# Imagination!

Fire up your imagination with this fun inspiriting song that teaches the 5 W’s. and the importance of asking questions, pushing boundaries with What if? and Why not?

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# Forest!

Venture into virtual forests, discovering what creates a forest, who lives in a forest, the sounds of a forest and the basics of photosynthesis. Identify seasons, trees and plants. Follow footprints to find out who makes them and what sounds they make.

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# Greetings

Learning about culture and diversity is very important in this rapidly growing world. Teaching your child with friendly greetings in other languages will give them the knowledge of how to welcome others from different cultures.

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# Books & Reading

Explore the Who, What, Where, When and Why’s of reading! In this interactive mobile app, your child will learn all about all the different kinds of books and reading materials available

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# Water

Learn about Water, its sources and states, the importance of Water and even about its chemical formula i.e. H2O. Regular intake of Water, Causes of Dehydration, and Results of Extreme Dehydration.

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# Music

Interactive AR/VR app that focuses on the 5W’s of music and how we make music. Have fun and make your own songs with instruments in AR.

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# AR DollHouse

Become familiar with furniture/household items and their correct placements within the Dollhouse. Place household goods/furniture correctly, e.g. “Stove” has to be placed within the kitchen, “Bed” has to be placed in the bedroom and so on.

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# Applus+

A simple addition and subtraction game for children. Look at the equation in the top left corner and collect the apple with the correct value on it to complete the equation.

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# Digits

Count along and learn numbers 1-100, focusing on mainly 1-10. Learn many different ways we can count, on our fingers, a talley, and with animals. Find out where and when we use numbers!

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# Noise

Sound, Noise, and Hearing is designed for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners and
explains them about Noise, Sound, Hearing, and Listening. It describes them
about the Healthy Hearing, Importance, and Need of Good Hearing, about
Hearing the Sound, Unpleasant and Pleasant Sounds.

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# Time

Explore the 5W’s of time! Who uses time?What is time? Where do we use time? When do we keep time? Why do we use time?

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# Dialogue

“Dialogues for Children” is a Wonderful App for Preschoolers and Kindergartners, based on Interesting Conversations between, Grandpa, Grandma to their Grandson, Granddaughter – explaining them about the following important topics:
1. Knowledge and Experience. 2. Hygiene and Cleanliness 3. Smile.

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# Addition & Subtraction

Addition and Subtraction is a fun interactive app that introduces children basic addition and subtraction, focusing mainly on numbers 0-10. Learning is always fun when cupcakes and puppies are involved. Count the animals in various photos, and cupcakes on the tray. Share and divide the cupcakes with your W5Go friends!

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# 7 Ways to Make Reading Fun!

### “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss

Jumping into a good book is like taking your mind on an amazing expedition. Through
reading and writing, anything is possible. Creating worlds with talking animals, alternate universes, aliens and more!

Unfortunately, not everyone has a natural taste for reading. Depending on a child’s learning style, reading and writing may feel more like a chore. As a parent, it is your job to convince them reading is fun! This may be difficult, but there are many ways to encourage a child to love reading.

## Read the Right Book

Choose or let your child pick a book that they can relate too. If they play sports, love camping or dancing, for example, find a book that encompasses those topics.

Books are more enjoyable to read when you’re interested in the topic and want to know more.

Read a variety of material – stories, poems, information books, newspaper articles and comics for your child. Show them all the forms literature comes in. Maybe they would prefer to read short stories and poems instead of chapter books?

## Create a Reading Space

Finding a quiet place to sit down and read a book is a great start a habit of settling down and focusing on reading. Create a calm and inviting environment where your child feels completely comfortable spending time with their favourite characters, and getting lost in a beautiful story. This should be a place where their imagination can run wild.

Lead by example! Make time for yourself to read a book as well. Go to your reading place and read your books silently together. This is also a great way for family bonding time.

My little bookcase has a wonderful list of reading space ideas here.

## Bring the Book to Life

Try and plan ahead if the book is spooky and Halloween related, dress up in costume and read it by flashlight. If it about going to the beach, read it at the beach! By doing this, you’re bringing another element to the story. Visual and kinesthetic learners really connect when they feel physically involved.

When reading a story with dialogue change voices or share the reading by assigning a character to each reader.

Many books now have apps and videos you can watch and play along with. For an introduction to book and reading, W5Go’s app on books and reading explains the many kinds of books and reading material available and when we use each one.

## Library Dates

Set a day once or twice a month where you go to the library to discover a new book. Make a date of it, grab a hot cocoa and settle in for some family bonding time! Also, many libraries offer programs for kids or reading clubs your child can join!

Bringing a child to a library promotes being social and creates a sense of community. They can see a world of different books, and meet new people that also enjoy reading. The library community helps a child feel more comfortable with talking about what they are reading, their thoughts and feelings about a book. Joining book clubs is a great way for children to discuss and learn about how everyone views things differently. We learn more by discussing and talking about what we’ve seen or read.

## Make it A Challenge

Some children are really motivated by challenges and find it really fun to complete a task. So make a game out of it! How many books can they read over the summer?

