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Roadschooling with Technology

Roadschooling with TechnologyMy wife (Melinda) and I decided to hit the road full time with our four children almost a year ago. We had been homeschooling since our first was school age, but we knew that life on the road would make it a requirement. Because we travel all over the country, We were excited for our children to not only learn about the US but to experience it. Obviously, our homeschool looks different than most. The biggest difference is that we don’t want to be on the road full time and just sit in the RV doing school work. Our goal is to make our experiences a major part of how our children are learning. Plus, we have to be creative with how we do education with limited space in our motorhome. We aren’t able to stockpile curriculum or spread our children out all over the house to do their bookwork. Because of this, we use technology regularly to supplement their education.
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Leap Years Explained [Video]

Leap YearsThis year we get an extra day. Explaining leap years to kids can be difficult sometimes because there are a lot of exceptions to the rules and kids can be sticklers for rules.

Looking for an illustrative way to explain leap years to your kids? Check out this video!

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Amazon Announces New Low-Cost Fire Tablets

Amazon Announces New Kindle Fire TabletsAmazon announced the latest Kindle Fire tablets today. It’s an amazing collection of devices that is sure to attract budget-conscious buyers who are looking for a functional tablet.

Kindle Fire TabletFirst up is the new Kindle Fire. The new 7″ is priced to sell! For $49 you can get a fantastic tablet that’s great for your kids. Want to buy one for every member of the family? You can get a 6-pack of tablets for $250.

Here are some highlights of the specs:

  • Rear and front-facing cameras.
  • All-new Amazon Underground, a one-of-a-kind app store experience where over $10,000 in apps, games and even in-app items are actually free – including extra lives, unlocked levels, unlimited add-on packs and more.
  • 8 GB of internal storage. Free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire devices. Add a microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage.
  • Up to 7 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching videos, and listening to music.

Looking for a tablet that’s a little larger? How about the Kindle Fire HD 8? This one is the same size as the iPad Mini for half the price, $149.99. With a slightly larger screen and a little bit more processing power you’ll have a better experience playing games and watching movies with this tablet over the standard Kindle Fire.

  • Fast quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz. Rear-facing 5 MP camera and front-facing HD camera.
  • 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage. Free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire devices. Add a microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage.
  • Up to 8-hours of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, and listening to music

If you need something even larger, perhaps for your older kids look no further than the Kindle Fire HD 10. Amazon’s largest and thinnest tablet packs quite a punch for the $229.99 price tag.

  • Beautiful widescreen 10.1″ HD display
  • 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage. Free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire devices. Add a microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage.
  • Up to 8 hours of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, and listening to music

All the new tablets come with Fire OS 5 which claims to allow you to get to your stuff faster, has a speed-reading mode, and a huge library of free apps.

Also updated are the Kindle Fire Kid’s Edition ($99.99) and the Fire TV streaming stick and box. The Fire TV now supports 4K video, games, and voice commands.

What do you think? Will you be buying a new Fire tablet?

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement

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