It feels like summer has just barely began and already it’s flying by. With a trips to Florida, Maine, our family cabin and days at the beach filling up the calendar it won’t be long until our school year routine is quickly disrupted. Even though Maddilyn doesn’t start preschool until September we have worked hard (and had a lot of fun in the process) to get her ahead of the game. Each day is filled with fun crafts, coloring, shapes, colors, numbers and other basic skills. I would hate for all of that to be lost over a busy summer, otherwise known as Summer Brain Drain.
It happens when kids are away from a structured learning environment. School aged kids can lose months of knowledge they spent the year gaining simply because they aren’t exercising their brains regularly. According to research from the Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University, students typically lose one to two months of reading and math skills during the summer break.
Now I know what you may be thinking. It’s called summer BREAK. And you’re completely right. Which is why I’m not suggesting making our students sit down and practice their times tables every day, or spend 30 minutes a day rereading their history books. There are many things parents can do to help keep children’s minds active during the summer months. Take a hike through nature and talk about photosynthesis along the way. Head over to a local tide pool to see what organisms can be food, take a trip to the zoo and talk about the animals! Kids also respond really well to learning through fun games. Which is why I highly recommend the children’s InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet.
Maddilyn’s first “selfie” taken with the InnoTab 2S
It’s a tablet just for kids and you can tell by the way it’s built. It’s durable and Im not afraid of Maddilyn dropping it. It’s also packed with features that make it “just like mommies tablet!” It has a 180° rotating camera, perfect for all the selfies she takes! It also has a video recorder, tilt sensor, photo viewer, video player, MP3 music player, e-reader, art studio, and microphone.
The InnoTab wirelessly connects to VTech’s comprehensive app store, the Learning Lodge, where we can look through more than 350 educational games, e-books, music and videos. The library includes subjects like reading, math, social studies, science, creativity, problem solving and more. While Maddilyn is a bit young, older kids can create a wish list and send it to their parents’ e-mail.
I even found games for kids as young as three like Disney Pixars Toy Story made for 3 to 6 year olds. Toy Story contains and e-book, 3 fun learning games and other activities. Just by playing with her favorite Toy Story characters Maddilyn is learning Rhyming, Beginning Letters, Patterns and Creative Thinking. There are games for older kids too like Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. This game for 4 – 7 year olds also features an e-book, 3 learning games and creative activities but it focuses on reading, problem solving, vocabulary and creative thinking.
For the most part getting to know the InnoTab 2S was an easy experience. Because Maddilyn was used to my tablet we sat down together to play until she got the hang of it. Be prepared to do the same if your child has never used a tablet or is accustomed to something else. Otherwise we had only fun experiences playing with the InnoTab; from coloring daddy pictures to reading our bedtime stories on it. But, during the VTech InnoTab 2S Review I learned that Maddilyn just has FUN with it and that’s what makes it an easy referral to friends.