Monday, June 17th, 2013
Summer is here and while there are many phrases to describe what happens to student learning over the months your children are out of school, you can prevent the summer brain drain and summer slide by making reading fun, interactive, and involving technology that will serve as a huge motivator. According to the National Summer Learning Association, “all young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.” To prevent this, do a little bit each day to make the tasks manageable and fun. Here are three ways to incorporate technology to reinforce the reading that is being done at home throughout the summer months.
Designed for children 3-9 years of age, the Reading Rainbow app delivers a library of hundreds of curated books and all new videos presented in a world of adventure and discovery. Traveling to themed islands, such as Animal Kingdom, My Friends, My Family and Genius Academy, kids find a variety of books and videos customized to their age and interests. Each book from acclaimed children’s publishers comes alive with audio storytelling by celebrity actors, including spoken word Grammy winner LeVar Burton, and features light animations and related activities to enhance the story. Children also journey with Burton on exciting real-life adventures through in-app video field trips that connect the stories children read to the world they live in. The app includes more than 50 books and 16 video field trips with new content added frequently.
Kindle Free Time appeals to toddlers and early elementary ages thanks to a wealth of content that is easy to navigate through this subscription based service that is available to Kindle owners through a monthly fee. Kids can choose from thousands of hand-picked books, games, educational apps, movies, and episodes of television shows featuring favorite characters to encourage learning in many different ways. Content is sorted according to type, subject, and characters to make it easy for 3-8 year olds to find what they’re looking for quickly.
Scholastic’s Storia app provides an easy to navigate experience where reading content can grow along with children. Storia allows parents to purchase age appropriate eBooks through the ability to shop by age. Parents can assign eBooks to each child’s shelf to ensure the content is just right for them. Young readers benefit from words being highlighted as they’re read in order to help build sight word vocabulary while older readers can find many of their favorite titles in digital form.
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