I have, on occasion, considered homeschooling. I believe that an education is most powerful when kids can learn by following their own interests, and also by putting their learning into use. I also think that our traditional classroom environments stifle kids’ creativity and their nature curiosity. But, for now, and for our family, the benefits of the public education system outweighs the benefits of switching. That doesn’t mean that I leave all of their learning for the classroom, though. We focus at home on topics that are lacking in their current school day. And using apps is a great way to integrate fun into the learning process, as well as to help with subjects that I either don’t know or don’t feel confident teaching alone.
I was asked awhile back to do a compensated campaign with Verizon Educational Tools, an app and subscription service that helps parents find quality apps and video to support and reinforce subjects, as well as to help with organization and time management. While this is not the only resource available to parents who are looking for great apps, it ties nicely in with the idea of using the technology you already have in the home to enhance your kids’ learning, especially if you, like me are a “part-time homeschooler.”Continue Reading »