Sounds, Noise, and Hearing App for Children

 

 

Sound, Noise, and Hearing 

An interactive educational app for preschoolers, teaching them through fun animations, interactives, voice-overs and text what makes a healthy hearing system. 

What is Noise? 

Noise is any unwanted or disturbing sound, while sounds often surround us,  noises can annoy and even cause adverse health effects. Teaching children to identify the difference between sounds and noises, can help them learn when and how they can protect their ears. 

This app teaches children the importance of a healthy hearing system, the basics of how our hearing works, the difference between sound and noises.  What unpleasant noises and pleasant sounds are and how important it is to have a healthy hearing system. 

Though interactive animations, virtual reality explanation of sounds, and explainer videos, children can discover the who, what, where, when and whys of hearing. 

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What is W5Go?

Our goal is to create an extensive 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.


All of our episodes are geared towards children aged 4-12. With bright colors 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 continually 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?

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W5Go 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 essential 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. They feature augmented and virtual reality scenes that are fun, interactive and safe for children. They are based on anchored points and do not require a headset. Which means your child will not have to move around to experience it and will have full visibility at all times. 

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.

Have suggestions for future episodes, or would like to contribute to this good cause? Feel free to contact us at w5go.official@gmail.com 

 

 

7 Benefits of Playing with Puzzles

 

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Puzzles can be so much fun for children and adults, they come in all shapes and colors, with many different themes. It is no wonder children absolutely love playing with puzzles. Not only do they provide hours of entertainment they are also a valuable source for educational development.

1. Sharpen Cognitive Skills 

Cognitive skills are the core skills your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention. When playing with puzzles a person needs to utilize these skills, practicing and sharpening them, all while having fun.

Playing with puzzles increases their visual spatial awareness and develops a deeper understanding of these themes and topics.

2. Develop Fine Motor Skills

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When children play with puzzles, they are required to pick up, grasp, pinch and move pieces around, sorting them into the correct places.

3. Hand-eye Coordination 

Along with developing fine motor skills puzzles are a great way to help in developing hand-eye coordination. Often puzzles require a lot of trial and error, requiring a child to move and manipulate the piece into place. This requires a lot of hand-eye coordination.

4. Problem Solving

What is the point of doing a puzzle? To complete it of course! Whether it be a 12 piece puzzle or thousands of pieces puzzles are all about trial and error.

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When children are playing with puzzles, they must think and develop strategies on how they will complete the puzzle. This process requires cognitive skills such as reasoning and problem-solving skills, developing solutions. These are life skills they will take with them to their adulthood.

5. Persistence & Patients 

Puzzles can take a lot of time, effort and concentration. With some puzzles being over a thousand pieces and very complicated, being able to push through and complete the puzzle teaches a child that with persistence and patients they can achieve any goal.

6. Social

Puzzles are a great way to bring people together. Working together to develop a strategy, and cooperating together to complete a puzzle helps to develop many social skills. Nothing brings people together more than completing a common goal.

7. Self Esteem

Nothing boost self-esteem and self-worth more than accomplishing a goal. For children having something tangle-able to look back and say “Hey I did that” provides such a great sense of pride and achievement within themselves.  Working around issues and overcoming challenges boost their self-confidence and self-esteem, preparing them for other challenges in life.

Puzzles are not only a great source of fun but provide so many educational benefits! Have fun puzzling! 

 

gamesmenuWell, let’s get puzzling! W5Go’s Healthy Bodies Season has many fun educational puzzles and more! Discover the 5W’s of hygiene, our five senses, and the food groups all while learning what we need to do to keep our bodies happy and healthy!

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Greetings! Free Educational App for Kids

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This episode teaches the who, what, where, when and whys of greetings. In a virtual playground, your child will be able to interact with children from cultures around the world.  They will say hello to your child in their native language, teaching them the pronunciation, and spelling.

Saying a Hello is only one part of greeting someone. The way you approach people in different cultures can very different compared to your own. Shown through fun animations, we demonstrate how some cultures say hello with a handshake, nose bump, high-fives and so on. Learn various formal and informal greetings from world leaders such as Obama and the Queen.

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Throughout an Augmented Reality (AR) simulation, an animated globe will appear where you will learn “Where in the World” do they say that. Accompanied by music from the specific area, a postcard will appear explaining how the people of that region greet each other.  This is a visual display of where the country is located, helping with geography.  By using visual aids a child will be able to identify the country on the globe, know what language they speak, how to say hello and what gestures they use to say hello and goodbye. This opens your child up to a would of cultural understanding and

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Your child will also learn the time of day greetings such as “good morning” “good afternoon” and “good night”. In this scene, AR (Augmented Reality) bubbles with an image of a flag that will appear. Once they click on the bubbles it will say how to pronounce the word, what language and what it means.

