Education for my kids
I've heard so much about Blogher and I'm excited to finally set up an account and see what it's about. After having been through Yahoo Groups, BBSs, and MySpace, and now being on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Blogspot, and Wordpress (and others), I'm not sure that a new social media is really what I need but...it's raining outside and I thought I'd try it.
First reaction, my main interest is a little hard to find. I'm mostly interested in getting input on educating my kids and digital media for education. I found three tags in different places that apply:
big kids (5-10)
I'm mostly struggling with how much to rely on schools and how much to do myself. I've dabbled with lots of digital curriculum and am struggling to figure out if the IPad is really supportive of real education or the biggest funnest game-like distraction yet. Of course, it depends on the software and this is where i"m looking for a good discussion.
I am big into educational websites. One child just took a writing course from Time4Writing. It was on elementary school level sentence writing (which is actually pretty advanced). It was $99 for an eight week course, teacher included! If you could compare this with using a tutor at $35 hour, it was a great deal. My daughter spent about 2-3 hours per week on the course, call it 20 hours of instruction. Much of it was automated lessons and exercises but she was much more aware that there was a real teacher who graded and commented on some of her work every week. I also use the LearningGamesforKids.com website a lot and like so many parents, I rely on the free printable workdsheets on VocabularySpellingCity.
Oops, water is leaking in under the door. More later. I think mynext post will be an inventory of the ducational materials my kids were using this summer online. Stay tuned....