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How to manage screen time for your child this summer vacation?

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Summer vacation definitely means that you don’t have to wake up early to prepare your child’s school lunch. But it also means that your child has a lot of time on hand to kill. And the easiest way for them to do that is to play their favourite online game for hours or watch cartoons all day long. Managing your child’s screen time during summer vacation can prove to be a challenge. But these simple steps can help you reduce their screen time and engage them in more constructive activities.

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Enrol them in a summer camp

The age old, tried and tested method never fails. What is your child interested in? Do they like to sing and dance? Do they participate in school plays? Are they fond of sports? Find the right summer camp for your child. This will help to keep them engaged in an activity they love and enhance their skills. These days, camps are also realising the function of these extra-curricular activities in education. Find a camp that will teach maths while your child learns some new dance steps. Or encourage children to spell words while they learn lines for the new play. This will make sure that your child does not forget things learnt at school.

Find family time

Summer vacations don’t only mean not going to school. It is also a good excuse to spend more time with parents and siblings. But your child’s summer vacation may not mean that you can stay home from work. Solve this problem by encouraging your child to join you in household chores. Let them dry the glasses while you do the dishes. Or let them colour their drawings at the kitchen table while you cook dinner. This can also be the appropriate way to make them revise their studies. Can they count the number of glasses they dried and the number of dishes you are washing? How many total utensils does that make? Can they write the spellings of the objects that they are colouring? But do not scold them for making mistakes. Remember that they should enjoy their time with you.

Family dinner is always special

After a long day at work, you may find it more inviting to eat dinner in front of the television. But that would mean additional screen time for your child. Instead, make sure that everyone has their dinner together, away from the television or any form of gadget. Share interesting anecdotes from your day and encourage your child to do the same. Show interest in what they saw or read all day. You can also set them a fun task to complete for the next day so that look forward to sharing their progress at dinner. This will not only ensure limited screen time for your child but also curb brain drain while away from school.

Give them games, not homework

No child likes to study during summer vacation. But if you can turn their homework into a game, they will not only enjoy doing it, they will also look forward to similar activities. If it is time for maths, give them maths games like counting the number of ingredients that go into making their favourite smoothie. And if they get it right then the smoothie is the reward. Or if it is time for English , let them draw a picture of all their favourite items in the house and then spell their name. Put up these drawings on the refrigerator as a reward for their hard work. Encourage them to learn with fun and you will reduce brain drain in no time.

Set a time table

It is not always possible to be personally present and control your child’s screen time. But it is possible to get them engaged with learning apps that give you the control over the amount of time they spend playing. Learning games are available for all grades and subjects. Find the ones that offer engaging visuals, interesting rounds and parental control.

Managing screen time can be a challenge. But with proper planning you can ensure that your child does not overshoot the screen time, and yet does not feel bored during the vacations. Start with some fun and engaging learning games at https://subscribe.skidos.com/

 

Quality versus quantity: Tips for the modern parent

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Our busy lives often make us guilty for not having enough time for other pleasures. Especially, if you are a parent then you may often find yourself counting the number of hours you spend with your children versus the number of hours spent at the office or fulfilling other responsibilities. But right parenting should not be about the number of hours, rather it should be about how you utilize the time spent in a fun and useful manner. Here are some handy tips for busy parents:

Parents, our first teacher

You are your child’s first teacher. Why not be the fun teacher? Instead of letting your children play games as a distraction, let them play fun educational games that will help them learn. Spend time with them while they discover new words and learn math in a colorful, friendly environment.

Give your child the best

Your child deserves the best of everything. And money alone can’t give them the best. Kids learning games may come with a subscription. But make sure that your money is spent on the right app. With the market flooded with educational apps, find the one that will give your child the required learning support and you some quality time with your child.

