Last week Mardel released its much anticipated free online homeschool planner, A Simple Plan Online, which is based on its existing print planner, also called A Simple Plan. I recently reviewed the print version of A Simple Plan, and if you read that review, you know that I am not a big online planner person. However, I really liked this online planner right from the start.
Here are features from A Simple Plan Online that I liked right away:
- It’s free.
- It is very user friendly.
- It is easy to navigate and change.
- It is visually appealing.
- It has a library tab (which is one of my favorite features).
Once you create a free online user account, the Web-based application immediately walks you through all of the steps to set up your planner. This includes entering information for each student, the school year, your subject names, and your chosen curriculum. Then you can start filling in your lesson plans by week, and entering individual assignments, which can be daily, weekly, or monthly. Once they are entered online, these can be printed out quite easily. The planner also has a Calendar tab for tracking school-related activities, as well as a place to keep track of attendance and grades.
Detailed Curriculum & Library Tracking
I like the Curriculum tab, where you have the ability to enter not only information about the publisher and ISBN, but also where you bought or borrowed it, how much you paid, and for later, a place to record where you sold it or who you let borrow it and how much you sold it for. I can definitely see this coming in handy later.
The Library tab is my favorite. My home library is too large to consider adding all of my books, but it will be beneficial this year to add all of the books I have that correspond to the subjects we will be studying. I have a habit of forgetting that I have a book to go with a particular subject until it is too late.
I have a feeling I will continue to use my Simple Plan paper planner more often than the online planner because I am just a paper person. However, if I start helping my sister create lesson plans for her older girls, I will definitely use the online planner. The fact that it is Web-based will be very helpful: I can create lesson plans at my house, and then her girls can sign in and complete assignments at their own house — and print them out if they’d like. The online planner is definitely a plus for anyone working in a co-op or collaborative schooling situation.
To celebrate the launch of A Simple Plan Online, Mardel Homeschool is sponsoring a giveaway for A Simple Plan Complete Collection of homeschool organization tools — valued at $62! Includes A Simple Plan Planner, Work Box, Decorative File Folders, Magnets, Magnetic Book Marks, and Journal. This giveaway is open for ONE WEEK and closes on July 1! Enter to win below (daily entries allowed):