Educational and Safe Games for Kids

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Parents love to watch their kids have fun while playing games may these be indoor or outdoor. Safety of kids during these games is the basic concern of parents. Besides having fun it is also essential to educate the kids and the best way to do this to indulge your kids in educational games for boys and girls alike. Pace Education games for kids are only safe but not also developing the educational habits that help them in their preschool years. These educational games include both indoor and outdoor games and besides educating these also help to develop positive attitudes, moral values and social behaviors in your kids. Some of the most interesting and coolest educational games are listed below:

Letter Soup

You can teach alphabets to your preschool children by helping then spot the letters from a bowl containing a mix of letters. All you need is to print their names cut the letters and put them in a box. Now place the box in front of each kid and ask them to take out letters from his or her name. If the letter matches she can keep it otherwise throw it back in the box. You can repeat the process until the first kid completes his name. In this way your kids are going to learn their first and last names in a safe and entertaining game.

Matching

Matching game help children to build their memory and recognition skills. You can prepare many home made cards for this purpose by drawing letters or numbers small cards. You have to draw each number or letter on two different cards and mix them. Place these cards upside down in front of your kids and ask him to turn two cards at a time. If the pair matches he gets to keep them. If the pair doesn’t match next kid gets his turn. In the end, the kid with most number of cards wins. In this way kids can learn number and alphabets and memorize them.

Scrabble Junior

In his early years your kid might not have a big vocabulary in his early years but this is where ‘Junior Scrabble’ differs from normal scrabble. In this game some easy words are already printed on the board. Your kid needs to select the words as per the bricks he has and place them on the board. In this way the kids learn new words including their spellings and pronunciations. This helps them to start learning vocabulary and some early mathematics like adding and subtracting points.

Coloring

Coloring is the first thing that your baby is bound to enjoy in his early years. Parents can use this to teach their kids something new in a perfectly safe manner by asking them to color a new word or concept using bright colors. If you make learning a part of his coloring routine, your child is more likely to learn quickly and safely.

Educational Bible Games for Kids

Many parents are constantly worrying about the influences in the lives of their kids, especially with the world that we live in. There are many inappropriate influences; however you can combat these influences by making sure that you give your kids a Biblical grounding when they are young. This will equip them to look at life and judge outside influences on the Bible.

One way that you can give them this Biblical grounding is to use Bible games that are educational for your children. They will teach your kids more about the Bible and you will be able to have great time together as a family too.

One game to consider is called Settlers of Canaan. This game is based on a Bible story and allows you to use strategy and team work as well. No doubt you will enjoy the competition involved, and you will also enjoy the fun of coming up with strategies together and making treaties with each other as well.

Not only do Bible Games provide fun, but many of them can really teach you a great deal as well. One great education game based on the Bible is the Ten Commandments Board Game. This game is designed to help you learn more about the Ten Commandments and some basic biblical beliefs and values.

You can also find quite a selection of Bible computer games as well. Many kids enjoy computer games, and of course you will want to make sure that the games they play on the computer are fun and wholesome. Using Bible computer games is a great way to teach your kids more about the Bible.

Bible Champions is one really great game that your kids will no doubt love. This game has 14 settings in which the solve various puzzles and get to meet interesting Bible characters too. Kids of almost every age will love this game, and no doubt you’ll enjoy playing it with them too.

There are a variety of kids card games out there that are excellent Bible games that are not games of chance. You can find games like Apples to Apples with a Biblical theme to it. No doubt you, your children, and their friends will find it fun, educational, and a great promotion for some good discussions as well.

Kids also love to dance and sing, and you can provide your children with great DVD’s that they can sing and dance too. Almost all kids enjoy dancing and singing, and there are some great praise DVD’s available that have great songs and dances. Dance Praise Expansion is just one example of the DVD’s available that your kids will enjoy. It teaches great religious tunes that teach your kids more about the Bible too.

If you want to be sure that your kids get a spiritual education that is based on the Bible, then you need to start educating them about the Bible and what it has to say. Remember, there is more to education than adding and subtracting, so check out the educational Bible games that are available for your family.

