W5Go Available for Android GO

What is Android Go?

Google hopes to make this a more enjoyable experience by offering a separate lighter version of Android and its apps. The first version of Android Go is based on Android Oreo 8 and is intended to run on phones with as little as 512MB to 1GB of RAM and only 8GB of storage.

That is a big difference between most of the flagship phones we are accustomed to using. In contrast flagship phones typically come with anywhere from 4 to 8GB of RAM and use up to 4 to 8 times as much storage.

For more information about Android GO and supported phones click here.

 

W5Go & Android GO! 

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W5Go’s primary purpose is to make quality education available to everyone. This means we put a lot of effort into making our apps available for all phones, whether the phone is worth $50 or $2500. We want to provide children with a fun learning experience, introducing them to the basics of Augmented and Virtual reality, while exploring exciting topics and supplementing their traditional education.

By creating our apps to suit Android GO software we are giving children from lower income areas their right to learn! Just because a child does not have the newest iPhone does not mean they don’t have the right to education and the chance to explore fundamental Augmented and virtual reality.

 

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SMART Goals for Children

What is A Goal?

A goal is an object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result. 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.

It is very important to teach your children how to plan and achieve their goals so they can get what they truly want in life.

What goal-setting teaches them:

  • How to Stay Motivated
  • Healthy habits
  • Responsibility
  • Persistence
  • Adaptability
  • Problem-Solving
  • Self-Worth

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. Smart Goals

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?

For example, your child wants to read the Harry Potter books (Specific). How many books are in a series? (Measurable). Will they be able to read the books on their own or with some help? (Attainable). Are they interest in reading and the stories of Harry Potter? (Relevant) They want to read them before they get to a certain grade or perhaps the end of summer (Time).

Great goal setting activities for children would be; reading a chapter book, planting a garden or something as simple as organizing their toys.

How to Teach Goal-Setting

Determine the goal: Ask your child what they would like to do with questions like. What would you like to achieve this summer?  What would you like to learn?

Discuss the purpose: Why would you like to do this? Will this help others? How will completing this goal make you feel?

Break the goal down into smaller steps. Write down the steps they need to take to achieve their goal. A flow chart is a great visual way they can track their progress.

Say they want to read a 14-chapter book on their own. Try reading a chapter a week, maybe an hour before bed. Ask them questions about what they are reading, what they like and dislike about the characters or stories.  This is a simple way to encourage them to stay motivated.

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Plan for obstacles. Things can and will happen, we can brainstorm what could possibly happen. What if they don’t have time to read some nights? Can they read for an extra half hour another night or twice as long on the weekend? What if they lose the book? We can look for it for a week, find it or borrow another copy from a library.

Talk about it! Telling others about your goals helps keep you on track. Others will ask you how your goal is going, what’s next and help keep you focused.

Monkey see monkey do: Children are great imitators and learn so much from their parents. If you verbalize your goals to your children try your best to follow through with them. If you told your child you are going to start walking more. Make a plan and follow through with it. They learn from seeing your plan and achieve your goals too!

Create group goals for the family and set out to achieve them as a family. For instance, you would like to do a 5k walk for a charity. You will need to find out when the event is, how much you would like to raise for the charity, how you will raise the money, what kind of training you will do and when you will do it. By planning out your 5k charity walk with your children they will see how much effort and reward there is in completing a goal. Completing goals as a family encourages teamwork, family bonding and creates beautiful memories.

I Want to Give Up!

Sometimes goals take time and children often want to see results now. They could feel discouraged because they are not progressing at the rate they want. If your child feels like giving up talk to them ask them why they feel this way. Remind them why they started, how important it was to them. Show them how far they have come and encourage them to keep going.  If it is an obstacle in their way help them to overcome it, show them how they can improvise and problem solves to get over this hurdle. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of cheerleading to help reassure them that they are on the right path and can do it!

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We Did It! 

When they have completed a goal celebrate with them. If they finished the book have a movie night and watch the film version. Maybe have pizza, cake or a trip to the beach. Ask them how they feel, what challenges they faced and what they would have done differently. Hindsight is 20/20! It is a good learning exercise to reflect on what they have done, where they can improve and what they have learned.

Almost!

