We’re starting our 3rd week of homeschool today. I must say, I’m liking our second year sooooo much better. I enjoyed the first, but didn’t love the curriculum. This year we switched to a program (Sonlight) that has been less tedious and I can already tell that they kids and getting much more out of it, and having more fun. There are lots of super great books that we will be reading this year, I can’t wait.
Here’s the boys reading one of their novels. They just watched Nacho Libre the night before and had to wrestle on all of their “breaks”…it saved time to just leave the masks on.
I also added another child to the mix, Audrey just turned 5 and really wanted to try her hand at the public school Kindergarten. I love Kindergarten and thought it was a great idea…so, off she went!
But, besides the new homeschool curriculum, I got something else that’s super cool…an iPad. I have felt so out of the loop with all this “app” stuff for way to long. I decided I had enough and wanted to see what the fuss was all about. And, oh…the fuss is good. This app crap is so addicting. There are tons of new ones that come out every day, and plenty of reviews for yours truly to scour through. Just what I need is one more thing to obsess about finding “the best” of. But, its fun for me.
Anyway, we’ve been using the iPad every single day for homeschool. If we read about giraffes in our science book, I’ll immediately pull out the iPad and we’ll watch YouTube video clips on giraffes. If we read about an island called Capri in our novel, I’ll pull out the iPad and we check out lots of pictures of Capri. (It’s beautiful!) It’s so light and easy to use, the internet pops up in just a second, and it has really added a whole new element to my kids education. Its helping to ignite the “passion” I am hoping for my kids to find in the things they learn about. I’m finding less of a need for tests and paperwork because their minds are so tuned in and interested in what we are learning. They love that, and so do I.
Besides using the iPad to teach, the kids are also allowed to use it on their school “breaks”, provided they are playing approved educational games. There really are some wonderful apps out there…my little Isabelle who just turned 3 has learned nearly every letter because of the games she plays. The boys are getting better at their multiplication tables, geography, and presidential history. Can’t complain about that! Here are my favorite educational apps for kids:
Older Kids (…maybe 6 and up)
Presidents vs. Aliens
Stack the Countries
Stack the States
Younger Kids (2 to 5)
Dr. Seuss Books
Sometimes even baby Joey likes to get in on the action. He loves…
So, there you go! I love it, you should get one. That’s all. Oh, and if you’re interested, I’ll share some of my favorite “Mommy Apps” soon!
P.S. Are you a fan on Facebook? A while back I asked all the ladies what THEIR favorite apps were. It was fun to see their responses and check out their faves. If you scroll back a few weeks on the fan page, you can see them too. If you can’t find it, email me. Maybe I can whip up a list of them and email it to you. Maybe. I’ll try.