Creative Ways to Store your Children’s Art Work

Over the years your children create many wonderful sometimes questionable artwork and school projects if your anything like me you may find it hard to just let go of it while tidying up the house. Yes, this macaroni art is going a little moldy, but my child made it how can I part with it? If I throw it out am I not being supportive?

Well never fear! There are many space-saving, non-moldy alternatives to saving many of your children’s beautiful work. Parents showing their firstborn son pictures in family album

Photo Album: Snap a picture of your child’s work and save it on your phone, computer, online, or print it and turn it into a physical photo album. This is especially great for those larger projects like dioramas. 

 

Screen Shot 2019-03-27 at 12.21.07 PMLabeled Boxes: For every school year create a box labeled which school year it is i.e Kaitlyn: Kindergarten Age: 5. A plastic box helps to protect their work for years to come and by keeping it organized it is easier to recall when each project was created. Unfortunately for this option, you are limited by space (Sorry Diorama!) so you’ll have to only pick what fits.

These boxes don’t have to be ugly plastic storage bins. There are many pre-decorated bins you can purchase at wal-mart or the dollar store.

Filing Folders: Those large accordion filing folders you use for your taxes can be used as a great way of keeping and organizing your child’s work.

 

 

9 Ways Learning Music Benefits A Child

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato

Learning music at a young age can help to sharpen senses, spark creativity, encourage learning, ignite a passion for music and so much more! Here are just some of the many, many benefits of learning music from a young age.

Sparks Creativity

This is pretty obvious, creating music sparks creativity and imagination. The possibilities when creating a song are endless, with so many different instruments and sounds, how could you not be inspired. Encouraging children to embrace their creativity and imagination will allow them to grow with an open mind.  As an adult, a pure sense of imagination is a quality most of us most of us lose as we grow up.

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Memory

Research has shown that both listening to music and playing a musical instrument stimulate your brain and can increase your memory.

354918-PAPUIW-790Recent studies have shown that people who are musically trained have better working memory skills, helping them to remember things even while their minds are busy with other matters important aspects of mental arithmetic and reading comprehension. Learning music also requires significant levels of concentration, training children to focus their attention for sustained periods.

Confidence Booster 
Learning new skills, meeting new people and experiencing something new builds confidence. Picking up an instrument and being able to play is something to be proud of.

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Listening Skills

Along with concentration and coordination skills, listening skills flourish when a child learns an instrument. When playing along with others, you need to really pay attention and listen to others playing as well.

Concentration Skills

Playing music requires a high amount of concentration, focusing on reading sheet music, rhythm, tempo, pitch, sound and so much more. Watching your timing, as well as listening to others, keeping up with their timing and tempo. It takes a lot of effort and skill to blend in with others as while as stand on your own.

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As a child, how many of us made bands with our friends? Learning an instrument opens many new conversations and communities for your child to join. Working together with groups on something creative can be empowering and so beneficial to a confidence and self-esteem.
Many people that join bands or orchestras become best friends, often becoming like family. Many lifelong relationships found their roots through musical activities.

Coordination Skills

All instruments take a lot of concentration and coordination to play. Depending on the instrument you choose a lot of hand-eye coordination may be necessary. Many instruments like piano and string instruments require you to use both hands promoting ambidexterity, where others such as percussions require coordination from hands, arms and feet.



Meditation & Relaxation

Music is a universal language, and everyone has their preferred genre, but one thing we can all agree upon is that music is a great source of relaxation. It has been scientifically proven to calm the autonomic nervous system, the endocrine and the psychological stress response.

Fun fact! These ten tracks are scientifically proven to be the most effective in reducing stress and anxiety.

1) Marconi Union – Weightless
2) Airstream – Electra
3) DJ Shah – Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)
4) Enya – Watermark
5) Coldplay – Strawberry Swing
6) Barcelona – Please Don’t Go
7) All Saints – Pure Shores
8) Adele – Someone Like You
9) Mozart – Canzonetta Sull’aria
10) Cafe Del Mar – We Can Fly

Perseverance

Learning an instrument takes time and effort, no one picked up a guitar and instantly knew how to play it. It takes commitment and many days of practice to become moderately good at an instrument. In fact, many professional musicians will practice a difficult piece of music multiple times before they can play it correctly.

We at W5Go believe music is such a vital part of learning and life, we’ve created an interactive app for children 4-12 about the Who, What, Where, When and Whys of Music!

