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Meet us at Future of Education Technology Conference
Jan. 8, 2020

Kids Academy is proud to announce that we’ll be attending the National Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in Miami, Florida, from January 14-17th.

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Kids Academy Teams Up with Rivet
Dec. 12, 2019

Kids Academy is teaming up with yet another amazing app to bring high-quality reading materials to the screens of kids across country! We’re happy to announce a new partnership with Rivet, an innovative app that offers free leveled reading books to help children grow their literacy skills using the same technology they already love! 

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Reading Levels: Choosing the Right Book No Matter Your Child’s Reading Level
Dec. 12, 2019 Blog post Reading Levels: Choosing the Right Book No Matter Your Child’s Reading Level main image

For kids, learning to read can be a stressful task, but sometimes teaching kids to read can be just as big of an undertaking for parents and teachers alike! If you’re struggling with supporting your little learners as they learn to read independently, you’re not alone! This article will help you to discover how to use reading levels to choose the right texts for your child. Then, learn how to create your own home or classroom library to support kids no matter their current reading level! 

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Benefits and Activities of Using Reading Games for Kids
Dec. 2, 2019 Blog post Benefits and Activities of Using Reading Games for Kids main image

As teachers or even parents, when we think about utilizing games in learning, most of us think of objective subjects with clear answers, like math or science. In preschool and kindergarten, kids might play games using sight words or phonics. But for older children who already know the basics of reading, how can games possibly enrich reading comprehension when questions are text-dependent? The answer requires a bit of creative thinking, but we’re here to tell you that it can be done! Read this article to discover the benefits of using games for reading, how to use them effectively, and to try out the best reading games to play in class!

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Best Read-Aloud Books for Kids in Kindergarten & Preschool
Oct. 21, 2019 Blog post Best Read-Aloud Books for Kids in Kindergarten & Preschool main image

When children are born, any pediatrician will tell parents to begin reading aloud to infants and toddlers. Some parents will even play music or read to babies while still in the womb! But what about older kids who are gaining literacy skills, and those that have started reading independently? You might be surprised to find out that reading aloud can help kids throughout childhood, and even until middle school! Check out this article to learn how this can bolster early reading skills and to discover the best read aloud books for kids of all ages!

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How to Teach Rhymes with Actions & Activities — 8 Ways to Develop Child’s Language Skills
Oct. 14, 2019 Blog post How to Teach Rhymes with Actions & Activities — 8 Ways to Develop Child’s Language Skills main image

Nursery rhymes have been around for ages, but have you ever thought about what gives them the staying power to stick around preschool classrooms? The answer is because of the rhymes! Learning to rhyme is fun for kids, but it’s also an important pre-reading skill. This article explores the importance of teaching children to isolate and listen for phonemes and letter sounds and offers easy and fun activities to teach rhyming words! 

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Kids Academy Announces Partnership with Clever
Sept. 2, 2019

Kids Academy has joined forces with Clever to offer a simplified way to use our apps for teachers across the country. Together with Clever, teachers can get the most from our apps! Keep reading to learn more about our new partnership, and how it can benefit your classroom!

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Kids Academy Featured in the App of the Day
Aug. 27, 2019

This article takes a closer look at the brains behind our creation and shares some insight about future features to come. Click here to check out the entire post, and thanks to App of the Day for the awesome coverage! 

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The Importance of Learning to Write in Cursive the Alphabet, Lowercase & Uppercase Letters
Aug. 26, 2019 Blog post The Importance of Learning to Write in Cursive the Alphabet, Lowercase & Uppercase Letters main image

As parents, most of us remember learning to write in cursive, most likely in the 2nd grade. But if you didn’t already know, most school districts around the country removed this skill from the curriculum from around the time the Common Core Initiative came to the fore. Thanks to advances in technology, handwriting has been all but replaced by typing, with keyboarding classes becoming the norm. Even so, learning how to write in cursive can still offer a plethora of learning benefits that shouldn’t be ignored. Keep reading to discover the importance of cursive writing and a find a few activities to start!

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Top 15 Alphabet Games for Kids in Preschool and Kindergarten
May 6, 2019 Blog post Top 15 Alphabet Games for Kids in Preschool and Kindergarten main image

Whether we realize it or not, literacy learning takes place before babies can even talk! Before kids ever step foot into school, they are absorbing communication skills and forming the foundations for reading and writing. That’s why it’s so important to start early to reinforce the skills your child is already taking in. This article hones in on the literacy skills to work on in each age or stage and offers you 15 fabulous alphabet games for kids! 

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