I'll be honest, even though I can see that the boys are learning when they play games on their iPads, I feel that sometimes there is too much technology in their lives. In all of our lives. Sometimes I feel that I don't do enough structured learning with them, or that my unstructured ways aren't good. I doubt our choice to educate them at home. I doubt myself as a mother, learning facilitator, and a parent. Then, they show me that we are going in the right direction. That all of this is working for them. That they are really, truly learning. Everyone learns new things in this family, including myself.
This time it was with Scribblenauts, a new game that they found on their own. I had never heard of it before, but it looked interesting. I'm still not sure how you win, though I do know that to play/create things in the game you have to spell out words. The boys asked how to spell a lot of words when they first started playing. Now they don't ask as much because they are remembering how to spell more words as they play.
And the best part is that one morning I saw the above on their beds. Both of them got out paper and crayon to write down words/things they wanted to use in the game! All on their own! Both my husband and I were really impressed. It's a struggle to get them to find writing fun, so this was amazing! Once again the boys prove my doubts wrong, and show me that I need to have more patience with them and myself.