Microsoft WeSpeakCode Minecraft Event

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My 2 boys are into Minecraft. I’ve seen plenty of homeschool activities for this game as well and I believe there is a learning benefit from playing this particular game.

I was excited to bring Jael to the Microsoft #WeSpeakCode Minecraft event because he loves the characters. Although, I knew he would be a bit young for the coding discussion it’s never too early to start introducing children to concepts.

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Microsoft is promoting the clear benefits of teaching coding in school as a core subject. Since our children are wholly exposed to the technology today it only seems fitting to provide them an educational way to learn the process of coding.

The #WeSpeakCode campaign derived from  survey poll conducted in 8 countries across the Asia Pacific which expressed the desire towards including coding and programming into the current curriculum. According to the survey over 97% of students in the Philippines want to learn more about coding.

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Clearly, there’s a beneficial reward to integrating this as a subject as today’s youth can be even more adept with the digital world we live in. This line of work is fast becoming one of the top careers.

With the start of Microsoft’s #WeSpeakCode campaign schools and educators will hopefully put ore attention to this and we’ll see it in our schools soon.

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Coding seems to be a bit of a challenge to learn but for the kids of today it’ll be easy as pie. Already Jael knows how to work the computer and functions of a website. Kids seem more attentive and quick to learn because of this.

Although, I am all for kids enjoying their youth by playing outside like the “olden” days we have to use this current state of thinking to our advantage and get our kids learning. That would be the better alternative than them just playing unsupervised video games and the like.

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At the #WeSpeakCode event kids were taught how to play a Minecraft based game which included constructing of bases or fortresses.

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Children who attended were even given certificates for joining and got top take home a prize.

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Jael was so happy with the event especially since he got to take home an action figure, Steve from Minecraft.

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We were also taught how to build an app using the free Windows App Studio. You can easily create your own app and in this discussion they showed us how to make an app for our blog. It only takes 4 steps to do this. You can customize your content and choose themes.

I have yet to make an app for my blog but it’s definitely on my to do list.

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Learn more about Microsoft WeSpeakCode here.

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FarFaria Reading App for Children

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I have found a reading app that so far is one of the best we’ve tried. I enjoy reading with Jael when I have free time and especially before we go to sleep.

Farfaria is a reading app available on both the App store and Google Play. We currently have it on our 7″ Android tablet and it feels as if we are reading a real sized book. It has been created for children ages 2-9 and has over 600 stories!

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The reading levels of the books in the app are Pre-Readers (Age 0+), Beginning Readers (Pre K-Kindergarten), Progressing Readers (Kindergarten-Grade 2), Early Fluent Readers (Grade 1-Grade 3), and Fluent Readers (Grade 2- Grade 4).

There are islands of book themes that children can choose from.

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Jael is partial to Animal Kingdom and Preschool Playground.

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The ease of use is what particularly stood out for us and the stories a close second.

Jael is a Beginning Reader and is able to use it on his own and listen to the various stories.

There are options such as Read to Me, Auto Read and Read Myself. He likes to choose Read to Me since he is not able to read yet and he likes to be able to “turn the page”.

The features of this app are amazing. You get all of these and it’s well worth the $3.99 a month.

  • Unlimited reading from our library of more than 600 stories.
  • Five new, engaging stories added every week.
  • Interactive experience is fun for kids and easy for parents
  • Every story can be read aloud with a Read-to-Me feature.
  • Reading-level badge on every story cover.
  • Offline access to read Favorite stories
  • No advertising. No hidden fees.

 

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Preschool and Kindergarten Learning App by Kids Academy

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I remember a time when paper and pens were how children learned to write. Today we have apps that can teach our kids how to write. With the majority of children owning gadgets it would seem practical to make better use of these gadgets with apps that will help them to learn. It’s a good thing that there are just as many learning apps as there are game apps.

I still subscribe to the old fashion way of learning how to write but when it’s time for Jael and I to rest we use this time to read on my Kobo or play on the iPhone.

The most recent learning app we’ve downloaded is from Kids Academy. They have a Preschool and Kindergarten learning kids games app for toddlers where they can learn to read, try interactive ABC, alphabet tracing, phonics songs, match letters, and math puzzle games.

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The free version of the app lets you trace numbers and letters but to a limited extent. For letters only up to letter c and for numbers up to number 3. To be able to take full advantage of the learning experience you’ll have to get the in-app purchase to have access to all the letters and numbers and the stories included in the app.

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Jael enjoyed the tracing and was very happy when he was able to correctly trace the letters and numbers. The paid version also gives your child over 200+ interactive worksheets.learning-app

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