Thursday, September 1, 2011

Using the Computer in Homeschooling

So much of our lives is handled through computers these days, from scheduling our days to storing family photos, so it’s no wonder a vast array of options for homeschooling has developed utilizing computers. There are several publishers that market CD-ROM programs with everything you need for a given grade. The student can sit at the computer and work almost completely on their own.

Of course, the parent will still need to help out, particularly if the child finds a particular concept difficult. Homeschooling parents can also choose to supplement the curriculum with other materials of their choosing, as needed. This is a great option for parents of multiple children or those homeschooling with a baby or toddler who also needs their time.

Websites for kids abound that can help with a particular concept, such as those sites that offer math games or online phonics flashcards. Even websites that look like nothing but fun can also have an educational component. It helps with visual and spatial skills too! When kids are a little older, they can type their essays and papers on the computer, learning typing skills along the way.

Computer skills are an invaluable part of modern society, and starting kids on the computer at a young age can be quite beneficial to their long term education.

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