Technology is a great tool to reinforce what they learn around them. Hearing a story, reading a story, acting out a story, and playing trivia games about a story all mean that children are getting the same information in four different ways.
This is perfect especially for children who have different learning styles. I feel that it is important for children to learn in more than just “their” learning style. Not only do they need to learn in their best and most conducive way but they need to be stretched and learn in other ways because some day in life they are going to be in a big world that doesn’t cater to “their way”. By using technology we can intertwine their learning strengths and weaknesses to ensure they learn their best way and a stretching way. Technology plays a huge role in reinforcing these different styles of learning.
- Computer Games - Computer games can be anything from pure entertainment that helps children build good reaction times and coordination to educational, enriching their math and reading skills. They have fun in what they THINK is their 30 minutes of down time and I score in the homework department.
- Video - Too much screen time isn’t good. We’ve heard this all our parenting days. I agree to a certain point, but screen time CAN indeed help teach our children. When we teach them counting up and down the stairs, then they sit and watch a show with counting, that technology reinforces what they are learning. You can take any number of “lessons” and translate that over – colors, direction, music, math skills, geography, history, and science – I can think of many shows and movies that reinforce these and educate in a fun new way.
- Apps - “There’s an app for that.” Why yes, yes there is. There is an app for that and everything in between. A simple search shows you great apps that teach shapes, colors, math skills, and reading skills. Again, it’s all about reinforcement in a new way.
- eReaders - I have children who love to read. They love to read even more when there is technology involved. Using the eReader is a special opportunity and we like to mix it in with regular paper books. eReaders are also so much easier to load up and take on a trip-no lost library books and one less bag, because my children gather piles of books to take every time!
In an ideal world I see a mix of traditional bookwork education and new technological education. Utilizing technology in our homeschool day prepares my children for this new world we live in where technology runs everything. I especially love to find apps, games, or videos that help them build skills in new ways. When my son was struggling with fractions and division, I searched for games he could play that would help him grow his skills. Sometimes it just takes introducing a concept in a new way to help them “get it”. Technology does this. It reaches them where they are at and helps them see concepts in a new fun way.
How do you use technology to help your children learn?
Heather has 3 children and been homeschooling for 6 years now. While it makes her a little crazy she wouldn’t trade it for anything. She is also part of the team at EDvaCAtion Network, where education and travel collide into one great educational enrichment or homeschooling experience on the road. Come check out where they are headed next!