A Great Exercise For Kids

As parents, we all know that active kids are healthier than non-active kids, and the medical experts agree. However it’s harder and harder for kids to get enough exercise these days, between a cut in physical education for kids, busy school schedules, tv and the internet. And while organized sports can be a great exercise for kids, not every kid or family has the temperament, skills or money to be team player. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t promote kids fitness at home through the simple exercise of running.

Of course, running as a kids fitness exercise as both risks and benefits. While running can be a great exercise for adults, our bodies are generally stronger with denser bones. Kids however have a different make up and while there are significant benefits to running as an exercise, they are some risks.

The Risks

Like any exercise your kids participate in, running should be supervised. If you’re not a runner yourself, you may want to take the sport up with your kids and learn about it together. This will be a great way to get healthy together and bond. You will want to make sure that your child isn’t overdoing it with running and hurting themselves.

First off, never allow kids to exercise without stretching first. Once they have properly stretched, pace their run with a warm-up period, a running period and a cool-down period. Work on their distances starting slow and short and working up to longer and longer periods.

Don’t forget consulting with your doctor before staring any kids fitness exercise to ensure that its appropriate for your child’s health condition.

Benefits of Running as a Kids Exercise

Luckily, running is one of those activities kids often do on their own, without much encouragement from their parents. However free running is very different than taking up the sport of running as an organized fitness activity. It’s a great, inexpensive activity – really all you need are some sneakers and weather appropriate clothes. You will want to invest in some decent running sneakers for your kids if they start to take running seriously – this doesn’t mean you need to buy the most expensive set, just remember if they keep running, they will wear those sneakers out.

Running is also a great foundation for training for other sports, or it can become a sport in and of itself, like track or cross-country. Your kid could also get interested in doing local 3k and 5k running races with you as ways to have fun and add some competition to the activity.

The great thing about running is that it’s a kids fitness activity that can be done solo or together. It may be an activity you enjoy with your kids or it may be something they really take to alone, reveling in the strength and sense of accomplishment it gives them. A life-long love of running is a great way to impart healthy living skills to your children.

Why Kids’ Exclusive Websites Are Best Option for Kids

Kids are like small plants that have the great potential buried within them for natural flourishment, which needs to be nurtured from the childhood with the help and supportive aids of knowledge, right learning procedure, and right attitude for grooming an innocent mind. It is necessary to provide proper output for training and education for kids in order to improvise them for a bright future for their better tomorrow.

Education is no more limited to book nowadays; apart from the world of books the world of Internet has unleashed a huge world of information. Multiple type of information are jotted down in different categories of websites and kids’ websites are especially meant for kids’ knowledge and for their over-all learning process by means of fun and learn methods.

In most of the popular kids’ websites formal and functional education is imparted via entertainment and various learning methods. In general average kids are not in favor of formal education therefore playing and teaching combo method is best for kids’ spontaneous learning inputs. It has been observed that the websites which follows kids’ friendly learning methods are well accepted by kids as their favorite sites and depending on the functionality parents also recommends for this websites for their children.

Educational websites are obviously best alternative for all because these websites are authentic and are considered as best resources for advanced education. However, for kids always resource and authenticity do not work well which can initiate a spontaneous urge in between a kid to learn a subject and to learn the subject by loving the subject.

The websites which are specially meant for kids allow in general for their kids traffic meticulous and meaningful fun learning method which boosts the general IQ level of participating children and creates great impetus which proves learning friendly process with better effect than conventional practice-theory teaching method. Kids’ exclusive websites take utmost care of child psychology and kids’ preferences; this is one of the reasons while learning through a good kids’ website children often found them complacent with the study method as well as with the new challenges imparted by website curriculum, hence result proves satisfactory.

Not only for studies and improvement of motor skills, a quality Kids website helps in improving the level of general knowledge, personality development, improvisation of reasoning aptitudes, and over-all knowledge about different topics which are not always included into conventional academic syllabus. Over-all development of a child is one of the main concerns of the guardians and a quality kids’ exclusive website plays pivotal role in imparting knowledge and support for kids’ mental development.

Once upon a time a kid used to be taken care of other family members apart from their parents. Therefore it was hardly found that children used to suffer from loneliness. Nowadays, the pattern of nuclear family and working parents have induces some sort of boredom for the kids after their study session. In these situations, these kids’ exclusive websites work like efficient granny or nanny who takes care of proper and healthy entertainment of a child and keeps his/her brain busy with quality workload.

