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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Encouraging A Child’s Imagination

 

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

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

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

5 Ways to Encourage Imagination

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1. Storytelling & Reading 

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

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

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

354870-PAPUF2-3702. Make Art

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

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

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3. Go Exploring

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

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

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

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

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

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4. Verbal Activities

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

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

 

5. Allow yourself to be bored!

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

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

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14 Free W5Go Mobile Apps for Children

Imagination!

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Fire up your imagination with this fun inspiriting song that teaches the 5 W’s. and the importance of asking questions, pushing boundaries with What if? and Why not?

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Forest!

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Venture into virtual forests, discovering what creates a forest, who lives in a forest, the sounds of a forest and the basics of photosynthesis. Identify seasons, trees and plants. Follow footprints to find out who makes them and what sounds they make.
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Greetings

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

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Books & Reading

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Explore the Who, What, Where, When and Why’s of reading! In this interactive mobile app, your child will learn all about all the different kinds of books and reading materials available

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Water 

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Learn about Water, its sources and states, the importance of Water and even about its chemical formula i.e. H2O. Regular intake of Water, Causes of Dehydration, and Results of Extreme Dehydration.

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Music 

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Interactive AR/VR app that focuses on the 5W’s of music and how we make music. Have fun and make your own songs with instruments in AR.

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AR DollHouse

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Become familiar with furniture/household items and their correct placements within the Dollhouse. Place household goods/furniture correctly, e.g. “Stove” has to be placed within the kitchen, “Bed” has to be placed in the bedroom and so on.

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Applus+

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A simple addition and subtraction game for children. Look at the equation in the top left corner and collect the apple with the correct value on it to complete the equation.

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Digits 

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Count along and learn numbers 1-100, focusing on mainly 1-10. Learn many different ways we can count, on our fingers, a talley, and with animals. Find out where and when we use numbers!

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Noise

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Sound, Noise, and Hearing is designed for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners and
explains them about Noise, Sound, Hearing, and Listening. It describes them
about the Healthy Hearing, Importance, and Need of Good Hearing, about
Hearing the Sound, Unpleasant and Pleasant Sounds.
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Time

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Explore the 5W’s of time! Who uses time?What is time? Where do we use time? When do we keep time? Why do we use time?
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Dialogue

Dialogue_Icon.psd_0000s_0002_Layer-1“Dialogues for Children” is a Wonderful App for Preschoolers and Kindergartners, based on Interesting Conversations between, Grandpa, Grandma to their Grandson, Granddaughter – explaining them about the following important topics:
1. Knowledge and Experience. 2. Hygiene and Cleanliness 3. Smile.
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Addition & Subtraction 

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Addition and Subtraction is a fun interactive app that introduces children basic addition and subtraction, focusing mainly on numbers 0-10. Learning is always fun when cupcakes and puppies are involved. Count the animals in various photos, and cupcakes on the tray. Share and divide the cupcakes with your W5Go friends!
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10 Best Picture Books for Preschoolers

Picture books introduce children to a world of learning and imagination!

Reading picture books yields so many benefits!

  • Strengthens visual thinking skills
  • Improves listening skills
  • Develops critical thinking skills
  • Family bonding time
  • Sparks a love for reading and art

Here are some of the best picture books to read with your child today!

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The Litte Red Hen

                                by Diane Muldrow &

Illustrated by J. P. Miller

RedHenAn old folktale of the fable type, most likely of Russian origin. The story is applied in teaching children the virtues of work ethic and personal initiative.

In the tale, the little red hen finds a grain of wheat and asks for help from the other farmyard animals to plant it, but they all refuse.

At each later stage the hen again asks for help from the other animals, but again she doesn’t receive any help.

Finally, the hen has completed her task and asks who will help her eat the cornbread. This time, all the previous non-participants eagerly volunteer, but she disagrees with them, stating that no one helped her with her work. Thus, the hen eats it with her chicks, leaving none for anyone else.”

 

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by Peggy Christian & 

photography Barbara Hirsch Lember 

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“Think of all the rocks there are: skipping rocks, splashing rocks, climbing rocks, and wishing rocks. Children can’t help collecting them. With joyful, poetic text and luminous photographs, If you find a rock celebrates rocks everywhere- as well as the mysterious and wonderful places they are found.”

 

 

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Oh, Baby, the Places You’ll Go!

by Tish Rabe & Illustrated by Dr.Seuss

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“Artfully adapted almost entirely from Ted Geisel’s work, this introduction to the world of Dr. Seuss is a must for expectant parents and new babies! In simple rhymed verse, author Tish Rabe extolls the joys awaiting newborns when they meet the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Yertle the Turtle, the Great Birthday Bird, the Grinch, and twenty-five other beloved Seuss characters. Written to be read aloud to babies and babies-to-be (yes, babies in utero!), the book includes a brief introduction by Mrs. Dr. Seuss—Audrey Geisel—revealing how she and Ted were fascinated by the idea that babies could hear sounds while still in the womb—and might actually respond to the voices of their parents. A perfect gift for baby showers and newborns, Oh, Baby, the Places You’ll Go! is the ideal way to nurture a love of reading and Dr. Seuss in the very youngest children!”

 

 

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“A young woman holds her newborn son
And looks at him lovingly.

Softly she sings to him:
“I’ll love you forever
I’ll like you for always
As long as I’m living
My baby you’ll be.”

