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Have you not yet fallen in love with all of the cyber goodness? If you’re loyal to your trusty physical textbooks and whatnot, here are just a few reasons for you to consider adding digital resources to your homeschool library:
You can often find digital materials for free or very low cost. Best reason of all, right?
They don’t junk up your house. I can’t be the only one who doesn’t need more clutter!
Two words: Kindle freebies.
Digital resources are perfect for supplementing your lesson plans.
They work with pretty much any homeschool scenario.
1. Organize by Subject
I have two flash drives I work with at this point; one for preschool and one for elementary grades. The files on each flash drive are organized by subject. We’re eclectic homeschoolers and have shifted to non-graded curricula over the years; organizing digital files by subject makes life much easier.
2. Narrow Down Topics within Subject Folder
3. Keep a To Be Printed File
I can sometimes print all at once for the week, but sometimes it’s better to wait and print day by day. Some of my items are merely on standby. I don’t want to waste precious paper and ink by printing those items and end up not using them. That’s where this To Be Printed file shines the most. When I’m done with my planning and printing for the timeframe, I delete those copied files and have an empty folder waiting for the next round of printing.
4. Send to Kindle
When it comes time to access all of these books, I use the Send to Kindle option. This makes it possible to use your Kindle or preferred device to read all of these e-books and other documents. This is such a lifesaver for using e-books in your homeschool! Once it’s installed, you can simply right click on your e-books and files and select the Send to Kindle option. It’s that simple and it makes using digital resources a piece of cake!
There’s no shortage of online backup options out there. DropBox, and OneDrive, are just a couple worth considering. While my files are stored on flash drives, I use my Windows OneDrive for backup purposes.
6. Don’t Procrastinate
Also remember to rename your files when necessary. If changing a file name helps you easily identify it when you need it, then go for it. There’s no reason to keep the original name if it’s not helpful to you.
7. Hunting Tips
Wondering where to find all of these digital resources for your homeschool? Here are a few of my favorite places for digital resources:
- CurrClick – Online classes and clubs, curriculum, lapbooks, and tons of supplemental resources are all available through CurrClick. I’m usually searching for specific topic on CurrClick; I do a quick search and see what’s available. When I find a good match, I purchase it, download it, and add it to our lesson plans. Easy Peasy.
- Pinterest – Pinterest is also a great place to find digital resources for your homeschool. Just be sure to go in with a plan and be ready to research. Otherwise you’ll be distracted by fabulous recipes and decorating ideas while you’re on mission. (I’m always pinning great homeschool resources; be sure to stop by and see all of the homeschool goodness I’ve pinned. You can follow me at pinterest.com/ebcopeland.)
It’s taken time to find what works best for keeping my digital homeschool resources under control, but these tips have worked well for me and I hope they’ll be helpful to you too. What are your favorite tips for managing your digital resources?