Pens and pencils, I don’t know about you but I use one everyday. I thought about sharing my favourite pens and pencils but realized that really, I don’t have any. I will happily use whatever I have on hand. It got me thinking, are they really needed? Pens and pencils in your homeschool. Can you get away without using them?
There are two sides to every question aren’t there? With the plethora of on-line resources, and laptops one could argue they aren’t needed. BUT then there’s art and science and…. where it’s hard to argue against the need. So let’s discuss it shall we?
No, you can’t
You can’t run a homeschool without using a pen and a pencil. They are as necessary to life as bread and butter.
Art (drawing, 3-d, illustrating, etc), science notations, something to fiddle with, note-taking and imprints. Add in emergency drum practice, crafts, filling in worksheets, figuring out math problems, and much more. You might be surprised by 100 uses for a bic pen!
My son loves Ticonderoga pencils. Some new pencils were a birthday request, and he SO much enjoys them! 🙂 I have to admit, my teenager is a bit more particular about his writing implements than I am. 🙂
Yes, you can
Take a moment if you will to imagine a world without needing pen and pencil. A world filled with narration, physical activity, spelling bees, hands-on activities, on-line forms, simply telling what you know, computer games for math, language arts and more. The other day I ran into on-line chem labs! You can even find complete curricula on-line, it’s amazing how learning can happen with video, editable PDF’s, and other projects. One could say we’re reaching for a world without primitive technology. 🙂
Do you really need pencils and pens for your homeschool adventures? Can you imagine your homeschool moving into such a world?