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March 12, 2014 Edition 

        Using Apps in Your Homeschool                

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Gena Suarez

Hey, Mama, 
We make use of some educational apps--both Chloe (4) and Sani (6) use the iPad for some of their schooling. Apps are especially handy when we're traveling or on the go. Check out this article from Kendra Fletcher, "Great Apps for Little Kiddos" for some ideas for your littles or Sarah Duggar's article, "Using the iPad" for advice.
By the way, Mama, I heard you could use some encouragement. Did you know that while these trials are difficult at the moment, they won't always be? And did you know that even in the heart of the testing, you can be an encourager to others? You know what they are going through; you've experienced it firsthand. You've cried the same tears, prayed the same fervent prayers. You can relate, Mama, and someday, you will have a perspective even more sharp than you have now. 

Keep yourself in God's word, grow in wisdom, because deep pain which turns to joy results in a godly COUNSELOR like no other. And someone in your future needs you. Do you understand that? YOU WILL BE NEEDED. So embrace this period with pure JOY, knowing that the King of kings has a plan for His beautiful daughter--you--even in all of this. 

And it IS a beautiful plan. Get through this moment with peace and steadfastness, Mama, so you are ready when He calls you to what's next. It's coming soon. And don't think for a minute you are going through this alone. He is holding your hand, and His hand rests on your head. Keep walking.


~ gena

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Now that I've gotten rid of my iPhone I'm a little out of touch with the app world. I loved the few apps that I had in my past life though. My favorite one showed me every Wal-Mart that allowed RVs to park overnight. But alas ... I gave up my apps and my slim 4G buddy for my family ... sniff sniff.

Now, my life is app free and uncluttered. That said, I know there are gobs of apps out there designed to engage your children in learning. And while I truly believe there may be some great benefits in using the apps, I wonder if there are some detriments as well.

There's no denying that we live in a technological world. It has permeated every aspect of our lives. That's the rub for me. I'm just not sure that I want it in every nook and cranny of my children's lives.  


Just this morning while we were getting ready my son Cal (7) asked, "Can I play euchre on your phone?" Now euchre can be a brain-stimulating activity and the temptation is to say, "Sure," but I didn't. Instead I said, "No." He whined and then went downstairs and built a fort with his brother ... which in my estimate is way better than playing a card game on the phone. In fact, I don't like my kids wasting real time by looking through photos, listening to music, or playing solitaire on some gadget. By allowing them to do so, I think we train them to be dissatisfied with real life ... and drive them to use apps to waste time. Hang around the airport, bus stop, or anywhere else and you'll see a throng of app-using zombies tapping away on their phone, never realizing there is a real person right beside them.

So yes, there are lots of apps that encourage learning, but that doesn't mean it should replace the old-fashioned kind of hands-on, real life, people-interacting learning. Sure, apps are easy, but everything that is easy is not always best ... in fact, it rarely is.

That's all this old guy has to say.

Be Real,


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Relational Homeschooling    
Diana Waring
Dear Friends,

Normally, I really try to stick to the topic. Even though my youngest graduated from homeschool a decade ago, I flip through my memories of "being there and doing that" from the mid-80s through 2003. However, this time I am drawing an utter blank.


My husband and I joined the 21st century last year when we got smart phones and finally found out what it meant when someone talked about an app! I have even learned how to search for an app and download it. But that is as far as I have gotten.


So, can we talk about something else? Something I know something about?


"Write what you know" is the first rule for authors. And what I know is that you have the opportunity today to build up your children. You have greater power in your tongue, when it comes to your kids, than anyone on the planet.


I am more aware of this now than I have ever been. As I speak with (or text!) my adult children, my words make a difference. They can bring encouragement, humor, compassion, and charity, OR they can bring hurt, loneliness, misunderstanding, and helplessness.


It is as though we are standing in front of our kids with a science-fiction-style light saber, which can either protect or destroy.


Choose your words carefully. Give encouraging words generously, and for-their-own-good words sparingly. Never give in to the urge to belittle, mock, or demean, but, rather, look for ways to praise!


It will change their lives. This is a real-life app that you can apply right now.


Remember, stay relational!




P.S. I hope to see many of you in Greenville, South Carolina, for the GHC convention! Come by my booth and hear the toe-tapping tunes of my new American history through folk music series!!


P.P.S. And, for more encouragement, check out my ongoing "Today I choose" blog posts--www.dianawaring.com/blog .


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