Everyday Entertainment and Education for Kids

Entertaining kids isn’t the hardest thing to do, but it certainly isn’t the easiest either. You can’t just plop them in front of the television every time they’re bored without risking a woefully contagious mental atrophy that can plague them for the rest of their natural life. At the same time, it can be draining and, frankly, intimidating to satisfy the curiosities, the logical probing, the constant “why? Why? Why?” that can accompany every game and lesson. So, how do you maintain your child’s curiosities and your sanity at the same time without planting them like a vegetable on the couch? With creative entertainment.

My friends in education have a term, “Teachable Moments” for those everyday events and situations that can somehow be adapted into learning opportunities. What shape is that ball you just drew? Round. How many crayons did you use to draw it? Ninety. Where did you get so many crayons? The toy store. Why did daddy buy you ninety crayons at the toy store? Because I have discovered a direct correlation between my volume in a public place and the amount of things I leave the place in possession of.

Of course, results may vary with your own child, but I believe that with only a minor adjustment this same method can be applied to entertainment as well as education. Here are two games you may find keep your little one entertained, your bank statement free of extraordinary crayon purchases, and your own sanity well in check. You need little more than a pen, some paper, and a little planning to play either.

The Scavenger Walk

This game has the added benefit of getting both you and your child out for a little exercise which, if you’re like me, you need more than most toddlers anyway. It’s likely that you already have a route you like to follow out on walks, but if you don’t there are lots of options. Consider a path around a nearby park, safe streets winding through your own neighborhood, or even a power-walk around the mall. Before you go, make a list of some landmarks recognizable to someone your child’s age and put general descriptions of them in a short list. The game then becomes for your child to find something while on the walk that matches each description on the list.

Something orange and soft? Maybe it’s those flowers or the cat hiding in them!

Something red with white letters? A Stop sign! Bonus points: what does the sign say?

Something gray and square? The neighbor’s mailbox! Or their car! Or the cinder blocks it’s resting on in their front yard that the neighborhood association won’t do anything about!

Thrifty Shopper Math

This game probably seems a little more like learning, so it might be best to disguise it as a chance to act like an adult, which kids love. Just say, “Hey sweetie, will you help mommy go buy groceries? I need you to hold this list for me.” This list is a near-duplicate of your own shopping list, simplified a little for the sake of your eager helper. As you grab the items ask your child to mark the cost of each item beside the name (both of which, again, are probably best to simplify). In this manner your young assistant will have the opportunity to associate a word with an item as well as add up the total amount of the list. This is a great exercise to eat up time as you are waiting in the checkout queue behind that dude with sixty cans of cat food in the ten items or less lane.

How much was the soup? One dollar. How many cans did we get? Four. So all the soup cost how much? Four dollars! And how much were daddy’s new socks? One dollar. And how much was your ice cream bar for helping with the shopping? One dollar.

For an added challenge, consider shopping somewhere other than the Dollar Store, budget permitting. Regardless of where you shop (or walk for that matter), these games are both easy to prepare and full of great benefits. Education aside, it’s time spend bonding, exercising, and subtly teaching responsibility. And if you’re lucky, your kid will get something out of it as well.

John Abernathy has a lifetime of artistic involvement which led to a degree in film & television production. He owned his own commercial production company and worked on several independent feature-length films before he co-authored the novel “A Question of Character” with his father, which led to book signing tours, speaking engagements, and radio appearances. Most recently he has combined his artistic and literary skills and is producing illustrated children’s books through Starbound Storybooks.

How They Learn Anything is How They Learn Everything

Teaching children to grow into financially responsible adults has proven to be quite a challenge for most parents. You either don’t know how to talk to your kids about money, you haven’t a clue what to say if you could or you don’t realize you’re laying down the foundation for their financial education whether you say anything or not.

You see, if your kids are like most kids, they want stuff. And if you are like most parents, you’d like to be able to give them that stuff. This is as expected in America.

But here’s the catch. Simply giving your child all of the things he wants doesn’t support his progress toward self-reliance doesn’t build up an internal sense of motivation and certainly doesn’t help develop a strong work ethic. Being Walmart for your kids unending desires won’t lend itself to them developing a strong belief that they can actually get whatever they want in life, if they work for it.

