see their schedule, assignments, and
even their chores for the day.
• To-Do lists for everyone in the family.
• Shopping lists that you can have sent
to your smartphone or text to your
• Lesson plans with assignments, web
links, notes, and more.
• Lesson copying so you can copy a
lesson for later use by another child.
• Attendance tracking, grading and
• Widgets that can be used to send
text messages, create meal plans, do
research and more.
• Calendar sharing so you can view
your spouse’s calendar, and it is compatible with Google Calendar, Apple
iCal and other online calendars.
• Mobile version so you can view and
edit your calendar on smartphones
Homeschool Planet has many different features and simply requires a
web browser and Internet access to get
started! Members of the Schoolhouse
Review Crew received a one-year
membership to Homeschool Planet for
—Read the Crew reviews to see how
these were used in real homeschools!
Math always seems to be one of those
subjects for which many homeschoolers tend to be on the lookout for new
products to try. If you are one of those
homeschoolers or have been in a desperate search for a math tutor, read on.
Recently, the Crew was given the
opportunity to review a brand new
online math curriculum, called UnLock Pre-Algebra, from UnLock Math.
Created and taught by Alesia Blackwood, homeschooled herself until 4th
grade, UnLock Math brings math tutoring home and to a new level. A member
of the Ontario College of Teachers certified in Intermediate and Senior Divisions mathematics and computer science, she also holds certification from
the Georgia Professional Standards
Commission to teach mathematics to
grades 7-12. As such she brings her
enthusiasm, teaching gift, and love of
math to students.
UnLock Math is an online teaching
tool consisting of tutoring videos in
which Ms. Blackwood explains math
concepts in a highly engaging style. Her
teaching style is also very entertaining
and dynamic. The student dashboard is
appealing and easy to navigate as well.
On top of the video lessons, UnLock
Math provides assessments, unlimited
practice, detailed grading and reports,
as well as fully explained solutions to
quizzes and challenges.
This program is for 7th grade and
up, and therefore covers pre-algebra
and algebra. The Crew reviewed the
pre-algebra course only. UnLock Math
brands itself as being:
• Comprehensive & Rigorous
• Interactive & Adaptive
• Engaging & Fun
• Confidence Boosting
UnLock Math promises that you will
look forward to the next lesson and un-
derstand math better, as the lessons are
broken down into bite-size segments,
allowing for better mastery. This pro-
gram is suitable for any kind of learner,
including gifted andstruggling, and
anyone looking for a new, engaging,
and fun way of studying math.
—Read the Crew reviews!
Science Unit Studies for
Homeschoolers and Teachers
Funtastic Unit Studies
What do you do if you’re a homeschooling mom who sees an area with
a need? If you’re Susan Kilbride, who
has a degree in biology, you create
Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and
Teachers. Her site, Funtastic Unit Studies, provides a wealth of information to
homeschoolers while her book focuses
Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers is full of fun ideas on
how to teach science to your student.
The first ten chapters are geared towards the younger age range of 4-7
years old while the second ten chapters
are more for ages 8-13. Each chapter focuses on a particular science concept,
teaching it through various fun experiments that use items around the house.
A preview to what the book will be
like can be seen by getting your FREE
Unit Study on Atoms. Also available for
FREE is another unit from the book on
Plants at the same link.
In addition to authoring the book,
Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers, Susan Kilbride is also
in the process of completing her “Our
America” historical fiction book series. This might be just what you are
—Read the Crew reviews! Anywhere.