Imagine a place where you keep all of your flashcards and practice quizzes together, have things organized according to how you feel they would best be organized, and can never run out of office supplies for studying again. Pretend there was a way to create your practice flashcards on your computer, but be able to access them on your phone or tablet while your kid is in his speech therapy appointment. Also, imagine what it’s like to search for flashcards or quizzes that have already been made for your textbook, chapter, subject, or even exact texts sometimes. This all sounds amazing, right?

You’re in luck.

Quizlet exists for people like us, the people in the classroom- whether that classroom is on a university campus or at our dining room table. Quizlet has been one of our favorite digital additions to our homeschool. My kids love it because it goes with us where ever we go. They like being able to make their own flashcards and study from them. Also, Quizlet gives us the chance to play simple games using the facts we enter into the study set.

As a teacher, I like the ease of a website/app like Quizlet. It connects me to other educators around the world as I use study sets already developed by other people using the same textbooks I am. In a silly way, it reminds me that I am not the only teacher using good ‘ol Saxon 8/7 for my kids! Quizlet has a free option as well as a paid subscription option, which gives more study tools. We get by perfectly fine with the free version.

As a mom, I try to do my best to keep technology at bay. I know that sounds strange to the reality of the universe, but I am ok with my kids using the boring pencil and paper when it comes to learning. (Don’t freak out on me, I know they need to know how to use modern technology, and they do!) I am also a sucker for all the cute card stock file cards made into flashcards and connected with a little metal ring. But, the ease of not having these cards scattering all over the floor, ripping out of the ring, and the endless trips to the office supply store for more cards is super nice.

So tell me, parent-educators out there…have you heard of www.quizlet.com?  Do you make use of online study tools for yourself or your kids? Are there other excellent websites out there like this one?

 

Lindsay Banton is a caffeinated mother to three great kids. She never expected to homeschool, but has found that it is a wonderful addition to their lifestyle and wouldn’t change it for the world. In addition to homeschooling, Lindsay works alongside her husband in campus ministry at a large university in Connecticut. She grew up in Virginia but has settled into life in New England, learning to love the long winters, cool springs, green summers and gorgeous autumns- and has built a boot collection to meet all the demands. She is currently blogging at www.lindsaybanton.com.

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