Maybe offer a prize like ice cream for finishing a book.

Make a chart counting the books they’ve read. According to SMART goals, people are more likely to achieve a goal, such as finishing a book, if they can physically see and track their progress. You can start off small such as a chapter every two weeks. By making it a challenge, a child can practice planning and setting goals to achieve them. It instills a habit of making time to read and set aside time to accomplish a goal.

Often libraries will release summer book series challenges, and there are plenty online to choose from. My KidsTime has a great list of summer books and challenges for kids here.

## Be Creative!

While reading the book take time to draw, paint, act or model scenes they’ve read. This helps children comprehend what they have read, and be able to retell the story to others. Use voices while reading aloud to make the book more interesting. Have your child create a voice and read along pretending to be the character.

Try and find books that have movie adaptions or plays made about them. Read the book and reward it with a trip to the theatre and watch the show together. Make a family date of it, grab a treat after and discuss how the show compared to the book.

Come together with fellow parents and create a book club with your children. When they finish a book together throw a themed party for the kids to talk about the story. If they have a birthday coming up have it themed around their favourite book. Have fun with it! Make costumes or crafts, bake food mentioned in the stories.

## Break the Rules!

Some rules are meant to be broken. Allow them to stay up a bit later to finish that chapter in a book. Read to them even if they can read on their own. Hearing others read helps with pronunciation. Let them move around while you read. For kinesthetic learners, this may help them listen and understand what the story is about.

Reading yields so many benefits for a growing mind, encouraging a child to read is like giving them the keys to the city. So go ahead give them the key and open the doors to possibilities!

## Books and Reading

W5Go’s Books and Reading app is an easy, fun way to introduce your child to the wonders of reading! Enjoy an exciting adventure in augmented & virtual reality, exploring the W5Go secret library, learning the who, what, where, when and why’s of books!

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# The Four Learning Styles

Did you know there are four types of learning styles? Not everyone learns the same way, which could be why some children struggle in school but excel in other areas. For parents wanting to help their children learn or are currently homeschooling children, it is helpful to understand different learning styles and adopt a child’s education to their learning style.

Educators have developed a model to help define and categorize the many ways we learn. Originally author Walter Burke Barbe established three categories for learning styles in 1979, Visual Auditory and Kinaesthetic (VAK). In 1987, Neil Fleming expanded on the VAK system into VARK (Visual, Auditory, Reading & Writing, and  Kinaesthetic). Below is a short video about VARK.

# Visual

Visual learners remember 75% of what they read or see. They understand information best when they can see it.  Visual learners prefer to have things written down, view pictures with texts, keep their materials organized and they enjoy decorating.

Guiding Visual Learners:

• Show lots of visually interesting material in a variety of formats.
• Handouts and presentations should be organized, visually appealing and easy to read.
• Embrace technology. Use computers, cameras, videos and photography.
• Use a highlighter to point out important information.
• While studying take a lot of notes, write and re-write notes. Re-writing will help you remember more details.
• Give them alone time to study, most visual learners learn best alone.

Top 5 Learning Activities for Visual Learners:

Flash Cards
Colouring Storybooks
Cartoons & Movies
Sticker books & Sets
Crosswords & Word Search

# Auditory

Auditory learners have the best chance of learning when they are able to hear the information. Only about 30% of students are auditory learners. Auditory learners remember what they say and what others say, they enjoy discussions, find it difficult to work quietly, can recall verbal instructions well, and can be easily be distracted by noise or silence.

Guiding Auditory Learners:

• Encourage group studies. They learn best while talking and repeating information with others.
• Highlight and use colours in note to help recall points.
• Set a goal and verbalize what you want to achieve.
• Create your own or find educational tapes and listen to them often
• Find education sing-a-long songs to help promote reading, pronunciation and writing.

Top 5 Learning
Activities for Auditory Learners:

Music
Poems
Presentations
Peer Tutoring
Story Telling

# Reading & Writing

Read and write learners prefer when information is written down in a clear and organized manner. They fit in well with traditional schooling with reading textbooks and writing notes. They enjoy reading by themselves, take in-depth notes in class, works best in quiet areas, and prefer to study alone.

Guiding Reading & Writing Learners:

• Write and re-write your notes.
• Read your notes (silently) again and again.
• Organize your any diagrams, graphs, and charts into statements. ie. 30% of cats like chicken flavoured cat food.
• Practice multiple choice questions
• Arrange lists and words into hierarchies and points.

Top 5 Learning Activities
for Reading & Writing Learners:
Word games
Books
Flash Cards
Educational Apps

# Kinaesthetic

Kinaesthetic learners prefer to use their body, hands and sense of touch while learning something new. They often have great hand-eye coordination, excel at sports, art and drama, high levels of energy and are quick to react.

Guiding Kinaesthetic Learners:

• Encourage discussion
• Exhibits you can physically touch such as the animal demonstrations at the zoo. By touching
• Field trips are great for kinesthetic learners as they can physically see and interact with what they have been learning.
• Create plays, drama and songs

Top 5 Learning Activities for
Kinaesthetic Learners:
Dance
Laboratory demonstrations
Sports
Gymnastics