W5Go! Colours Apps

W5GO’s Colour episode has been updated!

Included in the update: 

  • MORE COLOURS!
  • Interactive Animations
  • More Words to Learn
  • Augmented Reality Simulation of What uses colour
  • Virtual Reality Simulation of Colours around the Farm
  • Colour Test

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).

Colour Identification 

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.

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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.

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Colour Blindness

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)

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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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5 ways to Boost a Child’s Confidence

Confidence plays such a large role in being successful! Lack of confidence can lead to paralysis from fear. Fear of failure. Fear of what others think. Fear of the unknown. To succeed, you need the confidence to face and overcome your fears.

Instilling a strong sense of confidence in a child is very important, during their early childhood development. Here are five simple ways to boost your child’s confidence.

1. Give Praise Where Praise is Due

When your child does something right, tell them they’ve done well. Always offer plenty of encouragement but put thought into your compliments.

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If you always tell them they’ve done a good job, your compliments may start to lose it meaning.

Avoid praising them for doing something they are supposed to do, like changing or brushing their teeth before bed. Sometimes a simple “thank you” is all the acknowledgement and praise they need.

They can also pick up on exaggeration fairly easily, saying that their art is the best you’ve ever seen may come across as condescending, they may stop believing your compliments, and will start ignoring you. When giving them a compliment about their work offer specific feedback, instead of saying the painting is beautiful to tell them you like the colours they used in the sky.

2. Help Them Set Goals 

Statistics say 92% of people never achieve their goals. This could be because they have not effectively planed their goals, and when you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

A simple way to start planning a goal is to fill out a SMART sheet.  Fun fact! By writing your goals down you are 42%  more likely to achieve them. When a child achieves their goals their confidence grows, they feel surer of themselves and their abilities. For more information about planning SMART goals click here.

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What goal-setting teaches them:
How to Stay Motivated
Healthy habits
Responsibility
Persistence
Adaptability
Problem-solving
Self-Worth

Is Your Goal SMART?

Specific?
Do you know exactly what you want to achieve?

Measurable?
Can you track your progress? Being able to see progress is a great way to say motivated and stick to your goal.

Attainable?
Is the goal reasonable? Not something too hard such as climbing Mount Everest next Saturday or something to easy like

Relevant?
Is it important to you? Will it help you in the future? Something you are proud of?

Time?
When do you want this goal to be completed by?

3. Be a Positive Role Model of Confidence

 

14056.jpgMonkey see monkey do! Children model themselves from your actions. Our body language and how we talk to others speaks volumes about our own confidence.

Ways to show confidence:

Stand up straight
Smile
Make eye contact
Shake hands
Stand still
Keep your hands out of your pockets.

Children pick up on these subtle body gestures and will imitate your actions. Even if you’re not the most confident person, try and remember these little gestures, and be the best example of confidence for your child.

4. Give them Choices, Stop Controlling, and Start Coaching

289231-P6O0BQ-677Having the power to make your own decisions and choices builds a great sense of self-worth. When asking your child what they would like to do, give them a choice of 2-3 options. For example, What would you like for lunch? Sandwich, Salad or Soup? You control what the options are, so make sure they’re options you are okay with. A child will feel more in control and become more confident in making decisions. 

As a parent, it is your job to guide your child through life, not control their lives. There may be times where you see them making a poor decision, but you need to let them make these choices for themselves. There is so much to learn by making a mistake. Avoid telling them what to do, let them make the mistake, be there to be supportive and help them through their decisions. These are their decisions to make not yours.

Teach resilience. Be their coach, when things get tough, be their cheerleader. When they fail, encourage them to try and try again. Don’t let them give up, remind them of their goals and how much work they have done so far.

Let your child know that anything worth having takes time, practice and hard work. Everything you see around you today took many tries, errors and successes to create.

 

5. Set them up for Success

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Find activities that interest your child. They are more likely to excel in an activity they are genuinely interested in.

If they prefer drawing over playing sports sign them up for art classes and encourage their passion for arts. When a child is successful their confidence blooms.

Give them chores to do around the house. Chores are a great way to teach the value of hard work, teamwork and responsibility. They are a great way to demonstrate how you can achieve something if you put a little effort into it. By seeing a task through from beginning to end, a child can see the importance of hard work and determination to be successful.


Confidence leads to success.
Believe in yourself. Believe in your skills.
And most importantly, believe in your ability to succeed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.


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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.

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.
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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.

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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.

Three vintage witches perform magic ritualWhen 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.


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!270249

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?

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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.
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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. 

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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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Reasons to Drink Water & How to Naturally Flavour Water

Our bodies are made up of about 70% water. It is an essential part of living, we can only live a few days without water we can live much longer without food. Thus we should prioritize water consumption. It is the staple of healthy living and comes with so many health benefits.

Why drink water

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Prevent dehydration: Dehydration can affect you in many different ways; such as mood swings, weight, energy, dizziness, muscle spasms and cause headaches. In more serious cases dehydration can lead to death.

