How is home schooling going? Are you and the kids acing it? Or are you all bored, frustrated and counting the minutes? With no chance of all pupils going back to school before September, parents and children across the country are bracing themselves for another eight weeks of home schooling. If the thought of that fills you with dread, perhaps you need a bit of boost? Here we look at the technology you could consider buying to make learning at home that little bit easier.
A tablet or laptop
If you have school-age children, they’ll most likely need a laptop or PC to complete the work that’s being remotely set for them by their teachers. So, if you’re all fighting over one laptop, it might be worthwhile investing in another one. Of course, a laptop is a significant purchase and you’ll need to consider carefully your financial options, but remember your children won’t need one with all the bells and whistles − a standard laptop from a solid brand will do. Younger kids may benefit from a ‘starter’ tablet, like the Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition. They’ll be able to access all sorts of fun (and educational) content, such as word and number games, books, audiobooks and educational apps. Great when you need a quiet hour to yourself to get some work done.
A good pair of headphones
If you’ve got more than one child, or you’re trying to work at the same time, kids watching YouTube or a programme for school can prove very distracting! Foldable, Bluetooth headphones like these are a great idea for kids because there are no wires to get tangled, no jacks to snap off in the socket and they neatly fold up, which means they’re less likely to be trodden on and broken. Perfect for when your kids need to watch different things at the same time, or for some quiet time listening to an audiobook.
A smart speaker
You may already have a smart speaker in your home and the kids might already be well used to asking it things. But it can be a handy addition to your home schooling. Children can use it to set their schedule for the day and to remind them at the correct times when to do what, for example, spelling practice at 11am, lunch at 12pm, etc. There are also lots of great skills they can take advantage of as well. From mental maths quizzes to ‘word of the day’ and phonics games, letting Alexa or Google take care of a lesson can give you a welcome break and the kids will find it fun too.
At school, children are constantly active and have regular play times so they can exercise and blow off steam. At home, it can be harder to get them moving, especially with the temptations of TV, games consoles and tablets constantly in view. A fitness tracker will encourage them to get up and move around. They’re great for keeping kids motivated as you can set daily step targets and it will reward them for reaching their goals and achieving extra. Some trackers will even let them compete with their friends for most steps!
Technology won’t do all the home schooling for you, but it can be a handy tool for keeping children motivated and interested in learning.