Long drives. Quiet time. Just because. These are only a few times we use audio books. Sometimes, even a classic book, can be easier to understand when read via audio book.
In addition to books, you can use podcasts and audio adventures. Our favorite line of audio adventures is definitely the Heirloom Audio Productions adventures. We have enjoyed many of them already (you can read our reviews here) and we just had the opportunity to listen to their newest addition Captain Bayley’s Heir.
It seems weird in today’s society to be checking yourself out of social media. I have always enjoyed seeing friends’ pictures and updates, and until the last year, I never had any trouble. But over the last year, I feel like it has been taking priority over other things I should be doing and has been causing a bit to much anxiety in my life.
Technology has always been a part of our kids lives. For Christmas the kids received a Kids Kindle for reading and of course some educational apps. It’s been wonderful so far and they are enjoying reading along with our read aloud book in the evening and actually started reading aloud with me. It’s more shared reading now, which I am loving! The kindle educational apps are fun and are a great way to practice and review the things we are learning in school.
Technology is a big part of life in today’s world, schools are sending laptops and tablets home with children in Kindergarten now, which still blows my mind. We use technology in many ways in our home, from educational shows and sites to family movie nights. That being said, we do limit the amount of technology they are allowed, because, especially with Mister Man, we have noticed a big difference in his behavior when he has used technology during the day; tv, movie, tablet or computer.
The Kindle has been a great way for Sunshine and Mister Man to have a bit of freedom to explore their interests while I love knowing what they are using, how long they are using it for and more. The Freetime app has been wonderful, no videos/apps until you have read at least 30 min, means their Kindle will not let them play a game or watch a video until they have done their reading for the day!
Our Top 3 apps for our Kindles that the kids (and I) love are:
Stack the States ($1.99 – Kindle)
This is a great app for practicing state recognition. The kids have fun playing and they are learning at the same time – win – win situation! It’s been a great addition to our US Geography State learning this year.