PlanItWisely Student Information System {review}


If you’ve been homeschooling for longer than a year or so, you’ve probably tried many different types of planners. When it comes to planners, there are so many options out there that it can be difficult to find just the right one for you. I think that’s why reviews can come in handy, so I took the opportunity to try out and review PlanItWisely Student Information System online planner.

PlanItWisely online homeschool planner review @ The Homeschool Post

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PlanItWisely Student Information System

How PlanItWisely Works

PlanItWisely is an online planning system to keep complete student records and create transcripts. It can work for the whole family within just one account. It’s cloud-based so you can use it from any computer with nothing to install.

With one login, you can manage all your students, whether you’re running a small co-op or using it for your own children in your homeschool. Set-up takes a little bit of time to input your students’ names, grade levels, course of study/subjects, and resources. These are referred to as Events. I would recommend setting aside an hour to get familiar with it when you first begin. Once that initial information is done, using the program and setting up recurring entries or switching around times within the schedule is fairly straightforward.

iHomeEducator Educational Apps, the creator of PlanItWisely, has put together a series of very helpful tutorial videos and hints for users. Take advantage of these videos and you’ll be up and running in no time. They also have a blog where they highlight different features of the system, as well as answer frequently asked questions.


My Favorite Features

  1. Different views: You can choose how you want to view your plans on the screen — either daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, by student, or by subject. I find myself going back and forth between those views when planning.
  2. Drag and Drop: This really simplifies the process when you want to move things around from day to day or change the time of an event. It makes it so quick and easy to select an event and drag it to the correct place on the schedule.
  3. Color coding: Student events/subjects can be color coded so it’s easier to distinguish between them when looking at the calendar overview.
  4. Cloud-based: I don’t like being tied to the computer all the time while I’m teaching my girls. I like the fact that I can use PlanItWisely from the desktop computer or the laptop, depending on where we are and what we’re doing. It automatically saves and syncs so I don’t have to worry about it.
  5. Budget and resources tracking: I like this feature so I can keep track of what I have and what I need to buy, as well as staying on budget.

Subscription Plans

PlanItWisely is available in monthly ($4.99) or yearly ($49.90 regularly, currently on sale for $39.90) subscriptions. Both options include the following:

  • 1st Month Free Trial
  • No Setup Fees
  • Up to 30 Users
  • Unlimited scheduler events
  • Unlimited grade records
  • Unlimited attendance records
  • Unlimited transcript records
  • Unlimited inventory resources
  • Dedicated database
  • Dedicated sub-domain


If you’re looking for an organized system to keep records and help you create transcripts for your high school students, PlanItWisely might be just what you need. It is a thorough and full-featured system for keeping track of multiple students. It would also work well for co-op teachers or private school teachers. If you live in a state that requires stricter record-keeping like attendance, grades, and more, PlanItWisely has you covered.

Connect with PlanItWisely and iHomeEducator

You can learn more about PlanItWisely on their blog, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and YouTube.

Try out a free demo or sign up for a free month trial period of PlanItWisely and try it today.

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Happy Homeschooling,


Sara (103 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.

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Being FLEXuled: Balancing Being Flexible and Scheduled

Guest post by Jennifer of Dear Homeschooler.


Dear Homeschooler,

FLEXuldedAre you the hyper-organized type, planning every minute of every school day? Or are you a go-with-the-flow kind of person, harvesting precious teaching moments whenever they arise?

I admit, I tend toward the former. Anyone who knows me at all is not surprised: I like planning, organizing, and assessing, and that comes across in my approach to teaching. However, having been a special education teacher, I also understand the importance of being aware of the needs of my students and adjusting my teaching methodologies (and timetable) if it is in their best interest.

The beauty of homeschooling is that we get to choose how teach. Some of us are super scheduled, and others of us are super flexible, but we have one thing in common: we want what’s best for our students. I believe there is value in both approaches:

Reasons to be Scheduled:

  • Being scheduled helps us to stay on-track during the day to make sure all our daily lessons get completed.
  • Being scheduled provides a well-rounded day, making sure that an appropriate amount of time is devoted to each subject.
  • Being scheduled helps us meet our goals (e.g. finishing curriculum, attendance days, etc.).
  • Being scheduled provides a routine for both students and teachers, so each one knows what lessons are coming and when lessons are finished.
  • Being scheduled ensures that the school work doesn’t drag on, guaranteeing true free time after lessons are completed.

