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Fun Friday with Ukloo

4 Oct

20131003-225939.jpgMy daughter is finally adjusting to school. Now that she is settled in she is anxious to learn. One of her goals for the year is to learn to read.
Recently, we tried Ukloo, a treasure hunt game to help children ages 4 and up learn to read! To play, leave clue cards out to help your child find the surprise card (treasure) at the end. My daughter knows she will always find her first clue on the dining room table. There are three levels to choose from. Starting with level 1 and only a few clue cards is best for early readers.  The child reads each clue, with a picture helper to aid them if they don’t know a word.  When they learn the game and become more comfortable reading, add more clue cards and move up a level.  I accidentally put a level 3 out, it took awhile but she was able to find the next clue. Be sure to leave the picture helper somewhere your child can easily find it.   The first few times I left it next to the first clue. You can also leave it on the refrigerator when you aren’t playing for your child to look at as a refresher!  Several blank clue cards and surprise cards are included for you to personalize them for your child.

It’s been fun watching my daughter as she finds her surprises.  Changing up the surprises kept her wanting to play more. We have made it part of our daily routine, giving her more exposure to the sight words.  I have clues set up every afternoon when she returns from school.  I do “bigger/ better” surprises on Friday.  Surprise Ideas include:

  • Sweet treats: Lollipop, cookie, piece of candy
  • Money
  • Extra iPad time
  • A new book
  • Special Time with Mommy and/or Daddy
  • Fill out a surprise card for a “Fun Friday” movie or outing
  • PJ Party with a friend

Ukloo makes reading funds, builds self-confidence, encourages independence, promotes sight-reading (visual word recognition), offers basics of sentence structure and introduces research skills.  A great gift for birthdays, Holidays and for teachers (to include in their classrooms).  To buy click here.  Coming soon: Ukloo 2 for ages 7+ and the Ukloo Reading Adventure App.

Disclaimer:  I did not receive compensation for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.  I received a sample of Ukloo for the purpose of this review but did not alter my opinions.

Learn with Homer App (REVIEW)

8 Aug
Top image from Learn with Homer

Top image from Learn with Homer

Both of my girls have an IPAD.  Some people think it’s crazy kids are introduced to technology at such an age.  If used the right way, technology can be very beneficial to how our children learn.  There are so many educational apps you can download for kids.  We recently had the opportunity to test out Learn with Homer, a new comprehensive reading App. for kids.

My oldest daughter is starting kindergarten in the fall.  All summer long she has been eager to get back-to-school.  She has been practicing her writing skill and has expressed a lot of interest in learning to read.   We have been working on reading with trips to the library, reading in bed at night and when I need to get caught up with laundry or cleaning, or needs a little down time she uses her iPad.   Learn with Homerdesigned by top literacy experts for children aged 3 to 6, builds literacy through four connected learning experiences: Learn to Read, Story Time, Discover the World, and Homer’s Clubhouse.  Homer has been an amazing addition to our educational apps for many reasons:

  1. 20130808-113216.jpgIt’s fun and my girls are really learning.  Not long ago my daughter was “Discovering the World” of the Zoo and was able to tell me what a carnivore and herbivore  were after.
  2. The graphics and artwork are amazing.  Something to notice when downloading “Discovering the World”, the image goes from a painting to an real photograph.  Not to mention Homer and friends are adorable.
  3. Picking a hat, such a big decision.  My girls loved choosing their hat for their welcome page and would change it up on occasion.
  4. Both my girls love to doodle and draw.  They have a blast creating board in the Homer’s Clubhouse.
  5. Although, I only had it on one iPad, you could manage the settings to add additional children.  My youngest loved the drawing app and recording a messages.
  6. Story time includes wonderful and engaging stories, fables, folktales, nursery rhymes, poems, and even songs.  Our favorites are Homer to the Rescue and The Little Plant Poem.
  7. After a story or lesson is finished, there is a review activity to reinforce what they have learned.
  8. There is a parent site to check your child’s progress and see what they are working on.  You also have access to coloring pages, reading lists and the clubhouse gallery to see the artwork and messages your child create.
  9. I also recently discovered the shop so you can have the beautiful Learn with Homer artwork on your walls, on your couch, or on the back of your iPhone, iPod, or iPad.  The perfect gifts for your little Homer fans. My favorite is this canvase by Jenny Jenkins.
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All images from Learn with Homer!

Whether you are preparing for back-to-school, looking for a rainy day learning activity, Learning with Homer is a fantastic App you won’t regret downloading for your child.  This app would be also great reward for the tech-loving child in the classroom.  Follow Learn with Homer on twitter and Facebook! Happy Learning!

Keep checking back for a Learn with Homer GIVEAWAY!

Disclaimer: I was part of a test group and received the app and other products and gift certificates for this review.  These did not alter my opinions.  As always, all opinions expressed are my own.  Information in italics are from the Homer Website.