On April 6, I’ll be speaking on a panel of bloggers at the Midwest Parent Educators Homeschool Conference in Kansas City on the topic of using technology in your homeschool. I wanted to put together my thoughts here for those of you unable to attend and those at the conference who are looking for more information.
I don’t want to offer the conventional wisdom concerning technology use in homeschool, so you won’t find information here on virtual schools or curriculum on CD-ROM. This series of posts (sponsored by my favorite lesson planning site Scholaric)will be more outside the box.
So let’s start with blogs as a way to integrate technology into your homeschool.
Many of the best blogs out there are written by homeschool moms. You could literally hop from homeschool blog to homeschool blog and never need to buy curriculum!
Many blogs offer tons of activities and ideas for free as well as offering packaged deals on worksheets, lapbooks, unit studies, and ebooks, all for very reasonable prices.
Let me offer you a few of my favorites:
Blogs like Spell Out Loud, 1+1+1=1, and Homeschool Creations are awesome resources for the Preschool years. You can find a lot of Preschool Printables on blogs like these. Simply download, print, laminate if you like, and you have special activities just for your little ones! I use these as fun things for the littles to do while I’m working with the bigs or as special time with just mom and the little ones.
For Unit Studies, I really like Homeschool Share. There are tons of resources there for FREE! Typically, I look on there for a specific unit study that goes along with what we are studying, but sometimes I just peruse the links there and do one that catches my eye.
Free Homeschool Deals is another site that I frequent. It offers lots of great resources to help you homeschool on the cheap. There are unit studies, worksheets, lapbooks, and free ebooks posted nearly every day!
For Government and History resources, we’ve been using these links found on Mom’s Mustard Seeds and Spell Out Loud. (I am so thankful for blogs like these that so freely give of such quality information!)
I’m not a big notebooker, but when I do have the kids do some notebooking, I always look to Notebooking Fairy first. Here stuff is always first rate.
Hodgepodge is where I get a lot of my Tapestry of Grace inspiration. She also has free art lessons on her site! You can also find really great art and music resources at Harmony Fine Arts and Homegrown Learners.
I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea! Do some searching on the internet and put the search term “blog” after whatever it is you are looking for. You will find some awesome resources, often for free!