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Encourage Learning This Summer By Having Kids ‘Earn Time’ to Play with e-Carrot

Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to learn about a cool rewards-based technology platform that not only encourages balance in your child’s digital consumption but also gives parents the control to effectively manage how much time their child spends using devices.

eCarrot

Along with a few other mom bloggers, we interacted with the developers of eCarrot, who also happened to be parents and were given a thorough presentation of the app.

As the parent of two boys,  I was excited to hear about eCarrot’s app and how it gives kids a chance to play with smart devices based on correct responses to math questions.  The app also gives parents the control of managing their child’s time without power struggles or hassles.

What’s most impressive about eCarrot is that eaches children how to be better manage their “screen time”. Since the app is geared towards children age 5-12, it helps kids to have an early start on balancing their virtual and real life.  A healthy balance of media creates less stress and challenges in the teen years.  Without learning the skills to manage their time, some kids are at risk of becoming addicted to their smart devices.  Being that kids have more free time over the summer, most kids are spending more hours on their devices.

Since the app works by modifying behavior and rewarding “play time” based on how a child likes to be rewarded. This gives parents the flexibility of using the controls according to their child’s motivating factor rather than a general reward. What this means is that if you have a child who prefers to accumulate their reward, you can set up your account to meet this individual need.

The rewards of using eCarrot is not just for the kids. Parents are given the autonomy to give their kids smart devices without feeling guilty.

eCarrot can be an integral part of summer learning for struggling math students.  According to the National Summer Learning Association: Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains (Cooper, 1996).

If you’re looking for a tool to help your child use technology responsibly while also helping them learn math, checkout eCarrot! The app is available for FREE on the Android platform on Google Play.

Give yourself peace of mind and give your child a head start in math and digital literacy.

 

 

Disclosure: I received compensation thanks to The Mommy Factor blogger referral . Views expressed are always 100% my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LeapFrog Animal Adventure Learning Table



When I was given the opportunity to check out LeapFrog's Animal Adventure Learning Table, I was so excited. I have always used LeapFrog products with my oldest son and I wanted to do the same with my 18 month old son.

As soon as our toy arrived, we quickly set it up for Logan who was eagerly awaiting to play with it. The table was easy to assemble and was ready to play in less than a 3 minutes. The learning table is for ages 6- 36 months and it would have been ideal when he was younger since it grows with your child.

It's a challenge to find toys that hold the attention of toddlers for a long time, especially boys.
This toy appeals to kids of all learning styles and kept Logan's interest for 30 minutes (which is a long time for a toddler). There are so many activities to choose from and keep your little one entertained.

The learning table features are over 100 songs and activities and seven activity stations including a flip page for ABCs and 123s, a mirror for peek-a-boo play and a drum in the center to learn colors and shapes. My favorite is the drum because it plays catchy tunes.

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My son likes to open and close the hippo's mouth (one of the stations) and playing the three keys on the keyboard. The learning table is ideal for developing motor and cognitive skills.

I particularly like the learning table because the songs are not annoying and there is a volume adjuster for days I prefer a quieter play.

My son comes over to play with the table several times a day and it's a nice break from playing with his cars and trains.

I was selected for this opportunity as a compensated member of Clever
Girls Collective and received free product from LeapFrog to review. The
content and opinions expressed here are all my own. #LFAnimalAdventures
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