I just wanted to make a quick post that really is meant for all of the other homeschooling mothers that read my blog. Homeschool Skedtrack has been working extremely well for us this year. It is an online scheduler and tracker that is very user friendly. You can keep track of your classes and assignments, field trips, grades, days off, and much more.
You can print a report card or transcript at any time. I have our year broken down into four quarters, and I plan on issuing report cards for each quarter. You can set your grading weights for each class individually. You can even decide how you want your grading scale set up and which grading scale you want to use (A, B, C... or E,S, NI, U, F or A+, A, A-, B+ B...).
Each day when you log on, it takes you to the daily schedule for one of you students. As each lesson is complete, or once they are all completed, you check them off. At that point you can enter the grades for any graded work. If you forget to check something off one day, you can easily go back and fix it. It works really well for workboxes, too. When I'm setting up the workboxes, I just open up the schedule for the following day and there's my list of what needs to be done. The hardest part is deciding which order to go in, so that I can help each student without making the other one wait.
If you are sick one day (or for a week, like I was), it marks your students absent and moves the planned activity to the next day that class is scheduled for.
I could probably go on and on, but you should probably check it out for yourself. It really is a wonderful program, and I have been looking for a scheduling program that works for me for almost three years. And the best part of all, it's completely free!