How to Raise a Confident Reader

“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 find 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!

Bringing a child to a library promotes being social and creates a sense of community. They can see a world of different books and can meet new people that also enjoy reading. The library community helps a child feel more comfortable with talking about what they are reading, expressing their thoughts, and feelings about a book. Joining a book club is a great way for a child to discuss and learn about how everyone views things differently.

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 have read. This helps children comprehend what they have read and will 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. When they finish a book reward them with a trip to the theatre to 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 other parents to create a book club for your children. When they finish a book together, throw a themed party for the kids to talk about the story. Have fun with it!

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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Books & Reading App

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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. This app is designed for children aged 3-7 and is meant to compliment a child’s traditional education while sparking their imagination by asking the 5w’s.

Key Features:
Virtual Reality Library
Interactive Augmented Reality Storybook
Rhyming Game
Anagram Game
Fun Animations
20+ Words on screen & Voice over to learn 

VR Library

The W5Go library is full of wonderful books and books. Enter the secret W5Go library and find the magical book that will take you on an educational adventure!

The library features a stack of books to choose from, pick which story you want to learn. You can choose from storybooks, a book of rhymes, picture book and a non-fiction book. They explain what kind of book they are and then read an example of that kind of story.



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Choose where the story goes!

In this interactive augmented reality simulation, your child will be able to choose and place characters into a story to change the storyline! You choose the defender of the castle, the brave night or the ferocious dragon, and decide who will go save the castle!

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Augmented reality works on any phone with a back facing camera. We believe that with technology changing so rapidly children should be gradually introduced to the newest thing. This way when they are adults they will have the general knowledge of how the technology works.



Rhymes
Rhymes are an excellent way for children to learn a language and build their vocabulary. Wordplay is often repetitive and catchy, which helps children easily recall a word or meaning. Rhymes help children learn phonetics, often rhymes repeat difficult sounds which in-turn helps improve their speech.

 


Picturebook. In this chapter, your child will have to place the images in order to make the story in the picture book. These activities help children understand time and processes. You need to plant the seed before you can water the flowers.
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Picturebooks play a large role in childhood development. They help a child comprehend what is being said in the story. It is an excellent way to hear, read and relate to new words. They are often repetitive and rhyme which helps children remember keywords and scenes.

Picturebooks are multi-sensory which stimulates the imagination. When they see the illustrations, smell and touch the pages, they become completely immersed in the story.

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Non-Fiction Books. 
This chapter defines what a non-fiction book is. Read along and learn some interesting facts about spiders, castles and more!

 

 

When do we read books?

Books have so many uses and can come in hand in so many different situations. This chapter shows children when and why we use certain types of books and reading material.

There are four sections in this chapter:

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Bedtime –
We read many different books at bedtime. This chapter features a short story book about rain. Click through the pages and watch the animations, read along with the voice over, learn pronunciation and spelling.

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Recipes – We read recipes when we want to cook something new. This section shows a simple way of making scrambled eggs.

 


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We read newspapers to learn about the world around us. This chapter explains the many different sections newspapers have, sports, weather and news.


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School- We read many different kinds of books in school. This part has an anagram game, where children will learn to spell what they see. These

 

 

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Unique Family Christmas Traditions

Christmas Pickles

 

pickleOn Christmas Eve, once the children have gone to bed, many parents around the globe sneak downstairs to help Santa deliver the gifts, as well as hide a Christmas pickle in the tree!

In the morning before anyone can open gifts, someone must find the pickle! By doing this, children can explore and appreciate all the ornaments on the tree. The colour of the pickle makes it quite hard to locate and can sometimes take a while to find.

This wonderful tradition teaches children teamwork, patience and to enjoy the moment. In a lot of households, children rush to the tree and start tearing open presents. By placing the pickle in the tree for a scavenger hunt, children are forced to stop and appreciate the moment, be patient and work together to find it.

This tradition, originally from Germany, has been adopted and modified by many different cultures. The person that finds the pickle is usually rewarded by receiving a special gift from under the tree, or they are allowed to open their present first.

Hide Your Broom! 

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This is quite the tradition to spark your imagination! It’s not common in North America to associate brooms and Christmas, but this Norwegian dates back centuries to when people were much more superstitious than they are today. They believed the evil spirits such as witches and ghost would come out on Christmas Eve looking for brooms to ride on. This is still a very popular tradition in Norway. Most people hide their brooms in their houses to avoid them being stolen.

Operation Christmas Child Boxes! 

Tis’ the season of family, cheer and giving. Operation Christmas Child is a tradition started in Canada by the Samaritan’s Purse organization. They work with the community to create boxes full of goodies and personal products that children in difficult circumstances could use.

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Christmas is different for everyone around the world not everyone is able to have a holiday full of gifts, family, feasts and festivities. These boxes bring so much joy to children in need and are quite fun to put together and wrap.

