Category: Apps

Stop homeschooling

Sometimes with homeschooling we can get so caught up with academics that we forget to give time for our kids to relax and think.  This video is an excellent reminder that our kids do not always learn like we expect them to learn and sometimes they need to learn on their own.

This presentation is from an autistic child that is pushing the lower bounds of age when it comes to college and theories.  Jacob Barnett is a mathematician and child prodigy. At age 10, Jacob was formally accepted to the University as a full-time college student.  He is world’s youngest astrophysics researcher.

You can see from the video why some label him as ADHD and thought he should be in special education.  Thankfully his mother believed in him. You can read about how Jacobs mom helped him reach his genius potential in her book The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism.Jacob’s mom Kristine, resolved to follow Jacob’s “spark”—his passionate interests. She decided to focus on what Jacob could?

This also reminds me of the song “Blessing in disguise”.  Sometimes the would looks at autism as something negative, however there are some unique blessings.


Join Adobe Creative Cloud now for only $20 a month

For a limited time homeschoolers can join Adobe Creative Cloud for only $19.99 a month.

With Adobe Creative cloud you can have access to all of Adobes powerful graphics creation software without the expensive cost of buying the program.  Homeschoolers qualify for the same educational discount as students and teachers.

  • Full versions of our most popular desktop applications — Adobe® Photoshop®, Illustrator®, Acrobat®, and more
  • Full access to services to help create mobile-ready content and apps
  • 20GB of cloud storage for file sharing and collaboration
  • Annual commitment; billed monthly
You need to sign up for a full year which will cost you $239 for the year.  If you don’t know if its worth it there is also an optional 30 day free trial; however, you only have until June 25th to get the $19.99 per month cost.  What do you think?  Is it worth it?

Kindle Fire FreeTime


Amazon just added a feature that might interest parents with kindle fire. It’s called Kindle FreeTime. It’s an app provided by Amazon that allows kids access to videos and apps geared towards kids. It allows parents to set content control and daily screen time limits. You can restrict the amount of time games can be played without restricting reading time.

Unfortunately for me FreeTime is NOT available for the first generation Kindle Fire! If you have the new Kindle fire or the Fire HD then the app should show up in your Apps library.
FreeTime unlimited
Along with the FreeTime app you can also subscribe to FreeTime unlimited service. This looks like a great option if you buy a lot of content. The FreeTime unlimited service allows you to use kids apps and watch kid videos without buying them. You do have to pay a monthly service fee though. The costs start at $2.99 for prime members. Without Prime a single profile subscription is $4.99 a month and a family plan is $9.99 a month.

Bottom line:
If you have a newer Kindle Fire then FreeTime will help add more parental control for parents. If you use the Kindle fire for homeschooling then you may want to try FreeTime unlimited. You could use it for a month to evaluate apps before you buy. The best deal would be for amazon prime customers. I don’t think I could justify the cost especially for the family membership with multiple customers. Amazon has a free 1 month trial available until January 15th. So if you have a new Kindle Fire you can try it out and let me know what you think.

Kindle Fire