Many people think that learning is boring and a struggle. I know a lot of children who really don’t want to do any ‘work’ and resist learning. But perhaps that is because they haven’t found a fun way to learn yet.
Our boys learn through many different ways, from counting windows on a castle to reading letters on the back of a cereal box. Both boys also love to play educational games on the tablet and have a variety that they like to play. However, my eldests favourite games are Mathseeds and Reading Eggs.
Mathseeds is our son’s current favourite, he loves learning anything mathmatical. I am particularly impressed at how the games progress and the fact he takes away so much from the games. Mathseeds is aimed at children aged 3-6 years old and they can progress through the games at their own pace. Although this is our eldests favourite game at the moment, there have been times that he hasn’t attempted it for a couple of months. It doesn’t take long to get back into it again and he is now on lesson 80!
The lessons vary from coloring in shapes to form a pattern, telling the time or counting money. At the beginning of each new idea the characters from Mathseeds introduce it in a new fun way. This normally elicits giggles from my son and it definitely helps get the new ideas through to him. The excitement when a new pet hatches at the end of each lesson is fun to watch too.
There are so many concepts that are shown through the lessons that are fun and our son is capable of. However there are a couple of games where he needs a little help. Those games with timers make him panic a little and he can’t think straight as he’s worried he’ll run out of time, which is understandable. We also use small pebbles to help add together larger numbers on some of the more complex games.
Whilst mathseeds is our son’s current favourite, he started using Reading Eggs first and has completed a good number of lessons there too. He hasn’t quite got the full interest in reading by himself yet, although I am sure that will come in time. The Reading Eggs lessons have the same fun games, songs and rhymes that help to learn how to spell and read. Because the lessons are based on sound scientific research most parents find that their child’s reading skills improve during the course of the lessons.
The fun characters that hatch are a definite highlight to the lessons. As are the silly songs sung by the characters!
Keeping Up The Learning
Of course my son isn’t playing on the tablet all day long, but we can still make learning fun away from the screens. We will do everything from counting windows, making numbers using sticks and telling the time on clocks. Words are everywhere, so it’s not difficult to practice letters or sounding out. This can be done wherever we are including walking through a town or looking at a map in the countryside. Check out my Pinterest board for lots of ideas for learning through play.
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