No printer? Not necessarily a problem OR Homeschooling without a Printer

27 Jan

So you’ve come across some great homeschooling PDFs or made them yourself only to find that you’ve run out of ink, the printer is broken…or maybe you don’t even have a printer.

The kids can still do those worksheets insha Allah. Here’s a little trick that I use with Microsoft Paint when we are going through those unhappy printerless days. 

The idea is simple, copy and paste from your PDF into Microsoft Paint.

If you are  new to Adobe Reader or just haven’t played around with it, there is a little tool that looks like a camera. This is called the snapshot tool.  If you click on this and then click in your PDF, it will copy what you clicked on.  If you click anywhere on the PDF document, it will copy what is in the view that you see. But you can also click (don’t let off the mouse) and then drag to include the area that you want to highlight.  The area is automatically copied into your clipboard.   Then you mosey on over to Microsoft Paint and paste (through the menu or CRTL v).

And voile, insha Allah, a version of the worksheet that the kid can color, write on, draw on, etc. I don’t think this works for protected documents, but I’m not sure.

The kids like to play on the computer so this is usually fun for them.  They can color in letters or parts of pictures, they can use the text box and type in spelling words, or words to match a picture. They can use the oval/circle to circle words in a word search.

Happy Homeschooling!


2 responses to “No printer? Not necessarily a problem OR Homeschooling without a Printer

  1. Dinni

    February 25, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Subhannallah! Just what I needed..

    • talibiddeenjr

      February 26, 2009 at 1:39 pm

      Alhamdulillah. Glad that was a helpful tip. Its also a neat idea to do from time to time even if you do have a printer.

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