Reasons to be Flexible:

  • Being flexible allows us to take advantage of spontaneous learning opportunities.
  • Being flexible gives us the ability to nurture our student’s interests for the sake of engagement and learning.
  • Being flexible allows us as teachers to devote more time to challenging lessons to ensure skill acquisition.
  • Being flexible with the time-table, adding breaks when needed, may increase our student’s ability to stay more focused in the long run.

So, it is in the best interest of our students to be FLEXuled: both flexible and scheduled in our school day.

How do we do this?

I know it sounds like having a snowball fight in the summer, but it can be done:

  1. Plan: Create and map lessons per your curriculum choices.
  2. Make a schedule: This can be as detailed as delineating every school minute into subject blocks or as informal as having a checklist of tasks or lessons that need to be completed each day.
  3. Watch for the signs: Pay attention to your student’s responses to instruction. Watch for signs of boredom, wiggles, high-engagement, attitude-changes, resistance, and frustration, to name a few.
  4. Be Flexible: STOP and respond to your student’s needs. Take a break. Incorporate a sensory/movement aspect to the lesson. Spend more time on a challenging lesson. Fast-track a lesson that they acquire quickly. Dig deeper into lessons that capture your student’s interest. The list of interventions is endless.
  5. Adjust schedule: Take a moment to readjust the schedule. You may have to have a shorter or longer school day or reschedule certain lessons to later in the week, but it is worth it!

We can be FLEXuled!

As I mentioned earlier, I am a super scheduler. I remember a particular instance last year. I had allotted 10 minutes for our daily spelling drill, which has proven to be an adequate amount of time. My son, “ZooKid”, who is a pretty good speller, was struggling one week completing this activity in 30 minutes. WHAT??? How long does it take to write 10 words? He was distracted and had a bad attitude. After 3 days of this, I realized (finally!) that he was bored. I had to find ways to increase his engagement in spelling. Some of my ideas fit in the time-frame I had allotted (window markers, themed drill pages, etc.), but some (using alphabet beads, letter magnets, stamps, etc.) took longer. Incorporating these activities into spelling was the best solution for ZooKid. He loved spelling class again and was now focused and had a great attitude. I had to make adjustments for this intervention, but we were better off for it.

So, I believe we can be both organized and free-spirited in our teaching, creating the perfect balance between structure and creativity in our attempt to meet all our student’s needs. I’d love to hear about your experiences of being FLEXuled or your plans to be FLEXuled!

Till Next Time,




About the Author

profileJennifer Myers is a wife, mother of two beautiful children, and Christian home educator. She worked for 5 years in the public system as a special education teacher in an intensive program for students with autism. When her own kids started school, she decided to homeschool them, applying her experience in creating personalized education plans, curriculum development, teaching methodologies, and interventions. Realizing not all home educators have the same educational background, Jennifer is dedicated to sharing her experiences and building a community of home educators to grow together through her blog Dear Homeschooler. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


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Homeschool Organization for the Artful Stacker

One of those big homeschool myths is that we homeschool moms are oh-so-organized. Some are, and some aren’t, depending on personality and preference. I am not one of the naturally organized people in our world, so getting (and keeping) my homeschool in order can be a real challenge. I probably know which pile of stuff next week’s textbook is in, but to everyone else the bookshelf looks like a mess; and that’s probably not the example I want to set for my kids. Here are my experiences along with a few tips for organizing your homeschool, especially for the organizationally challenged mom.

Homeschool Organization for the Artful Stacker

Homeschool Organization for the Artful Stacker

Fortunately, I do love lesson planning! That means I’ve got no problem sitting down with a notebook and calendar and planning out the coursework over an entire school year. I also enjoy transferring that information to a homeschool planning program, either online or using software and spreadsheets; so all that hard work is saved and stored and can be pulled up at any time. I’m a longtime fan of Homeschool Tracker, and another fantastic online planner is Homeschool Planet.

