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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Help Your Struggling Reader Build Reading Confidence

Copy of Power My Learning Twitter Chat

As part of my #SummerLearningChat on Twitter, join me on Thursday, July 17th  at 2:00pm Est with guest Meeghan Mousaw of Sight Sound Reading to talk about ways to help struggling or beginner readers to become more confident readers. Reading is an important part of summer learning, so find creative ways to make reading enticing to your son.

Meeghan will also share tips on helping children with special needs become better readers.  One lucky chat participant will win a Teaching Made Easy Bundle.

If you would like to help teach your student(s) to read, this bundle is a step by step guide -everything you need to know and do to help students to reading success. The teachers manual contained in this bundle consists of 120 daily lessons that take about 15 minutes a day. The students learn new words to read each day. The sight words build upon themselves and the students gain confidence in reading, while learning sight words, phonics, and comprehension. It can be used on it’s own to teach reading, or it is a great supplement to classroom teaching as . It is extremely successful with struggling readers.

The Word Ladder Manual, alphabet manual, sight word books and other materials are great supplements to be used with the program, or on their own to add fun to literacy centers, or desk-time.

This bundled download contains everything you need to teach beginning reading, using Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading.

About Meeghan Mousaw

Meeghan Mousaw has her Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.  She also has her Masters in Special Education from Assumption College.  She re-discovered her mother’s reading program when trying to teach her daughter to read.  She was amazed at how easy it was to teach her, and she loved that her daughter asked to practice reading every day.  Immediately she knew it would be great for ALL children, especially those who struggle to learn to read.  She was inspired to help her mother reach more children with her program.  Meeghan is married and has five children.  Aside from spending time with her family, she loves supporting her alma mater by attending the University of Notre Dame athletic events.

Participating in the chat is simple:

Follow @Sightsoundreading

Join the chat on TweetChat.com

 

Preventing Summer Learning Loss- 7 Week Series

RGM Summer Learning

Join me for a 7 Week series on “Preventing Summer Learning Loss”! Summer is a wonderful opportunity to help your son get ahead of the curve. As much as we want our sons to relax and take it easy, it’s imperative that we provide them with enriching experiences and learning adventures.

Even the American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging that parents read to their infants.

To participate, sign up for my newsletter to stay updated on interviews on Google Plus,  Twitter chats and Blog Talk Radio.

According to the National Summer Learning Association:

  • All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004).

  • 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).

  • More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college (Alexander et al, 2007).

  • Children lose more than academic knowledge over the summer. Most children—particularly children at high risk of obesity—gain weight more rapidly when they are out of school during summer break (Von Hippel et al, 2007).

  • Parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do (Duffett et al, 2004).

Here are a few resources to get you started for a summer of learning:

PowerMyLearning.org helps you find and use thousands of F.REE games, videos, and interactives in all major K-12 subjects and aligned to the Common Core.

I’ve asked Dr. Kwame Brown of Move Theory FUNction Community to share a brain game with my community. Here’s his game of the month: Slingshot which teaches physics and gets kids moving!

Also if you’re looking for something to do with your son, check out Michael’s Craft Stores: Passport to Imagination. They have 2 hour classes from 10:00am to 12:00pm for $2.00 each class. Classes are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays until August 1st.

Also, Groupon has great deals on books and other resources your son will love:
Sesame Street ABCs and 123s Elmo and Friends Bus– $16.99  (74% discount)

  • Sturdy board books
  • Twelve books about the alphabet
  • Four books about numbers 1–10
  • Favorite Sesame Street characters
  • Bus display case

Mighty Machines Children’s 10-Book Bundle-$15.99   (73% discount)

  • Ambulance
  • Bulldozers
  • Diggers
  • Fire Trucks
  • Loaders
  • Monster Trucks
  • Police Cars
  • Tractors and Farm Vehicles
  • Trains
  • Trucks

50 Comic Book Bundle with Collectible Cards– $39.99   (84% discount)

  • 50 comic books, randomly chosen
  • 10 sealed non-sport packs of collectible cards
  • 9 loose non-sport collectible cards

J. R. R. Tolkien Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit 4-Book Boxed Set– $14.99  (58% discount)

  • The Hobbit
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Anime Studio Debut 10-$24.99 (50% discount)

  • Animation software
  • Create comic books or animated scenes
  • Ample tutorials cover multiple functions
  • Built-in characters and scenarios to get users started
  • Enhanced drawing tools
  • Compatible with Mac and PC

Kids’ 4-Book Doodle Bundle-16.99  (57% discount)

This set of activity books invites children to explore ancient worlds, ghoulish beasts, and life on the road. Armed with colored pencils, markers, and pure imagination, they can create funny or creepy creatures within the Monster Doodles book, or draw a cheeseburger in every T-rex’s mouth in Dinosaur Doodles.

  • Dinosaur Doodles for Kids
  • Monster Doodles for Kids
  • Superhero Doodles for Kids
  • Travel Doodles for Kids

Preschool Prep 10-DVD Collection– $39.99  (69% discount)

Preschool Prep’s DVDs captivate children with educational material that’s garnered more than 25 awards. By anthropomorphizing numbers, letters, and colors, the DVDs help children aged 9 months to 7 years easily recognize the characters and understand their functions. Advanced lessons in phonics and sight words deepen a budding reader’s understanding and respect for the written word, even when it’s written mockingly on their forehead as they sleep.

  • Meet the Blends
  • Meet the Colors
  • Meet the Digraphs
  • Meet the Letter Sounds
  • Meet the Letters
  • Meet the Numbers
  • Meet the Shapes
  • Meet the Sight Words 1
  • Meet the Sight Words 2
  • Meet the Sight Words 3