Thursday, June 23, 2016

My School Year (A Schoolhouse Crew Review)

As I've mentioned before in other reviews, I've only just recently gotten to where I enjoy and actually stick to planning out my homeschool day with lesson plans and assignments.  I'm one of those who enjoys having both a physical planner and an online planner that I use during the day so I was pretty excited to get to try out an annual subscription of My School Year (Homeschool Record Keeping) from which is an online record keeping and planner all in one.

My School Year is chocked full of useful features designed to help homeschool families keep their school year running efficiently and more organized. It's also extremely flexible as it can be accesses both from the computer, tablet or smartphone.

My SchoolYear takes the guess work out of planning by offering a neat feature called Teacher's Aide Homework Helper that walks you through the steps of adding students, planning classes, scheduling assignments and exploring other features of the program that you might overlook.   It also brings to your attention items that need addressing, such as marking a class as complete or to enter grades.

Another feature, the Planbook allows you to schedule,  modify, mark as complete or reschedule assignments.  This is probably the feature that we used the most during this review period.. As it is summer, the kids course load has been reduced and they are only doing a few things each.  I was able to plan the assignments that they are working on throughout the summer.

Actually planning the assignments themselves is super easy..  From the Planbook, you simply click on the "Actions"  button and a drop down menu gives you the option to View and Add classes.  Then, just add the lesson, the date it is assigned for and any grade value, how much time you want the student to spend on the assignment and what type of grade the assignment will be considered (test, daily assignment, laboratory experiment, ect).   Marking an assignment as complete is as easy as just clicking yes or no and BOOM! it's done.

The Homeroom Page allows you to see a quick overlook at what the student has been working, on, attendance record, and how many assignments have been completed.  These reports show your current classes, a pie graph chart that shows both attendance days and attendance hours, any events the student has done and awards given, their reading log, test grades and their extra curricular activities.

These reports just give a very quick visual overview but more detailed reports are accessible for each student.   For example, the above Orange/Blue cart shows attendance hours as a whole but a more detailed report can be published that breaks down attendance by month and hours.   Attendance is automatically tracked by the program based on the time appropriated for classes and the assignments assigned.

Another report that can be easily accessed is the student's reading log.  Garrett has really been working on his reading during the summer and we are able to keep track what he has read. The Homeroom page shows that he has read 8 books, however, the reading log allows me to show that one book he had to break down into multiple sections and it was read over a longer period of time.

Since I homeschool two 2nd Graders , I didn't use the high school transcript generator however, this option is available with the program.

I really like that this program is designed with the homeschooler in mind and the reminders through the Teacher's Aide really helps to bring my attention to things that need to be addressed.  Overall, it's a great program.

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