I’ve found the perfect digital curriculum!
Just kidding… there’s no such thing as the perfect digital curriculum (or pre-printed for that matter)! 😉 There are, however, many good reasons to consider using more digital curriculum in your homeschool. We use primarily digital curriculum in our homeschool and it has served us well!
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1) Switching is easy
I’ve shared before about my son liking some sort of curriculum only to just up and hate it out of nowhere. I was leery of ordering sets of curriculum or even piecing them together because I knew there was a high likelihood of him just stopping his progress completely.
Sticking with mostly digital curriculum has saved me countless hours scouring used curriculum groups for deals on used resources. Having an immediate download is also a game changer- no waiting for a curriculum to which he’s responding better!
2) The savings are huge
Besides the ease of finding digital curriculum, I’ve saved a ton of money on shipping items and trying to re-sell items that didn’t work for us. There were a few items I bought (or tried to buy) from re-sell sites on Facebook and Educents. I’d always be bummed when I realized shipping would drastically change the price…
3) Use only what you need
The sight of a year’s worth of work overwhelms many kids. Digital curriculum can help smooth out that problem by enabling you to only handing them the pages you’ve printed for the day. If you only need parts of the curriculum, it also seems like far less of a waste. Less paper used, less book you’re paying for and not using.
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4) It may be more engaging
With today’s printables, your options range from interactive notebooks to movie studies. Both options are much more fun, in my opinion than straight reading from textbooks and worksheets. Add in curriculum like Time for Learning, and you’re all set.
5) Environmentally friendly
As I mentioned in point number 3, you only print what you use. So, of course, there’s that, however, you can even use digital curriculum paperlessly. I’ve seen many homeschooling families use PDFs in PDF viewers, allowing kids to write on them with a digital stylus. This may work better for older kids, in my opinion, however, it’s a benefit I’m loving!
6) up to date
Digital resources are refreshed and renewed often. Things change quickly in the world. New resources are created every day. Something big happened in the world? I bet you can find a reading comprehension worksheet on NewsELA within the day.
7) Super Space Saver
Then there’s the common issue of space. We like to keep as empty a house as possible. Overwhelm is minimal when there’s less stuff to straighten or dust. Tiny living spaces, or a large family? Physical books and resources quickly overtake the home. We keep a small cabinet of schooling resources, adding and removing as needed.
8) Re-use with all the kids
And finally, this. This is my favorite part of digital curriculum! After you purchase it, it’s yours. You can print, and re-print forever. No matter how many kids, no matter how many years, it’s yours anew each year! I’m coming up on my first repeated year this next year and I am doing a major happy dance thinking of the savings.
Your turn: Do you use digital curriculum at all? Why or why not? Any reasons I missed?
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