Sometimes we aim for goals and we don’t quite achieve them. Say they wanted an “A+” on their science test but only reached a “B”. This is the time to teach them it is okay to fail and how they can learn from this and achieve their goals next time. A good trait to instill in a child is to be resilience. Yes, they will be upset they failed and that is okay! Talk to them about why they think they failed, where they can improve and what they plan on doing next time.

Eat a Rainbow! Healthy Eating for Children

There is a reason why your mom always told you to eat your vegetables! The fruits and vegetables food group provide many of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function properly. Fruits and veggies come in a variety of colors, each colour has its own unique vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and natural plant chemicals that give them their distinct colours. 

You can judge the number of nutrients on your plate just by looking at the colours. Making food that is very colourfull not only makes it more appealing for children but also more nutritional. 

Eat a Rainbow

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Red fruits and vegetables like strawberries and red peppers are coloured by a natural pigment called lycopene which is a strong antioxidant that can help reduce the risk of cancer and help to prevent heart disease.

Blue & Purple

Anthocyanin is what gives fruits and veggies their blue or purple colors. Delicious fruits and vegetables like eggplants, blueberries, and blackberries.  Anthocyanin has antioxidant properties that protect cells from damage and can help reduce the risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease.

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Orange &Yellow

Rich in vitamin C and carotenoids which give this group their vibrant colors. A well-known carotenoid called beta-carotene is found in sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and carrots. It’s converted to vitamin A, which helps maintain healthy cell development and healthy eyes.


Green

Greens are one of the healthiest foods we can eat. Green veggies contain a range of plant chemicals that are rich in lutein, isothiocyanates, isoflavones, and vitamin K – which is essential for blood and bone health. Leafy greens such as spinach and broccoli are excellent sources of folate a nutrient especially important for pregnant women to consume to help prevent congenital disabilities.

Available Now!

W5Go Healthy Kids! 

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W5Go Health Seasons featuring lessons;

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

For children 5-8 explore the many ways, we need to take care of our bodies. 
Through interactive scenes and games, your child will learn the 5W’s of maintaining a healthy body. Featuring four unique lessons; The Food Groups, The 5 Senses, Hygiene, and Mind & Body.  

The educational app is designed to enhance the following skills:
– Fine Motor Skills 
– Sorting and classifying
– Hand-eye coordination
– Concentration
– Visual perception
– Vocabulary 20+ Words every lesson 

 

Why Riddles are so Great for Childhood Development

 

Fun Lessons

Riddles are great for all ages! They teach us so many life lessons, words, wordplay, problem-solving and comprehension. Riddles are fun and easy to remember, often children share the riddles they hear, helping them become more social.

Improve Vocabulary

Riddles are usually told in a creative way with more advanced words. When kids want to share riddles, that’s after they understand the whole context. Riddles also encourage kids to ask about words they can’t understand yet.

Funny Word Play

You know how most kids are when it comes to funny things. Children tend to love slapstick comedy and childish jokes. To improve a child’s taste in humor, you can give creative riddles to them. Riddles can entertain a child and get his brain working at the same time.

Comprehension

Many kids can read at such a young age but can’t fully understand context. In order for a child to share riddles with other people, he must fully understand the riddle first. With great understanding comes great comprehension.

Problem Solving

Practicing riddles help children to think outside of the box. This becomes so useful when it comes to academic testing. Through riddles, children are able to practice creativity, logic, and comprehension. Taking these skills

Most tests in schools rely on creativity, logic, and comprehension. Riddles can improve a kid in all those areas. They can improve the critical thinking and problem-solving skills of a child.

Family Bonding Time

Working together to solve something is the best way to form a bond and relationship with each other. Taking the time to play with your child solving riddles and playing games helps children learn valuable knowledge and build self-esteem.

Building self-esteem is so important for children, having the ability to be confident in your choices and answers will help to benefit them throughout their life.

 

For more fun riddles, songs and apps head over to w5go.com 

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How can I support a child dealing with bullying?

Why do people Bully?

There are a million reasons why people choose to bully. Usually, the bully is trying to fill a void where they need to feel superior in some sort of way. They often pick a victim they think is emotionally or physically weaker than them, or is different from the social norm and an easy target. Often children that bully are reflecting the way have been treated at home or school. 

We all have a role to play!

O6EWSI0.jpgBullying prevention starts at home, but teachers, principles, and organizations have a role to play too. If you notice your child acting out towards others or teachers are calling you about your child’s behavior, there are steps you can take to prevent your child from being a bully.

