Best Apps for the Homeschooling Parent!

Have you ever visited an app store and looked at all the hundreds of apps available? Of course, you have! It can be overwhelming at all the possibilities and plus you do not really want to overload your phone with too many. The potential to use apps to organize your homeschool cannot be overlooked though. It’s a great way to organize your day by making the most of every hour. Many apps can be used by the whole family to keep everyone on the same page with events, outside lessons, clubs, and church activities. 

Apps For Homeschool Organization

  • Evernote–  is a free app for your smartphone and computer that stores everything you could possibly imagine losing track of, like a boarding pass, receipt, the article you want to read, to-do list, or even a simple typed note. The app works brilliantly, keeping everything in sync between your computer, smartphone, or tablet
  • Dropbox– cloud storage for your digital files, bring your files and cloud content together with the tools your team wants to use. 
  • Our Home– OurHome is a simple way to organize your family. Kids will be motivated to do chores and take responsibility while parents can reward them for their effort.
  • Timely– Timely is the beautiful Alarm Clock for Android, featuring a stunning user experience and revolutionary cloud integration to backup and synchronize your alarms with multiple devices.
  • Cozy– Keep events and activities all in one place, keep and share the grocery list in real-time, store recipes, plan meals, and shop for ingredients, use from any mobile device or computer
  • iPlanLessons– This app effortlessly tracks your children’s progress using Key Performance Indicators and even connects you to relevant lesson plans and classes.
  • Google+– This is a must for homeschool families. All kinds of planning tools, templates, and a calendar that can be used on your computer and phone and shared with all of your family members. 

Apps And Websites For Learning On The Go

Do not forget the reading and educational opportunities that are available with apps for your students and you to take learning on the road with you whether you are doing some “roadschooling” or driving to outside events. What exactly is “roadschooling”? How does roadschooling work? Roadschooling is a growing trend in which families pack up their belongings and take their homeschooling on the road. Many families who embrace this lifestyle integrate what they are seeing and experiencing into their child’s homeschool curriculum. Using apps helps you bring the learning tools you need along with you. 

  • Overdrive– is a free service offered by your library or school that lets you borrow digital content (like ebooks and audiobooks) anytime, anywhere.
  • Kindle, iBooks, or Nook– An e-reader app is a must for your homeschooling device. Just load up all your favorite books for reading at home or on the go.
  • Duolingo– Learn a new language with the world’s most-downloaded education app! Duolingo is the fun, free app for learning 35+ languages through quick, bite-sized lessons. Practice speaking, reading, listening, and writing to build your vocabulary and grammar skills.
  • Time4Learning– Using your laptop, ipad, or even your phone you can take every subject with you while traveling! 
  • Khan Academy– You can learn anything while traveling with this. Expert-created content and resources for every course and level and always free.

Homeschool Socialization And More!

Meetup– is a way to connect- this is a platform for finding and building local communities. (including homeschool communities and groups!) People use Meetup to meet new people, learn new things, find support, get out of their comfort zones, and pursue their passions, together. 

Homeschool Helper– Use it to plan lessons, track student progress, calculate grades, manage book lists, plan field trips, and keep track of tasks. 

Family Time– Monitor and Manage kid’s Cell Phone Activities like Location, Internet, Phone Logs, App Blocking, Geofencing & much more!

FaceTime– If IRL and being fact to face with friends and family is still limited due to Covid19 then this is a good alternative to stay in touch with your favorite people. 

Instagram– This can be a fun way to connect for homeschool moms and older kids. Instagram requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account but in some places, this age limit may be higher. A simple, fun & creative way to capture, edit & share photos, videos & messages with friends & family.

Facebook– This is another good way to stay connected with homeschool friends and family while still social distancing. Supervision is a must with these, especially starting out, and many parents require their teen to allow the parent access to log in and passwords. This brings me to my next very important point. 

Internet Safety is a Must

On a side note about online socialization, safety is the key. Technology can be wonderful if used responsibly and it is always a good idea to teach this to our homeschool students from an early age. Here are some helpful resources for internet safety.

Guarding Technology in Our Homeschool– Guarding technology doesn’t mean keeping computers, tablets, and phones from your kids. Learn the many reasons why it is so important and ways to help protect your children. 

Internet Safety Series: What is Cyberbullying?– Cyberbullying, though it occurs online, is just as harmful as bullying that takes place in person. Since it’s so dangerous, is there anything parents and teachers can do to keep up a safeguard for children? 

Internet Safety Series: Are you using a VPN? & Other FAQPlease take a look at some tips & tricks parents can implement at home to teach children about Internet privacy and safety.