Can the KidloLand App Benefit your Kid?

Looking for great preschool content for your little ones? The award-winning KidloLand app has 245+ nursery rhymes &100 +educational songs and activities, covering so many subjects it’s perfect to supplement your child’s learning.

Most mamas are intentional about screen time for our children, wanting only the best for our babies. The KidloLand App was recently awarded the Spring 2016 Academics’ Choice Smart Media Choice award so moms and experts agree, we can feel good about letting our littles use this app.

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When my daughter was little, I found that the right apps and programs could do more than keep her entertained, they could help her learn through catchy songs and repetition, both of which the KidloLand App has in spades!

I was given a free subscription to write an honest review of the application, but the opinions are totally mine. The KidloLand app is certainly one you can feel good about handing to your toddler-preschooler.

The songs are sweet with adorable characters. I really like how the lyrics are printed on the screen and are clearly shaded as they are sung, which helps children visually track the words.

Looking for great preschool content for your little ones? The award-winning KidloLand app has 245+ nursery rhymes &100 +educational songs and activities.

Following from left to right and understanding that spoken words correspond to written ones are crucial steps toward literacy. Kids won’t even know how much they are learning.

KidloLand App has so many fun and educational features. Kids won't even know they're learning! Click To Tweet

My daughter just turned six, so she is at the top of the recommended ages, and I could see that she has probably aged out of much of the content, but even so, I downloaded it in preparation for a trip to keep her occupied during our travels.

She really enjoys playing on the app. Each song has several screens with interactive elements your child has to touch to discover. She has fun discovering what happens when she touches each character. She easily stays occupied for 15-30 minutes if I let her.

The songs cover such a variety of content, it would be challenging for most kids to even get through it all, much less get bored. The content ranges from very early learning all the way through kindergarten with the months of the year and counting.

As a professional teacher and homeschooling mom, I think the KidloLand app is a wonderful resource for early education.

A subscription unlocks ALL the content per month or year depending on your preference. Why subscribe? New content is automatically added every month allowing your child to constantly explore new lessons without singular in app purchases.

The cost of a subscription is under $40 a year, less than $1 a week, and you can get a 7-day trial for FREE.

Cons –

  1. Depending on how much your child would use the app, the price could be an issue, but the app has loads of value.
  2. As an educator, I would like more interactive lessons for children to have to demonstrate mastery of the material, which utilizes different levels and areas of brain activity.

Overall, KidloLand App is adorable and entertaining, using musical repetition to teach and reinforce almost everything a young child needs to learn.

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My 3 No-brainers to raise a Brainiac!

Raising a brainiac is a bit tongue in cheek, but all parents want to give their children the best start in life possible.

And we’ve all wished from time to time that kids came with instructions.

From getting them to sleep or eat green beans, all parents have struggled with getting the hang of this parenting thing, but helping them be ready to learn can be easy with these tips.

My 3 no-brainers to raise a Brainiac!

My daughter is has a sharp memory and insatiable curiosity. While I can’t take credit for her natural gifts, especially since we adopted, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how we prepared her to be a learner long before we officially started homeschooling.

Some parenting is hard. Raising a brainiac doesn't have to be. Heaven Not Harvard shares easy tips to start your child on a path to love learning.

1). Read with your child.

Experts recommend 20 minutes a day. Reading  . . .

  • builds bonds between parent and child. I started reading to my daughter in the NICU so she could hear my voice. Reading together still makes me feel close to her.
  • teaches vocabulary, prepares children for oral language acquisition, but also contributes to their ability to follow a narrative and process with visual imagery.
  • helps children understand the basic building blocks of language: print moves from left to right, letters represent sounds that create words representing ideas, a fundamental understanding of grammar and punctuation.
  • can be the vehicle to teach ideas, vocabulary, and content in a variety of subjects. My daughter loves space and animals. She learns about them through reading. Double win!
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2). Talk with your child.

We all talk to our children, so what do I mean?

  • Use adult vocabulary. Kids are sponges – use it. They’ll repeat everything anyhow, so give them a few things you won’t be embarrassed to hear in the middle of a quiet library.

I used vocabulary above her ability but follow-up with a familiar word to tie the two together.

