As homeschooling parents, we all want to be more organized and productive during our daily routines. But, when we are balancing kids, creating lesson plans, and (of course!) the occasional curveball life throws at us, being organized is easier said than done! The struggle to balance leaves us searching for that sure-fire way to keep our homeschool routine organized in the most efficient way possible, ensuring we aren’t taken off track.
Thankfully, we live in a digital age where new technology is constantly being introduced. So, why not take advantage of the many resources available to you at the touch of a finger? By implementing a few handy applications for your tablet and smartphone, you can easily increase your family’s homeschool productivity and organization each day. There are countless homeschooling apps to help you better organize and be more productive. But what you need, as homeschooling parents, is to know where to start!
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Below are our picks for the 10 best homeschooling organization apps to help you manage your busy schedules. And best of all, most of these apps are affordable, if not free to download via the iTunes and Google Play app stores.
- Homeschool Helper. Homeschooling requires so much balance between teaching and time management. But with Homeschool Helper, you can focus more on teaching and let the app take care of the rest. Features include the ability to track and manage an unlimited number of students including their grades, progress, subjects, and lesson plans. At just $4.99, this app is compatible with iPads, Kindle Fire, Nook, and Android tablets, essentially serving as a universal homeschool tool to help keep your students on track.
- DUE. Do you even use the calendar or alarm clock that comes with your phone or tablet’s default settings? If you’re a hands-on person — and prefer a calendar or to-do list you can actually physically see in front of you at all times — then DUE is the perfect app to keep you on schedule. DUE lets you organize tasks by categories like: “Overdue,” “Today,” “Tomorrow,” and “Next 7 Days.” And, don’t forget the app’s easy-to-customize, reusable timers and recurring reminders!
- iPlan Lessons. From state to state, homeschooling requirements vary. iPlan Lessons make recordkeeping simple for homeschoolers to meet those requirements without any trouble. Apple product users can enjoy this useful app for free, or up to $4.99. If you find this app helpful, explore additional apps included in the iHomeEducator series at http://www.ihomeeducator.com/.
- Cozi. Does it feel like your family never seems to be on the same page? This family calendar app is great for keeping everyone organized aside from just homeschooling. Cozi includes to-do lists, meal planning, shopping lists, and much more. Plus, each family member’s device can sync with Cozi, cutting down on current miscommunication issues.
- Epic Win. Are your kids gamers? Is asking them to do their chores a chore in itself for you? Try bringing the game to them instead. Reward them for their work while making tasks fun and motivating all through this awesome app. Epic Win adds adventure and excitement to completing tasks, with features like rewarding sounds, level-ups, experience points, secret treasures, a quest map, and social sharing with friends on Facebook and Twitter.
- Evernote. File saving and storage can be confusing for anyone still adapting to the digital age. With this app, saving files, notes, and images is made easy so that you stay organized both at home and on-the-go. You can even store lesson plans, to-do lists, research, or student portfolios. Evernote is free for both Android and iOS users, and is also available in web-based and desktop versions. Check out how one mom is using this app: https://evernote.com/ http://bit.ly/1w7XTNJ.
- Chore Pad. This is the perfect app for parents who value household duties and motivation for their kids. Keep track of which tasks are assigned to whom, so that your day flows smoothly on all cylinders. You can even reward your kids with stars after they finish their chores! Either use this app on the web, or download it to your iPhone or iPad for a low price: http://www.nannek.com/.
- Kindle, iBooks, or Nook. You can’t go wrong with an e-reader app for the family. By simply loading up your favorite books or selected material, your kids can read anywhere they want. These devices may be on the more expensive side, however the features and capabilities are definitely worth the money. Resources like Project Gutenberg offer over 45,000 free classic books for all ages.
- Screen Time. Thinking back to our past blog post about eliminating screen time, this app is perfect for that motive. This app doesn’t simply monitor how much time your kids spend consuming media, rather it encourages and motivates them to learn positive habits and choose other activities to replace their devices. You as the parent, can set media allowances and reward them with screen time through completed chores or good behavior. The kids can even trade their screen time for other activities or rewards.
- Life Topix. If there’s an app for just about everything in life, this is it. Life Topix includes tools for managing events, appointments, tasks, lists, health, shopping, finances, education, — and believe it or not– much more. This app is perfect for homeschooling families who don’t want to be using multiple apps every day. Life Topix allows you to keep everything condensed, and is even compatible with Evernote and Dropbox.
Life can get crazy at times. And as a homeschooling parent, your job is tough enough as it is! Maintain a smooth-running homeschool day for your family with the technology we’ve found. Hopefully this list of apps will serve your family well moving forward! Let us know if this post was helpful by sharing a comment below!