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30 Fun Riddles your Child will Love

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Answer:  Alley Cat

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Answer:  You have Two Apples!

Baker_riddle

Answer: A “Flour” Garden

Candle_riddle

Answer: A Candle

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Answer: A Clock

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Answer: Clouds

Cow_riddle

Answer: A Lawn Moo-er

Dog_paws_riddle

Answer: They press the paws button

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Answer: The Dictionary

Rainbow_riddle

Answer: A Rainbow

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Answer:  Because you never see a rabbit wearing glasses

Octopus_riddle

Answer:  Ten-Tickles

Math_riddle

Answer: 888 + 88 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 1000

Maps_Riddle

Answer: A Map

Mailbox_riddle

Answer: Mailbox

Frog_Riddle

Answer: They eat whatever bugs them.

Fish_Joke

Answer: A  FSH

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Answer: I love you Tons

DucksRiddle

Answer: At the Quack of Dawn

Riddle_Cat

Answer: Kittens!

Riddle_Clock

Answer: A Clock!

Riddle_Cupcake

Answer: A Cupcake

Riddle_Egg

Answer: An Egg

SeeSaw_Riddle

Answer:  See-Saw

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Answer:  You Planet

T_Riddle

Answer: Teapot

Table_riddle

Answer: A Table

Tomorrow_riddle

Answer: Tomorrow

Towel_riddle

Answer: A Towel

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Answer: Umbrella

 

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What is W5Go?

W5Go is a project for social edification created by Ecocarrier. W5Go aims to encompass as many of the United Nations Sustainable Development goals as possible with every episode we release. Our goal is to create a large collection of immersive educational applications that are available to everyone.

Throughout the applications, we aim to help children learn English, by teaching 20+ words in every application. The best way to learn a language is through immersion, we introduce English through voice-over, graphics and text.   All of our applications are free to download, free from advertisements, no internet required and do not have any in-app purchases.

We have recently launched a youtube channel full of wonderful educational songs that your child will love!

All of our episodes are created for children aged 4-12. With bright colourful and graphics, we want children to learn English and simples concepts such as proper hygiene, through a fun interactive environment. We want to encourage children to use their imagination, explore and have fun while learning!

We believe that any topic can be taught to a child, by simply breaking it down into the five W’s (Who, What, Where, When and Why).  We want to encourage children to always ask the five W’s. When they question how things work and ask “why not” or “what if” they are constantly learning and embracing creativity. In all of our episodes, we go through the five W’s and let the child guess what the answers could be before explaining.

Why AR/ VR Technology?

Imagination_IconW5Go focuses on creating virtual environments for children to learn, explore and use their imagination in the safety of their own home.  With so many advancements in technology is it important for children to have an even balance of traditional learning and new mobile learning.

Our applications are VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) enabled. Since this technology is becoming such a large part of everyday life, experiencing this technology from a young age is very beneficial, and our applications are meant to complement a child’s traditional education.

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What advantages does W5GO™ offer?

Resourcefulness – it is a properly researched selection of essential information on important topics for the upbringing of a child

Availability – the information and learning materials are readily available to the child on demand with the use of a Smartphone

Evolution – W5Go Project subscribes to the Wiki notion for collaborative development. Teachers and specialists in child education are invited to give us feedback and to contribute to the development of W5Go Project.

Currently, we have 14 applications available across several platforms. All are free to download, free from advertisements, no internet required and have no in-app purchases.  Our vision is to create 100 episodes “Chapters” of W5Go so that children everywhere have the chance to learn English and experience AR/VR technology.

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Our lessons: 

Imagination:  What is imagination? Explore what inventions have been created by a spark of imagination! Ignite your imagination by asking What if? and Why Not?

Forest Venture through a virtual forest where you will learn about; seasons, sounds, animals, colours, photosynthesis, and hemispheres.

Greetings:  Explore the world in VR/AR. Learn basic formal and informal greetings from around the world, time of day greetings and experience other cultures.

Books & Reading:  There are many different kinds of books, learn the different genres of books, basic spelling and go on a choose your own storybook adventure.

Music:  What makes music? Learn about instruments, notes and where music can come from.

Colour:  Learn about the primary colours, the colours of the rainbow, what colours are used for, how light makes colour and when we want to be colourful.

Time: This episode you will learn how to tell time, what we use the time for and the general concept of time.