Don’t fall in the trap

People around you may often try to tell you the ‘right’ rules of ‘good’ parenting. But there is no one correct parenting style. Find what works best for you and your children. While other parents may be spending hours taking their children from one class to another, you can take the smart route. Choose learning apps  that will cater to all kinds of learning needs, from primary to advanced levels of learning.

Don’t get scared

Inexperienced people around you may suggest that apps can get your child addicted to the gadget. But you can enlighten them about parental control apps. You definitely don’t want your child to get addicted to a smartphone or tablet 24X7. Do some research to find apps that will allow you to monitor and restrict the usage of apps. This will ensure that your child has a wholesome life where technology is an aid and not an impediment.

Create memories of a lifetime

Some of a child’s best memories are always about the time spent laughing and learning with their parents. Children learn best when they are not forced to study and spend an ample amount of time having fun with their family. Learning apps can be your pathway to give your child a lifetime of happy memories. Make mistakes and learn together.

You are the best parent

Believe in yourself. You are doing the best that you can. You are giving the best to your child. You are giving your child the best gift possible – learning with fun with reliable educational games. Your parenting style may not be the same as others. But it is the most suited to you and your child’s needs.

Find the right learning app for your child at https://skidos.com/[NS1] .

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Learning while playing: Find the best learning app for your child

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Learning does not have to be boring. Children today are constantly engaged with smartphones and tablets. Why not make these gadgets their learning buddy? Here are some handy tips to find the best educational apps of 2019 for your children.

Learning is the key

Identify your child’s learning needs and choose learning games that will help them to fulfill those needs. Whether it is learning to count or spelling new words, mobile games can be an engaging way to spend time on gadgets while also improving your skills.

Is it engaging?

This question may not be important for you. But it is definitely important for your children. If the game app is not engaging and exciting, be sure that your child will get easily distracted and bored with the game. It is one thing to add colorful numbers and a completely different thing to do maths while fighting pirates. Which one do you think will your child enjoy more?

Get rid of the clutter

There are too many apps for kids that cater to the same need. So how do you know which is the best for your child? Always read the user reviews. If another parent faced a challenge, chances are you will too. But if most parents are satisfied with the results, then be rest assured that you’re making the right choice. If the app has a website then visit the site to know more about the mobile game. An informed decision is a better decision.

One or many

There are mobile games  that teach multiple skills like math, spellings, colors, and shapes. And then there are learning apps that are designed to meet specific learning needs. Assess what your child needs. If they are in primary school then choosing an app to teach multiple skills may be helpful. But if your child is in the advanced stages of learning then choose a game that will provide targeted engagement instead of slowing down your child with unnecessary rounds.

Us time

Our busy lives coupled with gadgets are making us isolated. As a parent, you may sometimes feel guilty for not spending as much time with your child as you would like to. A good education app may be your chance to make up for some of the lost time. Find a multi-player app or an app like Bike Racing, where you and your children can spend some quality time together, while they learn and have fun.

Is it expensive?

Maybe, maybe not. But a good educational app should cost you less than your monthly Netflix subscription. And will save you the trouble of searching for the right content. A lot of apps may also have ads that will require an additional purchase to stop them from interrupting your child’s experience. Make sure to find out about these hidden costs. Your subscription should be the only payment you make for the app.

Get started to find the right learning app for your child at https://skidos.com/.

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Creative ways to keep your child learning in 2019!

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1. Play fun learning games

Let’s be honest. Nobody really likes homework or boring games that look just like homework. Kids love to play fun games. Rather than merely producing clumsily camouflaged ‘gamified’ lessons, why not put the gaming experience first and then embed the education. The result? Educational games kids actually enjoy.  Find tips to pick actually fun and creative learning games here.

For preschoolers & kindergarten kids, you can start with simple games that help them learn the basics- numbers, colours and shapes. When a child is actively engaged with the game, their mind experiences the pleasure of learning a new system. You can adapt the cool learning games by age.  Download the games on your phone or tablets.

