Showing posts with label Activities for Kids. Show all posts
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Monday, November 7, 2016

Review + International Giveaway (November 2016): KidloLand App

Our world is now fast paced. Technology changes in a blink of an eye. People from all walks of life especially the older ones do their best to cope up with it while the youngsters, which include my son, are born with. We can’t deny that apps using our phones, laptops, and tablets become part of our lives now and they are here to break or make us especially the kids. What I mean is, there are those who are trashy and don’t teach our children the right values or skills and there are those who help us to develop them cognitively and wholistically.

I have two sons, eleven and five years old. With all honesty, I don’t expose them too much on gadgets because they have the tendency to get addicted. In the case of my eldest, I have no choice this year but to give him his own tablet because his class uses e-book in school. What  I do is I give him an hour during weekends and ten minutes during weekdays to enjoy his favorite videos on YouTube, read articles online, or play games. Paps, Loley, and I are still monitoring him despite of trusting him that he can control his urge to play instead of studying. While my Bunso, who has been diagnosed with Mild Autism Spectrum, is not allowed by his Developmental Pediatrician to get exposed to television shows or watching videos online and offline because his speech and fine motor skills are delayed. Sadly, he has the tendency to get hooked on gadgets that he doesn’t like to stop. He needs to do activities that require communicating and tinkering.

After his diagnosis in 2014, we took away his gadget privileges. It was also on the same year when he started being afraid of hearing load sounds and getting overwhelmed with too much color and action from movies. I exposed him to more books, flashcards, and concrete educational tools like blocks and Lego.

It was only last year that I let Bunso  use my phone. I only installed two educational puzzle apps that he's still playing daily under  time limit. Presently, he is still afraid of loud sounds and hearing songs from the television or radio. Ironically he has the tendency to get addicted to YouTube firework videos so I locked the internet access. So when KidloLand, an award-winning app for toddlers and preschoolers, contacted me to review its app, I was hesitant at first. But then again, 250+ mom bloggers all over the world recommended it so why should I not give it a try. Then I accepted the offer. Seeing and exploring the app myself with Kuya before showing it to Bunso made me feel happy that I said yes.



These are the things that we love about KidloLand:

1. Versatile

- There are over 800 nursery rhymes, stories, songs, activities, and  games available for toddlers and preschoolers.

- 95+ interactive classic nursery rhymes with thousands of surprises  come alive when tapping the screen.

- Original educational songs for learning ABCs, fruits, vegetables, shapes, colors, and a lot more can be found.

- There is a complete Phonics section composed of activities and songs to help kids start or enrich their reading skills.

- Kids learn a lot through games. They enjoy playing without them realizing that they are learning at the same time.

- It is loaded with activities that help kids develop their cognitive skills like sequencing, math, picture and number, comprehension, problem solving skills, and a lot more that develop their eye-hand coordination, creativity, reasoning, and imagination.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


2. Child and Parent Friendly

- There are no advertisements that may influence the child.

- The games, songs, and activities are designed for kids ages zero to five.

- It’s easy to use and navigate.



- Shows a wide array of funny animations and sounds that make children entertained.

- Animation and sound are colorful and crisp respectively.

- Parents can download activities, videos, and songs that kids can enjoy offline anywhere, anytime. 
This also assures that parents can still choose and be in control in what contents of KidloLand their kids can watch, hear, and do at the moment.

 
 

Our internet connection speed here in the Philippines is too slow and it takes longer for me to download more contents of the app but I guess in other countries downloading is faster. It’s okay for me because as I’ve said, I only show Bunso a few portions of the app daily.




3. Android and Apple Device Compatible

Kidloland may be purchased through App Store, Google Play, and  Amazon Appstore for Android.


4. Affordable

There’s a Basic (Free) Service where a limited number of songs and other content is made available to the free users of the app and unlocking any additional content requires either in-app purchase or registering for subscription service. One year subscription, for example, is US$39.99.

During the first time that I showed Bunso the activities that I downloaded from the app, I felt a little nervous. As I mentioned a while ago, he was afraid of loud sounds, too colorful animation, and could get addicted to videos so I did his exposure one at a time for him not to get overwhelmed. I was surprised to see that he loved everything about it especially the puzzles. He didn’t get afraid of the sound and color. He was hooked  but still would return my phone after a given time limit. Like his favorite old puzzle apps, he didn’t get addicted.

Our family loves KidloLand. It ‘s definitely the best educational preschool and toddler app that I’ve seen so far. No wonder that it is trusted by moms all over the world and has gained so many awards and badges from different parenting and educational institutions. KindloLand can win the hearts of kids as well as their parents.



