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Gadgets to help with homeschooling

Blogger mom lists indispensable items

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As the uncertainty of the imminent school year looms, some you have decided to homeschool in order to protect your kids from possible exposure to COVID-19. Others want to pre-empt the changeable plans by having a solid homeschooling program in place. In either case, the launch into homeschooling might appear daunting, but having a few useful gadgets on hand will help smooth the transition.

On the blog CoolMomTech, Kate Etue describes devices she has found essential in her family's first two years of homeschooling. She has used her $25 laminator for preserving such reusable items as flash cards, chore charts, and handwriting pages, which offer the versatility of re-use with dry erase markers. For her preschooler, Etue has laminated activity cards, and for the older kids, laminated recipes are ideal for learning to cook. 

You probably have a printer already, but when your kids are printing out tests and reports, the paper and ink will run out far faster than you expect. Etue says investing in a high-capacity printer is worthwhile, especially one that photocopies and sends faxes, for submitting documentation required by the school district. The printer is also great for printing out the PDF curricula she buys and reuses for each of her kids, much cheaper to print at home than at the local print shop.

A label printer has helped with organization, from identifying computer cables to labeling shelves of supplies, so the kids can find what they're looking for without asking. Then there's a heavy-duty electric pencil sharpener. And a paper cutter, for those flashcards and other materials that you've printed out.

If you live in a small house or an apartment and don't have room for lots of textbooks, consider buying a Kindle. Your kids can access library books, listen to audiobooks, and order ebooks online (no waiting for delivery), all without the potential distraction of other programs resident on an iPad or laptop.

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