2. Enrich their minds with Coding puzzles

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Yes, you and your kids can get inspired and interested in coding. Coding stimulates computational thinking and encourages creativity. Learning to code helps kids develop critical thinking skills as well as the ability to solve problems. Your kids can understand the coding logic behind their favourite games. The best way to start learning is by solving coding puzzles. This will help your kids foster an early interest in coding which is already a very critical 21st-century skill.

 

You can find some of the best coding games here.

3. Math Fun for Kids

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Integrate math in their everyday activities. Start with grocery shopping, count the number of oranges your child helps you put in the grocery bag at the supermarket or the number of stairs you go up to the front door. You can start with small amounts and add a few as your child is ready for a challenge. 

In the new digital age, you can also get some cool math games in the App Store for your kids to improve their math skills.

You can find some of the cool math games here.

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Online learning games for kids in 2019 for safe, fun & quality screen time

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We understand how hard it is to be a parent in today’s world. Online learning is what takes over the traditional education and you wonder how can you help your kids with it. New technologies are developing faster than ever before. It’s hard to keep up, no matter how much of a tech nerd you are. Your children are a few steps ahead in adopting new technologies. You may have to make peace with the fact that your child will have some amount of screen time. But how to make sure that this screen time is safe and productive for your child?

We have put together tips for you to help you out, when taking decisions about your child’s screen time.

Problem with Screen Time and Internet

The internet is largely Ad based, and while your child is watching or playing a game suddenly a screen pops up with inappropriate advertising or content for your child. You really don’t want your child to be exposed to this content but at the same time don’t want to completely ban them from screen time.

How to find fun, safe online content for your kids?

Online mobile games are the most effective tools for combining fun and online learning. Learning through play has shown to have a positive impact on kids. Therefore, teachers and parents acknowledge and being use it as a source for quality screen time. One challenge for parents is to find educational games which kids also love without getting bored too soon. Most educational games are perceived to be less of a game and more of boring school work by kids. Kids don’t want to replace the casual games they often play with these educational games. 

Second challenge is to ensure these games don’t have Ads or inappropriate content.

Safe Advertising free learning games which kids never get bored off! Really?

There are 2 possible ways to make educational games as fun as casual games (Like Subway Surfer, Candy Crush, Bike Racing etc). One option would be to design games exactly like casual games, so that kids would enjoy the gameplay. The second option would be to put the learning into these casual games. Moreover, online learning with mobile games is kids favourite activity. They understand it as play and this instantly excites them and increases their motivation to learn.

How do I find these games?

Look for the below points in the games you download:

  1. The game should have gameplay which your kids normally like to play.
  2. The game should not have any advertising. Look at their description to see if they mention “No Ads”
  3. Read the reviews and ratings
  4. Show the gameplay video (if there is any) to your child to see if she/he likes it.

If your child likes what she/he sees, then go ahead and download the game.

We at SKIDOS build a learning games platform which follows the above points. It includes more than 24 safe, fun learning games. We add new games every month. In addition, games does not have advertising or violent content, they are designed as casual games kids love and have received a lot of positive feedback from parents around the world. 

We encourage you to try a few of our games and give us your feedback to support@skidos.com 

You can find our games in Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

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Improve your child’s math with SKIDOS

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Ever wondered if there were fun ways to improve your child’s math skills? Can there be something beyond the boring old classroom? SKIDOS learning games are your answer.

Why choose SKIDOS?

SKIDOS games are designed to engage kids with fun characters and interesting levels. These will encourage them to practice more and learn from the feedback without the pressure to score top grades.

But it’s not all just games. We understand that each child has a unique learning need. Our learning content is customized to meet each child’s individual skill level. This helps them to progress at their own pace. Our team constantly gathers and monitors data on how kids perform with the learning games. As a result, we strongly feel that – 

“The more kids play – the more they learn”

 

SKIDOS improves your child’s maths

 

Mathematics is a primary concern for parents and teachers. Most kids dread numbers. Teachers and parents are often at a loss about how to make them interested. SKIDOS helps make math fun.

