What’s the best way to learn? By looking and listening to the world around you!
What? Why? When? Where? Who? Five very important words that begin with W!
Included in the update:
- MORE COLOURS!
- Interactive Animations
- More Words to Learn
- Augmented Reality Simulation of Colours around the Farm
- Virtual Reality Simulation where we find colours on the Beach
- Colour Test
- Fun new games!
Children start to notice colours around the age of 18 months, soon after they start being able to identify textures, shapes, and sizes. Most children are able to name one colour by 36 months, and by the time a child begins kindergarten, they are expected to identify and properly name basic colours (red, blue, green, yellow, orange, purple, black, white, brown, pink).
It is important to teach children that colour has no shape or size, it is simply what colour an object is. It can be difficult for some children to differentiate colours, shapes, and sizes as they are learning them all around the same time. In this application, there is a series of treasure hunts that will have the child identify many different objects by their colour.
This episode aims towards teaching your child the basics of colours. The names, what makes colours, primary colours and how to identify colours. The easiest way for a child to learn and understand concepts is by interactive and repetitive learning, which could prove difficult for adults hearing the same songs, colours and numbers every day. We ensure all of our W5GO episodes are free from advertisement, no internet needed and have no in-app purchases. We make sure your child is having a safe learning experience. Therefore you can feel comfortable letting your child play through and explore our episodes on their own, over and over again until they fully understand the concepts.
How Do We See Colour?
What makes colours? Your child will learn the basics of how light makes colour. When light is present colour is visible when the light is absent you do not see colour. When light hits an object, the object absorbs some of the light and reflects the rest and that is what you see. This is an interactive activity where the child will be able to adjust the lighting of the scene to visually see how light affects how we see colours.
Primary & Secondary Colours
Learning the primary colours is a great base for a child to start to understand how colours work. In this episode, we explain what the primary colours are (Red, Yellow and Blue), how they cannot be made and how you can mix them together to create secondary colours. This is portrayed through a fun animation followed by a paint by an activity where the child will have to colour in images with a selection of Primary or Secondary colours.
Within this episode, there is an interactive Ishihara test (Colour Blindness test). By playing through this application with your child, you may be able to help identify any sort of colour identification issues. It is estimated that 4.5% of the world’s population is colourblind. It is most commonly found among men (1 in 12 males) and is fairly rare in women (1 in 200 females)(Colour Blind Awareness)
Colour blindness is often a genetic condition inherited from their mothers’ side, other conditions such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis can also contribute to a person having colour blindness. People with normal colour vision can see about one million distinct shades of colour, whereas colour blind people see only 5-10% of distinct shades.
It is often difficult to determine if a young child is colourblind or not since they are still learning the colours themselves. There are some signs to look out for such as;
- Incorrectly identifying the colour of an object
- Short attention span while practicing colours
- Issues identifying Green or Red colour spectrums
- Trouble differentiating coloured texts on a coloured page
- Eye-Strain while working with colours
Although it is a concern that colour blindness will affect a child later in life, it is not something to worry about. A child is born with this condition and does not know any different than what they see. It may require some attention while in school, but will not be a factor in daily life.
If you suspect your child is colour blind consult a physician for a medical test.
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“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.
How can we ignite a child’s passion for 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.
Choose a book that is on your child’s reading level. Sometimes reading can be overwhelming when you don’t understand the words or is too long for them. A simple way to tell if a book is on your child’s reading level is by using the five finger rule. Read the first page, and have your child hold up a finger for every word they don’t know. If they don’t understand five or more words, they may not be ready to read that book yet. That is okay! Everyone learns at his or her own pace and overbook they read improves their reading level!
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.
Ask questions about what they are reading! How do they feel about the characters? What do you think will happen next? Can they relate to the characters? As your child becomes more familiar with books and reading, ask questions about the structure. Who is the protagonist? When you ask questions and discuss what they are reading it makes them think, and question what they just read helping their reading comprehension.
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.
Set a day once or twice a month where you go to the library to find 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 can meet new people that also enjoy reading. The library community helps a child feel more comfortable with talking about what they are reading, expressing their thoughts, and feelings about a book. Joining a book club is a great way for a child to discuss and learn about how everyone views things differently.
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.
While reading the book take time to draw, paint, act, or model scenes they have read. This helps children comprehend what they have read and will 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. When they finish a book reward them with a trip to the theatre to 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 other parents to create a book club for your children. When they finish a book together, throw a themed party for the kids to talk about the story. Have fun with it!
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!
W5Go’s Books and Reading app has been updated now including 3 new games!
Play through the episodes and unlock the games!
Let’s GO on an educational adventure!
Room Detective: Find objects in the room from the list above!
Book Catcher: Develop fine motor skills moving the library cart from side to side to catch the falling books.
Library Runner: Run through the w5go library and collect the books. Find a library card and become invincible to objects.
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. This app is designed for children aged 3-7 and is meant to complement a child’s traditional education while sparking their imagination by asking the 5w’s.
Virtual Reality Library
Interactive Augmented Reality Storybook
20 Words on screen & Voiceover to learn
The W5Go library is full of beautiful books and books. Enter the secret W5Go library and find the magical book that will take you on an educational adventure!
The library features a stack of books to choose from, pick which story you want to learn. You can choose from storybooks, a book of rhymes, a picture book, and a non-fiction book. They explain what kind of book they are and then read an example of that kind of story.
Storybook! Choose where the story goes!
In this interactive augmented reality simulation, your child will be able to choose and place characters into a story to change the storyline! You choose the defender of the castle, the brave night or the ferocious dragon, and decide who will go save the castle!
Play again and again to explore the many different ways a story can go.
Augmented reality works on any phone with a back-facing camera. We believe that with technology changing so rapidly children should be gradually introduced to the newest thing. This way when they are adults they will have the general knowledge of how the technology works.
Rhymes are an excellent way for children to learn a language and build their vocabulary. Wordplay is often repetitive and catchy, which helps children easily recall a word or meaning. Rhymes help children learn phonetics, often rhymes repeat difficult sounds which in-turn helps improve their speech
Picturebook. In this chapter, your child will have to place the images to make the story in the picture book. These activities help children understand time and processes. You need to plant the seed before you can water the flowers.
Picturebooks play a significant role in childhood development. They help a child comprehend what is being said in the story. It is an excellent way to hear, read and relate to new words. They are often repetitive and rhyme which helps children remember keywords and scenes.
Picturebooks are multi-sensory which stimulates the imagination. When they see the illustrations, smell and touch the pages, they become completely immersed in the story.
Non-Fiction Books. This chapter defines what a non-fiction book is. Read along and learn some interesting facts about spiders, castles and more!
WHEN DO WE READ BOOKS?
Books have so many uses and can come in hand in so many different situations. This chapter shows children when and why we use certain types of books and reading the material.
There are four sections in this chapter:
Bedtime – We read many different books at bedtime. This chapter features a short story book about rain. Click through the pages and watch the animations, read along with the voice-over, learn pronunciation and spelling.
Recipes – We read recipes when we want to cook something new. This section shows a simple way of making scrambled eggs.
Newspapers-We read newspapers to learn about the world around us. This chapter explains the many different sections newspapers have, sports, weather, and news.
School- We read many different kinds of books in school. This part has an anagram game, where children will learn to spell what they see. These
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