As we started our school year last week, I thought about the tools we use. While books and supplies like pencils and rulers are important, there are a few other things that help us study. For this week’s 5Faves, I’m sharing my favourite homeschool tools.
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Favourite Homeschool Tools #1: Laminator
I like knowing that, thanks to the laminator, some of our homeschooling resources are going to last longer. Even if Pearl accidentally gets her hands on a flashcard, or the girls start a fight over who’s reading a booklet, the laminating should protect them!
Favourite Homeschool Tools #2: CD Player
We use audio books not just for long road trips but also for school. While I enjoy reading a loud to the girls, there are times when I need to work with the other child or take care of the baby. Then I can pop in an audio book for the girls to listen to and presto! they’ve got history or literature done for the day.
Most of the time, we listen to audio books in the van. That way, even if we have a day where we’re out, I can still check off some history or other learning.
This year, we’ve been using our CD player at home more often as Sunshine enjoys popping in a story or music to listen to. The CD player is simple enough that Sunshine can turn it on and off herself.
Putting on some music and having a dance party is a great way to do some phys ed (especially on rainy days). With both girls in music lessons now, it’s also a good way to encourage music appreciation and help them hear the songs they’re trying to learn.
Favourite Homeschool Tools #3: Paper Cutter
Somehow, we do a lot of cutting out for schoolwork. I have a simple scrapbook paper cutter that I pull out on a weekly basis. I have used it for cutting out flashcards, making cards to write to relatives, and other projects.
Last year, Sunshine and Lily each had a school notebook into which all their schoolwork went. The paper cutter came in handy for trimming pages to be glued into their notebooks.
I’d suggest getting a slightly larger paper cutter, as mine (only 8 1/2″ long) is sometimes too small for our projects.
Favourite Homeschool Tools #4: Camera
A camera (whether it’s a click-and-shoot, DSLR, or your phone) is a great way to record your homeschooling. I have a folder labeled “Homeschooling” on my computer, into which all these pictures go. It’s then easy to send these pictures to our homeschool teacher or to review them at the end of the year to see what we’ve learned.
Take the camera on field trips to capture what the kids are learning. Take pictures of their art projects or science experiments. Take pictures of their workbooks or them sitting at the table working.
Favourite Homeschool Tools #5: White or Black Board
We’ve had a few different white boards and black boards over our homeschooling years. It’s a handy way to work math problems or demonstrate spelling words. If you’re working with more than one child, it’s a great way for both of them to see what you’re diagramming. And if you have a toddler around, the white board can help keep him or her busy while you’re working with the older kids.
What are your favourite homeschool tools?
Now it’s your turn! What were your five favourites from this week?
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