This morning when I woke up I had done exactly
Quickly searching the web catalogs of our local libraries I found a book that would work for our read aloud. It's even on the shelf at our local branch. But at 8 a.m. I'm not getting the boys ready to go out quite yet... hmm.
Enter Kindle's whispernet and free sample. I downloaded the free sample instantly and we read the first 8 pages of our new read-aloud. In a few minutes we'll head out to get the hard copy from the library and keep up with our reading for the next two weeks. Mission accomplished and it didn't cost a thing.
Now, that science book that I thought I could find this morning is, of course, nowhere to be found. It's driving me crazy because it was exactly the resource I needed to teach with today.
Enter YouTube. I had to do a little searching through some strange things (my search was "parts of the blood") but I eventually found a video explaining and diagramming what I wanted B to know. We drew our own diagram, figured out the percentages of what our blood is made up with (perfectly tying in with today's math lesson... which is also online!) and had a decent science lesson.
Last Thursday when I brought out a video tape (yes, video tape) resource from the California Department of
Water the tape didn't work at all. I was disappointed because it had great paper workbooklets to go along with it which included some some neat experiments to view. YouTube came to my rescue again that day. I found the exact video presentation on the site and we carried on without much of a hitch. And the video tape went in the trash.
I love how homeschooling is so much easier now than it was for me when I started 10 years ago. It's not helping my work-ethic per se, but the world's knowledge is, indeed, at our fingertips.