If you follow my blog you know I really try to avoid screen time. For over a year my kids were screen free 99% of the time and it was really great for their play, imagination, behaviour and development. Lately I’ve allowed a little in for a few reasons. One is mostly selfish – mommy is stressed and needs a break. Another reason is that I’m finding it hard to cover all the areas I want to in homeschool without getting very overwhelmed and a third is that Pumpkin 1 has been difficult lately and resistant to doing anything or will say she wants to do something and then put no effort or thought into it and mostly lay around or act silly. It seems this is common at age 4. And so I now have 2 apps on my tablet which I really love.
The first is a tracing app. I really like it because it’s simple and not flashy and you can even turn off sounds and animation to make it really basic. It gives a lot of options to set up the program how you want. You can see a demo below.
The other one is a coding app for kindergarten. It’s also simple, cute, with limited animation and really develops thinking and prediction skills. It’s just the right challenge level for Pumpkin 1. She can do it but she really has to think.
Pumpkin 1 wants to be an astronaut and likes the watch the videos make by Chris Hadfield and has learned things from them that can’t really be taught from books. She even wrote him a letter and got a reply. I also allow some Hindi or French language shows as that gives them an ear for the correct pronunciation that I can’t give them.
My goal is to still be mostly screen free. But I’m always evaluating how I’m doing things and making changes as needed. Whenever I see any screen time is affecting them negatively I cut it out for a while again. I wish I could be completely screen free forever but that isn’t likely and I’m not supermom.