In this day and age, I know there is a lot of thoughts about keeping your kids away from the phone and computer so imagine the reaction I get when I tell people I signed my 5yr old up for WhatsApp (free text messaging app)!
Now that you’ve had that reaction too, let me explain. Ella is in SK now and they’ve really started to focus on reading. We’re not talking about simple three letter words here and there but full sentences! To complement this, she is also very interested in learning how to spell. We have a reading app that the school recommended on our iPad and she loves using that so I figured why not bring the learning to a medium that she’s interested in. Glued to technology can actually be for used in a positive way!
I have an old phone that I no longer use and I created an account using our home phone number on WhatsApp for Ella. I added all of her uncles, aunts, babysitters and anyone who would be interested in communicating with her. You don’t need to have active service to your phone to use WhatsApp, all you need is a WIFI connection so it’s completely free for Ella to send and receive text messages. In addition I turned off auto-correct so that she has to type out each word. Imagine the interest level she has with trying to spell words as she now has a reason to do it!
The benefits are easy to realize quickly. She’s interested in learning how to spell words, write short sentences and her reading has greatly improved as she wants to read the responses!
An added benefit has been the cute little messages she sends me when I’m stuck at the office working late. It makes my day knowing that I can’t be with her at that moment but that she’s thinking of me. You can’t help but melt when you I get those messages and regardless of how stressful my day has been, it makes all the work worries go away 🙂 Funny how things quickly get put into perspective when you are reminded about what is important in life.
Do you have any other methods that have created success in your child’s reading and writing? Share your thoughts below if you have any other tips to help with a child’s learning.
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