Lord Heritage was kind enough to let me review their HomeSchool Office web based record keeping product. This is an annual subscription with a $79 value. I’ve been trying to be more organized when it comes to Jahnna and school. Obviously we do a lot of curriculum reviews and it can be challenging trying to keep her core products on track while also incorporating review materials. I thought this program might be a way for me to do that.
The program itself has lots of great features. If you are a record keeper this is definitely going to appeal to you. The program is based off the acronym POWER and is based in scripture. The following are the scriptures it is based on.
PLAN (Jeremiah 29:11)
ORDER (1 Corinthians 14:40)
WORK (John 17:4)
EVALUATE (Matthew 28:20)
REPORT (Romans 14:12)
Using the planning section you will be able to set subject goals and objectives, build a master schedule, setup lessons, create projects for home or groups and lay out your school budget. The Order section allows you to schedule lessons, mark your home & school activities on a calendar, setup important reminders and create customized lists.
The Work section provides student access, you can view or print individual schedules, follow daily lessons or manage any to do lists you have set up. Evaluate lets you manage requirements for state compliance, keep track of daily attendance or track the hours you spend on each subject. You can also record grades for each subject. In the Report section you can make sure that you are complying with state regulations by customizing reports and generating transcripts.
HomeSchool Office is a great product for those who need to keep good records. I thought I would enjoy having a better way of keeping records but it turns out that after four years of homeschooling I’ve grown rather relaxed in my approach to records. Utah doesn’t require record keeping and for that I am actually quite thankful. It’s allowed us to take a much more student led approach which we both like. I don’t have to keep of attendance records or grades so that portion of the program didn’t really apply to me.
I tend to use a lot of technology in our life. It can be challenging scheduling all of the doctor appointments with have, with school activities for Colby and Riley while making sure Jahnna has field trips and activities to participate in as well. I was hoping I’d be able to sync my calendar on my phone in with a calendar for school but that wasn’t an option so I didn’t use that section either. I do think that having multiple students at home with the list making abilities would be a benefit for those with larger families or who go to co-ops or regular group activities.
Overall I can see this being a very useful tool. The tracking abilities are phenomenal for those who live in states that require detailed records and for those with several students to keep track of. If you don’t need detailed records it’s probably not for you. Luckily everyone can find out for themselves by signing up for a free 30 day trial. After 30 days you will be prompted to enter your payment information so you don’t have to worry about forgetting when your trial ends. Give it a try and let me know what you think. To see what other TOS reviewers think click on the banner below.