Lord Heritage HomeSchool Office: A Review
What exactly, you may wonder, is a “homeschool office”? And why would you need one?
Well friends, I wondered the exact same things, which is why I am now reviewing a year’s subscription to Lord Heritage HomeSchool Office for you.
Lord Heritage Homeschool office is an online hub for the entire homeschool. Having everything laid out neatly for the entire year helps you see the big picture, which can be reassuring! It’s always been a struggle for me to stay perfectly organized. I long for perfect organization and the reassurance of staring down at a neatly planned out year of schooling for my children. That way I know I’m not leaving anything out! Knowing what should be happening and when is awesome.
The entire program is online and can be accessed from browsers and tablets including Android and iPad!
Lord Heritage has an acronym for their homeschool planning:
P O W E R
Plan – schedule course goals, build a master schedule, setup lessons and even plan your budget.
Order – schedule lessons, integrate home & school activities, create lists & reminders
Work – provide student access, print schedules, follow lessons, manages to-do lists
Evaluate – track grades, attendance & hours spent
Report – create transcripts & crest reports for personal use and to meet state requirements
See, I told you it was in-depth! This single online program does all of these things.
Here are a few screenshots so you can see how it looks in use:
How did I use Lord Heritage Homeschool Office?
I started out eager to organize all of the homeschool-related things. Upon logging in I was completely overwhelmed. I ended up having to dedicate about a week of time to going through the guide in the help section and setting up our schedule.
Since we had about six weeks to test it out and play around with it I had time to figure out most of the features. I could see how this would be very helpful for the parent of children in multiple grades, especially in high school when you need a high school transcript.
With only a third grader on board at our home I found I didn’t need quite so many details written down. Especially considering the more flexible learning we do at our house with Charlotte Mason style readings and flying by the seat of our pants. ;)
Would I recommend this program?
Well…yes, and no. Lord Heritage HomeSchool Office takes a considerable amount of time and dedication to set up. It wasn’t exactly easy to input all of the information. If you love accounting or spreadsheets and maintaining precise schedules then this is totally the program for you! If you like to plan curriculum for multiple children months in advance then you will *love* this. If you are the most detail oriented person on the face of the Earth please, please check this out and find yourself immersed in a world of perfect detail planning!
On the other hand, if you don’t have long term plans laid out and you don’t need to have a strict record of grades then this will most likely be overkill. Like to fly by the seat of your pants and go with the flow? Run away. This is not the program for you. Weeping and gnashing of teeth will occur as you realize you are fully incapable of pulling together this many details about your homeschooling, and then you will panic when you feel inadequate and worried that you’re ruining your child’s life by not being organized enough. *ahem*
One more thing of importance when considering if Lord Heritage HomeSchool Office is for you–
The program is entirely Christian based, which is great if you’re a Christian homeschooler, but will bother you if you are not. There is a prominent Bible verse on the main header picture every time you log in. If you’re interested in the religious background of Lord Heritage Homeschool Office then check out their New Covenant Explanation page here. Secular schedule keeping, this is not!
For now I think our homeschooling record keeping will be sticking with the simple pen and paper method. I may reconsider a program like Lord Heritage once my children are older and in need of transcripts.
If you would like to see what Lord Heritage HomeSchool Office has to offer your homeschool then check out the free 30 day trial! After the 30 day trial Lord Heritage Homeschool Office is $79 per year for the entire family.
To see more reviews of Lord Heritage Homeschool Office hop on over to the SchoolHouse Review Crew’s blog post and check out the linky at the bottom with nearly eighty other reviews of the program!