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 

 

 

Talking to Your Children About Bullying

 

“Before you act or say it pause and ask yourself… and then what?”

Everyone faces some form of bullying at some point in their lives. Even as adults we often face bullying in the workplace. The advice you give your child about bullying now will stay with them for the rest of their lives. It is so important to explain where bullying comes from, how to resolve it and how to prevent it from affecting you.

Bullies act out because of their own insecurities

A child is able to protect themselves from bullies simply by understanding why children are bullies. Most often bullies have been picked on themselves and are looking to feel superior to someone else. They want to make someone else feel weak and small to have a sense of accomplishment over them, they have lost their own sense of value, and are now trying to take it from you.

By helping your child understand what bullies are trying to do, they are able to mentally prepare themselves and not let the bully have any power over them mentally.

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Power in Numbers 

Stick together with your friends, there is strength in numbers and often bullies will be deterred by larger groups. Bullies target kids who they think are weak and vulnerable, preying on the insecurity that may come with feeling isolated and alone.

Help your child know their worth, so they never feel isolated, insecure and alone. Arrange play dates, get them socializing making friends, get involved with activities. Building positive self-image and confidence can help stop your child from becoming a victim of bullying.

Don’t Tolerate Bullying

Bullying is really immature, anyone trying to harm you mentally or physically is really not worth a second of your time. If someone is trying to bully you and you are unable to resolve the conflict on your own you can always reach out to a teacher or parent to help.

Bullies Have Feelings Too 

We all want to feel like we belong somewhere, that we mean something to someone. Everyone has feelings even bullies, and they often bully because they are upset themselves. This does not mean you tolerate bullying. Just the opposite.  Teaching our kids to feel sorry for kids who have lost their own way, their self-esteem, their values to the extent that the only way they can feel good is to try and make someone else feel bad, we teach our own kids how precious each of us truly is, and how desperate we are to be heard, understood, guided, and valued.

Let’s come together to help stop bullying!

 

5 Benefits of Listening to Music

Music Makes You Happier

Research proves that when you listen to music you like, your brain releases dopamine, a “feel-good” neurotransmitter. Valorie Salimpoor, a neuroscientist at McGill University, injected eight music-lovers with a radioactive substance that binds to dopamine receptors after they listened to their favorite music. A PET scan showed that large amounts of dopamine were released, which biologically caused the participants to feel emotions like happiness, excitement, and joy.

So the next time you need an emotional boost, listen to your favorite tunes for 15 minutes. That’s all it takes to get a natural high!

Reduces Depression

More than 350 million people suffer from depression around the world. A whopping 90% of them also experience insomnia. The sleep research above found that symptoms of depression decreased significantly in the group that listened to classical music before bedtime, but not in the other two groups. Another study by Hans Joachim Trappe in Germany also demonstrated that music can benefit patients with depressive symptoms, depending on the type of music. Meditative sounds and classical musiclifted people up, but techno and heavy metal brought people down even more.

The next time you feel low, put on some classical or meditative music to lift your spirits.

Better Nights Sleep

Over 30% of Americans suffer from insomnia. A study showed that students who listened to relaxing classical music for 45 minutes before turning in slept significantly better than students who listened to an audiobook or did nothing different from their normal routine. If you’re having trouble sleeping, try listening to a little Bach or Mozart before bedtime to catch some Zs.

Strengthens Learning and Memory

Researchers discovered that music can help you learn and recall information better, but it depends on how much you like the music and whether or not you’re a musician. Subjects memorized Japanese characters while listening to music that either seemed positive or neutral to them. The results showed that participants who were musicians learned better with neutral music but tested better when pleasurable music was playing. Non-musicians, on the other hand, learned better with positive music but tested better with neutral music.

Memorize these results. You now have a strategy to study more effectively for your next test.

Reduces Pain, Promotes Healing & Relaxes the Body

Research at Drexel University in Philadelphia found that music therapy and pre-recorded music reduced pain more than standard treatments in cancer patients. Other research showed that music can decrease pain in intensive care patients and geriatric care patients, but the selection needed to be either classical pieces, meditative music, or songs of the patient’s choosing.

Bob Marely was right about this one – listen to music you love to take your pain away.

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Music and Musical Instruments for Children is an Interactive, AR-enabled Fun Learning App for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners, letting your Children understand the Music, learn about and Play with Musical Instruments, and experience the musical sounds of Nature.

