Communication Tools for your Homeschool

Communication Tools for Homeschool Famlies

Episode 74: Communication Tools for your Homeschool

Here are the 5 communication tools mentioned in this episode. Listen to the episode to hear more about them.

All these are free or have a free version that is all you are likely to need.

1. GroupMe

Use the GroupMe app when you need to communicate with a group of people.

2. WhatsApp

WhatsApp can be used to message and call people all over the world.

3. Marco Polo

Marco Polo is an asynchronous video app that makes it easy to send and receive video messages.

4. Zoom

Zoom is a video conferencing tool. The free version allows you up to 40 minutes at a time, and up to 100 people on a call!

Here is a video showing you how to use it

5. Slack

Slack is a messaging app where you can create channels for specific topics. It is a good tool to use when not everyone in the group wants to get all the messages all the time.

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  • Computer Applications
  • Health

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Teaching kids soft skills for digital communication

Teaching Kids Soft Skills for Digital Communication

Episode 60: Teaching Kids Soft Skills for Digital Communication – interview with Lisa Nehring

Lisa Nehring from True North Homeschool Academy and the Soft Skills 101 podcast is the guest on today’s show. She shares with us some of the soft skills for digital communication we need to teach our children.

Learn more about the importance of soft skills in this article by Lisa Nehring.

Some of the topics covered in this episode that you should be talking to your children about are:

1) checking and responding to emails/messages in a reasonable time frame
2) using good grammar in online communication
3) considering tone in emails, and knowing when to speak to a person rather than use digital communication
4) digital communication lasts forever
5) integrity in online communication

Don’t assume your children understand these things. I encourage you to listen to the full episode to hear all the wisdom Lisa shares with us as we discuss this important topic.

For more on this topic, read Lisa’s blog post on teaching effective online communication.

In this episode we highlight show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy’s, Art of Argument online class for teens. In this class they will learn about logical fallacies and pratice writing argumentative essays.

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Online communication skills your children need to learn

Online Communication Skills Your Children Need to Learn #onlinecommunication #homeschoolpodcast

Episode 26: Online communication skills your children need to learn

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1. Start teaching them these skills early

  1. They should choose their email username carefully
  2. They should get in the habit of checking their emails on a daily basis

2. Teach them to always answer emails and texts

  • A simple ‘thanks’ or ‘ok’ will suffice
  • Not replying is rude

3. Teach your children to check spelling / basic grammar

  • Use proper sentences
  • Remember a real person is reading it
  • Don’t use texting lingo with adults

Use Grammarly to help pick up typos, spelling and grammar errors

4. Teach your children to choose their words carefully

  • Online words live on forever
  • Without body language, facial expression, and tone of voice, words might have a different meaning to the recipient
  • It is easy to whip off a reply (vs finding a pen/paper/envelope/stamp) – take time before you hit send if upset.
  • Be careful not to bully with words (or be bullied)
  • If anything that is said online makes them uncomfortable, your children should come to you immediately

5. Be clear if you are asking for something

If asking for things, try to give all info needed. Eg for recommendation letters, provide the due date, what it is for, details of achievements etc. This saves a back and forth of emails.

6. Communication in online classes

  • Students should do it themselves if old enough
  • They should contact teacher/teaching assistants politely

7. It is useful to use online communication to follow up on a live conversation

“Put it in writing” is always a good idea to prevent miscommunication and online communication makes this really easy to do.

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How to Have Those BIG Talks with Your Kids with Christy Montes

How to Have those BIG Talks with Your KidsChristy Montes is back to chat about those BIG talks.

Christy and I have had many talks with all of our kids over the years and thought you guys might benefit from hearing from us on this topic. We have done some things well, but we have messed up plenty. If you want to have a relationship that promotes open communication, start early and talk often. Some other things we suggested were:

1. Make time for each child.
2. Stay in the moment, that means put away your phone.
3. Don’t be fearful about the BIG talks.
4. Take advantage of car rides, it is a great place to talk.

This picture is of sweet Christy and her husband at a recent history night. I wonder if they had any talks in that car. 😉

5. You will make a mistake, which is why GRACE exists.
6. You will feel like your drowning in toddlerhood, know that your investment pays off later.
7. You are not meant to be friends with your young children, but if you do not invest in them when they are young, you will not be friends as adults.
8. Find a friend you trust and encourage each other through this mothering gig.


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