If you look at the opposite end of the spectrum, withholding everything the child wants and even perhaps making him work for some of the things he needs, can force a child to be too responsible too soon and this scenario poses issues of its own.

A child in this position sometimes loses touch with their childhood, being forced on many levels to become responsible sooner than perhaps necessary. Although there is certainly nothing wrong with being responsible, there is something to be said for letting children be children. After all, most adults would readily exchange a few of their days toiling in the workplace for a few care-free days in the woods catching frogs or more likely, running around the mall with friends or playing the latest video game on the neighbor’s television.

This doesn’t necessarily include the child, who at seven years old, decides to start a business and is making $1000 a month by the time he or she is ten! This child is internally motivated by some unseen force and should be encouraged. For children who aren’t intrinsically motivated early in life, forcing them into too much responsibility often adds to the other stresses of growing up and can actually cause very negative ramifications in terms of a child’s behavior and choices in life while they are young.

The balance between these two, combined with the intention of giving your children a solid financial education, is what helps create an adult with a sound sense of financial responsibility. The question is…how DO you lay down that solid financial education in those kids of yours in the way best possible for you and the child?

Before we look at how to teach your children about money, we must examine how they learn in the first place. This is because how they learn anything is how they learn everything, so it only makes sense to teach them about money using their own personal learning style.

Have you ever noticed that you have to ‘see’ a map in order to understand the directions someone is giving you? Or that you have to see a picture in order to understand how something goes together or how one thing is related to another? Do you have to be in the front during the class in order to see what the teacher is drawing on the board? Do you use words like see, look, notice and watch? Your primary learning style is what is referred to as Visual.

On the other hand, do you have to close your eyes in order to ‘hear’ what is being said because the visual interferes with your ability to take in and process new information? Do you often sit in the middle or in back at a seminar because you only need to listen to get the information? Do you use words like listen and hear? Your primary learning style is called Auditory.

And finally, do you have to ‘do’ a thing in order to learn it; whether it’s a physical skill, a mental task or an emotional lesson? Do you often stop and check in with your body to see how something feels before you decide whether or not you have learned it or believe it in the first place? Do you use words like feel, gut, body and sense? Then your primary learning style is called Kinesthetic; you learn best through a combination of movement and emotion related to the subject matter.

Most people learn through a combination of two of the learning styles and some people learn through all three, but most have one primary style that they rely on more than the other two. One important note, however, to pay heed to, is that less than 20% of our population are primarily auditory learners. The conundrum here is that most of our schools use primarily auditory forms of instruction.

Let’s apply these three learning styles to teaching your children how money works. If there are three ways for them to learn, they are no doubt learning about money from you in three ways.

This means that they are watching what you do with money, listening to what you say about money and experiencing in their bodies the situations you are experiencing with money.

It is not a new idea that human beings learn best by example. Albert Einstein once said, “Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another; it is the only means.” He was right on the money, pun intended. Before you can teach your child anything about money, you must examine the example that you, as the parent or guardian, are setting for him or her.

This means that before you set any type of allowance in place, start savings and checking accounts for your child, encourage them to start a little business or learn how to trade the latest this and that with friends to learn the value of different things, you must examine your own financial life to see what they are learning directly from you.

This is the most critical, and often painful, part of teaching your child about money. You see, allowances are great, and wanting to empower your children financially is the greatest gift you can gift any child, however, if your own financial life is a mess, your children aren’t going to learn the lessons of proper money management and wealth creation.

If you are living on credit cards, constantly telling other how much you despise money and wish you didn’t have to deal with it, complaining about the cost of living or that you’ll never be able to own a home, what is your child learning? He or she is learning that life is hard and that getting is money is painful. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

If you want your kids grow up financially savvy, you must first commit to becoming financially savvy yourself, if you aren’t already. Most of us learned a long time ago that the ‘do as I say, not as I do’ form of parenting doesn’t work. Teaching our children how to make, manage and multiply their money wisely falls into that category, just like everything else we want to teach them.

So it’s up to you. Before you attempt to teach your child about saving, investing in assets, using credit wisely, avoiding bad debt and donating to others, you need to be doing these things yourself. Once you have this down, you are ready to begin instilling in your child the one life skill they absolutely must learn in order to live on their own successfully: how to handle and grow their money wisely and responsibly.

