Homeschool software can include a number of things to help keep your homeschool organized. From lesson plans and assignment sheets to progress reports and transcripts, homeschool software can help improve the accuracy of your homeshcool records. Depending on the current system you have and what your current homeschool software needs are, there are a number of different options. Some homeschool software is free, you only pay shipping and handling, others may charge a dollar or two and can select the specific software you need. Other homeschool software systems are fully inclusive with everything needed to keep your homeschool organized and on track with options to purchase new curriculum when you need it.
When you are looking for homeschool software there are a number of things to consider, do you just need homeschool curriculum, do you need to track hours and attendance, are you going to need to print records, transcripts, grades? Before making any homeschool software purchase, gather as much information as you can. If you know other homeschoolers in your local area, find out what they use, what they like and don’t like and how much they paid. If you are going to purchase homeschool software online, read some reviews but look for reviews that are legitimate. Many companies with post reviews themselves to make their product or service look better than it is, others will write negative reviews about their competition to make them look bad. If possible try to correspond with actual users to get a better idea of what is possible with the software to determine if it will meet your homeschool needs.
There may be other things you need to consider if you are looking to do any advanced work like creating homeschool worksheets, playing music, or anything outside of general lesson plans and record keeping. If possible talk to a representative from the company offering the education software. Explain to them what you want to do with the software and find out if it will be able to meet these requirements. While talking with the company find out about upgrades or updates. If the company plans to continually update and improve their service will they charge each company for the updates or will they be provided at a discount or even for free? Ask about support. Once you purchase the software will you be able to talk with someone online, on the phone, or only through email? With any software there are going to be some questions about how to set it up, how it works, etc. Make sure that someone will be available to answer your questions as they arise.
One last thing to consider is system requirements. If you purchase the software and try to install it only to find out that your system doesn’t meet some minimum requirements, you are going to be very frustrated. Make sure that the homeschool software will work with the system you have before you purchase it. Find out if there is a refund/return policy and exactly what that policy is. Don’t wait until the last minute to purchase your homeschool software. As with any purchase you need to have some time to do some research and find the right product for your needs. Just because something works for one person doesn’t mean it will work for you. If you have no other resources go to social networking sites like Twitter or Facebook to get some real feedback and suggestions. Creating a network with other homeschoolers can be very beneficial for many reasons. We can all use a new perspective and fresh look on things every now and again.