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  • I wrote a comment back to you regarding my HOTM article on “Transforming your Homeschool Environment.” I didn’t know if you’d make it back that way, so I thought I’d also post it here. God bless you.

    Hi, Kathryn, and thank you for sharing. I will admit to agreeing with you in part. I attended a conference a few years back in which a speaker totally denounced the use of the Internet or the computer. I thought, as you said, that she had gone a bit far given that these tools will help us and help our kids in many ways. However, I think it is possible to use a computer without it becoming the only source of learning. Our oldest will take a virtual class in the fall, but this is one of many. She will also begin to type her research paper. Yet, books force a different type of thinking and engage a different part of the brain. One has to imagine, to explore, to interact to what is being said or read in a very different way than viewing a computer screen, clicking here and there and the visual element being taken care of for you.

    I think that blogs for kids (w/ some limitations, of course), typing of papers, and even spreadsheet and presentation introductions are appropriate for kids. Yet, there is still no experience that will supercede quality time over books. Regardless of the invention of the time, historically our greatest thinkers were also voracious book readers.

    Thanks for such a thought-provoking comment.

    • Hey Belinda – thanks for stopping by. I was going to move your comment to my homeschooling site but it is so sad that I didn’t have the heart – guess I need to do a little care taking over there. I know that if I keep the right focus my writing, websites, homeschooling and life in general will fall into place as well.