Over the last few years, I have shared a lot about our homeschool journey. If you have been around for long you know all about the curriculum we use, our favorite Math, and our journey with dyslexia. I’ve shared some of our favorite recipes including a chicken pot pie that so many have come to love. As I was sitting in the house today, I looked around. I realized there we have been using Google Home for homeschool and loving it.
Using Google Home for Homeschool
For some of you, this won’t be a surprise. You will read this list and think, duh. That’s kinda obvious Meagan. For the rest, maybe you can find something here that will help your homeschool.
We received a Google Home as a gift this past year. I thought it would be fun for me but I had no idea how helpful it would be as a homeschool tool in our house.
Do you have a kid that asks 20,000,000 questions a day?
Do you get tired of answering them all? My kids now go ask Google. They love to ask Google all kinds of questions related to school and non-school topics. Some examples: How far is Wisconsin from Florida? (We have family in Wisconsin.) What does the word… mean? (That one happens a lot!) Does the color of your poop mean anything? (I wish I was making this up…) What animal is the fattest? What animal has the biggest fart? When was Walt Disney born? Who was the first person to invent…? Can you imagine answering all of these questions? That’s a fraction of one day’s questions! As a work at home homeschool mom, I just can’t answer them all.
It plays Youtube videos too.
I am able to set Youtube videos on my computer of songs or stories or memorization songs that the kids listen to and have them play on Google Home. They don’t see them but it has a good quality audio setup.
There are also some fun trivia games, jokes, and games built into the Google Home that make this thing awesome.
It teaches my son how to ask a question the right way!
Ok, listen. Google won’t understand him unless he phrases his question correctly. This means he has to stop, think about what we want to know, and then ask. It has taught him to slow down and be more intentional in how he speaks. I am loving that!
It helps my dyslexic student.
My daughter has dyslexia and because of that she often struggles with spelling. If she is working on a writing project she will ask Google how to spell a word correctly. She also uses it for grammar questions if she forgets a grammar rule. This has been a huge confidence builder for her.
Google will answer questions. I keep our Google Home in the living room where the family is. If you are worried about your children being exposed to certain information, please supervise their use. I know for mine, I have had all the big talks with them so I am not concerned. This will vary based on the household.
I am sure the Echo probably has a lot of the features. I just happen to have a Google Home.
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