My Friend Brenda is hosting a Gratitude Challenge on her blog, Garden of Learning. It is very simple; post something you are grateful for every day for the month of November.
For Day 5, I am thankful for computers. When we were first married we had a computer but it was a simple machine and we had no internet access. 14 Years ago we entered the online world with our first email account. We were in Germany and we decided to get internet access with an email account so that my husband and I could communicate electronically while he was deployed.
We had “dial-up” access for many years but switched to “dsl” maybe 3 years ago. I love being able to have access to my phone *and* access to the internet at the same time.
Today we have 4 computers: two laptops and two desktops. We have a wireless router home network and all four computers are networked with access to the internet. I really didn’t think we would need so many computers.
I find home schooling my children easier with computers. Oh I don’t necessarily mean easier by having two of them take online science classes through a virtual home school group, nor do I mean easier because we use a computer based curriculum for a few subjects.
I mean that administrative aspect of home education is easier with a computer. I use a software program to keep records. I’ll be able to use those records and the software to create transcripts. I use the software program (Homeschool Tracker Plus in case you were wondering!) to help me plan and schedule lessons.
I am grateful that computers with internet access provide enrichment for our home school. If the girls have a question, or want to go deeper in a subject, we can use the internet to find the answer or go to the library catalog and request books.
I’m grateful that my husband bought me a laptop a year ago for our anniversary so that I don’t have to share with the girls. I can do what I need to do on the computer and the 4 of them have 3 other computers they can share.