Books + Technology = Perfect Homeschooling Tools

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I have to confess, I am a nerd.  I get excited about new pencils, new notebooks and school books.  I always have.  Now that I have children and we have a couple of years of homeschooling under our belt, I still get just as excited when back-to-school time rolls around.  When new books arrive, they are no exception.  I love the smell of a new book, flipping through crisp new pages.

When I stumble across Usborne Books & More I was excited!  Beyond excited.  They had so many amazing non-fiction books on topics covering the body, the weather, space, our solar system, art, history, animals….I truly could go on and on.  From my very first order I was hooked.  They were perfect homeschooling tools.  Then I found out I could host a Facebook party and earn free books and I was even more excited.  Two of the free books I selected were children’s encyclopedias.

usborne non fiction books

When they arrived I was so excited to share them with my husband.  The pictures are beautiful, they covered so many topics and it was all done in a way that was perfect for children to understand.  He slightly laughed and said, “Why do you need those?  Don’t we have Google and Wikipedia?”  The obvious answer is yes.  We can Google almost anything and find an answer in moments, but nothing compares to a real book.  Holding a real book with photographs, illustrations and rich text is vital for learning.

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What makes these Encyclopedias from Usborne so amazing?  You get to have the real book to have and hold in your hands, and benefit from all the vast amounts of information found online.  Some of them are internet linked, others are loaded with QR codes that can be scanned and taken directly to the information online.  Genius!  And what kiddo doesn’t like to scan things?  Some are linked to websites with information to read, others are videos or even printable worksheets & games.

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We are often on the go and I knew that these would prove so valuable to keep the children engaged on the go and our learning fun.  With the launch of the new Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan, now I don’t have to worry about the children using my phone while we are out and about.  For only $49.88 a month per line, the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS gives me Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data which includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE data with the added bonus of a free VUDU new release movie every month we can enjoy on our family movie nights.  While we watch loads of fun videos from our phone, this is one we will enjoy on our big TV together with popcorn and usually muddy buddies.

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The Samsung Galaxy Core Prime is a perfect phone for our needs.  It is fast with the Quad-Core processor yet has a great battery life to make it for the duration of the day being used.  The 4.5″ touchscreen allows the children to easily navigate the phone and of course, scanning the QR codes is nothing but fun for them.  It is a durable, yet an awesome value at only $79.92 (on Rollback from $99.92).

usborne QR linked books

At that price for the phone, I still get awesome features but am not overly stressed about the children using it.  At that price for the service, I can let the kids use my phone to learn while we are out and about without the worry of them using all my data!  And since it is such a great deal, I can use my extra for more fun educational Usborne books.

usborne qr linked shuttle

We love books but we also love technology, and I love it even more when they go hand in hand!  Homeschooling has been a fun learning experience for not only the children, but also myself!  We are constantly learning and finding new tools to make our learning experience better and more fun.  Without question, Usborne Books and Walmart Family Mobile service are two tools that we will continue to use.

What are your perfect homeschooling tools?

How could your family benefit from Usborne Books & Walmart Family Mobile PLUS service?


Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to or your local Walmart for current pricing.

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