Use Technology to Enhance Your Home-schooling Experience

Practicing home-schooling during a lockdown

Technology and education can definitely go hand in hand. Using the advances technology has made to enhance your child’s education is one of the best things you can do for him or her, if you decide to homeschool especially during times of a lockdown

Internet

The Internet is an amazing tool when it comes to homeschooling. It is a resource for your children to learn, but it is also a resource for you. You can find a multitude of websites that will provide you not only with the information you need to teach, but with printables, guides and links to other resources.

You can teach your child so much: how to use the Internet to research, how to filter out the unreliable results and narrow down the authentic, reliable sites, and individual skills. There are countless websites that offer games that will help reinforce just about any skill your child may learn, from math to language arts. There are sites that will help them with art history, music lessons, and help them learn to type, you just need to start googling

Ebook reader

Personally, we have Kindles in our home. Kindles can be rather pricey, even for the cheapest option, at $79. However, the initial monetary investment is well worth it and pays for itself quickly.

First, with a Kindle, you can find hundreds of free books on Amazon.com that you can download and read. I have found books about just about everything – all for free. If you prefer the more popular authors, that’s okay; they’re on there, too. Often, the Kindle version is cheaper than the physical copy of the book.

Second, let’s assume you find a book you’d like to use for school. With a Kindle, you can purchase one copy of the book and load it onto all the Kindles on your account. So, if you find a book that is $9.99, you can pay $9.99 and load it onto your own Kindle, as well as your three children’s Kindles – all for that one $9.99 payment. If you wanted to purchase the physical copy, you might need to purchase one for everyone in order to effectively use it, leading you to spend $40.

Last, it’s a huge space saver. You can load so many books on your Kindle, and it’ll never take up more space than the Kindle’s dimensions. Currently, I have 302 books on my own Kindle, ensuring that I will never lack reading material no matter where I go. And all 302 books fit easily in my purse, without weighing me down. We can go to the park or on vacation with our Kindles and have plenty to read, with no extra baggage.

If you have a reluctant reader, but he loves anything electronic, a Kindle might be the key to getting him to love reading. Sometimes it’s all about presentation. Load a good book about something you know your child loves, and hand over the Kindle. You just might not see your kid again until he’s back to beg for another book.

Phone apps

The apps available to you, and their cost, will vary depending on the type of phone you have and your service provider. But there are hundreds, if not thousands, of apps available for free or very little cost, that can provide huge benefits to your child’s education.
An example of one such app is Scramble with Friends. With a user name and no identifying information provided (not even your phone number), your child can choose to play a game against a random opponent. Similar to boggle, you pick letters that touch each other to form words. This game is an excellent way to help your child not only expand his vocabulary but also improve his spelling.

Even a game like Angry Birds can be beneficial. While Angry Birds might seem like nothing more than a fun game, it actually can teach your child a little about physics. You must put the birds on just the right trajectory in order to eliminate the pigs, and also know when to touch the screen to make some of the birds perform specific tasks (such as speeding up or breaking from one bird into three). In addition, this game can also help improve your child’s hand-eye coordination, which will help improve handwriting, among other things.

It’s all about balance

Of course, no one can rely entirely on technology to educate their children; no oneĀ should. However, in moderation, technology can provide some excellent benefits. The key is to find that perfect balance for your family. Once you do, you’ll begin to see the amazing advantages technology can give your child’s education.

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