Now, if you’re ready to take that first step, get out your magnifying glass and examine your financial life in detail. Ask yourself what you want your child to learn about money and then model that behavior and put your child in the presence of others modeling that behavior. Before long, you’ll have children who are doing the things with their money that financially responsible people do with their money and they’ll be doing it because you are. Good job!

Nutrition Education For Kids

Nutrition class isn’t working; this is no surprise to me. There have been many stories on the AP newswires focusing on the billions of dollars that have been spent on nutrition education that have produced zero results. There seems to be no dent in the growing epidemic of obesity. Kids continue to get sicker and fatter, because they are not changing the way they eat.

The piece mentions the federal pilot program that provides free fruits and veggies to kids saying kids won’t eat these foods. They point to the fast food and coffee drinks available just across the street and even go so far as blaming moms (many who can’t afford to buy better foods) as part of the problem.

Here are some suggestions to fix this predicament. First and foremost, let’s drop the word “nutrition” from our vocabulary. We shouldn’t need to be nutritionists or biochemists to know how to eat. Change the “N” word to the “F” word, FOOD! Food has many more possibilities.

Second, let’s get nutrition out of health class! Most states have standards for health curriculum that put sex and drugs at the top of the list. Nutrition comes in third place behind these two more appealing subjects. If you change nutrition to food, it becomes an interesting topic to integrate into science, math, social studies and English curricula.

Educators know that experiential learning is the most effective way to get a point across. Why not take kids outdoors and let them get their hands dirty? Studies who that kids who are involved with growing food are more likely to eat fruits and veggies that were previously unfamiliar. Growing food not only integrates science ( botany and ecology) but fosters a connection with the earth. These kids will be the stewards of our planet in a few short years. We need to get them out from behind screens and out doors. Leave no child inside!

Another experiential component of learning involves cooking. Kids really do like to cook! It doesn’t have to be cookies! Teach them to slice an onion ( take a peek at the onion cells under a microscope!). Bake a traditional dish from another country ( social studies, history). Teaching kids to cook gives them life skills that they will need to know. It may even inspire them to go into the culinary arts.

We must change the school food environment to support food based learning. More fresh fruits and veggies in our schools are essential. But not just as a handout in the cafeteria. Each day, each week, feature a veggie. Integrate it into the curriculum in the classroom.
Make lunch count!

Einstein once said a problem cannot be solved with the consciousness that created it.
Our packaged processed food industry and our food pyramid will not solve our current crisis in declining children’s health. We need to think out of the pyramid to find innovative food based solutions.

Character Education For Kids

Character education programs for children are being conducted in various schools all over the world and by other NGO’s as well. Character education provides each individual student an opportunity towards achievement of their personal success and develops them into becoming strong individuals themselves at the same time.

Development of a child’s character usually starts with the help course, which teaches the parents who are not familiar with the concept and importance of their kid’s character education. These courses provide and help the kids in gaining many good qualities instead of just learning 1 or 2 good things in their entire lives.

Since these days, the parents are usually very busy people trying to bring about a work-life balance in themselves and in their families, this type of courses and programs help them to cut the time taken in order to learn how to make the kids learn character education at various stages in their lives and how to react to or deal with constantly changing situations and different reactions.

Children need to learn and understand the tremendous value that character education and they have to learn it hands on a daily basis. It is not just learnt directly but also through indirect ways with the kids being taught as to how one must think through different types of situations and react to them in the right way possible.

The kids can be made to understand how they should control and regulate their emotions and react in a mature fashion when faced with frustration or stressful syndromes. They should also learn communication techniques, which will be immensely helpful to them towards their personal empowerment, and be resilient men or women when they grow up. Children should have a feeling of engagement and interest to what they are taught in their Character Education classes if they are to learn anything of value from there.

Children tend to learn a lot in a better way if they are taught with a positive approach, which is also passionate in nature. You need to find out a course, which is simple and easy to understand by itself without making the things more complex for the kids than what is absolutely needed. Parents and teachers alike need to be passionate as children can read your eyes and any attempt to fake it will only encourage indifference in learning and cause dissidence among the kids you teach.

