Schools around the corner and the kids need to be getting back into the swing of things. We’ve tried our best to continue learning throughout the summer but if you didn’t it may be time to get them back on the learning wagon. I’ve had those summers too were learning wasn’t front and center, don’t worry, no one is judging. There is plenty of time to start now to raise a reader.
Let’s all be reminded that learning can be fun. With these tips, the kids will be gearing to go back to school, and you will raise a reader in no time.
Learning Is Fun With These Tips
Bring Learning Outside.
Lay out a couple of blankets out on the grass and read books together. Our kids love when we lay on the lawn together, we chit chat about our surroundings, giggle, and act out silly parts in the story we are reading.
Pick a topic and research it.
Just the other day we caught a Raccoon (who was released) he was causing grief around our country yard. The kids were interested in learning all there was to learn about Raccoons. So we asked Mr. Google all the questions they had pondering on their minds. We drew pictures of what we read or wrote a paragraph (depending on age). The kids had a blast, and we all walked away with new found knowledge.
When I was a little girl, my sister and I always played school during the summer. This year, I’ve set up a reward system for our children based on 30 minutes of playing school together. It can be as simple as playing a learning game together. After they complete their 30 minutes of playing school, they get a marble in their jar. Once they get X amount of marbles, they get a reward, treat or piggy bank money. I’ve found they are excited to complete many 30 minute sessions a day, which in turn gets them more marbles and more rewards.
I’ve found they are excited to complete many 30 minute sessions a day, which in turn gets them more marbles and more rewards.
When and Then.
If you’re a parent chances are you’ve heard the when and then rule to parenting. When you’ve read for 30 minutes, then you can play electronics for 30 minutes. We use the when and then in many of our parenting teachings.
- When you’ve done your chore, then you can play the video game.
- When you’ve eaten your dinner, then you can have dessert.
- No dinner, no dessert. No reading, no electronics. No chore, no video game.
When and then makes parenting simple.
Ooka Island App Review.
This summer we were invited to give Ooka Island App a try. With two little boys who are challenged with letter recognition, letter sounds and one with sight words I knew I had nothing to lose by downloading Ooka Island Learning App.
They suggest that children play Ooka Island 30 minutes, three times a week. I will be honest sometimes we struggle with meeting the 30-minute period, summer can be busy. For the most part, our boys are asking me and reminding me about their 30-minute session when I forget.
Our boys are excited to learn because Ooka Island has made learning fun. We both know boys generally aren’t excited to learn. Two thumbs up to Ooka Island.
Unlike most learning apps, I get weekly emails telling me about the progress my children are making. The app quickly noticed that our 6-year-old son was excelling, and Ooka Island bumped him up to a higher level to meet his needs. That was a huge pat on the back for him and was another way Ooka Island is boosting confidence in children.
Ooka Island is a game based reading program that teaches mastery of the five foundational reading skills through 80 hours of educational games and 85 eBooks wrapped in a 24-level adventure.
Another cool feature that Ooka Island has come up with is that I can send cheerleader messages to my children.
Ooka Island app works because it’s built on research and innovation. Ooka Island is scientifically-proven to teach our child the foundational skills they require to be a confident reader.
Our boys have grown in their letter reconizion, sounds and reading this summer by using Ooka Island app. Sitting with them and listening to the growth has made me proud of their hardwork. Thank goodness for Ooka Island it has been the teacher our sons needed this summer to help them feel confident for the upcoming school year.
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