features for a fee. Windows only.
Gradebook+ - Free customizable spreadsheet-based homeschool planner with sheets for course assignments, attendance field trips, report cards, and more.
Homeschooling Planners Available for Purchase
Homeschool Tracker Plus - A full-featured download that provides you with dozens of ways to customize the program to meet your organizational style and needs. Setup is easy and the program offers more features than any one homeschooler would probably use, but having them available allows you to set up the program in such a way that benefits you the most. You can track attendance and hours, keep a library of your books and resources, define courses and grading, create transcripts, share and re-use lesson plans, record field trips, print assignments, and more. Homeschool Tracker also has an online version for a monthly or yearly fee. $$$$
The Old Schoolhouse Planner - An extensive PDF download that is updated for each year. You’ll find hundreds of useful pages in each year's planner including new and updated forms to help you:
- Plan and record all of the dynamic aspects of your homeschool year from top to bottom.
- Schedule your social activities effectively.
- Organize your technological resources.
- Manage money wisely (and teach your kids this important life skill too).
- Be the queen of your kitchen.
- Foster family pride by establishing family goals and recording family tree information.
- Record important medical information including medications and family medical history.
- Run a successful home business.
- Get ready for the holidays.
TOS' planner is available in versions for primary grades, middle school, and high school and is available as a CD or a digital download. $$$
Homeschool Day Book - Easy and quick homeschool record keeping. Keep detailed records in only minutes a day. Printable reports summarizing daily, weekly, or monthly activities. Very easy to use and super simple setup. Free trial with all features activated. Windows only. $$$
Homeschool Solutions - With Homeschool Solutions, you can easily record, organize and print all kinds of important information from your PC. 30-day free trial; Homeschool Solutions requires a Windows 95/98 PC with at least a 486 processor, at least 32 MB RAM, and a CD-ROM drive; There are two products that allow Mac users to run PC software: Virtual PC by Connectix and SoftWindows by Insignia ( If a Mac user has either of these products, they can run Homeschool Solutions.) $$
Homeschool Reporting Online - Internet-based record keeper; 30-day free trial; discount for HSLDA members; free for umbrella organizations or schools $$$$ (Based on annual membership vs.one-time payment)
Edu-Track Home School Organizer - Comprehensive software program tracking all areas of the homeschool including: Lesson Plans, Progress Reports, Teacher's Journal, Attendance, Assignment Sheets, Transcripts, and more. Includes tools to organize student data, unit studies, report cards, etc. $$$$