Homeschooling and Learning in 2018

There are a LOT of ways to change up our homeschool when a semester ends, and a new one begins.

Here are just a few little tidbits to read and help you focus your efforts in all areas, not just Spanish Learning.

Screens and Learning: What's the scoop?


Screens vs Paper in Teens: A study was undertaken in 2013 with tenth-graders in Norway, where the students were divided into two groups. One group read two texts (1,400–2,000 words) in print and the other group read the same texts as PDFs on a computer screen. In the reading comprehension test that was administered, the students who read on paper scored significantly better than those who read the texts digitally. It was easier for those who read on paper to remember what they had read. Mangen et al. say that this is because paper gives spatio-temporal markers while you read. Touching paper and turning pages aids the memory, making it easier to remember where you read something. Having to scroll on the computer screen makes remembering more difficult.



As for our family of seven, we use the "screens" as often as we use them when my husband and I were in school back in the 90s - for what we called back then "word-processing." We enjoy a few apps here and there, and Thursdays are our one day of Video Games. 

As the year begins anew, I will look forward to making more and more textbooks and classics hands-on, and minimizing reading from screens.

Reading on a Suitcase


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