It’s coming for your child! The dreaded Brain Drain: A sharp-fanged monster known for burrowing into your kiddo’s head throughout the summer months and removing up to sixty percent of what they learned over the previous school year by September (and you thought lice were the only pestilence you need worry about). Brain drain is particularly risky during the first few years of school, since tots who fall behind in the early years rarely catch up down the line.
Fortunately, like all monsters, the evil Brain Drain can be fought using that old Schoolhouse Rock slogan: Knowledge is Power! Red Tricycle rounds up five fun activities the whole family can do over the summer specifically in New York City that are also (shhh, don’t tell the little guys) educational, here.
Among the activities listed are read, read, read (then read some more), visit a museum, turn your beach vacation into a physics lab, even go shopping – and more.
But parents shouldn’t think that summer brain boosting activities have to be limited to in-person interaction. Sure, everyone wants to be there for their kids, but life – and work – have a nasty tendency to get in the way.
A new app, Chatty Kidz, is looking to make long-distance, but still adult guided learning a reality.
The idea behind Chatty Kidz is that it’s more than just another video chat service like Skype or Facetime. Rather than merely talking, parents who need to be away from their children for any length of time can do things like touch the screen to move pictures around in order to create storybooks for reading practice, construct math problems with personalized visual aids, and even practice handwriting in real time.
The Chatty Kidz app is the brainchild of Ken Taggart, an English father of two. He reports, “We really believe in Chatty Kidz because it’s more than just educational. It’s collaborative; its interactive and engaging for kids. Children benefit from doing the learning activities, but also from spending virtual time chatting to long-distance loved ones.”
The app is already available online via the Apple Store, and Chatty Kidz hopes to add more features shortly via a Kickstarter campaign.
If this is something you think could help your family beat the dreaded summer Brain Drain, you can learn more at: www.chattykidz.com.
Want to have even more learning fun on-line? What’s more fun than exploding candy apples, pancakes that turn into trampolines and roller-skating apple pies who sing show tunes? You’ll find all that – and more – in “The Worldwide Dessert Contest: Enhanced Multimedia Edition” by Dan Elish. It’s a middle grade fantasy novel that comes with it’s own original score by a Broadway vet. And you can listen to it simply by clicking a link in the ebook. Get it on Amazon, today! It’s a book and CD in one!