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This week, dear readers, we bring you two very diverse articles for your potential edification and homeschooling improvement. First, Chris Yust, of Homeschool Programming, presents “Mobile App Development for Kids” in which he explains how to guide your budding computer programmer to creating his/her own apps for iPhones, Androids and other mobile devices. This might be Step 1 to a bright future as a computer entrepreneur for your child! Our second article is “Commit to Your Dreams & Desires” by Victoria Kindle Hodson, a very popular family counselor, speaker and author. Thank you for reading The Way Home and our magazine, and for viewing our many websites, making our work a part of your world.

Michael Leppert


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AVKO Why Be An AVKO Member? Benefits Abound for Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD Learning Help for Only $25!
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For 40 years, Don McCabe’s AVKO Educational Research Foundation has been accomplishing its stated mission to bring literacy to all people, regardless of learning disabilities or challenges, with free or low-cost materials.

AVKO offers a special individual Membership package of benefits that make it worth much more than the price of $25. Members receive over $700 worth of FREE e-books, including these great titles:

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Mobile App Development for Kids – Great Programming Beginning
by Chris Yust, Homeschool Programming, Inc.

How much time do your kids spend on their smart phones or tablets these days? An endless array of new products from Apple, Google, and other companies provide instant communication, hand-held games, streaming movies, and other apps we can’t seem to live without. It’s possible your kids have even dreamed about writing their own apps to show off to their friends or sell on the worldwide market. Mobile app development is actually something your kids can do with a little bit of training!

It’s hard to break into the traditional software publishing market. If you want to write a game or program to put in a shiny box on a shelf in your favorite retail store, the hurdles are enormous. Big publishers usually won’t give small independent developers a second glance. Fortunately, the markets for smart phones and tablets have bypassed this model. It’s relatively easy to write and sell mobile apps on your own; you just need a great idea and the ability to write the software.

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Wizzy Gizmo – Old and New Testament Bible Series for Families
By Andrea Harden

Homeschooling families tend to value truth and accuracy in the curricula and materials they use. Political correctness, subjective judgments and other intrusions and distortions of fact are typically not welcome in the homeschooling environment - the avoidance of such obstacles to understanding is what makes many families opt for homeschooling to begin with.

Celebrating Christianity and learning about the Bible is a huge part of daily life for many American families. This is most especially true for homeschooling families using Christian curriculum. However, beyond an academic setting, or outside of church, it can be a struggle to get children engaged and excited about exploring the scriptures. Once kids outgrow the fun-loving Christian television and movies available, there are few resources available for parents to capture the imagination and attention of their active older children.

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COMMIT to Your Desires and Dreams
By Victoria Kindle Hodson

Becoming a parent is a wonderful way to fulfill desires, dreams, and needs for love, closeness, warmth, growth, learning, understanding, to contribute to the lives of others and so much more. Many of us start family life believing and trusting that our dreams and desires will be fulfilled by our family members. What could be more logical? The people we love most are the people we expect to fulfill us the most.

However, as long as “managing” kids’ behavior is at the foundation of parenting and reward and punishment are primary behavior management tactics, we aren’t going to be able to create the kinds of relationships we want. And, until kids learn more about communication at home, or school, or elsewhere in the community, they won’t be contributors to family harmony and understanding, either.

Determining what we want our family relationships to be, starts us on our way to fulfillment. And, when we form a clear, conscious commitment to think, and talk, and act, in alignment with what we want, we are well on our way to making our dreams a reality.

Make a Commitment

When you commit to new ways of acting, you give yourself a pole star for your future. When you forget or blow it, or revert to old ways, your statement of commitment reminds you and guides you back to the path you want to be traveling.

Here are four steps you can take to make a Commitment to the kind of family you want:

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From Math Mammoth: How To Help a Student Who is Behind in Math
Maria Miller, of http://www.mathmammoth.com/

1. Test and assess

If you are teaching a student who struggles in math, you probably already have an idea which math topics are difficult for him or her, but knowing for sure is much better than guesswork. By testing, you can be sure to find all the weak areas. This is important because mathematics builds upon earlier concepts.

You can download ready-made assessment tests from a variety of sources:

Math Mammoth placement tests (for grades 1-6) – these work as generic math assessment tests also. Tests from various states – search the Internet ; for example, “Texas Math Test, grade 5”, and similarly for other states.

Please note, you are not using the tests to necessarily find out what grade level the student is in (though you can), but to pinpoint the exact areas of math that he or she needs help with. So look at the test results closely, question by question.

Administer tests from neighboring grade levels if necessary. Stress the fact to the student that the test is for evaluation purposes, not for giving grades.

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