How Technology Can Help A Struggling Homeschooler

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You just got to love how things have been made easier with technology. You need to learn how to utilize these advancements to your advantage. Technology can help you and your child learn more. Technology in itself aims to improve traditional methods, or introduce new ways to accomplish something.

There are apps, devices, and websites that can be used to help your child work through their struggles in learning. Your focus should be finding the best way to get your child to study smart.

Using technology to help your child through their struggles also teaches them to independently find resources and tools around them.

Clueless, trying to work through problems in homeschooling and sticking with traditional ways can slow down the learning process. You can maximize the time spent in learning smoothly with effective technological tools.

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You need to identify the root of the struggle. You can’t just blame math for being hard. You need to know what it is that is making math difficult for your child. You have to be able to look through previous test results and your personal notes for each subject or area. Assess your child’s attitude towards different teaching methods. You may begin basing these from online and offline lesson materials. Have you introduced interactive apps to your children? How did they find it? Remember that the key to overcome challenges is to develop and create a strong foundation with their basic knowledge first.

You need to find out if the tool you need will be used for a specific task or to be used as a supplementary learning tool. If your child finds it easier to understand lessons through educational videos, then you might want to dedicate a cell phone, tablet, or computer in their learning. If you just need an app for shorter lessons for your child to work through understanding a topic, then you can just lend them your equipment for that period. Different tutorials or online lessons target different aspects of your child’s capabilities. It is good to know their strengths as well. Through this, you will have an idea why they find these subjects easier over the others.

Don’t overlook the simplest of devices or peripherals that might be lying around. If your child is struggling to in paying attention you could try a simple isolation technique with ear buds. This can cancel out distracting sounds while they are studying. You don’t have to have music playing. If they are watching videos you can also help them focus on the audio.

If your child is having a difficult time and you know that visualizing the topic may help, then you can take them on a quick virtual tour of the subject matter online through related websites. Using apps that can constantly quiz and monitor your child can challenge them into focusing on certain topics.

Technology can help your child learn, but always remember to monitor their progress with these tools. Don’t let them be distractions in the learning process. It’s our duty to guide them through their challenges. We have to keep in mind that their struggle can turn into success with our help and dedication.

Mimi Rothschild is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8, writer of a series of books called Cyberspace for Kids, and passionate advocate for children and education that is truly worthy of them. In 2001, Mimi and her late husband founded Learning By Grace, a leading provider of online Christian homeschooling Academies.

 

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