5 Benefits of a Paperless Homeschool

“Mommmmmmm the printer’s not working!” For some reason, that holler grates on my nerves. That is one of the wails I dislike more than anything, probably because I struggle with finding a solution. I see the documents in the queue, but it takes deleting the documents, shutting down the computer, and reprinting to correct it.

I have a theory  though. I think the little minions inside the printer forget what they are supposed to be doing because ….we hardly ever use the printer anymore. We only print monthly chore charts and schedules to post on the fridge and an occasional math worksheet. You see, we have pretty much become a paperless homeschooling family.

It’s not like we went all environmental and became paperless intentionally. It's just that we added more interest-led hands-on activities and digital learning to our home education, and naturally paper consumption decreased. I just sort of realized it one day, and then considered the benefits of using less paper. 

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  1. Paperless homeschooling creates less waste. We can feel good about doing our part to save the planet. Less trees are being killed and less landfills are being filled.
  2. Paperless home learning takes up less space. For me, less clutter means more joy. I like an organized home, and taming the paper beast had always been a struggle.
  3. Paperless learning is more portable. We can learn on the go much easier.  When we’re not at home, all we need is a our Chromebook and a way to connect to the Internet. 
  4. Paperless learning is less expensive.  Instead of investing in expensive curriculum and pricey printer ink, we can pick and choose from many free learning websites and apps. That means we have more funds available to buy supplies for hands-on projects.
  5. Paperless learning accommodates the needs of  digital learners. [Learn about those needs here] Today’s homeschoolers need to be challenged to ask questions and seek answers…to identify problems and find solutions. My girls being self-educated as they learn to take advantage of all the information that is “just a click away”. They are learning the way they will learn in the future since technology is here to stay. 

Oh, and let’s not forget the benefit of not needing to figure out why the printer won’t work.

Are you wondering how you can homeschool without paper?  Discover “8 Ways to Go Paperless with Your Homeschool” at My Joy-filled Life.

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  • Visual design projects are a great way for homeschoolers to share what they learn. Do you need to add more projects into your homeschool lesson plans? Be inspired with these 15 awesome projects homschoolers can create with Canva.
  • How would your kids like to create a virtual art gallery? They can use this webtool to share their own artwork or to demonstrate what they have learned about famous artists and artwork. This is a 'must do' project for any homeschool art curriculum. Get your free template today.
  • Can you confidently direct your kiddos about the legal use of digital media in their learning projects so that they are not stealing someone else's property? Are you teaching them how to be an upstanding digital citizen? Read this guide to help your homeschoolers understand the rules about using online images in student projects.
  • One crucial skill for digital natives is keyboarding. Techie homeschoolers need to know who to type efficiently, not only to create words but also to navigate around their documents and online. That's where all those extra keys on a keyboard come in. F-keys, Tab, CTRL, ALT. Have you or your kids ever wondered what all those extra keys are for they are all for? Read to learn some common CTRL key shortcuts.


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6 thoughts on “5 Benefits of a Paperless Homeschool

  1. Thanks for sharing these great reasons to be a paperless homeschool. I think the minions in the printer are there also! I will hit print and the printer will pretend not to understand, only to try to print out 10 documents of the one thing I asked! Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week 🙂

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