Like us, I also like you and your toddlers and preschoolers to experience the wonders of this app. KidloLand is so generous to give three (3) AAPM Readers of the Month of November a three month subscription each to the KidloLand app. It’s so easy to join. Just follow the steps below:


This giveaway is open to my readers WORLWIDE. You don't have to be my social media account followers to join. Giveaway period is from November 7 to 30, 2016 only. Winner will be chosen by random.org.

I'll announce the winner on my Facebook Page on December 1, 2016 and he/she will be notified through Facebook message on the same day. Thanks!

Good luck and thanks for joining!

XOXO,

SJ   



Thursday, September 17, 2015

REVIEW: Geronimo Stilton Academy Pawbooks

On the 31st of July, Miss Joyce Bautista, Scholastic Philippines' Trade Manager, invited me to Geronimo Stilton Academy Pawbooks Trade Launch on August 22 at Powerbooks, Greenbelt 4, Makati City. I immediately said yes and asked if I could bring Kuya with me. 

When Miss Joyce said yes that I could bring Kuya to the launch, I immediately marked his calendar for him to see. He was in school then. I wanted to witness his reaction after taking a glance. He was surprised. It never failed to give him so much joy and excitement! Having the notion of being one of the first kids to see the newest Geronimo Stilton book series made him jump for joy!
 
Kuya's an avid reader of Geronimo Stilton Series, the fondness which he shares with his cousin, Kate. Whenever we go to any bookstore or book fair, he always asks me if he can check out Geronimo Stilton. He's also thinking of Kate during those times because Geronimo Stilton is always her request as "pasalubong" everytime we go for a visit to the province.

On the day of launch itself, the weather was not in favor of us. It was stormy that prompted us to cancel our attendance two hours before the start of the event. What made us cancel that late was we kept on hoping that the rain would stop. I had no choice but to do it despite of thinking that it was very unprofessional. Our home was far away from the venue, we would commute, and my primary concern was Kuya's safety. I really felt relieved when Miss Joyce sent a text message stating that she sincerely understood.

Kuya was very sad and disappointed. I was so sad too because a promise was broken. As a consolation, I assured him that once the books were out in the nearby National Bookstore, we would get copies for him and Kate. That premise still didn't work to take away his weariness. Imagine, it took him until the next day to accept the reality that we weren't able to make it.

Miss Joyce was very thoughtful. She informed me that she would send us copies of Geronimo Stilton Academy Pawbooks which I didn't tell Kuya right away. I wanted to surprise him again. I wanted to make amends because we were not able to attend the book launch.

When the parcel arrived, Papa and I had a connivance. I told him to let Kuya pick it up and let him open it for me. By the way, we observe privacy at home. We don't open other family member's mail or parcel unless we're authorized to do so.

Kuya was tired from school and he decided to open it in front of us after resting a bit. Then when he did, he was speechless! His eyes literally popped with so much delight! He couldn't contain his happiness. He thanked me but I said he should thank Miss Joyce for thinking of us.

Look what I got in the mail on August 27! I was #kiligtothebones when I received the complete set of the recently launched Geronimo Stilton Academy Pawbooks. The books came with badges and plastic folder pa (Kuya brought it to school due to too much excitement. LOL!) ! Thank you so much, Scholastic Philippines! I missed the book launched but still you sent me copies! Kuya and my niece, Kate, are big fans of Geronimo Stilton and they are going to enjoy answering them!









He hurriedly opened and answered one of the Pawbooks. He's being voracious reader of Geronimo Stilton made him  read and answer the activities with ease. 


Before I go further and tell you more about Kuya's learning experience, let me give you some facts about Geronimo Stilton.


Who is Geronimo Stilton?

According to Wikipedia, in the series, Geronimo Stilton, the title character is a talking mouse who lives in New Mouse City on Mouse Island. He is a best selling author that works as a journalist and editor for the fictional newspaper The Rodent's Gazette.

He has a younger sister named Thea Stilton, a cousin named Trap Stilton, and a favorite little nephew, nine-year-old Benjamin Stilton. Geronimo is a nervous, mild-mannered mouse who likes nothing better than to live a quiet life. But he keeps getting involved in far-away adventures with Thea, Trap, and Benjamin, and sometimes Aunt Sweetfur.

More about Geronimo Stilton and the complete list of books HERE.


What is his philosophy?

