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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Are Video Games Good for Children?

Since the introduction of videos games in the early 1970’s the world has had mixed reviews on whether or not video games are good for children. With so many advancements in technology, it is a great idea to gradually introduce children since their adult lives will most likely involve these technologies.

Everything is good in moderation, and video games are no exception! Research shows that children that spent one hour a week gaming showed better motor skills and higher achievements in school.

Playing video games can yield many benefits for developing children and even adults.

5 Benefits of Video Games 

327549-P9JVVK-103Language Skills Video games are a great way for children to learn a language. Reading the text on the screen, as well as hearing voice-overs children are exposed to new vocabulary and can gradually develop stronger language skills through play.

Every game has a set of instructions many are adventures where you need to accomplish a task to move forward and complete the game. Following instructions helps to improve reading comprehension. Reading and understanding a task and then implementing what you know will not only help you win the game but is a strong skill that applies to all areas in life.

Problem-Solving & Concentration Skills –  Games are mainly stories with a series of puzzles you need to solve to get to the end. Some with many different storylines, tasks, characters, and more complex scenarios there is plenty to keep track of and remember when completing a video game. Thus, making you sharpen your concentration and problem-solving skills. 

Two kids using tablet pc under blanket at night. Cute Brothers with tablet computer in a dark room smilingA lot of these puzzles are trial and error, trying things over until you get it right. Some psychologists refer to this as deep practice.

Deep practice teaches you to focus on a task, fully immersing yourself in it until you reach the desired outcome. When you learn to put your mind into this level of concentration, you tend to notice more details in your work and learn more efficiently. Fun fact they used deep practice as a part of fighter pilot training.

Hand-eye Coordination & Multitasking – Video games have been proven to improve hand-eye coordination over time. Hand-eye coordination is important for sports, handwriting, typing skills, reaction time and can help you become more productive in everyday tasks.
260704-P4K1T2-273The University of Toronto studied the relation between video games and hand-eye coordination. The study tested 18 gamers ( who played a first-person shooter game at least three times a week for at least two hours each time), and non-gamers on a follow the target task. The initial test showed no difference between the group. During the six month period, there was not much difference or improvement in the early stages. Over time the gamers became more accurate and showed significantly better hand-eye coordination.

Social skills & Team Building – We often think of video games as being anti-social, but it really is quite the opposite. Most games are now built with large communities involved, connect with your friends online, or attending one of the many video game expos.
Some franchises have gathered such a following these communities have become more like families.

Video games create an online environment where we can work together as a team to achieve a goal. Some games such as league of legends or fortnight require you to create a strategy and work together to win a round.

260196-P4JXDC-881Mental Health –  Video games are not only a useful learning tool, but they have great benefits for mental health.  Coming home from a hard day at school or work and playing a video game for an hour can definitely help you to relax.

Studies show that playing 30 minutes of video games per day can treat anxiety and depression at a level that rivals prescription medication. Specifically, puzzle games like Angry Birds, Tetris or Bejewelled have shown a great ability to alleviate anxiety and depression.

 

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Music For Children! Mobile App

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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Each episode we try to promote some of the UN SDG (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals). We intend to incorporate Quality Education and Reduce Inequalities.

  • By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care, and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education
  • By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or another status.

We believe by creating free educational apps for children available on all platforms and around the world, we can reach children in need of education. Children that may not have access to instruments, reading, and other materials can learn and experience it through our applications. Knowledge is power by giving children the tools to learn we can empower them to achieve all their dreams and create a better world.

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What’s New

  • Choose the amount of time you would like to play. 1,2 or 3 minutes.
  • Call the truck! Get your brand new household items faster.
  • Tap and place items.
  • Rotate the 3D dollhouse to see other rooms.
  • Point system
  • Interactive learning features for children

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Introduce your child to the wonders of augmented reality! W5Go’s AR Dollhouse uses marker-based augmented reality, meaning the graphics will only generate on a surface containing the marker. Making this very safe for children to use as they stay in one place while playing the game.

Set Up: 

  • Download from Google Play  or App Store
  • Print and place the marker on a flat surface
  • Position maker so that the road is in front of you (The truck uses this road to deliver objects)
  • Choose the amount of time you want to play
  • Place objects in their correct locations and try to beat your score!

Learn the names for many household objects and discover where these objects belong in the house. Try and beat the clock by placing as many items in their correct locations before time runs out.

Once the game is done you will be able to see which items you placed correctly and incorrectly. Fun animations will show you where each item belongs.

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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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Top 5 W5Go Apps for Children

Mobile educational apps are an excellent source for children to learn. W5Go combines on-screen text with voice-overs, fun animations and games to get children excited about learning. W5Go has 14 educational apps available that cover many different topics, so which episodes are our fan favourites?

These are the top five fan picked W5GO mobile apps!

 


5. Imagination 

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IMG_0244What, Why, When, Where, Who/Whom are essentials for initiating every learning process; add to the W5 “What if” and “Why not” and you have the possibilities for the development of a great mind –
Imagination begins with posing the questions “What if…?” and “Why not…?” – The development of your child’ brain and mind is greatly enhanced with accelerated neurons connection activity with such inquisition and imagination – The child is urged to always ask such questions.

KEY FEATURES: 

-Interactive touch and learn
– Learn pronunciation with voice-overs
– 20+ English words to learn
-Ad-free, no in-app purchases
-Real life-based visuals

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4. Music

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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.

From listening to the Chirping of Birds to Playing with different instruments like Piano, Violin, Drums, and Guitar, experiencing the Musical Tunes from all across 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.

Some of the Musical Features / Scenes are based on AR (Augmented Reality), making them even more fascinating for Kids.

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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 3. Forest

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Screen Shot 2018-03-22 at 12.21.00 PMVenture into virtual forests, discovering what creates a forest, who lives in a forest, the sounds of a forest and the basics of photosynthesis. In this fun-filled adventure, you will use VR to discover the many different parts that make up a forest ecosystem.

Identify seasons, trees and plants. Follow footprints to find out who makes them and what sounds they make.
Watch and interact with the stages of photosynthesis, learn the importance of the process and how people benefit from this process.

KEY FEATURES: 

-VR iSpy game
-VR footprints to animals
-Discover species
-Basics of Photosynthesis
-Learn English
-Ad-free, no in-app purchases
-Real life-based visuals

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

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

KEY FEATURES: 

-VR Schoolyard learn greetings from other children
-AR explore the world and word bubbles
– Learn pronunciation with voice-overs
– 20+ English words to learn
-Ad-free, no in-app purchases
-Real life-based visuals

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1. Books & Reading

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Books_ReadingLesson on Books and Reading provides an excellent platform to engage your child, and help them get accustomed to the fun in reading. Multiple interactive features make this app a great learning tool to play again and again. Explore the VR Library to find the magic book, and go to the Secret Reading Room to find out what kind of different books there are. Find out when reading is useful in our lives by watching the animations and playing the games. Learn new English words, rhymes, and phrases while you play.

Audio voice-overs make this app entertaining for kids who are learning to read themselves, and for those who haven’t learned to read yet.

Engaging gameplay through puzzles, rhymes, stories, games and AR/VR interactive scenes. Children learn English words, letters, expand their vocabulary and knowledge.

KEY FEATURES: 

-Anagram & Riddle games
– Learn pronunciation with voice-overs
– 20+ English words to learn
-Ad-free, no in-app purchases
-Real life-based visuals

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