After you’ve worked all day, had a workout, played with the kids, made dinner, and everything in-between, it’s hard to figure out storytime and other fun activities for your family. Did you know that there are tons of ways to make learning with your kids even better than before? Our Kids Club team has gathered some wonderful resources for you to check out.
The Benefits Of Reading With Your Kids
As this article by PBS so beautifully points out, sometimes reading can help your kid communicate their complex feelings to you in ways that they aren’t quite sure how to articulate yet. Like, in the PBS example, if a character is scared, angry, or sad, your kid may be able to tell you that they relate to those feelings, helping to clarify any change in attitude that they may be having. After all, our feelings are very complicated, and it can be frustrating for our little humans not to be able to articulate them to us. But, beyond that, reading can help your kid in their cognitive development and countless other ways. You can start to read to your children in their prenatal stage, and your child can continue to read through the rest of their lives. Reading out loud to your child even helps them to develop language skills.
Helping Your Child Learn In Other Ways
Whether your child needs some resources for fun activities, learning a new language, getting their wiggles out, or learning some new skills, we have you covered here. With technology at our fingertips, there is no limit to what your kid can learn, so we wanted to give you some great websites and apps to check out.
1 | Learn With ABC Mouse
ABC Mouse is an early learning website for children ages 2- 8 years old. They have reading, math, science, and art resources, and are currently offering a free 30-day trial. It’s a fun site that allows your child to create their avatar and go down learning paths in each subject. Find out more on their website!
2 | Get Active With Go Noodle
Want your little one to get active? Go Noodle is the perfect website filled with resources for movement and mindfulness. It has resources to keep kids active while learning how to read with inflection and so much more. The best part is it’s free! Give it a try today.
3 | Borrow Books From Your Library With Libby
Got a library card? Download Libby! Libby is a free app that allows you to borrow e-books and audiobooks from your local library. Read or listen anytime and anywhere. All you need is a library card to get started. You can download books to help your kiddos explore new worlds, and maybe even download a novel or two for yourself.
4 | Learn A New Language With Duolingo
Language learning courses can cost a bundle, but there’s great news for those of us who want to open our lines of communication to more of the world, Duolingo is an incredible free resource. Duolingo has gamified language learning, giving weekly contests, badges, and bite-sized lessons so that your kids (or you) can learn in just a few minutes a day. If you don’t mind waiting through some ads, this app is completely free and worth the wait. You can learn Spanish, French, German, Hungarian, and so much more! Check out their website for a full list of languages at your reach.
5 | Your Kid Can Learn How To Code With ScratchJr
Coding is the language of online. Your kid can learn the basics with Scratch Jr’s free app and even program their own interactive stories and games. It’s a beautiful way to have creative time and learn at the same time.
6 | Practice Mindfulness With Cosmic Kids Yoga
Yoga isn’t just for adults. Kids can benefit too. Is it time for you to go practice yoga? Why not throw Cosmic Kids onto your tablet and allow your kid to start their practice as well? Just as our adult worlds are busy and stressful, kids’ worlds are too. They are dealing with shifts in their entire routines. School, work, and play are all happening in the same four walls, and even before now, the stresses of learning, sports, and navigating life as they grow can get to them. Your child can learn self-care skills to help them de-stress when life gets overwhelming with Cosmic Kids Yoga.
Our Kids Club team dearly misses your little ones. We want to continue to help as you navigate through this time, and we hope that you can find use in one or all of these resources. We cannot wait to see your whole family in our clubs very soon!