View Poll Results: What one homeschool tool could you not live without?

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  • Computer

    35 53.03%
  • Dry-Erase Board

    3 4.55%
  • DVD/Video Player

    0 0%
  • Legos

    1 1.52%
  • File Cabinet

    0 0%
  • Pajamas

    0 0%
  • Coffee

    15 22.73%
  • Other (please share below)

    12 18.18%
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    Default Weekly Poll: What one homeschool tool could you not live without?

    This week's poll "winner" could very easily go to the "Other" category, because you may have highly specific things in your house that you couldn't homeschool without.

    I know that when my boys were in the first couple of years of homeschooling, our most indispensable homeschooling tool was a set of brightly colored "fidgets". What in the heck is a FIDGET, you ask?? Fidgets are little devices, often soft and rubbery, but can actually be any shape or texture, that you use to keep your hands busy. The only possible way I could get my younger son to sit still enough to finish a math lesson was if he had at least one hand busily manipulating the fidget of his choice. Those fidgets effectively corralled his attention and gave him focus when nothing else would.

    Today, without a doubt, our homeschooling would be essentially impossible without a computer. But I'm looking forward to finding out what device, tool, or resource your homeschool wouldn't be complete without!

    p.s...I didn't include books, pens, or paper on the poll because I'm assuming it's a given that you couldn't homeschool without any of those!
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    We use our little dry erase boards which hang on strings in the dining room for everything. I was shocked how much we use them. For teaching, doodling, drawing, math, words to copy for spelling, keeping score in games, leaving notes for each other... Every time I think some technology or curricula will lessen their use, somehow we redouble their use.
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    I would like to modify the "computer" choice to "internet access." If I didn't have access to the world wide web, I'm not sure I could homeschool as well as I do. It is my source for curricula, moral support, and endless educational materials, including lots of stuff we look up on YouTube, Wikipedia, or just Google images (what does an armadillo look like? etc...) I also use it constantly to look up and reserve items from the library, saving me endless hours and trips in the car.

    We also have a large whiteboard on the kitchen wall which gets daily use, but I would give up the whiteboard long before I gave up the laptop.

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    I almost put computer. And then I saw coffee. And as much as I escape on my computer quite often, I can use a book for the same purpose if push comes to shove. I can't live without coffee.
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    We use the computer a lot... It's almost like pens and paper. It's hard to imagine life in general without it and tease it out from what's homeschooling and what's just... everyday. The white board, for me, is much clearer.

    I don't drink coffee though, so that one was easy.
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    Computer (internet access) without a doubt. There are days when attempting to teach my children is utterly pointless. On those days, we watch Bill Nye or hit up YouTube. We play any and every game we find that will hold their interest for more than 5 minutes. Occasionally, we might actually find a game that has something to do with what we're working on at the time. Without it, we would have some pretty awful days around here.
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    I chose the computer. But I have to confess, coffee is a close second.
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    Copier.

    Best thing by far. I've taught without the internet and it isn't as much fun or as easy, it takes some planning and downloading and then printing at home.

    I am surprised more folks didn't mention it.

    I love my dry erase board, but I could use paper.

    I don't have a dvd/video player so I can't use that.
    I don't have any legos so we don't use those.
    My filing cabinet stores our old work but I could put that somewhere else. Or even in a cardboard box.
    The runners up on the list are pajamas and coffee. Most of the time those are tied first and copier is second.
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    We don't make it through a day without the printer/copier. Sometimes it is just copying a page from a book, so LG can highlight all of the words he can read (I've found this helps him see his progress and not become discouraged with reading). Sometimes it is printing out all three billion pages of the Progressive Phonics program. I'm surprised it hasn't exploded by now. We definitely put it through its paces.
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    Post-it Notes.

    They make great bookmarks for our workbooks and textbooks. Since they stick, they don't fall out and get lost, unlike scraps of paper or regular bookmarks. They're the easiest way for me to keep track of where we are, which lesson we're doing for the day, etc. Even if I plan out lessons (which I do for 50% of our subjects), I don't want to have to flip pages to find it.
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