Math, Science + Engineering Apps for Summer Learning

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Looking for fun iPad apps to take on the road with you this summer for your kids?

 

 

 

Check out this thorough compilation of 42 tried and tested apps from the wonderful blog Imagination Soup, including:

  • Motion Maths
  • DoodleFind
  • Tinker Box
  • and more…

And if you try any you like, please let us know in a comment or on our Facebook page!

http://imaginationsoup.net/2012/05/40-stem-ipad-apps-for-kids-science-technology-engineering-math/

DSCN0462Sarah Forrest is a Reading Specialist for Oxford Learning Solutions, publishers of the Easyread System. Easyread is a ground-breaking online program that delivers results for children with reading difficulties or dyslexia. www.easyreadsystem.com

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Easyread has achieved its goal

Whilst we’ve been on holiday we’ve been doing lots of reading with Henry and I would say he is reading successfully now. He’s slow, but methodical and when he comes across a word he doesn’t know he works it out – even words I would consider too difficult. He does need a little help now and again, but generally he is reading independently. He has started reading Fluff the Farting Fish by Michael Rosen to me and he is reading it well, albeit slowly.

I feel Easyread has achieved its goal – Henry can now read. Before Easyread, Henry was reading his school books fine but beyond that he struggled. Easyread has turned him around and I’m astonished. My husband and I are so happy to hear him read – he reads everything around him without prompting – and we are delightfully amazed by it too. He is constantly sounding out words. And I am absolutely certain he will be a good speller because of Easyread.

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Factoid Friday: No Screen-Time Under 2?

Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that we discourage screen time for children younger than the age of 2, and limit the time for older kids?

toddler-playingIt’s a bit of a controversial area, especially with the ease and accessibility of tablets, phones and televisions these days.

But Dr. Susan Linn, a psychologist at Harvard, believes there is a better way.

Read a blog post on some of her best recommendations for encouraging early brain development, including:

  • dirty hands
  • stick-hunting
  • puppet stories
  • and more…

http://www.mykidsadventures.com/creative-play-with-susan-linn/

What do your kids do for fun that doesn’t include screen time?

DSCN0462Sarah Forrest is a Reading Specialist for Oxford Learning Solutions, publishers of the Easyread System for struggling learners and dyslexics. www.easyreadsystem.com

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Does Easyread Progress Last After You Finish?

This is a question I get asked all the time by parents wondering whether to invest time and money into purchasing Easyread for their child.

And it’s an excellent question. We often hear about programs that worked while the child was on it, but then progress started backsliding after the child finished it. That can be devastating for the whole family.

Very few of our Easyreaders ever come back to us needing more help. When I say “very few”, I mean that I hear from 1 or 2 people a year, out of thousands. And we make it clear that we want to hear of any difficulties.

But why listen to me babble on about it when you can hear it straight from the source? Here is a little message a former Easyread parent sent me today out of the blue.

“I wanted to tell you about Daisy who is one of your Easyread graduates. Before we started Easyread Daisy was an unconfident reader who’s achievement in reading was significantly lower than her other academic levels. She is now several years on from the Easyread programme and is flourishing. She is 8 and in year three at school, however she now has a reading age of 11, her levels for Numeracy, Literacy, and Science are all at a year 5-6 level which is 2-3 years above her actual school year. She has been placed on the gifted and talented register for several subject areas. We feel without the Easyread programme Daisy would not of achieved her potential and the girl who used to believe she was stupid now has self confidence in her abilities. Thank you easy read without you our little bookworm will never of emerged out of her shell.”

Go Daisy!

DSCN0462Sarah Forrest is an Easyread Coach at Oxford Learning Solutions. Easyread is a unique online program that uses visual phonics to help children with dyslexia, auditory processing issues, sight-reading and guessing habits, and more. www.easyreadsystem.com

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He is loving the support

Ben is doing well with easy read although he has found the symbols quite hard when we are trying to read the stories out – we are getting there though. He is reading all the words well though and is now taking time on decoding words rather than racing through. He is loving the support he gets and looks forward to his ‘prizes’ coming through – amazing that he now wants to do his daily spell magic – wish it would roll over into his other work!:)

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Going well

Caleb is continuing well. He is not finding these to words be more difficult than the games. The story is going well. Caleb is re-reading the phrases; although I am reminding him to do so. He does not find that fun all the time. :)

He gets very excited when a code word appears and we also like humorous little things like a fart machine. He will love it! Thank you for letting me know ahead of time. We look forward to continuing to work harder, as the summer days have caused us to miss a few days here and there.

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