Sunday, May 19, 2013

Mosaic Reviews - My Home School Grades

I received a lifetime subscription to My Home School Grades for review.

My Home School Grades was created by a homeschool dad - John Echols -  and a homeschool graduate -Jordan Shute -  who wanted to create a way to put all of the information a homeschool needs - record wise - in one place.  The result is a very easy to use program that can be used on any device and updated at any time. But more on that later on in my review....

I was anxious to be chosen to review this product as it looked wonderful on the website. Once I logged in I was amazed at how easy it was to use. There are four tutorials that can lead you through the process of adding a student, adding a class, track extracurricular activities or create a college ready transcript. I really didn't need those but it was nice to know they were there in case I ran into trouble.

I started by entering my students. You can upload a picture or use a cute chalk drawn stick person as a picture. (Please click on all photos to see them larger)

After entering the students, then you start adding your classes.  You do not have to enter current classes only. You can recreate an entire school career as there are many school year options available.

You assign credits, select your school year - select full year or semester - subject, etc. There are options for dual enrolled students and AP/Honors class indicators. You can also set up your own grading. If you are creating a transcript for an entire school career or you just don't use grades - then you can use Pass or Fail. There are many other grading options as well. Some publishers are pre-loaded and you can always request new ones be added.

After you enter your subjects then you can go in an entire your lessons for each class. I've got a screen shot of Teaching Textbooks PreAlgebra shown here. It really was super easy.

You can go back and edit the class as needed. I add lessons and grades as he moves through the program. I try to do this weekly for each kid.

It's also easy to enter in activities for each child:

And the transcript looks very professional. (There is personal information also on the transcript that I cannot show for privacy reasons.)

As I said before - you can use this on all platforms. The record keeping software I formerly used only works on PC's. We are almost exclusively a Mac family at this point. I really appreciate being able to use this program on my iPhone,  iPad, iMac or Macbook. There are many places where I'm sitting and waiting for the boys and I can catch up on grading and entering at my convenience. And that it is so easy to use is just icing on the cake.

A Lifetime Membership is just $49.99. This includes all upgrades - attendance is one that is currently in the works. They also offer a 14 day free trial just so you can get a feel for the program.

My Home School Grades is very concerned with information privacy. I advise reading their Privacy Policy if you have any concerns.  The staff are very responsive and if your question isn't answered on the website - simply click on Support and drop them a message, report a bug or request a curriculum provider be entered into the database.

I really enjoyed this product and would highly recommend it. I plan on using it from here on out to keep a computerized record of our homeschool data. 

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To read what others on the Team had to say about this product please click here.

Also, be sure to join us on Facebook on May 24th at 9pm Eastern Time for a Facebook Party. It's a lot of fun! We can answer any questions you may have. :)


Carrie said...

Great Review...I also appreciate that you can work on your grades anywhere you are!

Sarah said...

Did you manually go in and label/enter all the lessons and tests for Teaching Textbooks?

Peggy Dalley said...

Sarah, I only entered them up to the point that he had finished them. I enter them as they come up. I tried to enter all of them at once and got carpal tunnel, LOL You can go back and add to the lessons as long as you don't edit the actual class description. Hope this helps!