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August 11, 2009

Preparing For The School Year

Filed under: Personal Stories,Technology in the Home — Erin @ 1:02 am

I admit it, I am a little nervous.  Normally at this time of the year I am nervous because I am waiting to see how the Chicago Cubs will break my heart… but that isn’t the case this year.  No, this year I am not nervous about the Cubs (this really is our year!), I am actually a little nervous because my oldest daughter is starting kindergarten!  This monumental event has had two questions running through my mind over the weekend:

  1. How did my little girl get old enough to go to kindergarten?
  2. With just a week until school starts, what can we do to have Abbie brush up on some math and reading basics?

Since Tara, my wife, will tell me that the answer to the first question is “you are getting old”, I will focus on trying to answer the second question.

Much has been written about the concept of “Summer Learning Loss”, so Tara has worked hard to keep Abbie engaged over the summer in numerous academic activities.  As Zoodles longest running user (yes, I exposed Abbie to our product *very* early… poor kid was our first tester ;-)), Abbie does love playing on the computer.  So this week we have decided to use a newly updated feature of Zoodles that allows parents to “promote” educational subjects in their child’s toybox.  The following picture shows our new interface which equally weights all the academic areas:

Zoodles Educational Controls

Given that we are interested in Abbie brushing up on her math and reading skills we have gone ahead and increased the focus on these subjects by simply moving the sliders up.  As you can see from the color coded representations of games, Abbie now has more math and reading games in the front of her toybox.  Pretty cool!

Zoodles Educational Controls Math and Reading

So now Zoodles parents across the country can let their child play online while also influencing exactly what subject areas they are going to be playing in!

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  1. Great addition to the site and very easy for parents to use. I agree with Tara about the response to the first question… welcome to the thirties! There’s no going back. Abbie will LOVE kindergarten and any teacher who has her is really the lucky one. Get ready for some wild stories! I used to tell my first grade parents this story at Back to School Night- “I’ll only believe half of what your children tell me about you all, if you only believe half of what they tell you about me!”

    Comment by Christy Hilz — August 11, 2009 @ 11:52 am

  2. Well it’s finally back to school for the little guys. I don’t know how the teachers do it. Here in Florida the schools are so under staffed the teachers don’t even have helpers for the kindergarten and first graders. I even saw on the news that this year some of the schools are actually asking for parents to toilet paper as school supplies. And what happened to all this money the lottery was going to provide?

    Comment by Rex Kovatch — August 23, 2010 @ 3:40 pm

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