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Homeschool Math Online vs On Paper

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 Homeschool Math Online vs On Paper

Homeschool Math Online vs On Paper


Electronic gadgets can be fun.  All the animations, colors, and sounds easily attract our children’s attentions.  Many of us parents embrace the educational aspects of online games.  The children are learning and having fun at the same time.  Everything is good since it is a win-win situation.  On the other hand, is it?

What happens when the electricity goes off or the batteries die?  Will our children know how to complete math problems on paper?  A professor friend of mine commented on the use of calculators vs. mental math.  She expressed that too many students do not know how to calculate a simple math problem without the use of a calculator.  She has a point.  I have been guilty of relying on a calculator to complete a math equation.

Children do need to be proficient with the use of calculators and computers.  However, the children also need to know how to complete math on paper.  For there will come a time when children will need to take higher-level tests, which will require paper and a pencil.

Therefore, my solution to the online vs. on paper debate is to find a balance.  My children were able to use math games when they were in preschool and the early elementary years.  They do not have the privilege of using a calculator until Jr. High and even then, it is with minimal use.

So, what is your opinion and solution?


Angie McFarren, Homeschool Consultant

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Angie McFarren

Angie McFarren is a homeschool mom of 1 high school student and graduated another who is now attending college. She has homeschooled them since they were in K and Pre-K. Angie is passionate about homeschooling and enjoys Helping Other Parents Educate. She is a Homeschool Consultant and the author of Educate the Home Educator Crash Course. Angie is also on the See the Light Art Curriculum team.

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