We love books at our house and it’s been such a joy to share some of my favorite childhood books with my girls. We live in a high-tech household, though, and my girls are also big lovers of gaming. As a parent I want to encourage them to play games that reinforce what they are learning at school.
We’ve had the SmartyAnts phonics system for nearly a month. I’ve been really pleased with it because Miss A is also learning sight words at school and has suddenly just taken off on reading. I love watching her sound out words as we point to them. The phonetic sounding out of words is something that SmartyAnts reinforces and it’s really clicked in her mind. I am so excited to be sharing new books with her and to watch her face light up as she reads.
The sign of any good online learning system is constant requests from your child to keep playing. The sign of a great online learning sytem is when your child keeps pestering you to play AND you as a parent actually see them learning so you don’t mind letting them play. SmartyAnts has been a great online learning system for Miss A and even my 8-year-old Miss C has declared it to be officially “cool.”
Miss A also adores her plush Husky phonics pup that comes with the SmartyAnts system. He’s just the right size for her to carry with her in the car and to sleep with. She’s now memorized a couple of the songs he sings and his voice is so cute it isn’t annoying (you know how it goes when your kid just won’t let go of a song.)
The SmartyAnts system really makes learning fun for her, and that makes learning fun for ME.