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If you know about the Charlotte Mason method and have implemented these methods into your homeschool, you may wonder if technology even has a place in this tried and proven method. I would like to inspire you of how you can simply add technology into your Charlotte Mason education, while staying true to her methods that we all cherish and teaching our children to thrive in our hi tech world.
Once you understand the Charlotte Mason method, you can easily begin to implement the technology that surrounds us, into your homeschooling. Children are engaged and motivated in things when technology is involved that normally aren’t of interest to them. Don’t be afraid to embrace our technical culture and implement it into your homeschool.
Here are a few ideas to get your started on adding technology into a Charlotte Mason education:
Learning the alphabet, numbers and even basic math and spelling has never been easier for preschoolers. My three year old loves using the Kindle Fire for some apps that gives him fun and exciting practice of writing with his finger, finding letters and learning basic skills that he will use through his formal learning with the Charlotte Mason method.
The basis of a Charlotte Mason education is based on the use of living books. In today society, technology has changed how a living book looks to many of us. By using a Kindle in your Charlotte Mason education, you are staying true to the basis of her methods, while adding books at the touch of your finger.
I absolutely love the use of a Kindle when using a living book, especially an older one, because you can click on an unknown word to find the definition. This makes comprehension and vocabulary easier and more likely for even a struggler reader to use often, eliminating the dreaded need of a dictionary.
We are a big history loving family, so any way that I can make learning fun and exciting, you can beat it interest me. I love to introduce trivia in the form of electrical games. Quizzing Presidents, quotes and even important historical facts not only increases their desire to learn these important things, but will be the perfect introduction to a great living book of historical nature.
One of the biggest way that technology can play a role in educating your children with the Charlotte Mason methods is in geography. We have used our loved GeoSafari games and will continue to do so, but with the technology of the GPS navigation can really take flight. If you haven’t explored the wonders of Geo Caching, your family would LOVE to get out and learn about this fascinating way to bring direction and navigation to life!
Keeping the old alive with the new, you may want to give an assignment for your child to chart the Lewis & Clark expedition on a map. Then using a GPS, have them enter the beginning state and the ending state. Have them compare the journey by tracing the GPS directions on the same map. This is a perfect way to introducing how technology and inventions have improved our way of life, including education.
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This post was written by:
Dollie Freeman, is a veteran homeschooler who has educated her children with the Charlotte Mason way from preschool through high school. She shares about finding joy in the everyday of home, family and homeschool on her blog, Teachers of Good Things.