Music for Children goes through the 5W’s of music: 

What is Music?
Who makes Music?
Where can we find Music?
When do you listen to Music?
Why is Music essential?

From listening to birds chirping or playing with different instruments like piano, violin, drums, and guitar, experiencing the musical tunes from all around the world, a guessing game (based on music played by different instruments and produced by nature), a DJ table (for composing the music), and some fun questions to portray the importance of Music in one’s life are some of the features which your Child could experience within this app.

KEY FEATURES: 

-Augmented reality instruments with sound effects
– Interactive games
– 20+ English words to learn
-Ad-free, no in-app purchases
-Real life-based visuals

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Slide Me

Look! Listen! Learn! Song for Children

 

What is the best way to learn? By looking and listening to the world around you! This fun educational song focuses on the importance of keeping an open mind and looking at the big picture! Look around in all seven directions to see the world from all perspectives to see the big picture.

Talk to others and engage in discussions, everyone views things differently! That doesn’t mean that your wrong or they’re wrong, every observation is slightly different and we can learn from all views.

The song makes reference to two short stories about how only seeing one point of view makes you miss the big picture and the dangers of being ignorant. An old parable from India The Blind men and the Elephant and an ancient fable from China The Frog of The Well (stories below) feature characters that only have one point of view and refuse to believe or listen to others.

          “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t” – Bill Nye 

We believe this is a very important lesson to teach a child because so often as adults we miss the big picture and assume our views are always right. We need to have an open mind, hear others perspectives, learn to be present in order to see the big picture!


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Look! To the right! To the left! Look to the front! Look to the back!  

Look up! Look down! and look inward!  In all 7 directions.

And then listen and you will learn.

About your situation and about yourself!

And you’ll become smart! And you’ll become wise!

In time, you will be able to hear what you see, and see what you hear.

Blind people can’t see but they can look all around them,

And then listen and learn!

It’s very important to see the whole scene,

The big picture!

You can get it very wrong if all you see is a small part.

Like the frog sitting at the bottom of a dry well looking up to the sky. 

Like the blind man feeling the limb of an elephant.  

Is it a tree

Or stroking the tail of the elephant.  

Is it a broom?

Look! Listen! And Learn!

And you’ll become smart! And you’ll become wise!

Thank Goodness

We can Look, Listen and Learn! Even when we may not be able to see.


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Once a turtle lost its way in the ocean and found himself in a tiny well.

Inside the well, the turtle found a frog and they started talking.

The turtle asked, “Have you ever seen an ocean? Do you know how big it is?”

The frog said, “No. How big is it?”

“It’s very, very big”, the turtle replied.

The frog stretches its arms wide and asks, “This big?”

“No, bigger than this.”

The frog stretches its arms wider and asks, “This big?”

“No no, a lot bigger than this”

“Then it must be from there,” the frog said while pointing to one wall of the well, “to there”, pointing to the opposite wall. “After all, this is how big the world is.”

The turtle said, “No, the ocean is a lot bigger than this.”

“You’re lying. How can anything be bigger than this? This is the whole world after all.”

Neither the turtle nor frog is lying. It’s just that the frog is too narrow-minded to believe that there may be a bigger picture than what he sees and thinks.

The Frog of the Well ~ Zhuāng Zǐ


 

The Blind Men and the Elephant ~ John Godfrey Saxe

 It was six men of Indostan
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Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.

The First approached the Elephant, 
And happening to fall

Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
“God bless me!—but the Elephant
Is very like a wall!”

The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried: “Ho!—what have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me ‘t is mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a spear!”

The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:

“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a snake!”

The Fourth reached out his eager hand,
And felt about the knee.
“What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain,” quoth he;
“‘T is clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a tree!”

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: “E’en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a fan!”

The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Than, seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a rope!”

And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!

MORAL.

So, oft in theologic wars
The disputants, I ween,
Rail on in utter ignorance
Of what each other mean,
And prate about an Elephant
Not one of them has seen!

Encouraging Honesty In Children

How to Encourage Honesty

Praise honesty & reward the truth 

As parents, we are often quick to scold. Sometimes we aren’t always so quick to praise. Reward honesty with praise and hugs, thank them for being honest. Use words such as, “I’m really glad you told me the truth. I like it when you’re honest.” It will build self-confidence and reinforce positive behavior.

