Monday, November 28, 2016

Kids' Profile on Kindle - Parental Controls

(Post contains affiliate links)

You may be thinking of taking advantage of Amazon's great Cyber Monday deals to get your child a Kindle for Christmas.  We'll be talking all month on this blog about using the Kindle for Homeschool.

First of all, what advantages does the Kindle have for children?  If you get the Kids Edition Kindle Fire (above), you get a kid-proof case, a 2-year worry-free guarantee, and a free year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited.  You may also opt for the 8GB Kindle Fire (below) that is only $33.33 for Cyber Monday, but I would definitely recommend also getting a case to go with it.


The big advantage with using either Kindle with kids is the great PARENTAL CONTROLS.  Once you get a Kindle, whether it's a regular one or one with a kids' case, you can set up a kid's profile within your own profile. I love this option. When you set up your child's profile, you choose which games, books, etc to include on your child's profile. You can set limits on the time your child can play each day, and you can set individual limits for any-game-play, educational game play, or reading only. I have mine set up so that my 11-yo son's Kindle comes on at 7:30 am and turns off at 9:30 pm. During the day, he can read the books I have approved at any time, as long as he wants to. He has one hour of game play per day, but he has to read for 30 minutes before it will allow him to play the games. I could also set it up that he had to do a certain amount of educational app time before he could play other games. I have videos and the web browser turned off, but you can turn them on and limit their time as well. There is no email available for the child profile, and you can't get "in-app purchases" on the child's profile. That is good as far as not letting your child purchase things while using an app, but it has frustrated me a few times as well. For instance, I purchased a math-practice game that came with addition and subtraction practice, and there was an upgrade you could purchase to practice multiplication and division. I purchased the game and the upgrade, but only the addition and subtraction will work in the child profile, not the multiplication and division.

All in all, this is a great tool to use for homeschool.

There are lots of free and low-cost books and apps for the Kindle, so you can start loading them now to have it all ready for your child at Christmas.  (Disclaimer:  While some free books are wonderful, there are other times you "get what you pay for;" i.e. spelling and grammar may not have been edited as they would be in a regular, published book.  I will be alerting my readers to Freebies all month, but the only ones I have edited or checked for editing are those by Knowledge Box Central, the company for which I work.)

Here is a freebie to get you started:


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Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday - Yay or Nay?

Are you a Black Friday shopper?  I did some shopping today - online, from the leather recliner in my living room, with the heat set at 70 degrees F.  I love deals, but crowds, traffic, and cold are not for me!

That being said, I do like to take advantage of the big deals.  I buy most of my household items and clothing at thrift stores, and I pay full price for almost nothing.  There are some great deals on Amazon today.  And yes, I am an affiliate, so I'm doing some advertising here, but I also want to talk about one of my favorite things, Homeschooling with a Kindle.

As anyone who has been on this blog a few times knows, I work for Knowledge Box Central.  We publish lapbooks, unit studies, etc., for homeschoolers, as well as educational materials for public school teachers.  One of my jobs is to convert our unit studies for Kindle.  People ask me all the time about how to use Kindle in your homeschool and how our products work on Kindle.  So, since we have a lull in the school year right now, and it's a GREAT time to buy a Kindle, I'm going to have a series over the next month on Homeschooling with your Kindle.  There will be resources, information, and lots of Freebies, so check back with me often, especially if you are new to the Kindle world.

If you are thinking about a Kindle for school, Christmas, or both, you need to take advantage of the Black Friday sale.  This is one of the items that is heavily discounted this weekend.  If you order today, you should have your Kindle early next week.  Then you can hang out with me online this month and fill up your Kindle (or your child's) with lots of goodies!


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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

Counter Culture - FREE on Kindle!

David Platt, the author of 
Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
also wrote Counter Culture
which you can get now for FREE on Kindle.  
I highly recommend this one!



Happy Reading!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Today Only FREEBIE!

Have you ever wished you could be one of those crafty people who does things like, oh, I don't know, make your own candles out of beeswax?  Well, here's your chance.  Just in time to make some candles as gifts for the holidays!  This resource is FREE TODAY ONLY over at the 


Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Knowledge @ Kindle Newsletter and a FREEBIE

Another Share the Memories FREEBIE



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Available FREE until: 
November 13

Happy Scrapping!