his growing company. With the success
of HomeLife Academy’s Applecore my
brother gave me his blessing to take that
vision and build a new system that would
serve families outside of HomeLife.
TOS: Please share with us how Applecore works. What is your favorite part of
Tyler: Applecore allows families to
keep records of their homeschool journey online. It is a web based record keeping system. Families can do everything
from reporting grades and printing report cards to printing out transcripts for
Jennifer: I like that everything is on-line. Through the years I have lost notebooks and have forgotten which classes
my boys completed, but with Applecore
I don’t forget. In fact, it is like an online
memory book of the classes we have
taken and things we have done during
TOS: How is it different from other
record keeping services? What makes it
Tyler: Our goal with Applecore is to
keep things simple. We focus on what’s
most important with your recordkeeping
so you’re not overwhelmed by buttons
TOS: What is your company goal?
Tyler: To provide the best service possible to homeschool families while encouraging them during their home education
Jennifer: Our vision is to not only reach
out to individual families to accomplish
this goal, but to also partner with other
homeschooling companies to make this
goal a reality. That is why we are blessed
to offer Applecore at a discounted rate
to families who are members of SchoolhouseTeachers.com.
TOS: Do you offer services other than
Applecore to homeschoolers?
Jennifer: Yes, we have a blog that pro-
vides homeschool encouragement, deals,
and hands-on learning tips and tricks. Our
author, Stef M. Layton, does a great job
of providing fresh content on a monthly
basis to our readers. We would love for
you to stop by! Our blog can be found at:
We also provide an online record keeping service and management software to
umbrella schools. If you are interested in
learning more about this product offering please reach out to us at http://www
TOS: Do you have any words of record
keeping wisdom or advice for our readers?
Tyler: Don’t let recordkeeping get in the
way of your child’s education. There are
no rules for when and where your child
should be in their educational journey.
Find out what inspires them and give
them the fuel they need to ignite and
grow their inspiration.
Jennifer: Do not get overwhelmed in
the details of homeschooling and recordkeeping. Enjoy this time that you have
with your children as it so short and so
precious. Your commitment to homeschool is making a huge impact on the
lives of not only your children but your
community as well. You are doing a great
Heather Mader lives in a household full of
music with her husband and 4 children.
“Have Faith, Have Fun” is their motto. She
loves to encourage homeschooling families
to heed the Lord’s leading in every aspect of
life, love, and education. Heather also loves
to bring stories to life as a voice over artist,
which is handy for family read-alouds.
Tyler and Jennifer Parkerson are the founders of Akero Systems, Inc., the company
that created Applecore and ApplecoreHMS.
They homeschool their two boys, ages
11 and 8, in sunny Florida. Their homeschooling style focuses on hands on learning
which includes lots of field trips and electronics! They are both very active in their
local homeschool community and enjoy encouraging families during their home education journey. Visit Applecore at http://
It is like an
book of the
classes we have
taken and things
we have done