  • Tip #1 – Decide what you need to accomplish in your homeschool and make a plan for getting it done. Whether you use pencil and paper, online tools, or a combination, the first step is knowing what you’ve got to work with and what needs to be done. This can be as simple as “one chapter of the history curriculum each week for 36 weeks” or can be detailed down to specific page numbers, whatever level you are comfortable with. If lesson planning and record-keeping is not your forte, simpler is probably better!

Now that all the coursework has been planned and organized, the real challenge begins. Keeping all the books and school supplies organized; and staying on top of the grading and record-keeping. Here’s where those online planners really come in handy for me. I find it more manageable to check off assignments and plug in grades in one program (and let the planner do the math when it’s time to calculate an average and issue a report card!) than to hand-write in a teacher’s log. My personal goal is to get it updated once a week. In a perfect world, I do it every school day, but that doesn’t usually work in my real world. I often get way behind my once-a-week goal too, but that is what I strive for.

  • Tip #2 – Check your student’s work regularly and often. If you are keeping grades, do your best to write down or enter their scores on assignments and tests as they do them. Tick it off the list when it’s done, or better yet, let your kids tick off their own lists.
  • Tip #3 – Make use of routines and deadlines to stay on top of things. For us, Tuesday is library day, because that’s the day we almost always go into town at least twice anyway. Since that’s the day I stop at the library, all our library books are due on Tuesdays. It’s part of the routine now, and I very seldom have overdue books any more. I’ve been less successful with making sure grading gets done every Friday afternoon, but it does help! Many of us that aren’t naturally organized also forget where we put that form we need to fill out until the day it’s due; or that there even was a deadline for signing up for that co-op class or field trip. Personally, I work harder and faster as I see a deadline approaching (or passing… can I get an Amen?) so writing deadlines and due dates on my calendar and on my planner and anywhere else it might be relevant helps me see what’s coming up, and hopefully adjust accordingly.

We don’t have a room dedicated to homeschooling, so our books need to be kept in the places where we do our work. I have a section of my bookshelf  and a crate beside my desk where I keep my answer keys, teacher’s editions, and other resources. My kids each have a desk in their room and are expected to keep their schoolbooks in or on their desk, even if they cart books to other places in the house when they are using them. Do books get left on the dining room table or on precarious stacks beside my desk? Yes, pretty much every day, but since there IS a designated place for it, we can put it away quickly.

  • Tip #4 – Make it easy to get your books when you need them. Wall-to-wall bookshelves with all the titles arranged alphabetically or by Dewey decimal system is nice, but will it stay organized and will you be able to find the book you need quickly? Keep only the books you are currently using out, and keep them wherever is handiest for whoever is using them. Store the textbooks you already have for some future time out of the way. (I need to do a better job of this one!)
  • Tip #5 – Train kids to take responsibility for their own schoolwork and supplies. Little ones can learn where to put their science reader when they are done with it, and to put the date on their workbook pages as they finish. As they get older, they can be responsible for keeping all their school things together and organized, maybe even for checking their own work against the solutions manual on occasion.

During the summer, we are in the transition of putting away the schoolbooks we are finished with and setting up for the next school year. What do we keep and for how long? When my kids were little, of course I wanted to keep every sweet art project they put together, and every cute story they wrote. Obviously that became cumbersome, and eventually I had to admit that we weren’t likely to look at those keepsakes very often. A homeschooling friend once shared her system – at the end of each school year, she got a clean cardboard pizza box for each kid, and chose only the papers that would fit in the box to keep. The edge of the box could be labelled with the name, grade, and year, and they stacked very neatly in her attic or whatever. I’ve been using magazine boxes to do basically the same thing. To sum up, keep only the most important highlights once you’ve finished your school year. In general, the records are more important than the actual books once they get to high school.

  • Tip #6 – Don’t feel guilty about chucking the completed workbooks once they are completed. Limit how much schoolwork you keep from previous years. Consider taking a photo of your student with their kitchen table sized styrofoam model of the solar system and then get rid of the styrofoam.

Are you naturally organized or are you an “artful stacker” like me? What are your best tips for keeping your homeschool organized?



Kym (9 Posts)

Kym is in the middle of her 17th year of homeschooling her four kids, two of whom have graduated. She and her husband of 27 years are Canadians transplanted to Maryland. Kym loves coffee, history, and homeschooling, and you can join her for coffee break at her blog, Homeschool Coffee Break.

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