Monday, February 24, 2014

Homeschool Technology - Got to Have it!

Homeschool Technology

We are constantly using technology throughout our homeschool day.  When you think about it, it's really hard to get through the day without it.  Below are just a few of the resources we use day to day.

Computer - I don't know what I would do without my computer!  It's a lifeline to my friends and with that comes encouragement and help.  And I can't count how many worksheets, forms, documents, planning pages, and crafts I've created with it over the years.  Funny Bunny uses it to write stories and reports, and as she gets older, I'm sure she'll be using it for online classes as well.

Printer - As much as I hate wasting paper and ink, I absolutely need my printer! We have a love hate relationship. ;)

High Speed Internet - This is a must!  I just do too much online to not have it.

Netflix - Last year we decided to cancel our Direct TV and get only our local channels and Netflix.  We LOVE Netflix!!  There are many educational movies on there and you could probably find something to go along with any topic you are learning.

Amazon Prime - We don't have Amazon Prime at the moment but I've thought of getting it for the instant streaming of movies and TV episodes.  Plus, there are over 350,000 Kindle titles to borrow for free. Still something we are thinking about.

iPad - We use the iPad all the time for downloading books and educational apps.  It's also a great way to sit down and read lessons anywhere in the house.  This year we have been able to read Funny Bunny's watercolor instructions in the kitchen while she paints.  It's just so convenient.

DVD Player - Got to have this! Over the years some of our curriculum has come with DVDs to watch as the lesson.  As Funny Bunny gets older and the subjects get harder, I expect we'll be using more {especially with math}.

CD Player - Funny Bunny has had to use her CD player a lot this year since her curriculum came with an audio CD.

Facebook - Yep, it can be a time waster, but also a lifesaver!  I probably spend way too much time on it myself, but I've also made friendships I would have never made otherwise.  And we have joined several local groups because of it.

Pinterest - Another probable time waster, but Pinterest has so many ideas!!  We have used it for plenty of craft ideas, but it's also been helpful for homeschool ideas too.  I really only try to use it when I want to search for a specific topic, otherwise I could be on there all afternoon.  Oh, and it's great for menu planning too!

Laminator - I almost hate to admit it, but we have never had a laminator.  I don't think I would use it as much now that Funny Bunny is older, but I know I could have put it to good use when she was little.  I'm certain this is a must for many homeschool families, so I wanted to add it to our list.  And if you are looking for a good one, I've heard great things about the Scotch Thermal Laminator.
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Modern Appliances - We don't cook together as much as I would like to, but we could never do the baking we do without modern appliances.  I know it seems silly, but a modern kitchen with good working large and small appliances is a necessity!

Sewing Machine - I'm not a sewer but hubby got me one when Funny Bunny was younger.  It's sat more than not, but I've used it way more than I thought I would.  I never know what it will be used for next, so it's nice to have on hand.

Keurig - I've cut down on the coffee drinking lately, but this has been an invaluable tool for my daily function for the past several years.  ;)

What technology do you use for your homeschool?  Go here to see the technology others use on the Schoolhouse Review Crew.

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I just bought myself a laminator! My baby is 2 so I can totally see ourselves using it now, even though I never before thought I would! I got the one you mention above.

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How exciting! I'm sure you will use it all the time! I wish I had gotten one back when mine was a preschooler!

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