So begins the story that has touched the hearts of millions worldwide. Since publication in l986, Love You Forever has sold more than 15 million copies in paperback and the regular hardcover edition”

 

 

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Bear Snores On Board book

 

by Karma Wilson & Illustrated by Jane Chapman 

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“Bear’s cave fills with animal friends as he sleeps in this classic book from New York Times bestselling team of Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.

In a cave in the woods,
in his deep, dark lair,
through the long, cold winter
sleeps a great brown bear.

One by one, a whole host of different animals and birds find their way out of the cold and into Bear’s cave to warm up. But even after the tea has been brewed and the corn has been popped, Bear just snores on!

See what happens when he finally wakes up and finds his cave full of uninvited guests—all of them having a party without him!”



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Good Night, Little Dragons

 by Leigh Ann Tyson 

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Probably the cutest bedtime story!

“What do little dragons do before going to bed? They brush their fangs, take a bath, and breathe fire, of course! This original Little Golden Book follows three small dragons through a funny-yet-familiar bedtime routine that kids ages 2-5 are sure to enjoy.”

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Bears in the Night Hardcover

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“Out of Bed, To the Window, Through the Woods… Whoooo!

It’s scares for little bears in this classic children’s book for beginning and reluctant readers! Lots of repetition makes for easy learning, and the spooky but safe theme is a big hit with young ones.

Beginner Books are designed to encourage even ‘non-reading’ children to read. Some Beginner Books are simple stories, others are hilarious nonsense: both types have been designed to give children confidence and make them want to go on reading. Perfect for both boys and girls of ages 3 and up.”


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“In Llama Llama and the Lucky Pajamas, Llama is having a lot of luck today. When he discovers that his mended red pyjamas are now lucky, he decides that he wants to wear them all day, every day—and so do all of his friends! So his friends decide to make their own lucky pyjamas. . . but the next day at school, nothing seems to be going right and it appears that all that good luck has worn off. Join Llama and his friends as they learn an important lesson about being grateful for all the wonderful things in their lives.”


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Me and My Dragon Paperback

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“Dragon lovers will jump at the chance to see what raising a friendly dragon just might look like in this hilarious read aloud about a boy and his pet.  While dragons may not be the most traditional of pets,  the boy explains how his dragon, Sparky, would be the perfect pet and pal. He details tips for how to pick a dragon, what to do when your dragon misbehaves, and what NOT to feed them (broccoli).  Clever and wry text paired with bright and comedic illustrations will make Me and My Dragon a storytime favourite for kids and adults alike.”

 

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“Once upon a time, all the letters of the alphabet were together. But now they’re lost! One showed up in the Bath. There was one under a Hat, another one on a Quilt, and even one in the Sandbox. Where are the rest? Readers will delight in finding out in this vibrant, charming introduction to the alphabet.”

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

Imagination is the base for everything.  Look around you everything you see came from an idea, a spark of imagination. W5Go’s imagination episode wants to fire up a child’s imagination. We believe you can always push further and dig deeper by asking questions like What if? and Why not? 

This episode features stunning visuals in virtual and augmented reality! Don’t worry you do not need any fancy headset to experience these, all you need is a phone with a back facing camera. We want children to experience the newest technology, in the safest and affordable ways. In all of our applications virtual reality is experienced by holding your phone up, not through a headset thus you can always see what is around you making it much safer.

KEY FEATURES

  • Interactive VR & AR Scenes
  • Learn pronunciation with Voice-Overs
  • Interactive mini-games
  • 20+ English words to learn
  • Ad-free, no in-app purchases and no wi-fi needed
  • Real life-based visuals


Imagination Chapters

Let’s GO Imagine!

Fire up your imagination with this fun inspiriting song that teaches the 5 W’s. and the importance of asking questions, pushing boundaries with What if? and Why not?


Doors to Imagination! 

Open the door to endless possibilities! In this augmented reality scene looks around you, discover doors, tap to open and see where your imagination takes you! 


What do you want to be when you grow up?

This chapter has a selection of four careers a child may want to go into, athlete, scientist, sea explorer and astronaut. Click on a career and explore them in virtual reality.

Sea Explorer: This scene is in virtual reality. Move your phone to look around the sea floor and click on sea creatures to see what they do!

Astronaut: Astronauts have a tough job, help them land their spaceship. Tap on a rocket to safely land on the planet.

Scientist: Come into the lab and mix the liquids on the table to create different colours!

Athlete: Join the team at the W5Go stadium, practice basketball and test your skills.

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IMG_0236Imagination paves the way for our future! Imagination is the driving forces behind innovation. It is the reason we’ve gone to the moon, made phones pocket-sized, have cars that can go 301 miles per hour and so much more!
In the interactive virtual showroom look around and see how many common day to day items have changed throughout the years.

What if? Why not?

IMG_0246This chapter focuses on what happened when someone questioned What if? And why not?  We want to encourage children to question what they see and challenge imagination by asking these questions to dig deeper!

Questions like, what if we could go to the moon? Answer: We went to the moon in 1969!

Each question has playful animations to accompany them. Your child will watch through the question animation and will have to interact (click a button, find something) to discover the answers!

This chapter will cycle through questions, every time you play there will be a different set of facts to learn.

For more fun education apps check out W5Go.com and follow us on social media to get up-to-date app & video releases!

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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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