 

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Healthy Kids! Free Mobile App

W5GO HEALTHY BODIES APP! 

Learn the 5 senses, the food groups, hygiene, mental health, and exercise! 

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                     W5go is proud to present their first ever season Healthy Kids!
Healthy Kids is a collection of episodes exploring how our bodies work and the many ways we need to take care of our bodies. Designed for children 5-8 years old dive into this adventure-filled season and learn what we can do to keep our bodies happy and healthy! 

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The 5 Senses, Hygiene, The Food Groups, and Mind & Body.

The perfect combination of education and entertainment, this app includes child safe Augmented and Virtual reality simulations bringing a fun new element to learning! 

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In addition to these four episodes enjoy three educational songs. 

Imagination: Spark your imagination with this fun song about imagination. 

Don’t Be a Bully: Before you act or say it…pause… and ask yourself. And then what?

Look, Listen & Learn: Inspired by Cherokee Proverb look, listen and learn! Discover new depths to the world around you. 

Full-length games! Each episode has fun interactive games designed to emphasize what they have learned, play through the episode to unlock the full-length games such as; the coloring book, apple catch, dress-up, hidden object, cake decorating and more! 

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Colouring book, Quizzes, Hidden Object, Apple Catch, Jigsaws, Cake Decorating, Laundry Loads,  Dressing Room and more!  

Designed to aid in childhood development focusing on: 
-Memory                                           – Attention to Detail                             – English Literacy 
-Knowledge                                     – Vocabulary                                           – Logic & Reasoning 
-Motor-Skills                                    – Problem Solving                                 – Creativity 
– Sequencing 

Five Senses

HealthSeasons_Buttons_0000s_0001_Vector-Smart-ObjectEvery day we use our five senses to experience the world around us. By developing a strong understanding of how each sense works alone and together a child is able to further understand the world around them.

What are the 5 senses? Sight, touch, hearing, taste, and smell! In this episode, you will dig deeper and discover the 5w’s, the who, what, where, when & why of each sense. Featuring fun animations, facts, sorting games, and a virtual sounds of the forest game this episode is sure to expand on a child’s basic knowledge of their five senses.  

Key Features: 

  • Word Match 
  • Spelling & Pronunciation: Voice over with on-screen text   
  • 20+ Fun Facts about the Five Senses 
  • Interactive VR & AR: Sounds of the Forest & What Smells? 

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The Food Groups

HealthSeasons_Buttons_0000s_0002_Layer-3Our bodies need fuel to work properly! We fuel our bodies with food! Written based on the Canadian Food guide, this episode explains the Four food groups and the additional group Fats, Salts & Oils. Learn the nutritional value of each food group, what foods and alternatives are in each group and the importance of a balanced diet. 

Through fun interactive like slicing bread, harvesting vegetables, apple catch, virtual barbecuing, cake decorating and more your child will have fun learning about the food groups, nutrition, and simple food preparations. 

Key Features: 

  • Interactive games and scenes; sort food groups, build the food pyramid, decorate a cake and more! 
  • Interactive VR & AR 
  • Spelling and Pronunciation: On-screen text & voice over   
  • 20+ Fun Facts about the food groups 
  • Learn the number of servings a day you need of each 

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Hygiene

This episode covers the basics of personal hygiene; bathing, hand-washing, toilet hygiene, and laundry. Often being able to do your own hygiene routine is the first bit of independence for a child. Showing by example and explaining the importance of a good personal hygiene routine can help a child develop a good personal hygiene routine of their own. 

Though-out this episode fun interactions with the W5Go characters will explain how each part of a healthy hygiene routine is important to maintaining a healthy body. 

Key Features: 

  • Spot the difference: Attention to details  
  • Sequencing Games: Toothbrush & Handwashing
  • 20+ Fun Hygiene Facts 
  • Spelling and Pronunciation: On-screen text & voice over  
  • AR Laundry Game & VR Bathroom Menu 

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Mind & Body 

Having a healthy body means taking care of your body inside and out! This episode covers the importance of Stretching, Aerobics, Strength & Mental Health. Learn how each topic helps the body stay healthy and strong. Join the W5Go kids in simple bodyweight exercises, learn body parts, play a sports memory game and more!  

Having a healthy mind is equally as important as having a strong body. We want to help break the stigma of Mental Health by introducing children to the basics of having a positive mind. We talk about feeling sad and what to do when you feel sad, with simple breathing exercises, how to help feelings, a song about bullying and a simple quiz. Upon completing this episode, a child will have a basic understanding of mental health and how to cope with situations.   

Key Features:

  • Simple body weight exercises for children to follow along
  • Fun animations, games, quizzes 
  • Breathing exercises 
  • Spelling and Pronunciation: On-screen text & voice over  
  • 20+ Fun Mind & Body Facts 

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25 Fun Christmas Facts

1. Have you received a fun creative Christmas card? These lovely letters of good wishes
originated in England and were first sent in the 1840s.

