In this ever-evolving digital age, homeschooling is becoming more popular and with good reason. It offers flexibility, the potential for a more tailored education, and the opportunity to harness technology in unprecedented ways. However, this new educational landscape also comes with the challenge of finding the best resources. Well, fret not! As a homeschooling mom of three, I’ve got you covered with five homeschool resources that will make your journey smoother and more effective. Let’s dive in!
1. Boom Cards by Boom Learning
Instant Feedback: Gone are the days when students had to wait for corrections. With Boom Cards, they get immediate feedback, which aids in better retention and understanding.
Over 500,000 Decks to Choose From: No matter the subject area, be it mathematics, languages, or the arts, you’re sure to find the perfect deck tailored for your child’s learning needs.
Data Tracking: One of the challenges homeschoolers often face is assessing progress. Boom Learning offers detailed data analytics to monitor your child’s progress and highlight areas needing more attention.
2. Local and National Facebook Groups: Connect, Share, Learn!
Facebook groups dedicated to homeschooling have sprouted up both on local and national levels. The power of a strong community can’t be beat. These platforms do more than allow connection with other parents. They also offer . . .
Resource Sharing: From curriculum suggestions to free printables, these groups are gold mines.
Support and Motivation: Having a bad homeschool day? Reach out to the community! You’ll find a treasure trove of advice, encouragement, and shared experiences.
Events and Meetups: Many groups organize offline events, workshops, or field trips, giving your child the opportunity to socialize and learn in different settings. My kiddos have been with the same group since Pre-K, so after 10 years, they have made life-long friends! We go on field trips, camp, and regularly meet up!
3. Tapping into Local Schools as a Resource for Homeschoolers
Even as homeschooling parents chart unique educational paths for their children, local schools can be invaluable allies in the journey. Many districts offer homeschooling families the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities, sports teams, and clubs. This means that while your kiddo may be learning algebra at the kitchen table, they can still engage in a school’s soccer team or robotics club. Leveraging these opportunities not only provides a rich, well-rounded experience for homeschoolers, but it also fosters social connections and community involvement. It’s a win-win!
4. Library Cards and OverDrive
Yes, a good old library card still wields enormous educational power. With it, you gain access to thousands of books, audiobooks, and other educational materials. Coupled with the OverDrive app, many libraries also offer e-books, allowing your child additional mobile access.
The library has been our most used homeschool resource. They not only offer free knowledge, but many hold STEM classes, book clubs, other activities for young learners!
5. Educational Podcasts and YouTube Channels: Learning Beyond the Book
Podcasts like “Stuff You Should Know” or YouTube channels such as “CrashCourse” offer educational content in a more relaxed, conversational tone. It’s perfect for those subjects which may need a bit more spicing up or for children who learn better through auditory or visual means.
Homeschooling in the digital age is exciting. The vast array of resources available is a testament to how education is evolving. With tools like Boom Cards leading the way in interactive education, the future of homeschooling looks brighter than ever. Remember, it’s all about finding what works best for your learners. And with these resources in your arsenal, you’re set for success. Happy homeschooling!
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