Soon I will be homeschooling one of my children, so I have been doing a lot of planning and preparation. There are a lot of things to consider when you take the leap to homeschool. What hours will be scheduled for school? Where will he do his work? What subjects will you teach, and how will you do it? What equipment do you need?
While many of these questions are still up for debate, I feel like I have most of the equipment I need. The HP Spectre x360 is a vital tool in our lesson plans. We are doing topic based learning, which means my son will choose a subject of interest to him and we will develop the lessons based on that. For example, he has a great interest in the Titanic so we could do the following using the HP Spectre x360:
- Watch the National Geographic Channel special about the Titanic
- Watch Titanic (the movie) on Netflix
- Use Word to write a compare and contrast piece showing the differences between the Titanic movie and the actual story
- Use Google Maps to find the locations that the Titanic sailed from, where it sunk and where it should have docked
- Create a First Class menu that you think would have appeared on the Titanic
- Follow a recipe to make a dish that would have been served on the Titanic
We will cover some of the traditional topics as well. Since I do not speak French, we will use an online program to do the french courses, and the Mathletics site is great for practicing math skills. I believe that art plays an important role in development and my son has an aptitude for photography. He will take pictures using the camera and learn to edit them using Photoshop and Lightbox.
Budgeting and investing are important skills that I intend to teach my son. He will be able to watch his investments grow online and learn about interest rates and the different types of investments out there. In today’s day and age, technology plays a role in almost everything and it definitely is important for us in terms of homeschooling.
The HP Spectre x360 is light enough to take with us when we do our schooling on the road, and the battery has a 12 hour life that makes it easier to work with it while traveling, or even just when changing rooms we are working in.
If you are aware of educational sites or tools that we can use in our homeschool journey, please share them here!