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    Question iPad for homeschooling?

    Hi everyone,

    How do you use your iPad for homeschooling your early elementary (K-2) age kids? Could you do it on a laptop or do you specifically need an iPad?

    Please, give me a reason to justify buying one for the "kids" !

    Marisa
    I grew up as an unschooler and am now eclectically homeschooling my three kiddos.

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    I've found a lot of great fun math apps that are playtime for them, but hopefully cementing their facts.

    It is handy for looking stuff up on the fly.

    It comes with us when someone has an activity, and the other kid is just along for the ride.

    Also, it looks like you have 3 kiddos. Therefore, you need more than one device, right?
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    My four year old has access to our iPad for educational games and whatnot. We also have a few audio and interactive books. Also to echo what Tex-Bex said, it's great for looking stuff up. For example, yesterday while we were doing some art projects for Lunar New Year, I was able to find pictures to immediately reference the flowers we were painting, as well as show my daughter video of the flowers in Saigon and other Vietnamese New Year customs all while we were right in the middle of our lesson. We could have watched on the computer too but this way, I didn't have to leave the art table.

    Overall, it's a great resource to have if you're lucky enough to afford one Don't try to go the cheap route by going with a Kindle Fire or an Android tablet -- the iPad has a superior interface and, more importantly, app selection for kids.
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    It has been an amazing tool for us. If we can, I'd like to get the kids a mini to share in the next year as well. This is the post I had about it not long after we got it.

    Some positive things about it:

    * It's an incredibly cuddly piece of technology. Because it's so light and portable, it makes whipping out an interactive map, pulling up a picture of that thing that was just mentioned in that book you're reading, finding a quick video that shows the thing you're discussing, so immediate, easy and unobtrusive. Where a computer just interferes with the flow of cuddling with the kids on the sofa and reading, the iPad can come in and show something and then go away all in one sweep.

    * Math apps. There are so many freaking math apps it's not even funny. There are drill games, straight drills and flashcards, and really innovative games that use the unique capabilities of a tablet. And there are more of them than on other platforms by far. Since your kids are so young, phonics apps is another possibility there.

    * It's an incredibly intuitive tool for creation. Kids can become animators, authors, movie makers, photographers, and more because the iPad has apps that make those things easier than the computer. Check out something like Toontastic, which is just an incredibly sweet app for storytelling.

    * Organization apps. I used to have piles of various notepads with random notes and to do lists and lesson plans. Now, I have a stylus and a bunch of files. So much better. But if you're looking for something more detailed, there are just so many homeschool friendly education planners and schedule apps.

    * You can use it to write on pdf curricula and eliminate paper.

    * Oh, and all the obvious things - fun gaming and puzzle games to amuse the kids (and you), media access like Netflix, internet surfing, etc. etc.
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    Texbex - Thanks for the info! I think you're right, we'll definitely need more than 1 !

    MrsJadeDragon - I like the idea that it's more portable and less invasive than a laptop.

    farrarwilliams - I'm so glad you replied because you're the reason I was tempted by an iPad. I was looking at one of your blog posts on your favorite apps and I thought to myself "hmmm, me likey!" LOL! So thanks, but my bank account doesn't thank you !
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    FWIW, I'm thinking iPad number 2 will come with this year's tax refund. The biggest hits right now are our Reading Rainbow subscription and the ability to reduce the use of paper by having PDF curricula that we can complete on it. We're also a heavy screen using family. So for me personally, it's nice to not have to badger the online gamers in my house for computer time if I want to check email or peruse bulletin boards. (We have a wireless iPad 2, nothing fancy.)

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    I love mine. I can have it right on the table with us, don't have to get up and move to the computer desk. We use it for quick lookups when we are reading. We look up pictures of people or places we are reading about or to get definitions. I have some apps on it for reading. When we were doing our life cycle lesson in MBtP last week we used it to watch a Bill Nye video. I use it a lot along with the MBtP. It is just very convenient.

    But it is also very easy for me to spend too much time online lol. I can just grab it and curl up on the couch and lose an hour. So, be warned!
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    I made the plunge and bought one! I should have known as soon as I walked into the Apple Store that I was doomed LOL! So far we are LOVING it, and I definitely see two more in our future. I'm amazed at how many great apps there are for pre-reading, phonics and early reading.

    For you Lego Mindstorm people, I also learned the new Mindstorm EV3 will work with iPad :-) We will be starting that journey in the fall...ugh $$$!

    Marisa
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    Ooh, that's exciting to know the new Mindstorms ware works on iPad. Sweet. My kids are saving up for Mindstorms right now.
    Disclaimer: Everything I'm saying is just my own opinion, based on my own experiences teaching and with my own kids and my own life. You should just ignore me if I'm annoying you. I don't mind.

    But if I don't annoy you, feel free to visit my blog:
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    We love our iPad and use it a lot with our 3 kids homeschooling. I don't think you need 3 though. It's good for them to learn to share, or at least buy every 2nd or 3rd gen.

    Fav apps inclue handwriting (younger kids can trace with their fingers instead of reams of paper), and we have math and phonics (MM, FUNNIX, and Progressive Phonics booklets) as PDFs on the iPAD using neu.annotate+. I even put PDF coloring booklets there for car trips.

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