3 Ways That Technology Is Brilliant For Our Kids

Technology can be a tricky thing to manage as parents. Our children are growing up in a digital age, where technology is all around them and entertainment and answers are at the tips of their fingers. It is a common complaint that we feel that our kids are having too much screen time or that they are asking to be in front of their video games and favorite TV shows rather than getting outside and playing, spending time with family and reading. It is quite easy to see the downsides of all of this tech, but perhaps there are some real benefits too? We think so, which is why today we are sharing with you 3 ways that technology is brilliant for our kids. 

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To answer all of those burning questions

 

We all know that children are endlessly inquisitive. They ask question after question and occasionally they will ask you something that you simply do not know the answer to. This is where technology becomes our very best friend.

 

Whether the children are asking ‘what is the capital city of Afghanistan?,‘how do you become a guitar luthier?’ or ‘how do people build houses?’, you know that all that you need to do is pop online to provide them with their answer.

 

YouTube can be particularly effective at answering any burning questions as they have thousands of child friendly explanations for just about any topic. You can search there to explain anything from how an aorta functions to where zebras live. It can also be great for helping to spark an interest in a subject, so use it to introduce new topics and passions to your children. 

 

To supplement their education

 

Technology can be a great addition to your kids’ classroom learning. There are so many online sites and tools that can complement all that they are being taught at school and help them to become more confident. 

 

Perhaps they would benefit from tightening up on their addition, then try some quickfire math games. Perhaps they are fascinated by their current history topic, then encourage them to delve into it a little more online. 

 

It can also be useful in helping with homework and many schools use online homework systems now allowing you to keep up to date with what your children are learning so that you can support them at home. 

 

To keep them out of mischief 

 

Now, we are not suggesting that you use screens to babysit your children all day long, but there are real benefits to using them to keep them out of mischief from time to time.

 

There is nothing wrong with popping them in front of an afternoon movie after a full morning out whilst you get a few chores done and get dinner ready. You will know that they are safe and entertained whilst you get your jobs out of the way. 

 

Using screens in this way, when the majority of the day is screen free, can work well for everyone in the family.

10 Letter activities to prepare your Preschooler for PreK / Kindergarten & Free Printables

As a retired teacher, I can’t stress enough the importance of helping your child be prepared for Kindergarten!

The advantages:

  1. They are confident, because not only have they heard this before but it is easy since it is familiar.
  2. They learn how to lead, other children look to those who already know for help.
  3. They can see that it is easy and are less likely to struggle later in school
  4. They can read earlier and quicker than the others.
  5. They will spend quality time with a loved one, one on one learning!

The Cons:

  1. NONE

I always felt sorry for the children who struggled in my classes, I taught middle school and a lot of times they were just moved up and couldn’t even hardly read. This was obvious when they didn’t want to participate and usually tried to get in trouble when they feared they would be called upon.

No child should have to experience this!

If you spend 30 minutes a day with your preschooler on activities you would be amazed how quickly they absorb the information.

Here is my top ten list of letter activities:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq3yfQnllfQ (Letters and sounds video extremely important for them to learn the correct letter sounds)
  2. http://www.worksheetfun.com/category/letter/letter-tracing/ Free printable letter sheets.
  3. http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2013/05/sidewalk-chalk-4-letter-activities.html  (Sidewalk chalk fun!)
  4. http://www.learning4kids.net/2011/08/16/alphabet-sponge-letters-bath-time-fun-2/ (DIY Sponge Letters)
  5. Interactive Notebook – (This is very important for them to learn, they will use interactive notebooks in school, so teaching them early is a plus and they can get all their work in one place to show their loved ones!)
  6. https://www.education.com/games/alphabet/ (this is a free online interactive game, I would limit it to maybe 15 minutes a day).
  7. http://www.abc.net.au/abcforkids/games/ (another online free site)
  8. http://www.themeasuredmom.com/letter-recognition-activities/  (A variety of letter recognition games)
  9. https://www.pinterest.com/explore/dollar-tree-classroom/  (Dollar Tree finds to use for letter games)
  10. Write their name on everything, toys, cups, and even their clothes tags, they will learn to recognize their name!

Feel free to add some ideas that you have used, I really just want to stress the importance of doing some daily with your little one and given them a huge advantage in school!

Free Printable #Educational Thanksgiving 2016

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As a retired teacher, I spent most of my time trying to find some entertaining fill in worksheets. With limited time, this was a hard task especially free ones! I have composed over 10+ sites that offer free printable worksheets that you can use. I can’t wait to do them with my grandsons!

  1. http://hubpages.com/holidays/Free-printable-Thanksgiving-Mazes-for-kids
  2. https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=0ahUKEwiQv6nL9q3QAhVJYiYKHU2HCkcQjhwIBQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Flbartman.com%2Fworksheet%2Fthanksgiving-activities-for-4th-graders-free.php&psig=AFQjCNFvLi_iUUg74iZR7wLHWGddLSUnvg&ust=1479407659217917
  3. https://www.pinterest.com/explore/thanksgiving-worksheets/
  4. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/thanksgiving/
  5. http://coloring.danninglawyer.com/math-coloring-thanksgiving-worksheets/
  6. http://www.jumpstart.com/common/find-the-words
  7. https://www.lifewire.com/thanksgiving-coloring-pages-2260651
  8. http://simplelivingmama.com/2014/11/color-number-cornucopia/
  9. http://coloring.danninglawyer.com/math-coloring-thanksgiving-worksheets/
  10. http://www.mediastockblog.com/gallery/thanksgiving-worksheets-for-first-grade.html
  11. http://www.free-coloring-pages.com/  (type in what you are looking for like Thanksgiving)

There are over 1000+ worksheets to choose from. These would be great for spending time with your family and helping little ones learn the meaning of Thanksgiving!

Fill free to comment below with any other links you may know of. I look forward to them!