Anyone who has read my book (thank you!) Raising Digital Families For Dummies knows that I advocate for limited screen time for kids. I also suggest often that parents follow the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations regarding screen time limits and age restrictions. The key to making digital time work for your family is finding the apps, websites, and devices that make the most sense for your kids’ enjoyment and well-being. Yes, this may mean taking the phone away from them in restaurants so that they’re not flinging birds mindlessly for 20 minutes and instead locating educational apps that serve a purpose beyond entertainment. And as a busy parent, yes this may take some extra time and thought in what is already a hectic schedule.
While I outline several education websites that you may want to check out, the reality is that technology is always changing. Just announced this week, Sylvan Learning introduced SylvanPlay – a comprehensive, educational mobile games network for kids in 1st through 4th grade. The goal of SylvanPlay is to provide the best collection of educational games that reinforce grade-appropriate lessons in fun and engaging ways and enhance what kids are already learning in the classroom while on-the-go.
My kids ask for screen time daily. Their teachers suggest that we find educational apps and sites. SylvanPlay meets both requests!
Rather than just one individual app, SylvanPlay is launching this week with a library of eight fun, Sylvan-approved edutainment apps all packaged together in one network. The games, which have been developed to help students build critical skills in reading, math, science, geography, strategic thinking and more, include:
With kids currently in grades two and four, the apps currently available are a better fit for my younger child, but I’m looking forward to seeing where SylvanPlay takes this new network. Their plan is that the SylvanPlay network will continue to expand on an on-going basis and the content range will soon be available for kids up to 6th grade. Additional edutainment apps and subjects will inspire more kids to play anywhere and learn everywhere in new and engaging ways.
If you’re interested, SylvanPlay is available for both iOS and Android operating systems and offers an assortment of free and paid content ranging from $.99 to $4.99 To download to any mobile device, parents can type in “SylvanPlay” or any of the app titles into the search function of either the Apple App store or Android’s GooglePlay store to locate the educational mobile games network. All apps within the SylvanPlay network are free for current Sylvan Learning customers.
For more information on SylvanPlay and Sylvan Learning log on to http://www.SylvanLearning.com/resources/SylvanPlay or www.SylvanLearning.com.
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