Make sure your child understands that what they do and say can impact others in a negatively and that their recent behavior is a problem.

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Let your child know that bullying is very serious and will not be tolerated. When talking to your child about bullying use a calm tone and be an example of respectful behavior. 

Talk to your child and see how their feeling. Try to find out why they may have been bullying in the first place. Were they trying to fit in at school? Are they picking up on emotions from home? Are they experiencing divorce? Do their siblings pick on them? 

 

There are 7 skills bullies need in order to change

 1. Responsibility-Being able to take responsibility for their actions.

2. Empathy-Understand how the other person may feel in that situation

3. Anger Management-Reduce episode of lashing out in a negative way

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4. Impulse Control -Stop and think about what they are about to do or say

5. Self-esteem – Finding happiness within themselves

6. Inclusive -Being able to realize popularity isn’t everything

7. Respect –Realize everyone deserves to be respected

This article from very well family goes more in-depth about these skills and how to achieve them.


 

How can I support a child dealing with bullying?

Both the bully and victim need support after an episode of bullying.

Victim

Have an open conversation about what happened. Ask them how you can help to make them feel safe.Sad pupil sitting alone on ground at corridor Remind them that it is not their fault and that people often bully because they are unhappy with themselves.

Get them involved in activities to boost their self-esteem. Sports, music or crafting activities will help them find a place they feel comfortable making friends and improving self-worth. Let them know they have people they can talk to, and they are not going through this alone.

Never! Tell the child to ignore the bullying. Blame the child for being bullied. Encourage fighting back. Always tell your child to seek a teacher or friend while being physically bullied. Fighting back could hurt the child and result in punishment for them. Contact the other parents involved, this is the teacher’s job and could create future problems.

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Talk it out! Where this is aggression coming from? Get them involved in activities to boost their self-esteem and socialize. People that are happy do not hurt others. Involve them in repairing the situation, have them write an apology. They will think more about their actions if they have to write it down.

If they broke or stole something, have them physically help fix what they broke or return what they took

Never! Blame the child or call them names. The child is clearly struggling with their own inner issues and that will only bring more negativity to the situation

 

 

 

Earth Hour for Children

What is Earth Hour? 

For one hour, once a year, communities come together to turn off as many lights and electronics as possible. This year we switch off in solidarity with global efforts to secure nature and our home: 30 March, 8:30pm your time. It’s time to #Connect2Earth.

When, Where and Who?
Around the globe, all countries are invited to participate in Earth Hour, on March 30th at 8:30pm your local time. Everyone is invited to participate and join the cause. When the environment benefits, we all benefit.

Why?
The main purpose of Earth Hour is to help combat global warming.

“Since the industrial revolution, human actions have caused average global temperatures to rise by almost 1°C. Levels of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are higher than they have been at any point in human existence and are still increasing. Over the coming decades, global temperatures will continue to rise. But we don’t yet know how much and how fast will they rise.

Scientists warn that 1.5°C of warming will likely have catastrophic impacts. Extreme weather events – from floods and storms, to droughts and heatwaves – bringing huge social and economic costs. Melting ice causing sea levels to rise, flooding coastal cities and whole island nations. Water scarcity and crop failures causing food shortages and unprecedented movements of people within countries and across national borders. Huge, irreversible damage to nature, potentially leading to mass extinctions.

And this could happen within a human lifespan, leaving our children and grandchildren to cope with the results.”

We need to come together to help decrease our greenhouse gas emissions. Every year when we turn off our lights to help reduce the amount of electricity we use which in turn helps the environment.

Since this only happens once a year, why not make it a fun exciting learning experience for children. Talk to them about conservation and the effects of wasteful energy use on the environment.

Earth Hour Activities:
– Have children turn off as much as they can (Identify Energy Usage)
– Go for a hike! With most of the lights off in the city, it is easier to see the stars
– Play board games by candlelight
– Have a party by candlelight

 

Donate to Earth Hour 

By donating to Earth Hour you are helping their efforts of: 

Bringing real change to the lives of thousands of people around the world such as when they provided families with fuel-efficient stoves in Nepal & Madagascar.

Provided communities with climate-smart boats after typhoon Haiyan and bringing solar power to families in India.