Digits:  Learn digits from 1-10 and multiples of 10-100.

Applus: Interactive math game. Gather the apples to reach the targeted number.

AR Dollhouse:  Stylize your own AR Dollhouse. Learn basic organizational skills, where to place objects within a house.

Water:  Learn what makes water (H2O), where we find water, who uses water and the importance of water.

Addition & Subtraction:  Basic addition and subtraction with numbers 1-10. Uses fun interactive examples such as cupcakes as visual aids to help see the addition and subtraction.

Noise: Discover what noise is and how your ears are affected by it.

Dialogue: What is dialogue?  This episode features a conversation with grandparents who will teach them about the importance of hygiene.


Have suggestions on how we can improve our apps or ideas for future episodes?

Contact us at w5go.official@gmail.com 

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Encouraging A Child’s Imagination

 

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview for life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein

Imagination paves the way for our future! Creativity and imagination is the driving force behind innovation. It is the reason we’ve gone to the moon, made phones pocket-sized, have cars that can go 301 miles per hour, and so much more!

Children have such a unique view of the world because there is so much they have yet to experience. Their imagination and creatively has no boundaries completely innocent. How can we encourage a child to embrace their imagination?

5 Ways to Encourage Imagination

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1. Storytelling & Reading 

Read, write and tell stories! Making reading a part of your child’s routine is a great way to enrich your child’s imagination. Books open the doors to other worlds, where the possibilities are endless.

Make a weekly trip to the library or bookstore and have your child choose a new book. Read the book aloud with them at night and talk about the story. Discussing what is happening in the book is a great way to practice reading comprehension.

Tell stories around the campfire. This is a great way to encourage improv and fire up your imagination. Make a game of this and have one say a line at a time to create a story together.

354870-PAPUF2-3702. Make Art

Doodle, paint, and draw. Give them an art kit full of crayons, markers, craft papers, and more. It’s no secret art & crafts are so much fun for a child, but they also yield so many benefits such as develops motor skills, problem-solving, social skills, confidence building, and ignites the imagination.

A blank piece of paper can be mighty intimidating to anyone because the possibilities are endless. The hardest part of any project is simply starting this exercise will teach your child to adapt and embrace challenges. Encouraging a child to fill a blank piece of paper will help them explore their creativity, personality, and allow their confidence to bloom.

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3. Go Exploring

Go hiking, camping, geocaching, explore museums. Seeing, feeling and hearing new things can be so inspirational for anybody.

Exploring the outdoors can spark all sorts of creativity and imagination. Many provincial parks offer short videos, voice guides and tours though trails teaching children the history of the park. The best way to learn new things is by being full emersed in the topic!

Algonquin Park has a wonderful video of their logging museum before you venture out through the trail.  Activities like this can be so inspiring, sparking a child’s imagination. They watch the video and walk the same trails these people walked. Thinking about how these people lived, right here and what they did. While walking the trail you can pretend to be those people, or ask your child questions about how they lived, or how your child thinks they did things.

There are so many awesome activities to do while hiking like scavenger hunts, impersonations, hide and seek, and so much more. This is a great list of 7 Awesome hiking games for children!

Fresh air and exercise help to clear your head, induce creativity and helps reduce the stress hormone cortisol. Walking yields so many more benefits too! Such as lowering your risk of cancers, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

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4. Verbal Activities

Games such as “ISpy”, sing-along songs, rhymes and riddles are a great source of entertainment and spark creativity. These games are designed to make you think on the spot, use your imagination and be creative!

Through play, children learn to make and practise new sounds. They try out new vocabulary, on their own or with friends, and exercise their imagination through storytelling.

 

5. Allow yourself to be bored!

292544-P6RIGY-566Turn off the screens and look around find something fun! Generations before you grew up without televisions and phones in our pockets. It is so important our children get that innocent of no technology. When a child does not have a screen in their face, they are left with the whole world in front of them. When we are opposed with challenges it makes us think outside the box and be creative.

W5GO wants to encourage children to use their imagination. In W5Go’s mobile app about imagination, discover the many inventions created from a spark of imagination! Explore careers and the endless possibilities when you ask What if? and Why not? using your imagination.

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14 Free W5Go Mobile Apps for Children

Imagination!

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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!

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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

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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

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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 

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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 

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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

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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+

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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 

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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

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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

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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

Dialogue_Icon.psd_0000s_0002_Layer-1“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 

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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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