For those of you who grew up mesmerized by PBS’s Reading Rainbow with LeVar Burton, you’ll love exploring the world that Skybrary offers your children.
Right now, the Reading Rainbow song is stuck in your head, isn’t it?!
Just as Reading Rainbow opened new worlds to kids, Skybrary serves as a wonderful resource to access year-round: it can help with the summer slide or it may be used throughout the school year to supplement learning.
How We Use Skybrary For Supplemental Learning
My 7-year-old daughter enjoys navigating Skybrary’s various worlds, discovering books she wants to add to her virtual backpack. Somewhat like checking books out from the library, she can select up to 5 books at a time to add to her backpack and read. When we started using it when she was 4, I loved that the app could read her the story while she followed the printed words. Now she reads the books herself, but my 3-year-old son has begun to enjoy listening to the app read a book aloud to him.
Of course Skybrary doesn’t replace the time my husband and I spend reading with our children, but it’s another valuable resource to use for supplemental learning and enjoyment, while it creates a whole new curated virtual library. If your kids are like mine, they love to spend time on the iPad, so having them play instead with the Skybrary app makes me feel better about what they’re doing with at least some of their designated screen time.
In addition to the Skybrary books that my children love watching and learning from, a row of videos appears under the row of books–so the experience truly is reminiscent of the old Reading Rainbow TV show that we all loved growing up!
While driving literacy and motivating kids to read will always be part of my mission, I want to do more to help prepare them for the world. I want to give kids more opportunities to learn about and connect with the world around them. I believe that it is through knowledge and understanding that our children will become smarter, more compassionate world citizens—ultimately leading to more unity and peace.” -LeVar Burton
How We Use Skybrary To Prevent Summer Slide
It’s a well-known problem: Kids lose learning over the summer.
Teachers actually call it the “summer slide”, and it happens every single year. On average, elementary school-age children, lose about two months’ worth of math skills and one month’s worth of reading and spelling over Summer break.
This is where I use Skybrary to help prevent summer slide in my kids! And you, as well as your kids, will be surprised by how easy and fun it can be! Just 10 minutes a day can have a huge impact and help keep my kids from losing ground come the school year.
The experts at LeVar Burton Kids have gathered their top 7 ideas for keeping your kids thinking, engaged and learning all summer long to share with you! Simply click here for 7 fantastic and fun ways you and your kids can defeat summer slide. Best of all, this report is absolutely free.
Learn More About Skybrary
Skybrary® engages young readers and fosters a lifelong love of learning.
By infusing digital books with purposeful interactivity, engaging narration by master storytellers, and paired with videos hosted by LeVar Burton, Skybrary helps children find relevance and understand context in their reading.
For children, Skybrary is an immersive world of reading discovery, where they can pilot their own personal hot air balloons through 7 magical islands, each home to hundreds of quality books and videos that celebrate diversity, family, and the world around us. Young readers are free to explore the topics they love most as well as discover new areas of interest.
Megan is a National Sales Ambassador for City Moms Blog Network. She is a work-from-home mompreneur with a passion for business, fashion, fitness, community, and all things mom. Megan is loving wife to Mike, and devoted mommy to Kingsley (February 2010) and Britton (May 2014). She is also the co-owner of Jacksonville Moms Blog. When she’s not working on JMB, you can find Megan sweating it out with other Jacksonville Stroller Strength moms, shooting skeet with Mike, or running around on the beach with her energetic duo!