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]

Techie Homeschool Workshop: Teaching Your Kids to Search Safely Online

Techie Homeschool Workshop: Teaching Your Kids to Search Safely Online

One easy way to start techin’ your homeschool is to let you kids search online. But, to us digital immigrants, that seems scary. We’ve heard enough about the horrors of the Internet that we know it’s not 100% safe. But we may not feel confidenct in teaching our kids to search safeley. But consider this…neither is the real world. Just like you teach your kids how to stay safe in the physical world, you need to teach them how to stay safe in the digital world. I’m going to make a bet that you don’t let your kids loose in strange places, right? You don’t arrive at a new park or new mall and say, “OK, kids. Go have fun and I’ll pick you up … [Read more]

Parenting the Heart of a Digital Native

Parenting the Heart of a Digital Native

We had a little “incident”. My daughter downloaded an app that I told her not to go. It was innocent, and she wasn’t harmed in any way. You know, the equivalent of sneaking a cookie when I had told her not to, but deceptive nonetheless. I’m extremely proud of my girl because she confessed (as if I wouldn’t of known anyway when I read the app download notification email from Amazon). I’m thankful that she responded to the conviction of her wrongdoing and was confident to come to me about it. This got me thinking about how I’m parenting my little techie’s heart.  You see, the foundational issue wasn’t the “the screen” or the Internet. The issue was her heart and character.  She was tempted, … [Read more]

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Sarai

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Sarai

Sarai has been homeschooling her family for the past year, after 5 years of supplementing her older kids’ public school education. Sarai describes her homeschool style as going with the F.L.O.W. (fun learning our way). She uses anything & everything to teach, following more of an unschooled approach.   What kind of devices do you use for techie homeschooling? Smartphones, laptops, and webcams What traditional homeschool supplies and tools have been replaced by techie homeschool tools in your home? I bought a lot of workbooks when we started, but he refused to learn because they were boring. So we do things like “sound out your favorite game website” if you want to play. What are your favorite techie homeschool tools and supplies? YouTube for sure. … [Read more]

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Tatiana

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Tatiana

Tatiana has been homeschooling four of her children  for four years. Her family has a interest-led, classical Charlotte Mason style of home education. How do you include technology in your home education? We school on the go quite a lot, and listen to audio books on the road. We use YouTube videos as an introduction for nearly every lesson. We’ve also learned to film, create and edit videos for YouTube. I created a YouTube video production course to help the girls start, manage and monetize their individual channels. All essays and research papers are written on Evernote and assignment files are shared on Google Drive. What kind of devices do you use for techie homeschooling? Mac desktop, MacBooks, iPads, iPhones and iPods (we like Apple apparently). We … [Read more]

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Lauren

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Lauren

Lauren has been homeschooling her 10-year-old for two years. Her family has a relaxed, eclectic style of home education. How do you include technology in your home education? I use technology as a resource and tool to make learning fun, efficient, meaningful, and to prepare my son for 21st century life-long learning. We use apps, digital books, audio, video, social media, on-line learning, gaming, websites, and more that are integrated into our content learning. What kind of devices do you use for techie homeschooling? Desktop computer, Android phone, iPhone, iPad, GoPro camera, Kindle, Amazon Echo Dot What traditional homeschool supplies and tools have been replaced by techie homeschool tools in your home? I haven’t totally replaced supplies and tools, but rather teach my son that he has options … [Read more]

5 Ideas for Techie Family Fun

5 Ideas for Techie Family Fun

We’re a TaeKwonDo family, and the saying at our dojahng is “The family that kicks together, sticks together.” I’m stealing that line and altering it to “The family that clicks together, sticks together”. (Really nowadays it should start “The family that swipes together…” but all I could come up with as a rhyme is “…gripes together” and that totally goes against the point I’m trying to make.) My friend, how often do you hear people complain that technology isolates people? Comments about how when someone is staring at a screen they’re not interacting with the people around them…they’re in their own little cyber-world? I’ll admit that there’s potential for isolation, but that’s not how it has to be. We can combat that problem by teaching our … [Read more]

Are You Homeschooling For The 21st Century?

Are You Homeschooling For The 21st Century?

It’s always nice to get a fresh perspective. In this post, Pat Fenner from PatAndCandy.com shares how her perspective about digital learning has shifted throughout her homeschooling experience.   Once upon a time there was a sweet homeschooling family with 2 young children. They had a tentative start to the journey, wondering how this new method of education would play out, and if indeed their children would manage in any way, shape or form to “make it”, let alone thrive! They spent a few of those early years traveling extensively – living among other cultures provided a whole ‘nother level of education, in addition to creating unique family memories and stories… Over the years, and back in the States, the form and format of their school … [Read more]

25 Apps for a Techie Family Game Time

25 Apps for a Techie Family Game Time

  People complain that technology isolates people, but I disagree. Yes, there’s potential for isolation, but we can combat that by teaching our kids healthy tech habits.  As the first generation of digital moms, we need to figure out ways to guide our kids towards healthy habits and attitudes about electronics usage. And one way to do this is offering screen time that brings families together. My girls have a blast playing multi-player apps. I like them using apps instead of board games because the multi-player apps… take up less space are more portable don’t have crucial pieces to lose are less expensive than board games. My daughters have discovered a few game multi-player apps they like. And being the geek I am, I went on a … [Read more]

An End to the Summer Screen Time Battle

An End to the Summer Screen Time Battle

Have you caught the conversations on social media about summer screentime….“How am I going to keep my kids from staring at a screen all summer long?” As always, many mommas are quick to offer advice, and many of them spoke about limiting screen time and dealing with their kids’ attitudes about electronics. I’m sure you’ve had a similar conversation in your home (and/or your head), probably feeling at a loss. We’re the first generation of moms who needs to figure this all out. [RELATED POST: A Mom’s Greatest Struggle in This Tech-Driven World] The screen time war is real, my friend, and you and I are on the front lines. But, honestly, I threw in the towel over a year ago and called a truce. We … [Read more]