Basic Computer Maintenance Tasks Everyone Should Do

Basic Computer Maintenance Tasks Everyone Should Do

Every mom needs to have a system in place for managing household chores. You’ve probably got something in place that involves the whole family in keeping your living spaces maintained and livable. But, do you have any techie tasks on that list? If you use any computers for your homeschooling, it’s important to keep them maintained so that you don’t experience techie frustrations. Here’s a list of basic computer maintenance tasks you can add to your household chore lists.   … RELATED POST … PC Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Family’s Computers Working Great Basic Computer Maintenance Chores … Download a Copy of this List Below … One Time Set up your operating system to update automatically – get instructions for Windows HERE or Mac HERE … [Read more]

YouTube Parental Controls that Help Keep Your Kids Safe

YouTube Parental Controls that Help Keep Your Kids Safe

If your child searches for videos online, then you might be curious about how to set up YouTube parental controls. YouTube is wildly popular with children and adults alike, but children may not always have the maturity to know what is safe to watch and what isn’t. There are likely some videos on YouTube that you wouldn’t be comfortable with letting your kids watch, but banning the site altogether means they miss out on the benefits, including educational videos that can be found on the site. So, what’s a parent to do? If you have a tech-loving kid who wants to use YouTube, you can try these options to help keep them safe.  YouTube Parental Control Options Use YouTube Kids – Keep in mind it’s … [Read more]

How to Protect Your Computer from Viruses and Malware

How to Protect Your Computer from Viruses and Malware

Nothing can thwart your techie homeschool lesson plans more than a slow, lagging computer (or worse yet, a totally non-functioning device). Lots of times these problems stem from your computer being infected by a virus or malware. Malware refers to an umbrella term that comes in the variety of malicious and harmful software containing viruses, trojan, worms, spyware, adware, and such. There is almost no difference between malware and viruses and both have hazardous impacts on the computers, like disruption of operations, stealing of information, unauthorized access, slow functioning, hanging and sudden shutting and even more. All of these harmful effects can be eradicated or at least minimized if we follow the following practices to ensure computer safety. As your family’s IT specialist, it’s important … [Read more]

10 Chinese New Year Activities Kids Love

10 Chinese New Year Activities Kids Love

Celebrate Chinese New Year on February 16th! Welcome the Year of the Dog with these ten Chinese New Year activities, including educational activities, hands-on crafts, and traditional Chinese recipes. … RELATED POST >> Free Chinese New Year Unit Study … Chinese New Year Activities Learn more about Chinese New Year as you compare and contrast with your own New Year’s celebration with Chinese New Year Resources by Corkboard Connections. Find out more about the Chinese zodiac and play a matching game with a printable and instructions from Teach Beside Me. Create your own fortune with handmade Origami Paper Fortune Cookies from Unsophisticook. What does the New Year have in store for you? Get creative with a handmade Chinese Dragon Puppet for your celebration. Made with … [Read more]

Tips for Buying Gifts for Techie Kids

Tips for Buying Gifts for Techie Kids

When it’s time to buy a gift for a tech-loving kid, you might feel like a fish out of water. If you’re not into tech yourself, it’s confusing to know what gift is best for your child. And when you see the price tag, you may wonder if the investment is worth it. Let me tell you, it is! It’s important to consider your techie child’s interests when buying gifts. There are all kinds of tech gifts for kids … everything from child smartwatches (like this one from VTech) to remote control interactive robots (like CleverBots) to tablets and laptops.  So, how do you know what tech gift to get for your child? These four questions will help you decide. … RELATED POST >> 7 Things to Consider When Buying a Homeschool … [Read more]

Simple Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards Kids Can Make

Simple Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards Kids Can Make

Valentine’s Day is a great chance to get some creativity going on. With these great homemade Valentine’s Day card ideas, your kids will have some hands-on fun. You can even add some tech into the project by having them design a graphic on Canva (or simply type a poem with Google Docs) to print and include on or in their card. … RELATED POST >> 10 Fun Valentine’s Day STEM Projects for Kids … Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards Spinning 3D Valentine’s Day Card from Kiddy Charts   DIY Emoji Valentine Cards from Planning Playtime   Heart Button Valentine Cards from The Best Ideas for Kids   Valentine’s Cards: Paper Quilling for Kids from Red Ted Art   Valentine’s Day Flower Card from JDainel4’s Mom   … [Read more]

10 Fun Valentine’s Day STEM Projects for Kids

10 Fun Valentine’s Day STEM Projects for Kids

Holidays are a perfect opportunity to shake things up in your homeschool routine and add in some learning fun. With these STEM projects, your kids can experiment with all kinds of Valentine’s goodies and common household items. They’ll be so engaged in these fun activities that they probably won’t even realize they are learning!!   Add any of these STEM activities to your Valentine’s Day Online Unit Study, and you’ll have all the bases covered for complete lesson plans. … RELATED POST >> Simple Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards Kids Can Make … 10 STEM Projects for Valentine’s Day Conversation Heart Catapult from Joy in The Works   Fizzy Heart Science from Red Ted Art   Make LED Roses from Teach Beside Me Valentines Day Potion Mixing … [Read more]

How to Sync Devices for Homeschooling

How to Sync Devices for Homeschooling

How often do you deal with needing to get a child where they need to be online? Wouldn’t it be nice to avoid the dreaded… “Mom! I can’t log in” or “Mom! He’s using the computer I need to use.” or “Mom! Where do I go next?” or “Mom! She closed all my windows.”  All this can be avoided if you sync your devices. Is your homeschool in sync? No, I don’t mean do you bust out the old CDs and jam to the ’90s boy band (although that may be necessary on some rough homeschooling days). Have you SYNCHRONIZED your homeschool so that every child is able to pick up any device to access their homeschool lessons and resources without a lot of work from … [Read more]

3 Steps to Techie Homeschool Foreign Language Study

3 Steps to Techie Homeschool Foreign Language Study

I know my limits, and learning foreign languages is one of them. That’s why I’m thankful to know Anne Guarnera, a foreign language study expert and today’s guest blogger. Anne writes about language learning for homeschoolers at Language Learning at Home.  She’s a fellow “techie homeschool mom” with a PhD in Spanish, and she is currently raising and educating her two sons bilingually in the suburbs of Washington, DC. For more tips and encouragement about foreign languages and cultural learning, sign up for Anne’s newsletter here! ​ Did you study a foreign language as a student? Perhaps then, like me, you remember some of our “old school” language learning tools: heavy textbooks and workbooks, stacks of flashcards, maybe even cassette tapes with listening exercises. And while those tools worked … [Read more]

PC Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Family’s Computers Working Great

PC Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Family’s Computers Working Great

Using more technology for our homeschooling means lots of little (and big) hands using our arsenal of PCs, Chromebooks, and mobile devices.  That means, we need to maintain the health of our tech devices so they run efficiently for a smooth learning process to occur. It’s crucial that I direct my kids on how to use them properly and safely. But, I’m sure you know that you can’t rely on your children always follow directions, right? That’s why it’s important for techie homeschool moms to know these PC maintenance tips to keep your home learning from being stalled by computer problems. Tip 1: Find programs that can keep your devices secure There are quite a number of programs that have come in handy in protecting our family’s devices … [Read more]