My new method for keeping homeschool grades

Last year I really felt like I wanted to keep a cumulative record of the grades my kids were earning on the subjects where we have tests. I know looking forward to high school we will have to start keeping a GPA, and I thought that it was time to start that process in a small way. Mainly the kids were earning grades on spelling tests, grammar quizzes, reading comp quizzes, and science tests.

I set up a spreadsheet for each child with these subjects down the rows. I printed out the blank sheet and filled it in as we went. What I found was that I was not so great at stopping to figure the overall grade each semester. By the end of the year I had abandoned it because it wasn’t doing what I wanted.

I was having coffee with one of my best friends the other night (who is a wealth of information and great ideas!) and she showed me a new app she had downloaded for her iPad. Called Homeschool Helper, this cute little app is a planner and record book all in one. You can enter field trips, lesson plans, grades, attendance and more – all for $5.

Main screen

Main screen

I was a little hesitant to try any online planner – I had a bad experience last year when I bought an online homeschool planner that never did deliver what it was supposed to. However, after clicking around on my friend’s app, I was hooked.

I am much happier using my own paper lesson plans, but I am using this app for my grades. In about 15 minutes I was able to add both kiddos and all the subjects that I will be tracking grades for. You can even weight the different items so that tests hold more weight than quizzes and so forth.

Student snapshot screen

Student snapshot screen

The app includes a great help section that is full of videos for all your FAQs. Best of all, as soon as I enter the grades, it instantly gives me their cumulative grade. I just love it when technology does the hard work for me!

Note: these images are screenshots from my personal Homeschool Helper app. All copyrights are theirs.

For those of you who keep track of grades, how do you do it?

This post is linked to The Ultimate Homeschool Link Up at The Homeschool Village.

Comments

  1. This looks interesting. Thanks for sharing. For grade tracking we are currently using My Home School grades. It’s Internet based, so I can access it from my iPhone, my daughter can access it from her iPad, and my son can access it from his Microsoft laptop.

  2. Thanks for posting this! We bought this app several months ago, and it has been wonderful. We are homeschooling 3 kids, and I would be lost without it. We use the grading and the lessons. We like that it is from another homeschooling family as well. I still can not believe it is $5 forever. There are quite a few others using it in our local Homeschooling community. Our internet was down for a few hours today while I was planning our upcoming year…I love that it does not require an internet connection to work. I have also used it in the car and even at my dr’s office 🙂

  3. I agree! There’s nothing I don’t like about this app! 🙂

  4. Thanks for mentioning that it doesn’t need the internet. I have used an internet-based planner before, but wanted more portability. Paper planners got to be bulky and messy after awhile, so I really missed the “neatness” of a computer based planner. This might be the solution! Homeschool Helper, hmmm…

  5. For those of you who have it, can you share WHAT you love about it? I have only paid for an app once before, so I need some convincing.

  6. There are several things I love about it. It took me just a few minutes to set up (this was not the case with another one I tried), so that was great. It is very customizable so I feel like I am getting a lot more for my money. I use it on my iPad which I keep at the table while we do school, so it’s right there at my fingertips, which means I actually use it. When I have to go online and login for things I’m not as likely to keep up with it. Since this is an app, it’s ready to go at the click of a button.

  7. I bought this apps, but one thing that I need to know. Do you print out the weekly planner using this apps? I mean is there any way to print all schedule of the day in a week, like what suppose to do in lessons on monday until Friday.

  8. I’m not using it for a weekly planner, so I don’t print from it. However, when you are in the reports area you can save and/or email things and then print them. Basically you’re saving the document to the computer/tablet for printing rather than printing straight from the app.

  9. Cecelia says:

    I agree with Adelien. I’d need it to be EVERYTHING for me. I’m new to homeschooling (starting Fall, 2014) and I wouldn’t want to invest in it if I’d still have to have a physical planner to keep up with my schedule. Also, I think I need an app that will download to my Samsung Galaxy 4. My 7 year old daughter (who I’ll be homeschooling) is the only one in our house that has an Ipad (1st generation model); which she plays games on. If I were to download the homeschool app to her Ipad and use the Ipad during our homeschooling, I’d have behavioral problems from her…since one of our homeschool rules will be that she can’t play her Ipad until after her brother gets home from school — meaning her school day is finished and I need her happily occupied while I do homework with him.