The following is a guest post written by Andrea Thorpe…
When I first began homeschooling, I was overwhelmed. Each morning I would look at the day’s schedule and yearn for a personal assistant to help guide me through my busy day. I wasn’t sure how to organize my to-do list and schedule or how to use my time most effectively.
That feeling of helplessness changed a few years ago after I purchased my first smartphone. I was introduced to the wonderful world of mobile apps and soon discovered I could use them to help complete my educational, personal, domestic, and clerical tasks.
Today’s mobile apps place a myriad of resources at the fingertips of homeschool moms. If you’re a busy homeschool mom looking to manage a demanding schedule, run a busy household, or tackle a lengthy to-do list, consider downloading these free, user-friendly apps. All are available for both iOS and Android devices. They’re perfect for the busy homeschool mom.
6 Free Apps for Homeschool Moms
Children love to create beautiful masterpieces, but if they’re active artists, it doesn’t take long for them to accumulate many pictures. Do you dislike dealing with stacks of paper scattered throughout the house? Are you tempted to toss art into the trashcan? Save your child’s art in a modern way by using Artkive. After you snap a picture of the latest masterpiece, Artkive will digitize and store the artwork for you. You can also share the artwork with others and even turn all of the artwork into a book.
My Weekly Budget
Track your weekly expenses with My Weekly Budget. Assign a spending amount for the week and record your spending using a simple interface. My Weekly Budget allows you to categorize purchases using standard or customized categories. At a glance, you’ll know how much money you have left to spend and at the end of each week, you can review your spending summary.
Passwords are a necessary part of life. Each time you want to access an email account, bank account, or social media website, you need to use a password. Keep track of all those passwords using Passdroid, a secure password manager. All passwords are guarded by a master password. Once the master password is entered, you are then granted access to all of your additional passwords.
USA Rest Stop
We’ve all been there. You’re zipping along on the highway when a child suddenly needs to take a bathroom break. If you’re not familiar with the area, you may not know where the next rest stop is located. With USA Rest Stop, you can search for rest stops by state or highway. Relief is never far away with this app!
If you need to manage tasks, Wunderlist the perfect app to use. It allows you to manage tasks, lists, and projects with ease. Create a task list for your latest homeschool project, maintain a list of the library books you’ve checked out, or add items to your weekly grocery list. For further functionality, add notes and reminders to your lists and share lists with family, friends, or colleagues. Since Wunderlist is a cloud based app, you can easily access all lists from your phone, tablet, and computer.
When you’re on the go, traffic can become a major annoyance. If you spend time on the road, use Waze to discover road conditions, determine travel time, and identify the best travel route. Waze is a social app that offers live traffic updates from fellow users. This allows for real time updates of road conditions, including traffic jams, weather, police activity, construction, and roadway hazards. If social media is your thing, connect with other drivers by using Waze’s map chat feature and earn Waze points by logging travel time, reporting road conditions, and correcting map inaccuracies.
Technology is a great tool homeschool moms can use cope with a busy schedule. Is there an essential app that you want to share? If so, let us know by leaving a comment.