  • Explain EVERYTHING. I know it gets exhausting. By dinner time, my brain is ready to explode, but she wants to know everything about everything.

And despite the exhaustive nature of the why?, I really want to encourage that her curious nature.

I started before she could talk: We’re going to the store; see the pretty trees – those are pine trees, pine trees are coniferous.

It really doesn’t matter that it is WAY above their heads. Talk anyway because it really helps brains development and babies are not great conversationalists.

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3). Edutain them!

While experts recommend ZERO hours of screen time under two, but we all know mommy has to shower! I tried to be very careful with what she watched.

Her music, books, video games, television, movies – 99% are educational exclusively.

If she can’t learn from it, we don’t watch it.

And talk about what you’re watching! Sociologists noted that parents influenced their children the most when they discussed shows they were watching together.

The more we talk, the more the information solidifies in her mind. She asks questions. We can even look up extra information online about what we’re watching.

Bonus TIP!

Most of all, make it fun. Kids will love what is fun. You will love having fun with them.

Play alphabet games, think of silly words that rhyme, watch shows you can enjoy with them.

We spent a week watching #BigBlueLive on PBS about the swarming of marine life in Monterey Bay, Ca. We’ve loved watching it each night and learned a ton.

You can still watch the webcams here.

Raising a brainiac isn’t nearly as important as raising a kind, caring child, but give them the foundation to make learning easy and fun, and make a life-long learner out of your kid.

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The Best Homeschool App (you’re not using)

I’ve used this app before for fun, but didn’t think to use it with my pre-k child until just last week. Whether you are homeschooling or supplementing your child’s education, this application has amazing benefits.

We’ve just barely made the decision to homeschool, so I am looking for as many easy homeschooling tricks as I can find. Part of our decision is that school doesn’t have to take all day, so cross-curricular lessons are especially beneficial. But I also want to create the most beneficial educational experience for her. And why I am so glad I found this app.

Because she loves Dora the Explorer and Diego and is enamored of Skippyjohn Jones, my five-year old has wanted to learn Spanish for a long time. My mother wrote her Master’s degree thesis about the benefits of elementary school Spanish, so I know teaching her a foreign language is beneficial for her creativity, reading, mental flexibility, English grammar skills, writing, and future language ability.

This magical app teaches reading skills, problem solving, grammar, listening skills and so much more. Heaven Not Harvard
graphic used by permission of Duolingo’s press dept.

However, yo no habla español. I can get by to find a bathroom or order a limited meal, but that is about it. I took French in school, so how do I teach her Spanish?

Duolingo is a free app that uses some of the same principles as pricey Rosetta Stone – FREE!

Last week, I opened the app and started using it with my daughter. MAGICAL!! I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner.

In order to use the app, she is challenged to read new words: man, woman, girl, boy, bread, water, which, speak, translate, sentence, etc. The application uses multiple learning styles to imprint new words, both Spanish and English. Duolingo has a variety of languages available, but we started with Spanish.

I have to explain articles (the, an, a), feminine and masculine nouns, and capital letters, and what is a sentence, but I’m amazed at how much she intuitively understands through using the app, which also makes the articles and the combinations repetitive so it becomes automatic to pair up the correct article and noun and in later lessons the proper conjugations of verbs and subjects.

She has learned some Spanish, not much, but what she really gets out of this app is a lot of English grammar and reading practice! Additionally, we’ve only used it together three or four times and she can almost operate it independently, which is amazing since she is just heading into kindergarten.

Parts of the Duolingo app are matching pairs of words together, matching English to pictures with Spanish captions, translating sentences with word groups as choices, translating into English/Spanish using the keypad, and speaking your target language.

Watching her play is such a joy. Today, she was spelling words in Spanish! She is just barely learning to spell in English. She is learning and doesn’t even know it! She volunteers for Spanish class!

And I’m not the only one who thinks this app is fantastic. It won best learning app in 2013, and in a recent independent study, professors found that when using Duolingo for 34 hours, students learn the equivalent of one university semester of language instruction.

If you’re like me, making the decision to homeschool or supplement your child’s education comes from wanting to give them the best advantages in life. Learning a foreign language at a young age is a proven method to give children skills that will set them up for educational success, wherever they call school.

 

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