July 10, 2007
TGHomeSoft offers their Basic version of Homeschool Tracker for free. This is a really great recordkeeping program. I began using the free version when it first came out in 2003, and I couldn't believe how much you could do with it.
With the free version, you can keep track of attendance and hours, manage assignments (there are copy and reschedule features), keep track of your resources, create reading logs, schedule field trips, and create several reports (field trips, student overviews, reading logs, report cards, resources used, teacher's planner and time spent). You can also set up templates for frequently-used assignments. If you aren't much of a scheduler, or if you schedule some subjects but prefer a journal type approach for others, the basic version also includes a teacher's journal.
You can view screenshots of the Basic edition and download the program and user manual here. I have since upgraded to the Plus version of this program, which offers some really great features and is constantly being updated (all updates are free - it is a one-time purchase). I used the basic edition for 2 years, though, and I loved it! It is a great program, and you can't beat the price!