This is a sponsored post with Legends of Learning. All opinions are my own.
With more technology in schools, there’s a balance that has to be found with programs that help kids learn but also keep them engaged.
My boys will be in fourth, sixth, and eighth grades for the upcoming school year. Their schools issue each student a laptop. How they have integrated this technology has been impressive.
One thing I’ve noticed in my time as a volunteer in the classroom is how much the laptops eliminate kids having nothing to do once they finish their assignments. There’s always another program they can be working on.
But one thing my own boys have complained about is how sometimes the “games” they can play on their computers feel way too much like work, such as a set of questions that are timed or makes “fun” noises if they get it wrong or right.
So, when I told them that they were going to try Legends of Learning, which is a game-based learning program, I was met with some rolled eyes but agreement since my boys have to do some sort of educational activity most days in the summer and this could count.
Legends of Learning offers science-based games for grades 3-8. The games are organized by topic and could be used for review, an introduction to a topic, or for enrichment.
My 4th grader noted that “it’s actually a game” so it passed his test and he’d want to play it more. Yet there’s enough learning going on to satisfy a teacher (or mom) that students are getting something useful out of using Legends of Learning. It strikes that balance that we seem to always be looking for with kids and technology.
This is the first time my boys have worked on a science program like this. Legends of Learning could be a great way to review the science topics for each grade as well as allow students to spend more time on this subject independently.
You can have your kids try Legends of Learning. You can also pass along this info to your child’s teacher so they can set up a free account and use Legends of Learning with their class this year.