Get into the Christmas spirit with your family and friends and come together to create a couple of boxes. You can order packing party kits from their website, which include shoeboxes and other supplies.

OCC-pictureWhen creating your Christmas box choose a gender and an age range you would like to make the present for. Find a shoebox and fill it with presents, wrap it (make sure the lid can still be removed), place an age range and gender sticker on it and drop it off at the closest donation location.

Helpful Items: 

Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.

School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, colouring and picture books, etc.

Non-liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.

Accessories: T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.

Crafts: Make your own items such as hair bows, finger puppets, and friendship bracelets.

A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself, your family, or group. If you include your name and an address, the child may be able to write back.

For more information visit Operation Christmas Child.


Fill your Best Shoes with Hay and Vegetables

St.Nicholas day is the first major event in the advent calendar across many European countries. Celebrated on December 6th by Western European countries and Romania, December 5th in the Netherlands and on the 19th in Eastern European countries.

The evening before the feast of Saint Nicholas, children gather their favourite shoes and place them by the door or on a windowsill for St. Nicholas. Often filling their shoes with hay and vegetables for St. Nicholas’ horses. Traditionally, children would wake up to shoes filled with coins, fruit, sweets or smalls gifts (Shoe Sized).

13 Trolls of Christmas 

This is very similar to the last one but with a very unique twist. In Icelandic folklore, there are 13 Yule Lads (Mischievous Trolls) of Christmas, each of which visits children for the 13 days before Christmas.

Each night of Yuletide, children place their favourite/best shoes by the window. Each night a different Yule Lad visits, leaving presents for good boys and girls and rotten vegetables for the naughty children. 

They all have different personalities and backstories, along with some interesting names.

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Stekkjastaur – Sheep-Cote Clod
(Bugs sheep and has pegs legs)
Giljagaur – Gully Gawk (Hides in the gullies, waiting to scare cows and steal milk)
Stúfur – Stubby (Short and will steal pans to eat leftover crust)
Þvörusleikir – Spoon-Licker (Steals Spoons)
Pottaskefill – Pop- Scraper (Steals leftovers from pots)
Askasleikir = Bowl-Licker (Hides under beds waiting to steal bowls)
Hurðaskellir = Door Slammer (Likes to slam doors)
Skyrgámur – Skyr- Gobbler (Yule lad addicted to Skyr Yogurt)
Bjúgnakrækir – Sausage Swiper (Hides in the rafters and steals sausages)
Gluggagægir – Window-Peeper (Looks through windows for things to steal)
Gáttaþefur – Doorway-Sniffer (Has a very large nose)
Ketkrókur – Meat-Hook (Uses a hook to steal meat)
Kertasníkir – Candle-Stealer (Follows children to steal their candles)


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Organize with the neighbours for children to cut and decorate brown paper bags to create a runway for Santa to land his sleigh on your street.

Once the bags are beautifully decorated, Christmas Eve place them at the bottom of your driveway before going to bed.

Spider Webs in the Christmas Tree 

Ukrainian Christmas trees are traditionally decorated with a fake spider and web. The custom, which is said to bring good luck, stems from an old wives’ tale about a poor woman who could not afford to decorate her tree. She woke up on Christmas morning to find a spider had covered it in a glittering web.

Remember: There is no better present than being present!

Happy Holidays!

Should Students Still Be Taught Cursive Writing

In a world ruled by technology is there any room for traditional handwriting? A big debate right now is whether we should be focusing on keyboard skills over handwriting skills, specifically cursive. Yes, it is a dying art, but we have so many historical documents in cursive if we don’t teach the younger generation, will they lose the part of our language?

Handwriting is a complex skill which engages the cognitive, perceptual and motor skills simultaneously. It is no doubt handwriting plays a large role in the educational development of a child. But can it be replaced by the modern keyboard?

5 Reasons why Cursive Handwriting Should Stay

1. Handwriting makes us better writers and spellers and can help predict academic success.

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Handwriting aids in the development of fine motor skills. The hand uses muscles in a different way than when writing in print. Our hand become multilingual, when a child learns cursive, they learn the alphabet in a whole new light. When a child does not learn cursive, a language barrier is created in their native language.

Learning to handwrite is a key component in improving both reading and written composition. Often children are able to write much faster and neater in cursive opposed to print.

Learning to handwrite is a key component in improving both reading and written composition. When a child is taught using a keyboard and programs, spelling and grammar are often overlooked, as the program corrects it for them.

2. Writing things down boost memory

Taking notes by hand instead of typing them helps a person process what they are learning, they are able to phrase it in ways to help them better understand and remember.

Studies show college students remembered content better one week later if they had written it in cursive than when they printed or typed. 

It is also easier on the eyes to read and focus on literature when it is written on paper compared to on a screen.

3. Handwritten letters are more personal and meaningful

Dare to dream. Handwritten greeting card. Printable quote template. Calligraphic vector illustration. T-shirt print design.Cursive has a great ability to both being artistic and highly personal. Everyone creates their own personal spin through their handwriting.