Our data shows (refer graph below) that kids improve their accuracy in math when they play more. As illustrated, the more questions they answer, the better their accuracy becomes. 

Accuracy math level

Levels represent the difficulty of the questions asked. Children in Level 1 (4-5 years old) enhance overall accuracy. They improve basic counting, and simple addition and subtraction with visual and audio tools in the games. Children receive feedback based on their answers which improves their accuracy by up to 3%.

As the levels get harder, children continue to improve their accuracy by bigger margins.

By the time they reach Level 3, children improve their accuracy by more than 20% (refer below graph). This improvement continues as the levels get harder and the number of questions increase.

Our collected data, regular school visits and feedback from teachers and parents all indicate that children who play SKIDOS games  show visible improvement while having fun with math. So, next time your kids demand more game screen time, be sure that SKIDOS will give them the best game-based learning experience.

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Den rigtige skærmtid for dit barn er vigtig

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Debatten om skærmtid for børn startede for nogen tid siden, men det er stadig et vigtigt og aktuelt emne.

Tablets og smartphones bliver ofte større diskussionspunkter mellem børn og forældre. Børn ønsker at bruge mere tid foran skærmen, mens forældre søger nye måder at begrænse børns skærmtid og benytter blandt andet forældrekontrol.

Kvalitet over mængde

Nye undersøgelser er begyndt at fokusere mere på indholdet af børns skærmtidsaktiviteter, snarere end at finde den ideelle mængde skærmtid.

Forskning tyder på, at god skærmtid for børn ikke handler om det tidsrum, der dagligt bruges foran skærmen. I stedet, er det vigtigt, hvordan børn udnytter denne tid.

Produktiv skærmtid

Forældre går nu væk fra den traditionelle forståelse af mindre skærmtid mod en ny produktiv skærmtidstilgang for deres børn.

At tilskynde børnene til at have mere kvalitet i skærmtiden kan hjælpe dem med at forbedre deres evner på den bedst mulige måde.

Lærings-apps, der fokuserer på at forbedre børns grundlæggende færdigheder inden for og uden for klasseværelset, kan hjælpe børn med at bruge skærmtiden produktivt. Desværre ser de fleste læringsapplikationer, ligesom en del lektier, kedelige ud, og børnene får ikke det fulde udbytte af dem.

Skærmtid skal være sjovt

Når alt kommer til alt, er leg børnenes fritid, og børn skal have lov til at nyde den, netop også til at spille sjove spil. Mange forældre falder i fælden ved at vælge kedelige lærings-apps for deres børn, hvilket resulterer i lav kvalitet, uproduktiv skærmtid og dårlige oplevelser for børnene.

I stedet for at downloade apps med kedelige ”spilagtige” lektioner, så foreslår at dit barn har virkeligt sjove spil med interaktivt læringsindhold.

        

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How can kids learn better and have fun at the same time?

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Kids are born curious. Asking challenging questions and playing with their imagination, they always try to explore the world around them.

But what happens when they start school? Why do we try to limit their curiosity and dictate information with traditional methods? Why can’t kids continue learning and playing at the same time?

Educators suggest that learning through play is, indeed, a good way of learning, regardless of the kid’s age and here’s how that works.

Playing makes learning more enjoyable

Playtime is strongly associated with positive emotions and kids become more open to learning when they have a good time. As a result, kids learn better when they have fun and the learning itself becomes more enjoyable.

Productive screen time is one of the best examples of effective learning through play —when kids can play fun games and improve their skills using smartphones or tablets.

Playing is an active learning process

One of the challenges of traditional education methods is their passive learning understanding. When kids play, however, they become more involved in the learning process. And as kids get engaged in learning, they learn better, instead of simply memorizing new information.

Playing helps kids learn in their own way

Every kid has their own learning speed and style. Playing is a great opportunity to help kids customize their own learning path. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, kids can choose the way they want to play and learn.

