Homeschool record keeping software is a great way to keep organized. Use these programs to plan ahead of time.... or use them to record what has happened as it happens.
I am familiar with 2 programs. Edu-track and Homeschool Tracker.
My favorite feature of this program is the ability to print out homeschool schedules in a calendar format. Every thing for the week is on one page. I love to being able to see what I've scheduled out by the week instead of in a list format by the day.
Edu-track also has pre made schedules for many curriculums. These have been submitted by home schoolers actually working with the program so I imagine they are easy to use. I have not used any of these myself. Edu-track sells these schedules as an additional convenience. Instead of having to type in each and every day and assignment, you can purchase the schedule and download it. Input your dates and your school year is set up.
I must say I am not thrilled with the customer service of Edu-Track. They have a forums, but again I'm not thrilled with it. The company does not always respond and it is not very active.
They do updates to the program occasionally for bug fixes and such. There is no charge for the updates. They also have occasional upgrades . These upgrades add extra features, but there is a charge to upgrade. I've upgraded once... otherwise I don't need many bells and whistles and have been satisfied.
I am also somewhat familiar with a popular homeschool record keeping software called Homeschool Tracker. This program was made by homeschoolers and has a free version you can download to try it out. I downloaded the free version of this program once just to check it out.
Both of these programs will aid you in organizing your year. However, if I had to choose which one to recommend, I'd have to point you towards Homeschool Tracker.
I've heard rave reviews and have not seen anyone who dislikes the program. I have not used it myself other than to download the free version and try it out. If I did not already have Edu-Track... I'd be using Homeschool Tracker
It has many features......grading, transcripts, scheduling, book lists, chore lists.
My favorite is..... Upgrades are free to those who already own the program. One purchase is all you need.