Keep Your Child’s Brain Sharp During School Breaks! There are ways to keep your child engaged in learning even after school has closed. Let’s face it, kids don’t want to hear anything about school during holidays and we don’t blame them really. Although we know it is the primary concern of the parent to see that learning doesn’t stop altogether just because the little ones are on break.
We are aware that kids can only be bullied or tricked into studying at their times of rest.
A good example would be to say that Spiderman likes Math and voila! Kids start solving math because they think it’s cool. Another alternative is to use the conventional method of giving kids candy as a reward for good behavior or studying. Thankfully the battle gets easier day-by-day because of technology and its innovative ways.
We took the liberty of compiling this awesome list for you that finds a middle-ground between Education and Entertainment -some edutainment if you will. Here are some of the TOP 6 INTERESTING EDUCATIONAL PLATFORMS kids can try out during the holiday!
First up is Khan Academy! (KA), a world famous software solution that teaches with the use of well-explained, short videos. Their motto is “A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere”. How great is that? people of all calibers can use this marvelous tool from kids, adolescents to adults. It gives access to different subjects such as math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history etc. While using KA you gain points and badges to boost your morale during study mode. Kids can learn anything from the very basics to a stage of mastery! Also available is the offline version which is called KA Lite, so no need to worry about internet! You and your child can both learn new things in subjects of interest.
Next up is codecademy – the Academy for coding ans we like to call it! If your kid is interested in learning how to code/write programs then codecademy is the sure way to go. The platform is not difficult to navigate through so it suites learners of all levels. When a child registers to take a course on codecademy he/she is guided all through it with hints – if needed – in addition they can navigate back to past programs to remember what they did.
With a very catchy name, we introduce Factmonster to you. This website will educate your child in subjects that cut across the curriculum and also things out of it. It will also interest you to know that the site has sections on World & News, Language, Myth, Reference Desk, Quizzes & Games and so much more. There’s a particular category called “Cool Stuff”, which gets your child in tune with what other children would typically not know e.g. Origins of things, Customs of places and the Stock Market!
Also available for kids that love to read is the free ebook access in the “Funbrain” section.
Take a look at the screenshot below to have an idea of what other things kids can discover from factmonster. Your child will definitely become a little nerd when they develop a habit of using this tool.
On Topmarks, teaching and learning materials are made available to everyone from students to parents to teachers. Finding stuff is easy-peasy on this site because it’s searchable by age group and/or subject. It doesn’t matter if the site follows a certain standard, a common ground is attained because all 10 years olds are expected to know the same thing. Topmarks also has Story Planning in the English section and Experiments to conduct in the Science section. This platform may be the most fun for kids because of its innovative exercises. The tasks are presented as fun games. Your child might just be thinking he/she is lost in a gaming world but it’s just math or English or some ancient history puzzle!
The Parent resources can help with methods of encouragement, toys and activities for learning, bullying advice and so much more. This platform takes cognitive learning to whole other level and is a good recommendation for kids to try out.
IXL which short for “I Excel” is a practice platform for learners in areas of math and language arts from early years to senior secondary stages. The website hosts a lot of useful resources for teaching and learning methods. Learning new skills and being motivated in entertaining ways is what IXL is all about. Kids can have a treasure hunt experience in terms of tackling math challenges. More practice means more wins revealed in colorful prizes! Get real insight into your child’s profile practice habits, improvement over time, and areas of weakness. There are also huge benefits for family or school membership with learning exercises that stimulate specific parts of the brain and other methods free from distractions. Free your child into the wonderful adventureland of learning in creative ways with IXL.
Last but not the least, we have the Hangman game! Yes this game can be both educating and fun. Out of all games it has been available since time and it has greatly evolved over the years. Traditionally hangman is played in a group where people pair up and draw a stickman getting hung as a member of a group fails to guess what the other is acting out. In its evolution, the game has come to have different categories for players to pick from places, to famous actors, to history of the world or a country etc. Kids learn new facts with every try on Hangman. There are so many customized variety of the game available in both online and offline versions.
All these are wonderful ways to keep your child learning new things everyday in an entertaining way. Instead of hiring a lesson teacher or dropping kids off at summer camps where you have no clue what habits they are picking up from people and the surroundings, these platforms offer a better alternative. Keep reading our blog for helpful tips and information on the latest features technology brings in education.