Are you curious why we are so passionate about our digital curriculum? Lately we’ve been receiving multiple questions about what exactly a digital curriculum is? How can you use a digital curriculum? And, what are the best ways to be successful using a digital curriculum? Which is why this blog is all about how to use a digital curriculum, and why we’re so passionate about it.
Why do we promote and sell a digital curriculum?
Convenience is always the ideal. Which is why the idea of having only physical workbooks in hand really is the ideal and preferred method for most families. Which is why we are so passionate about finding an alternative that will make both the family and the environment happy. It should be alarming that roughly 15 billion trees are cut down every year. Researchers estimate that since the onset of human civilization, the global number of trees has dropped by roughly 46%. Find more details here.
Those are some staggering and alarming statistics.
Especially because trees are such an important part of life here on planet earth. Trees and shrubs improve soil and water conservation while storing carbon. They also help moderate local climates by providing shade. Trees act to regulate temperature extremes, and provide homes for much of the world’s wildlife.
Clearly trees are so important and needed. Yet, they are the first to be cut down when we are in need of lumber to build more houses, furniture, and paper for books. Which is why we are committed to helping heal the environment. And while we are just a small, start up company. We are determined to make a difference in the world around us.
Digital curriculum means: Less trees being cut down to provide for single use books.
That’s important to us. We understand that some families wish to have a physical product in their hand. That ‘pen to paper’ feel is hard to replace. Pen to paper feel is something that most people greatly value, and we agree. It is important to be able to use a pencil to learn better writing skills especially in the beginning years. We aren’t saying you need to throw out ‘paper’ altogether, as our digital curriculum comes with many options.
When you purchase our digital curriculum, you can choose to only print out the worksheets that your child needs to practice with. The ‘reading’ and ‘lesson’ parts of each lesson can be used by simply opening the digital curriculum on your iPad. Read and learn together, then have the worksheets printed out – and let them get to work.
This is a sure way to guarantee that less paper is being used while ensuring that your child is still getting that pen to paper feel.
Alternatively, some families have success with downloading their digital e-books from their dashboard and using their digital curriculum with a tablet or iPad. They then have their child use a Stylus pen or Apple Pen to fill in the answers. Once they have completed the page. They simply save it. When you choose this option, you are using essentially no paper. Which is a huge gift to the environment or perhaps your organization also.
Your Digital Curriculum is Still Useful, Even if You Had The Workbooks Printed.
Those files aren’t just a waste. You can use the digital files to plan out your lessons, to look ahead, to save for later, and to help you stay organized and on track. Having your digital curriculum is also an excellent back up. What if you spill a drink on your paper workbooks? Those digital files are a simple replacement. You don’t have to go purchase a whole new book. You can easily print off the pages that were compromised by juice.
Digital Curriculum Helps Parents and Teachers Jump Right In.
Our digital curriculum is also extremely useful in that you have access to it as soon as it’s been purchased. That means that you don’t have to wait for the curriculum to arrive for you to begin planning. As soon as it’s downloaded off your dashboard, you will have the ability to get familiar with everything needed to have a successful homeschool year.
Digital Curriculum is more affordable.
Curriculum will always be a little expensive. Because a lot of work and information goes into your curriculum. However, when it comes to a digital curriculum that isn’t printed – those costs become much less. We are committed to making quality home education available for families across Canada and The United States of America.
How are we giving back with our digital curriculum and workbooks?
We know that not everyone will want to have a digital curriculum. Which is why we have offered a printing and shipping option through our third party printer. All of that paper does take away from our goal to help save the trees. So that is why we teamed up with One Tree Planted. Because we care deeply about the planet and giving back to nature. We are investing 1% of monthly revenue to One Tree Planted. By doing so we are planting trees across Canada and the world. Giving back where we can, to help our environment.
If you just aren’t sure how you would feel about going ‘digital’ with your curriculum, start small.
Grab a Special Interest Unit like: ‘Weather’ geared for grades 4-6. Click here to check out ‘Weather’
This Special Interest Unit is just 39 pages, and covers fun lessons like: What Causes Weather, The Sun, The Wind, All About Precipitation, Hurricanes and Tornadoes, Human Impacts on Climate and Meteorology. With this compact Special Interest Unit, your child can learn about the weather while doing so digitally.
Another new release: ‘Optics’, gives you another chance to try it out digitally. Optics is geared towards Grade 7-8. This Special Interest Unit is only 38 pages and teaches your student about Light and Vision, Transmission and Absorption, Reflection, Lenses, The Human Eye and more. Click here to learn more about ‘Optics’
These Special Interest Units are filled with amazing content. Choosing to use these units Digital vs. getting printing done will give your family the opportunity to try out fully digital curriculum on a smaller platform.
If you need more tips on how to use our digital curriculum, our team is always here to help.
Tablets and stylus pens can be purchased at any electronic store. Our favourites for digital curriculum use are the iPad and apple pen combo for filling out curriculum with ease.
Remember, whatever way you choose to use your digital curriculum we stand behind you, and are here to help you be successful.