Any character education course or program that helps in building and developing a kid’s confidence level would include showing the children how to set their goals realistically and how they can reach such goals. There could be a lot of small wins which are much better to a child than putting your focus on one big uncertain, unrealistic and an impossible goal. The course should to be kept easy and simple and help the kids in promoting their imagination and action that the kids take for reaching their preset objective. With the achievement of small successes, the children will develop more confidence and will start believing that they can achieve bigger goals.

Sex Education For Kids

With society advancing, children are becoming sexually active at earlier ages. What kids should know about sex starts with the parents. There are many parents who are afraid of that famous “birds and the bees” talk. Sex is not something that should be taken lightly. There are lots of consequences if your child doesn’t know the proper things about sex. Whether raise a nice Christian household, kids are going to have sex in today’s world. Some things to what kids should know about sex are:

1. Condom use– There is different ways to approach this topic. By introducing the condom to your child, they will know what they are and how to use them properly. For children practicing sex, if the condom is too hard to put on correctly, they will not use one at all. This will put your kid in very bad danger.

2. Diseases– Teach your kid all about the different diseases that come from sex. Herpes, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, and the worst of all AIDS are just a few things to what your child can catch if they are not practicing safe sex with their partner. As children get older, they become smarter on the ways of safe sex, but it is challenging to keep an eye on your children at all times.

3. Pregnancies– This is a big thing amongst teenagers who do not think it a good idea to practice safe sex. Pregnancies are a steady rise with children just because many parents would rather have the school teach their children of sex only to have the child skip the class. With the increase of hormones and testosterones amongst teenagers, it is no wonder why the temptation of sex arises. Keeping the children safe from pregnancies is the best we could do as parents for our children.

For parents, it is hard when you have to talk to your kids about sex. There are many things kids should know about sex to help them protect themselves from the dangers. As parents it is your duty to protect your children in all forms of harm. When you teach your child of the proper uses of sex and when the best time to have it, then your children will respect your decisions. Be a part of your children’s lives and you will know when the right time to sit down with them and give them the talk that they have needed for a while. Keep your children safe.

Computer Education For Kids

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Computers have become a common and needed part of life in today’s society, making computer education and sex. Young children will typically begin to show an interest in the home PC by their toddler years. While it is may be a good idea to begin introducing your toddler to the computer in very short sessions, most children can began to learn and understand a computer’s functionality by preschool age.

Preschool age children can learn to turn the computer on by themselves and will quickly learn to operate the mouse. Simple games that teach and reinforce basic school readiness skills are great for this age. Computer education for preschool age children should be limited to short sessions of about 30 minutes a few times a week.

Many childcare facilities offer computer time as part of their weekly curriculum for preschoolers. Structured games and activities give young children an opportunity to explore the way a computer works. Games that require dragging objects across the screen are excellent for building mouse skills in beginner users. Chose age-appropriate software and websites that involve alphabet and color recognition, shapes, counting, or short stories that are read aloud. Activities that feature music are also enjoyable for a preschooler’s computer time.

Kindergartners are normally still exploring the basics of computer use and will probably do best with activities that reinforce simple skills. As children become more comfortable with the computer, more complex games and activities can be introduced. Computer education for kindergartners typically consists of short sessions of no more than an hour, playing games that correlate with their classroom learning material.

By first grade, children have usually gained a good understanding of how to use a mouse and they are learning to use keyboard letters to type. Games like Typing Instructor for Kids can help young children become fast and efficient computer users. Early elementary age children are ready to move beyond simple reinforcement and skill drill activities to the many different functions of a computer.

First through third graders should use the computer as a supplement for their classroom work. A student studying about stars and planets can use the internet to search for pictures and information about constellations. An assignment about Africa can include a search for videos of African animals. Allow your child to work on his own, but stay close by to prevent access to inappropriate content and to answer any questions.

Software programs that allow children to create, like an art or publishing suite designed specifically for kids, can boost creativity along with providing exposure to technology. Grade level skills can also be practiced and enhanced with math, reading, and spelling computer games. There are a number of kid-friendly websites that provide search engines, games, and interaction opportunities.

Computer education for children should also include writing and creative writing activities. First graders are beginning to familiarize themselves with the keyboard and can write short letters or emails. By second and third grade, children can use word processor programs or writing software designed for children to write and publish their own short stories and poems, as well as use email to write to relatives.