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Think about their point of view

Toddlers often lie because they have trouble differentiating between reality and imagination. In a toddler’s mind, when they pick up a crayon and color on your walls, they are making you a pretty picture. When in reality, they just drew all over your walls. When confronting them you have to take in their perspective, they did not know or mean any harm.

Listen more than you talk

All children want to do is make you proud and do the right thing, you’re their biggest role model and they look to you for reassurance. We all want our children to be perfect but sometimes you need to give them the freedom to make their own mistakes. They will learn from these experiences and

Always give them the option, to tell the truth.

Confront them in a calm matter

As a parent, it is your job to teach them that this lying is not acceptable, and this needs to be taught in a positive way. Instead of saying “Who colored on the wall!” when they obviously colored on the wall, say “what a nice drawing, but you are not supposed to draw on the walls. Here help me clean this up.”

Children are more likely to admit the truth when they feel they have not disappointed you and will not be judged for it.

Never call your child a liar, negative labels can harm self-esteem and lead to a negative self-image. Also, try not to bring up past occurrences “This is the third time you’ve lied about this”. You have already had a discussion about the previous lie, there is no point in bringing it up again. Live in the present and deal with the present.

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Set a good example

You are their biggest role model they look to you for everything, so it only makes sense that you have to be on your best behavior too. When they see you call in sick but then go to the beach, they assume that is good behavior.

A very important character trait a person can possess is keeping and following through on their promises. This is a trait everyone can value, but unfortunately, not everyone has. Trust doesn’t come naturally it has to be earned, teach your children to be people who consider their word is gold. When they give their word, they won’t break it.

Create an open conversation 

A child will feel more comfortable telling the truth if they feel comfortable with talking to you. If they feel as though they are going to be punished for what they did they will be more likely to lie.

Research has found that kids who are punished for lying are more likely to lie in the future than those kids who are guided towards the reasons why it’s important, to tell the truth. In a study involving 372 kids between 4 and 8, researchers found that kids were more likely to lie when they were threatened with being punished, and more likely to tell the truth when they thought it would make an adult happy with them. They are learning whether or not they can trust you. It takes courage and strength to tell the truth.

 

W5Go Healthy Kids Seasons! 

This app features three episodes; Food Groups, 5 Senses, and Personal Hygiene.

This app is the perfect combination of education and entertainment, it includes child safe Augmented and Virtual reality simulations bringing a fun new element to learning!

Explore how we take care of our bodies to keep us happy and healthy!

Healthy Kids is a collection of apps exploring how our bodies work and the many ways we need to take care of our bodies. Designed for children in preschool and kindergarten, these fun learning games get children excited to learn how they take care of their bodies.

Download on Google Play!

Don’t Be a Bully! Anti-Bully Song!

 

 

As a parent, there is not much you can do to stop your child from experiencing bullying, but you play a major role in how they deal with a bully. Bullying can happen at any age and can affect many aspects of life, causing anxiety, depressions, suicidal thoughts and can negatively affect schooling. With 47% of Canadian parents reporting their child being a victim of bullying, what can we do to prevent bullying or ease the situation?

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Identify the Signs

Sometimes children will try to hide that they are being bullied because they are embarrassed and are unsure what to do. There are some tell-tale signs that your child may be a victim of bullying. Signs to watch out for; missing belongings/ torn clothes,
troubles sleeping, avoiding school, grades slipping, anxiety, stomachaches, headaches, and mood swings. 

If you believe your child is experiencing bullying, try and have an open conversation about it. Ask them how they are feeling and if something is bugging them. Let them know your there to help and listen. They may not want your help, but they do need your support. If your child is experiencing extreme anxiety or depression from bullying and will not talk to you, seek an older mentor (family friend) or a counselor that may be able to help them sort through what’s happening.

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


 

W5Go has produced a song for children about the importance of thinking before you act. We believe that by pausing and thinking about what you do or what you say can greatly change the outcome of a situation. 

What you say and do could hurt others feelings, which is why you should always pause and ask yourself “And then what?”. What might happen if I say this? How will they respond? How will they feel? For more about our views on thinking before you act check out this article “And then what?” By W5Go founder Carl KS Teo.