I've found some facts that I've adapted about Geronimo Stilton at www.geronimostilton.com that can make you understand his character more. You can read here that Geronimo Stilton teaches children not just to be cognitively smart but to become well-rounded persons with  good hearts as well.

*GERONIMO STILTON AND HIS MOTIVATIONS 

The weaknesses of Geronimo Stilton make him even more likeable: you feel sorry for him, you laugh with him and you celebrate with him at the end, because all of his defeats become successes.

With his actions and his ability to laugh at himself, Geronimo Stilton conveys ever present values: the importance of family, the capacity to overcome your fears, the acceptance of other peoples faults, the importance of education, consistency, approachability, open mindedness towards other cultures, curiosity about what you don't know, the knowledge that teamwork is more successful than acting as an individual, world peace, friendship, love. Further to that, solidarity, honesty, loyalty, sincerity, respect for the elderly, and those with lesser abilities.

Geronimo Stilton's stories are adventurous and full of surprises but are not exaggerated or use vulgarity. In his stories there are no weapons, violence, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, hunting, violation of laws or rude words, behaviour with a disregard for safety, racism, magic, astrology, or deviant behaviour.
 


*GERONIMO STILTON AND THE UNIVERSAL VALUES OF LIFE

Geronimo Stilton's behaviour is based on universal ethical values, like being approachable for others, the desire to do good, the commitment to grow and improve oneself. Additionally, Geronimo is brought to life with a healthy optimism: he is never discouraged in negative situations. At that moment, he may become depressed, even practically inconsolable. However, this state of mind never lasts long and is replaced by positive action. 


*GERONIMO STILTON AND EQUALITY

Geronimo Stilton lives in a multi-cultural society, based on the principles of respecting diversity. Furthermore, Geronimo is very aware of the theme of equality between males and females both in a social and working sense. 


*GERONIMO STILTON AND LIFE 

Sometimes Geronimo feels like as though he's the victim of the unfortunate circumstances he finds himself in. His job absorbs him completely and he feels suffocated by his responsibility to his co-workers, his friends and his family. But at the end of every adventure Geronimo has the feeling of being in complete harmony with himself and the world, because life is beautiful and he is happy to have so many friends and a family as special as his. 


*GERONIMO STILTON AND HAPPINESS 

Geronimo teaches that real happiness is not wanting what you don't have, but appreciating that which you do have. Attention should be focused on the positive aspects of existence and not on the what is missing. True gratification isn't tied to fleeting and occasional pleasures, but derives from putting your energy towards positive purposes. 


*GERONIMO STILTON AND PEACE

In his adventures, Geronimo Stilton always highlights the horrors of war, enhancing the importance of peace. His books want to be reassuring: you have to remember that the future awaiting us is beautiful. His motto is: 'Instead of being against war, support peace!' 


*GERONIMO STILTON AND COURAGE 

Geronimo teaches that confronting your fears is the simplest and most effective way of overcoming them. The best experiences require more effort but make you grow, stimulating you to develop new capabilities. Real courage is not being without fear, but confronting it whilst being aware of your limits and trying to overcome them. 


*GERONIMO STILTON AND FAMILY 

For Geronimo Stilton, family and loved ones are fundamental: they are the backbone of his whole life.
 
Family represents the caress on your heart that can brighten even the darkest of days.
Disagreements between relatives and friends that can't be resolved don't exist, nor do problems that can't be sorted out.
 


*GERONIMO STILTON AND FRIENDSHIP 

For Geronimo friendship is a fundamental value and he is ready to put all his fears aside and to face up to any difficulties in order to preserve it. Geronimo often takes the role of the 'chance hero', who confronts danger in the name of friendship. 


*GERONIMO STILTON AND WORK 

Geronimo loves his job and always says: 'Oh, how I love books! I like reading them, flicking through them, smelling them: I love the smell of fresh ink on freshly printed pages! How wonderful it is to be a publisher!'.
 
Geronimo works a lot and is always very busy. But he does it with joy, because working is his life and he feels privileged to be able to do a job that he likes so much.
 
Geronimo approaches his work in a deeply ethical way: he puts his heart into every story that he writes, to inspire courage, optimism and energy.
 
A book written from the heart is different from others: it's more beautiful, more real, better! 


*GERONIMO STILTON AND HIS ADVERSARIES 

Geronimo's attitude when facing his adversaries is never one of violent confrontation but always of competition with fair play, in the sense of civility and respect for others. He often considers the teasing from his enemies as an opportunity to practice his patience. 


