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Smart Homes, Smart Toys How Kids Use Technology at Home – Infographic

Smart Homes Smart Toys How Kids Use Technology

Smart Homes Smart Toys

If you’ve made the decision to homeschool your children, remember that technology can be your ally. Children living in this digital age are already used to interacting with technology every day, so integrating it into the learning curriculum can facilitate the learning process.

Even so, there are important reasons why you need to be mindful of the extent to which your children use technology. Consider some examples from tech titans present and past. Bill Gates did not permit his kids to have their own smartphones until they reached 13 years old, and Steve Jobs never allowed his young kids to use iPads. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider technology for younger children — but you should be more vigilant with younger kids.

There are indeed some interesting ways that you can use smart home technology and smart toy technology to make homeschooling a more interactive experience for you and yours. What follows is a look at specific smart home technology and smart toy technology to consider. Continue Reading →

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Violence in Media—A Guide to Media Ratings [Infographic]

Violence in Media—A Guide to Media Ratings
Violence in media seems unavoidable. Even content deemed “family-friendly” probably contains some level of violence. It could be mild and joking or it could be an epic battle between heroes and villains.

It’s likely that kids graduating this summer have seen 40,000 murders on TV if they watch the national average of 7.5 hours of media per day.

I’m all for including entertainment in our homeschooling. It can spark an interest in a topic or supplement a lesson. Sometimes we use it as a reward for getting school work done.

No matter how you use media (TV, movies, games, Netflix, YouTube videos) it’s important for us as parents to be aware of the content. Media ratings help, but it’s better to preview content when possible.

Rawhide Boys Ranch created a great infographic that shares eye-opening information about the media consumption of kids in America.

Check out the infographic below. If you want to dig deeper in to the details, check out Rawhide’s excellent article that compliments the infographic. Continue Reading →

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3 Top Tips to Enhance Learning with Digital Media [Infographic]

Enhance learning with digital media
Do your kids like to watch movies and videos? Looking for a way to incorporate their viewing habits into your homeschooling? Enhance learning with digital media from Pure Flix Digital’s 4-week curriculum for homeschooling parents.

Pure Flix Digital has added a library of educational videos and movies that homeschoolers can use to supplement their curriculum.

They recently reached out to me and we collaborated on this infographic that shares some of the benefits of homeschooling with digital media. Continue Reading →

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2017 Total Solar Eclipse Infographic

Are your kids excited about the total solar eclipse this summer? Want a handy way to teach them about eclipses? Here’s a great infographic from Space.com that illustrates what causes eclipses and the different kinds you might see.

2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Quick STEM Tip

You can spend an entire week investigating eclipses. The best application is to figure out the math that determines when an eclipse will occur.

Bonus #1: If you have an artist in the house, have your child draw the relationship of the sun, moon, and earth during an eclipse.

Bonus #2: Take a look through your history books and see when an eclipse occurred at the same time as a major historical event.

WARNING: Never view the sun, even during a total solar eclipse, without protective eye wear.

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A Parent’s Guide to Pokémon Go [Infographic]

Pokemon Go Stats and TipsPokémon Go continues to remain one of the most popular casual games even after a blockbuster release in the summer. It’s easy to play and Niantic continues to add features and bonuses that keep over 23 million people a day playing the game.

Pokémon Go is a hit in my household and my kids and I are always on the lookout for new Pokémon to catch.

This infographic from Rawhide.org details some of the amazing statistics around the game and also has some great advice for playing Pokémon Go with your kids. Continue Reading →

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