Everything seems to be moving to more of a digital format, and that goes with homeschool curriculum as well. I know the appeal to see, touch, feel, and smell new books is hard to replace, but digital resources actually have a lot of great benefits.
Benefits of Digital Curriculum
Without the costs associated with print and marketing, digital publications can be much cheaper, which means you save money!
Easy to store & organize.
Forget the bookshelves – digital products don’t take up any real space. Simply download and save onto your computer. If you create files based on subject (or publisher or year, or child it’s for, or whatever work for you!) it’s easy to find it all again when you need them. If you are a complete download hoarder, you might consider an extra hard drive or another way to save these files off your computer.
Just print what you need.
If you download a resource and the first 10 pages are information about the company, their philosophy, how to use the materials, etc – you don’t have to print them out and waste paper. You can simply print out the worksheet page or whatever it is you need specifically.
Buy products that are specifically targetted to the lesson / topic you are teaching.
Sometimes all you want is something JUST about the topic you are learning about and instead of having to buy a large resource on a lot of topics, there’s a pretty good chance you can find a more targetted tool. For example, if you are reading Charlotte’s Web and wanted to find something to go along with it – you can find a lapbook, or novel study, or colouring pages, etc.
Since lots of people can and do create digital resources, you can often find a wide selection of the same kinds of things – with each designer’s personal touch. Fr example, there are many varieties of book reports available – the decision of which one you will use is completely up to your goals, your child’s learning style and ability, and the interest you have.
Easy click links to additional resources.
Many times, a curriculum or product will refer to websites or other online resources to support or expand learning. The advantage that a digital product has over print in this area is that they can make those links clickable. That is huge in the world of online because, let’s face it, links can be a garbled mess of letters and numbers sometimes and that can be a real pain to type in yourself. Plus, digital products can easy update the links if they change or go missing. Print …. not so much.
Where to find digital materials
Check with your favourite publisher.
More and more much-loved curriculum providers are offering digital versions of their materials. Check their websites first to see what they have available.
There are several really popular websites that specialize in selling digital products – Teachers Pay Teachers and Educents, for example. These sites have large selections and really well-known, making purchase easy to find, download, and use quickly.
Lots of homeschooling bloggers design, make, and sell or give away their own resources. I think that’s probably because we, in the field, see what is needed and make it for our own kids and then want to share it with you. Here on this site, you can find my store where I have some products for sale, but you can also sign up for my emails and get access to my free printables library too.
Throughout the year, there are offers of discounted products through sales offers and events. For example, the Build Your Bundle Sale that usually happens in the spring which puts together collections of resources from a huge variety of publishers and creates bundles which are very discounted in price. There are other sales through the year, so keep your eyes open for great online sales.
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