*GERONIMO STILTON AND FANTASY 

The word Fantasy derives from the Greek work "phaino", meaning to show. It is the ability of the mind to invent stories or imaginary situations (without ties to reality, lived situations or concrete references).
 
It's fantasy that stimulates playing, to 'make believe', in the sense of creating big, exciting adventures with your playmates. It must not be an escape from the real world, but a sort of trip from which you return having grown. Creative people see the world through different eyes and can see what other people can't, they are able to solve problems looking at them from another point of view using creativity, initiative and optimism. 


*GERONIMO STILTON AND IMAGINATION

The term 'imagination' derives from the Latin words 'imaginatio , imaginari' (imagine). It is the capacity to visualize things or situations based on the stimulus of everyday life. For example, if you read a book or watch a film, you can imagine you are the protagonist of the book or film. Imagination is a quality that, if used in the right way, can also be very useful to surpass various difficulties and fears like exams, sporting competitions or public speaking... Imagining yourself in a positive situation helps you to become more trusting and optimistic and leads to the realization of dreams! 


*GERONIMO STILTON AND MAGIC 

Magic is just a negative illusion! A magic wand is not enough to change reality or to transform things that we don't want to accept. Since the dawn of time man has tried to find help in magic to resolve problems... but magic doesn't exist!

Magic amulets are useless, magic spells don't work...and witches, wizards, fairies, elves, gnomes, ogres and giants only exist in fairy tales and we can only accept them as protagonists of imaginative stories.
 


*GERONIMO STILTON AND NEGATIVE CHARACTERS 

In the world of fantasy, negative characters also exist, like ogres and witches. They are represented as evil and unkind characters, not to be imitated, because they are losers and unhappy. Good always triumphs over Evil, even if it's not immediately verifiable. 


*GERONIMO STILTON AND HAPPY ENDINGS 

Geronimo isn't a hero, he's not sporty nor muscular and is afraid of practically everything. But withstanding this, at the end he is always able to win, to obtain his goals and to resolve difficult situations. This is thanks to his humour, his capacity to see the positive side of everything and, above all, to the help of his friends.
 
If you identify yourself with him for his weaknesses, you feel reassured: if that blunderer Geronimo can do it... you will be able to beat your fears and overcome your difficulties!
In this sense you can say that happy endings aren't an illusion but a message of hope, because Geronimo teaches us to have faith in the future, not to be discouraged during difficult times and to build a better future.
 


There you go! Now that you know the basics about Geronimo Stilton, let's proceed to the Pawbooks.

Geronimo Stilton Academy Pawbooks are based on the best-selling children's book series. These books are activity based that motivates learners to read, develop their comprehension skills, enrich their vocabulary and knowledge in English language, and learn the basics of writing.

The following are the skill focus of the different Pawbooks and where the feature excerpts are coming from:

PAWBOOK 1

Skills Focus: predicting, inferring, sequencing, comparing and contrasting, recalling details and main ideas

Feature Excerpts from: 
#57 The Stinky Cheese Vacation
#46 The Haunted Castle
#43 I'm Not a Supermouse
#42 The Peculiar Pumpkin Thief


PAWBOOK 2

Skills Focus: Additional skills such as drawing conclusions and summarizing

Feature Excerpts from: 
#44 The Giant Diamond Robbery
#48 The Mystery in Venice
#51 The Enormous Pearl Heist
#55 The Golden Statue Plot


PAWBOOK 3

Skills Focus: Additional skills such as giving reasons, stating opinions and point of view

Feature Excepts from: 
#50 This Hotel is Haunted
#45 Save the White Whale
#56 Flight of the Red Bandit
#52 Mouse in Space          

Here are the strengths of the Pawbooks that Kuya and I have observed 

1     Excerpts and colorful texts and illustrations are developmentally appropriate. The fonts that are used conforms with the reading capacity of younger kids.

2     Presence of English parts of speech helps children in their command of the language.


3    Whilst-reading questions stimulate learners to interact with the text.


4    Comprehension questions develop literal, inferential, and higher order thinking skills.



5    Graphic activities develop learners' visual text comprehension.


Parents, I encourage you to teach your children the love of reading and learning and strengthen their values through Geronimo Stilton Academy Pawbook Series. Remember, it is research proven that children even adults learn when they are engaged and motivated. This series has been developed to build on children's interest in Geronimo Stilton to enhance their literary skills by doing a series of guided and structured exercises.