Christmas_0001_Layer-32. It takes around 15 years for a Christmas Tree to grow to 6-8 Feet. There are about 30-35 million Christmas trees planted every year.

3. The tallest Decorated Christmas Tree ever displayed was in Seattle in 1950. It was 221 feet tall!

4. Christmas Trees are also called Yule Tress.

5. Traditional colours for Christmas are red, green and gold. They represent eternal life, the blood of Jesus and royalty. 

6. The carol “Jingle Bells” was originally written for Thanksgiving as a way to commemorate the famed Medford sleigh races.

7. On December 16, 1965, Jingle Bells was the first song to be broadcast from space.

Christmas_0000_Layer-28. Have you sent a letter to Santa Claus? In the United States, all letters addressed to Santa go to Santa Claus, Indiana. 

9. In Japan is it tradition to eat KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) for Christmas. Orders must be placed two months in advance.

Christmas_0007_16610. Why do we say “X-mas”? We use the abbreviation X-mas because of an ancient tradition. X is a Greek letter “chi” which is a short form for the word “Christ” in Greek.

11.  1 In 3 men waits until Christmas Eve to do their Christmas shopping.

12. The two days before Christmas are the busiest shopping days of the year. Even busier than Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

13.  In 1980, the must-have toy for Christmas was a 2$ Rubik’s cube. Quite the difference compared to the top sellers in 2017; Hatchimals, fingerlings, fidget spinners and Nintendo switches.

14. One of the most iconic Christmas characters in Central Europe is a character named Krampus. A Demon that wanders the streets with chains and bells looking for naughty children.

15. In the early 1900’s, when Christmas lights were the newest trend. Many people would rent rather than purchase the lights because they were so expensive. A lit tree in the early 1900’s was very much a status symbol.

16. Americans purchase and send 1.6 Billion Christmas cards every holiday season.

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17. Candy canes were originally created in Germany and were moulded into a J shape for Jesus. The red stripe wrapped around the cane symbolizes the blood of Christ.

18. Since Dennys Restaurants in the United States were originally designed to be open 24/7, their buildings were built without locks. This was an issue because in 1988 they decided to close the stores for Christmas Day for the first time!

19.  Coca-Cola was the first company to use the image of Santa Claus for promotion during the holiday season in 1950.

Christmas_0006_Layer-120. The statue of Liberty was a Christmas present from the French to the United States, in 1886. It is considered to be the largest Christmas present in the world, weighing 225 tons. 

21. Christmas dinners in Italy can last for more than 4 hours. Most Italian families have more than 7 courses for Christmas dinner.

22. Scientists calculated that Santa and his Reindeer would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world’s presents on Christmas Eve, travelling at 650 miles a second.

23. The tradition of putting tangerines in stockings comes from 12th-century French nuns who left socks full of fruit, nuts and tangerines at the houses of the poor.

24. The first Christmas crackers – a traditional festive favourite – were made around 1845-1850 by a London sweet maker called Tom Smith.

25. The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (he was the first Christian Roman Emperor). A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th of December.

 

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Why You Should Cook Together as a Family

The kitchen is often called the heart of the home yet how many of us actually spend family time in the kitchen. Before you go reaching for the takeout menu remember these four great reasons to cook with your family tonight.

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For the modern busy family, finding time between work, school, sports and more to hang out with the family can be quite difficult. Preparing dinner as a family is an easy solution to this issue.

Cooking is a great way to connect as a family. Organizing a meal takes a lot of communication and sometimes a fair amount of work. Delegate tasks and work together to create a healthy and tasty meal.

Preparing meals together allows for quality time talking to each other on a regular basis. It gives you time to talk about what is going on in each other’s worlds, and this becomes so important as they reach adolescence.

Communication & Practical Skills: 

There are a variety of skills that can be learned in the kitchen children can take and use these skills with them and apply them to many aspects of their lives. Communication skills or “Soft Skills” are sharpened by working together with others. Skills such as creative-thinking, teamwork, decision making, positivity, time-management, and flexibility are just some of the skills that are taught in the kitchen.

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No matter the age, getting your child into the kitchen cooking with you is always a good idea. Find age-appropriate tasks and get them involved, being part of something from a young age helps to build confidence.

Many children get to college and have no idea how to make themselves a nutritional meal. Get your child involved in cooking from a young age and they will always have the skills to make themselves a meal.

Practical skills such as following a recipe, measuring, preparing veggies, baking, cooking and cleaning up are very valuable in adulthood.

Give your Children the tools for a healthy future:

Preparing fresh and wholesome homemade meals at home will most likely teach your children how to do the same. Set them up for a healthier future in terms of how they will eat when they’re on their own.