By taking the time to personally write out a letter, instead of quickly typing it on a computer, it sends a message that what you are saying is important to you.

Cursive writing sparks creativity. Do you remember as a child looking at your parents signature in awe? Teaching your child this art gives them confidence in a new ability and gives them the tools to create their own signature they can be proud of. A great signature is something even adults swoon over.

4. Helps children focus

 

 

5. Improves confidence
Being able to read and write clearly improved the student’s confidence, enabling them to communicate with others in an effective manner. When a child is sure of themselves in their reading and writing it will translate to their schooling. Showing an overall academic improvement.

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The world is so emersed in technology, children will naturally learn how to type and use computer programs. Taking the time to teach a child the traditional way of writing would be beneficial in so many ways. This dying art should stay in our school systems.

Fun Fact!

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Some people that suffer from brain injuries that damage their ability to write to understanding print, but their ability to understand cursive remains. It is suggested the cursive can be used to help children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia.

5 ways to Boost a Child’s Confidence

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

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

1. Give Praise Where Praise is Due

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

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

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

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

2. Help Them Set Goals 

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

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

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

Is Your Goal SMART?

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

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

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

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

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

3. Be a Positive Role Model of Confidence

 

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

Ways to show confidence:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

5. Set them up for Success

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

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

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


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What is W5Go?

W5Go is a project for social edification created by Ecocarrier. W5Go aims to encompass as many of the United Nations Sustainable Development goals as possible with every episode we release. Our goal is to create a large collection of immersive educational applications that are available to everyone.

Throughout the applications, we aim to help children learn English, by teaching 20+ words in every application. The best way to learn a language is through immersion, we introduce English through voice-over, graphics and text.   All of our applications are free to download, free from advertisements, no internet required and do not have any in-app purchases.

We have recently launched a youtube channel full of wonderful educational songs that your child will love!

All of our episodes are created for children aged 4-12. With bright colourful and graphics, we want children to learn English and simples concepts such as proper hygiene, through a fun interactive environment. We want to encourage children to use their imagination, explore and have fun while learning!

We believe that any topic can be taught to a child, by simply breaking it down into the five W’s (Who, What, Where, When and Why).  We want to encourage children to always ask the five W’s. When they question how things work and ask “why not” or “what if” they are constantly learning and embracing creativity. In all of our episodes, we go through the five W’s and let the child guess what the answers could be before explaining.

Why AR/ VR Technology?

Imagination_IconW5Go focuses on creating virtual environments for children to learn, explore and use their imagination in the safety of their own home.  With so many advancements in technology is it important for children to have an even balance of traditional learning and new mobile learning.

Our applications are VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) enabled. Since this technology is becoming such a large part of everyday life, experiencing this technology from a young age is very beneficial, and our applications are meant to complement a child’s traditional education.

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What advantages does W5GO™ offer?

Resourcefulness – it is a properly researched selection of essential information on important topics for the upbringing of a child

Availability – the information and learning materials are readily available to the child on demand with the use of a Smartphone

Evolution – W5Go Project subscribes to the Wiki notion for collaborative development. Teachers and specialists in child education are invited to give us feedback and to contribute to the development of W5Go Project.

Currently, we have 14 applications available across several platforms. All are free to download, free from advertisements, no internet required and have no in-app purchases.  Our vision is to create 100 episodes “Chapters” of W5Go so that children everywhere have the chance to learn English and experience AR/VR technology.

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Our lessons: 

Imagination:  What is imagination? Explore what inventions have been created by a spark of imagination! Ignite your imagination by asking What if? and Why Not?

Forest Venture through a virtual forest where you will learn about; seasons, sounds, animals, colours, photosynthesis, and hemispheres.

Greetings:  Explore the world in VR/AR. Learn basic formal and informal greetings from around the world, time of day greetings and experience other cultures.

Books & Reading:  There are many different kinds of books, learn the different genres of books, basic spelling and go on a choose your own storybook adventure.

Music:  What makes music? Learn about instruments, notes and where music can come from.

Colour:  Learn about the primary colours, the colours of the rainbow, what colours are used for, how light makes colour and when we want to be colourful.

Time: This episode you will learn how to tell time, what we use the time for and the general concept of time.

Digits:  Learn digits from 1-10 and multiples of 10-100.

Applus: Interactive math game. Gather the apples to reach the targeted number.

AR Dollhouse:  Stylize your own AR Dollhouse. Learn basic organizational skills, where to place objects within a house.

Water:  Learn what makes water (H2O), where we find water, who uses water and the importance of water.

Addition & Subtraction:  Basic addition and subtraction with numbers 1-10. Uses fun interactive examples such as cupcakes as visual aids to help see the addition and subtraction.

Noise: Discover what noise is and how your ears are affected by it.

Dialogue: What is dialogue?  This episode features a conversation with grandparents who will teach them about the importance of hygiene.


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