Even without a prior knowledge and experience in reading Geronimo Stilton story books, parents and children can catch up and understand what the character stands for due to the chosen excerpts written on the Pawbooks. However, I advise you, dear parents, to let your children read the story books prior to answering the Pawbook activities to make it more fun and engaging for them. I assure you that you and your children are going to love doing both. 

All Geronimo Stilton books are available at National Bookstore, Powerbooks, and other leading bookstores nationwide.



Saturday, September 12, 2015

Our Ultimate #MomandKidsDayOut by Creamylicious Jolly Cow Fresh Milk

My eyes popped when I saw an email from Miss Rachel and Miss MJ of Fly Ace Corporation. It was stated there that I would be having a day out on September 5, Saturday, at Art in Island, Burgoo Restaurant, and Gateway Mall Platinum Cinema. I could also bring one kid with me. Who wouldn't say yes to their invite? 



When I saw the itinerary, it reminded me of Mom & Me which was also organized by Miss MJ and her friends. As I pictured it in my mind, it would surely be another one of a kind experience for Kuya who was dying to visit Art in Island and experience watching a movie in a platinum cinema, take note, in lazy boy style.

asked Miss Rachel if we could go straight to the first stop instead of going to Pasay. She said it was okay and we could meet there instead.

Despite being prepared the night before the event, Kuya and I arrived at the venue 10 minutes late because we got lost. It was so embarrassing. Being late wasn't my habit. I might sound defensive (LOL!) but I usually arrive 15-30 minutes earlier or right on the dot. 

The managers and associates from Fly Ace Corporation were in the entrance door and welcomed us warmly. I apologized for being late and told me that it was alright. I was informed that Kuya and I would be on our own enjoying our Art in Island experience for an hour and a half and we would meet in a common area at exactly 11:30 AM. We deposited our shoes to the counter because they were not allowed to be worn inside.

We hurriedly started our photo session. 

We had so much fun taking our photos inside. Art in Island made the areas all thematic and there were so many interesting paintings that we missed. Honestly, staying there and exploring the entire place in our given time frame was not enough which made us think of coming back together with Papa and Bunso soon.

Among our photos, the following are my favorites:

Kuya and I joined other mommy bloggers and their kids on a bus ride going to our next stop, Burgoo Restaurant in Gateway Mall.
 
 While we were indulging in a scrumptious lunch which included Spaghetti, Chicken Tenders, Pizza, Cheesecake, and bottomless Iced Tea, Mr. Regi Santos, Jolly Cow's very own Senior Product Associate, discussed to us details about Jolly Cow Fresh Milk, how it is processed, and its health benefits.

*** Jolly Cow Fresh Milk makes our kids milk drinking experience more fun and exciting due to its creamy goodness. It contains 3.5% butterfat making it creamier and more delicious. The higher the butterfat content, the creamier it is.

*** Jolly Cow Fresh Milk contains high amount of calcium, protein, and different vitamins and minerals like Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, Zinc, and Ferrum that are essential for keeping the bone structure, having great dental health, rebuilding muscles, and increasing energy.

*** Jolly Cow offers both creamy Ultra Heat-Treated (UHT) Fresh Milk and Non-Fat Milk (also known as Skim Milk) and is sourced from Germany's biggest dairy farm. Strict and high quality control is implemented in the production up to the delivery of finished goods to the consumers, making sure that consumers enjoy a safe, 100% pure, fresh-tasting cow's milk. Jolly Cow Milk is subjected to UHT process, a procedure that is done to kill any harmful microorganisms by heating it to at least 135C. Milk that undergoes this process preserves the nutrients and has longer shelf life.

*** Jolly Cow UHT is packed in an eco-friendly Combibloc Eco-Plus. It produces 28% less carbon dioxide and more than 80% of the papers that were used came from renewable and well-managed forests.

*** Jolly Cow is among the first brands developed by Fly Ace Corporation as the company begins its venture into building its own brands in 1997. The company envisioned of carrying a quality milk product, thus, the birth of Jolly Cow. 

*** Jolly Cow variants include Jolly Cow Fresh Milk, Jolly Cow Non-Fat Milk, and Jolly Condensada.

Kids were also entertained through magic and puppet shows. 

For the final activity, we were instructed to go to Gateway Mall Platinum Cinema to watch "Inside Out".  Kuya wanted to watch it together with Denise Rayala's daughter, Sophia, so Denise and I acted as chaperones. Tee hee!





It was a relaxing, fun, and informative Saturdate! We were pampered to the max and enjoyed being with our old and newly met friends! Thank you so much, Fly Ace Corporation and Jolly Cow PH, for having us!



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