Flushes toxins & Maintains Regularity: Our digestive system needs water to operate properly! Toxins are flushed out through sweating, urine and bowel movements. Drink water to keep your digestive system running smoothly!

Prevent Cancer: Research says staying hydrated can reduce colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50% and could reduce breast cancer.

Immune system: Staying hydrated ensures that your blood can carry plenty of oxygen to the cells in your body. Thus allowing your body to function properly, your immune system functions best when your muscles and organs are functioning well.

plastic-bottles-115077_1920Save Money & The Environment: Water bottles are a 13 billion dollar industry, which is pretty impressive since water is generally free. Avoid paying for bottled water and contributing to plastic pollution by buying a reusable water bottle. If you currently drink one water bottle a day that’s 365 bottles a year, at a dollar a bottle (in most convince stores) that’s $365 spent on water per year. Not to mention that’s 365 bottles that are endangering the environment, that could easily be replaced by one reusable water bottle.

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Boost Productivity: A class of water could help you stay focused. Keep a glass of water near your desk to help curve hunger and stop you from being distracted by snacks.

Clear Skin: Water flushes out toxins that can cause the skin to become irritated and clogged pores. It is suggested that water can help reduce wrinkles and make skin smoother, but there is no research to prove or disprove this. It doesn’t hurt to try!

Kidney Function: Kidneys are responsible for processing 200 quarts of blood per day, sifting out waste and sending urine to the bladder. Water plays a very important role in these processes and can aid in preventing various UTI’s.

people-2557539_1920.jpgWeight loss: Water is very filling, so you feel fuller and eat less. A study found that by drinking water before a meal, you consume less. Water also allows your digestive system to run efficiently, kicking your metabolism into gear, allowing you to get the most benefits from your food.


How much should water should I be drinking?

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It is recommended we drink eight 8-ounce glasses (2 litres) of water a day, as well as obtain water from foods such as fruits and vegetables. For some people, eight glasses may seem like too much, but for others, it may not be enough. Water requirements vary from person to person, but a general guideline suggests the total we should have is between 2-3 litres a day from all sources.

To keep it simple, if you’re thirsty drink, if you’re not thirsty don’t drink. If you’re exercising or experiencing a heat wave drink more to keep your fluids up.


Naturally Flavour Water with Fruits and Teas! 

Water can be pretty boring, especially if you’re trying to reach the recommended eight glasses a day. Here are some ideas to flavour up your water without adding unnecessary sugars and dyes.

Add Fresh Fruit!  Citrus fruits, limes, lemons and oranges are high in vitamin C and antioxidants that help protect cells from damaging free radicals. 

fruit-3441830_1920Berries, pears and apples are full of vitamins, antioxidants and flavour making them great alternatives for sugary drinks.

Add them to a diffuser or squeeze the juice into a pitcher of water for a tasty drink. 

You can purchase diffusers for personal water bottles or pitchers.

Adding fruits give that bit of flavour making water more enjoyable and a healthy alternative to sugary store-bought drinks.

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Add Natural Fruit Juice – Juices can be very sweet and high in sugar, dilute them with water to give it the juice flavour. Try and go for juices that are all natural, with no added sugar. Tart juices like pomegranate, cranberry, grape and apple are delicious when diluted, takes the bite out of the tart. 

Add some bubbles! If you really enjoy carbonated sodas switching to carbonated water would be the healthier choice. Carbonated waters can be on the pricey side at the stores, but you could purchase a Soda Stream for homemade carbonated water. Here are the best soda makers of 2018.

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Herbal Teas -Herbal teas are a great tasting low-calorie alternative to fruit juice. Most fruit teas are just as delicious served cold as they are served warm. Celestial Seasonings teas are free from artificial flavours, colours and preservatives, making them a great brand to look into while exploring water alternatives.

Teas are a delicious healthy alternative to drinking plain water. Although you should always research before serving to a child, some contain caffeine and are not child-friendly. Dr. Lisa Watson has a great guide on Tea for Tots.

 

 

W5Go’s UNSDG Water Goals and Water Mobile App

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.

In this episode on Water, we aim to spread awareness of the importance of clean water, how it affects the environment and who depends on clean and reliable water sources. By teaching children how to conserve, clean and protect water we are encompassing UNDSG’s 6th Clean water and Sanitation & 14th Life below water goals.

 

Explore the who, what, where, when and why’s of Water! In this augmented and virtual reality enabled the mobile app, discover the many forms of water and why it is a vital part of life. For children 4-12! This app is free, contains no ads, no in-app purchases and does not require wi-fi.

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What can you learn from the Greetings Episode?

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

Speaking another language yields so many benefits. Starting to learn another language at a younger age can be easier, as the child’s mind is like a sponge constantly learning new things.

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.

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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 the Obama’s 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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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 important for children to have an even balance of traditional learning and new mobile learning.

Most of 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.

Our goal is to create a collection of immersive educational applications available for everyone. All of our applications are free to download, free from advertisements, no internet required and do not have any in-app purchases.

W5GO is a social edification project bought to you by Ecocarrier.

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