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When I began looking for my first teaching job straight out of graduate school, I remember my mom suggesting maybe first grade shouldn’t be my first choice. She was a lifelong educator who knew the pressure that came with teaching kids how to read. I ignored her advice and jumped in, creating a classroom full of literacy activities designed to help my students develop a lifelong love of reading. I loved teaching my students to read but when I became a parent, I wondered if I’d be able to provide the necessary support my own children needed to become fluent readers.
Any parent can support their child in developing early reading skills by exposing them to reading fundamentals at a young age. Reading books, pointing out letters and letter sounds, and being knowledgeable about the best apps and products that are designed to teach literacy skills are important which is why I’m excited to share Square Panda with you through a Facebook chat this Sunday at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT.
About Square Panda
Square Panda is a phonics learning system for your tablet that combines early reading skills and multisensory play to unlock learning. The playset includes 45 physical smart letters that interact with learning games all grounded in research-based curriculum and designed to introduce key reading readiness skills. Square Panda’s multisensory playset provides immediate appeal to ages 2 and up who will enjoy learning by playing interactive learning games that are just right for them.
As a parent and former teacher, I know the power of multisensory learning when combined with high quality educational games. Kids will have fun playing and manipulating learning while building skills such as phonemic awareness (distinguishing sounds in letters and words), alphabetic principal (letters represent sounds), letter identification, understanding of print concepts (Includes: left to right directionality and the meaning between spaces in words), age-appropriate vocabulary. If my kids were younger and if I was still a first grade teacher, I would absolutely be using Square Panda at home and with my students!
Join me for a Square Panda Facebook Chat!
This Sunday, March 19 (8 pm ET / 5 pm PT), I’m hosting an hour-long chat on the Square Panda Facebook page where we’ll be talking all about teaching kids to read through technology and play. We’ll also be sharing favorite ways you make early learning fun, devices and apps you wish you had as a kid, and why multisensory play matters.
Here’s what you need to know to join us this Sunday:
- What: Square Panda Facebook Chat
- Where: Square Panda Facebook Page (be sure to follow them to chat with us!)
- Why: To talk about teaching kids to read through technology and play
- Time: 8-9 pm ET / 5-6 pm PT
Prizes? Of course!
I will be giving away 2 Square Panda playsets following the Facebook chat here on my blog and it’s important that you join us for Sunday’s chat because those participating will have a HUGE advantage in the number of entries they receive for the giveaways!
Square Panda and I look forward to chatting with you on Sunday!
For more information about Square Panda:
- Visit the Square Panda website
- Follow them on Facebook
- Follow them on Twitter
- Watch their YouTube videos
I am being compensated for my time hosting the Square Panda Facebook chat, this blog post, and running a post-chat giveaway but all opinions are my own.