If you had to choose five items only to homeschool with what would you choose? My friends and I were discussing this the other day, and it got me thinking about what my favorite tools are in our homeschool. So without further ado, here is my list:
1. An Ipad
Seriously, I don’t know what I would do without it. We use it for the educational apps, to watch videos, to look things up quickly, and to listen to music. We also use it to read books with the Kindle and Nook apps. It is an invaluable tool.
2. Apple TV
I know, more technology, but I love Apple TV! The kids and I watch or listen to various podcasts throughout the day, from CNN Student News, to the Rachel Maddow show, to Coffee Break French and many more. The Apple TV can also mirror your iPad (if it is not a first generation), and this is a great feature. The twins have been enjoying A Midsummer Night’s Dream via Shakespeare in Bits, and it is so much better to experience it on the television.
3. A piano
I found our old piano at an estate sale of a former teacher. It was much loved by her in her classroom for many years, and it is well-loved in our home. Someone is always on the piano in this house, either practicing, creating their own songs, or just messing around. I wouldn’t want to homeschool without a piano.
4. A Wonderful Used Library Bookstore
Amazon is great, as is Barnes and Noble, Rainbow Resource, and a host of other sites at which to get homeschool books. However I do not have an endless supply of money, nor do I always want to order my books online. Sometimes I don’t know exactly what I am looking for, and I want to peruse a bookstore looking for the next great book. Hence the used library bookstore, a favorite haunting place of mine and the kids. We are lucky in that we live in Southern California. There are many used library bookstores around us, and most of them are full of gems.
I wouldn’t want the kids to grow up without spending a good deal of time outdoors in nature. It is a blessing to have all the technology that we do, but I feel this needs to be balanced with time in the natural world. We are very lucky to live in a community that believes in preserving outdoor space for all to enjoy, and we are even luckier to live right on a nature preserve. Add to this the fact that the ocean is a mere ten minutes away, and these kids are surrounded in nature. For this I am forever grateful.
What’s on your list? I would love to know.