Learning through play is considered both a very fun and highly effective learning method. Parents and teachers should keep in mind that playtime is kids’ own time and it should be truly fun. Playing fun games with engaging learning content, kids can learn more and better.

Check out SKIDOS on App Store or Google Play to download fun and interactive learning games for free.

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3 Fun Ways to Improve Your Child’s Math Skills

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Practicing math outside the classroom can be a real challenge —especially for the little ones. Luckily, we’ve got some tips you can use to encourage your child to practice math (without making them feel bored!).

1) Make mathematics a part of your everyday life

We don’t often notice this, but math already takes up a great part of our everyday lives. Asking simple questions and making math a part of your routine conversations, you can help your kid be more comfortable with the subject, without even realizing.


Next time you’re out shopping, try asking your kid simple questions about money, subtraction or addition. You can also help your kid improve their number sense by using food, drinks and toys to pose quick math questions.

2) Create little games out of it

Kids love playing games. Turning everyday conversations into little games can be a very fun way of practicing math for kids. And the best part is that you don’t have to worry about who’s winning or losing!


Try focusing more on your kid’s logic instead of right and wrong answers. Take your time, ask questions to your kid, and make math more interesting and enjoyable outside the classroom.

3) Use fun apps with helpful math content

One of the most effective ways of encouraging your child to practice math is making good use of their screen time. Many traditional games that are loved by kids (and adults) such as chess or backgammon can help kids develop certain skills. Yet, using mobile apps that are specifically built for kids to improve their math skills can help children enjoy math even more.


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Instead of hiding math into games, you can help your kid play genuinely fun games with amazing learning benefits. When the gaming experience is truly fun, practicing math will be easier than ever for your kid.

Visit SKIDOS’ page on App Store or Google Play for fun learning games for kids and download them all for free!

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Celebrate Easter Holidays with Milk Hunt School Math Edition !

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Easter School break with educational games

Easter school holiday is an opportunity for parents to spend time with their kids. Especially having fun and experience some unforgettable moments.

If you are a parent and looking for an activity to do during this period, we recommend you to celebrate this holidays with Milk Hunt. Gaming with children during this period also offers parents countless ways to insert their own teaching moment. Milk Hunt School Edition can be an opportunity to open conversations with your kids. In other words, if you’re trying to get your kids to give you more than monosyllabic answers and grumpy shrugs. Try talking with them about the games they love. It’s nice for children to be able to play with their parents and share this experience cultivates family bonding, learning, and well-being.

As you may know, SKIDOS has launched Milk hunt school edition on android. It offers 3 features: Weekly reports, Practice offline, and add student profile. Milk Hunt is an award-winning game which encourages children to practice mental math while being engaged in a classic endless runner challenge. Designed to be adaptive and personalised for children to boost math scores and increase their affinity towards math. Kids would love play milk Hunt during Easter School holiday with their parents. Milk Hunt is played by thousands of families with kids in grades K-5 across the globe.

Kids and parents love playing Milk Hunt for:

1. Practising mental math in a fun manner rather than boring worksheets

2. Replacing casual gaming time on the phone with educational gaming time without compromising on the fun factor

3. Having fun and playing together as a family

4. Getting additional practice on what is taught in school.

The game is fun but at the same educational. Milk Hunt has a Math Lab section in which kids can choose their grade and topic to practice math. Milk Hunt has an intelligent and adaptive algorithm which tracks the progress of the child and identifies areas of strengths and weaknesses. These can be seen by tapping on the bar graph image in the math lab section. Parents and Teachers can also track the performance of the child over some time for each grade.

Parents playing video games with your kids has always a positive impact! Don’t miss this opportunity during the Easter School break. Kids are kids. They need adults to help them make meaning out of imaginative play, especially when it comes to activities that are steeped in mathematical thinking and challenge.

Happy Easter!!

Skidos Team.