This week marks our first year in business, and we are giving away 6 months of Zoobean Home Delivery service over in our Facebook community. Today is the last day to enter!
Here are 5 of the most interesting articles I read this week on parenting, education, and technology. Enjoy!
- New research shows a precipitous decline in kids' daily reading rates. Our recent Zoobean Expert gives one possible explanation (hint: how much do you read?).
- Baby wants a Fitbit. Sort of. There is some controversy here, but wearable technologies for little ones are gaining popularity.
- It turns out that you really can work smarter, not harder. New research gives us best practices for using reflection to improve performance.
- A robot is a Kindergartener's best friend? Maybe. Despite how creepy these look, apparently they might help littles with learning language.
- Already secured your child's domain, email, or Twitter handle? How young is too young for a digital presence?
Featured App: Over in the Jungle
Our curator, Sheila, love this app: "Rather than just have the text narrated aloud, you have to experience the Sing to Me mode. The song is repetitive, set to fun background music, and sung by an animated narrator (just wait until you hear her “Squawk!”). Absorbing content through singing has long been a valuable learning method for preschoolers. Love it!" Take a look in our Zoobean App Library.
Featured Book: Dotty by Erica Perl
Our curator Ida loves this book: "This lovely story is about a girl who finds that bringing her imaginary friend, Dotty, to school isn't as socially acceptable as it was when she was younger. I love how the story highlights a wonderful teacher who helps Ida realize, in a very subtle way, to embrace being a little different." Take a look in our Zoobean Library!