I shared a lot about this super cute app when i first bought it for 5$, so just wanted to update how it went. (That sounds foreboding, as it's just mid October, doesn't it?)
I gave this app a good try for the whole first month of school, but i had to stop. Here's why it didn't work for me and i know i'm probably not the average ordinary homeschooler, so this is more a cautionary for other large homeschooling families.
First, to recap, I have eight children, seven of which are in "school" this year - i have K, 2,4,6,8,10 and 12th grades this year.
The first week it was taking me about an hour to do all the data entry for all of the children, but i kept on, because i thought it would get more streamlined as i grokked the method :). But it never really did.
What i needed was one screen per child, with all of their subjects (and the lessons) - that i could tweak the lessons on that page, or add a mark, or just click a box to show that they had done the lesson, and it would save and i could add details later.
Also, i needed one screen where i could see everything for every child for the whole day. That way, if a child came to me and said "What's next?" - i wouldn't have to back out of what i was doing, click on their name, and then read them the tabs on top for each subject, occasionally opening one to read them what they were supposed to do in that subject. Especially as i do use the ipad for other things, from math mad minutes, to an Entrepreneurship app for my grade 12 student that was worth five credits of the 100 he needs for his diploma.
I really wanted this to work! It's such a cute app, and i loved the report generator - after having a pretty demanding homeschool facilitator for the past two years, i was looking forward to something that would impartially show exactly what each child had done to date.
But the amount of data entry just wore me out.
And the swipe for date feature really took forever - if i had to delete all lesson plans for a subject (for one child - i was not able to do this for the two or three who share a subject!) - it means scrolling ten times per month to get to the end of the eighth month that i had generated. (Eighty swipes!) Then going to the next child,and doing the same on their file.
I would love it if this extremely well priced, extremely attractive software worked for me! But at this time, it just doesn't and i'm back to photocopied lists i can annotate old school style, with pen and pencil crayons.
If you have a smaller family, maybe two or three students, this might work for you, and is a way better value than some of the other, less darling, planning apps out there (PlanBook, OLLY etc)