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3 Interactive Ways to Keep Kids Learning During the Summer

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Funbrain Jr. — Just launched in time for summer, FunbrainJr.com is a free site that provides parents and young of learners with a fun, safe environment to play games, read stories and find printables. Content for preschoolers and kindergartners focuses on online games that help little ones build early math, literacy, problem solving, and computer skills. Games such as Mushroom Bounce and Bubble Up provide exposure to math through numeracy while A-Mazing Words and Rhyme Time focus on early literacy and beginning reading skills. Funbrain Jr. also provides online books based on well-known and beloved characters such as Olivia, Katy Duck, the Robin Hill School Series, and Stuart J. Murphy’s I See I Learn® Series through a partnership with Simon & Schuster Children’s Division and Charlesbridge Publishing.

Angry Birds Furious Forces— If you just did a double take about Angry Birds making my list, believe it or not, the most popular app can actually teach kids about physics while they fling their birds with a swipe of a finger. The new National Geographic Angry Birds Furious Forces!: The Physics at Play in the World’s Most Popular Game describes has Angry Birds gamers experiment with physics every time they pull back the slingshot. It’s a great read for elementary ages and anyone who is obsessed with Angry Birds because it provides an entry point to tackle serious science. The book discusses simple ideas of force and motion as well as complex notions of relativity and dark matter while offering simple experiments to illuminate the physics at work in the game and in the world around us.

eBooks through Scholastic’s Storia— One of the challenges that parents face is getting their kids to read during the summer. eReaders have been proven to be great motivational tools since one in five says he or she would read more books for fun if they had access to an eReader. To keep kids reading over the summer, Scholastic Summer Challenge is offering parents a free ebook from Storia®. Storia works on PCs, iPads, Android tablets, and Kindle Fires and if you don’t already have an account set up, you can download 5 free books when you sign up.

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Celebrating National Reading Month with Free eBook Apps

Friday, March 16th, 2012

March is National Reading Month and while it’s wonderful to sit down and read, there’s also no harm in exposing your children to literature through interactive eBooks on your mobile device.

eBooks can be an affordable way to always ensure that you keep reading regardless of where you are.  Beautifully illustrated images combined with spoken text, words that are highlighted as they are read, and interactive components enrich the reading experience and have the power to motivate even the most reluctant readers.

With so many eBook apps available for devices, who are the great publishers?  While iPhone and iPad apps are affordably priced and start at $0.99, my two young testers always have wonderful experiences with books from companies like PicPocket Books, Oceanhouse Media, Ruckus Media Group, and Auryn.

In celebration of National Reading Month, Auryn is giving away 5 different eBooks over the next two weeks, beginning this Friday, March 16!

  • March 16— I, Trixie Who is Dog
  • March 18— Love You to the Moon and Back, a sweet book which celebrates a parent’s unconditional love for a child
  • March 20— Inspector Peckit is based on a Don Freeman (author of Corduroy) book and is about a French detective pigeon who is on a mission to find a little girl’s lost purse.
  • March 25— Van Gogh and the Sunflowers is based on the artist and his works but contains important messages about tolerance, acceptance, and compassion for those who might be different.  It’s a personal favorite!
  • March 28— Miko: Where is Mimiki is about trying to find a lost friend.

Another great app by Auryn that young kids will love is Teddy’s Night. This charming story tells the tale of what a child’s favorite stuffed bear does while they are sleeping.  It’s sure to elicit a sense of wonder and conversation about what stuffed animals really do once eyes close and children drift off into dreamland.

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