Posted Jun 27, 2020
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Research shows that our kids lose about two months of grade level equivalency in reading over a single summer and even more in math. Add in the disruption to their in-person learning this year due to COVID-19, and the potential losses are even more significant.
Keeping our kids learning will be even more important this summer, but after acting as (a very poorly qualified) substitute teacher these past several months, the thought of keeping "Humphrey Homeschool" up and running makes me want to run away to my (nonexistent) beach house until the real teachers can take my kids back. Who's with me?
Fortunately, there are resources like the new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet to help get us through. I know what you're thinking, "She's suggesting I turn over my kids' learning this summer to an electronic device?!" Of course not! Hear me out.
Like just about every parent out there, the thought of my kid staring at a screen for hours at a time totally stresses me out. However, the reality is that we are going to have even more downtime than usual this summer due to continuing COVID-19 restrictions, and with more downtime inevitably comes more time on electronics (at least in my house). I also work full time and don't have the ability to (a) provide a full schedule of educational 'programming' every day to continue my kids' learning this summer or (b) constantly monitor their electronics usage.
The all-new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet helps me out on both fronts, providing access to educational content that is both engaging and fun and allowing me to control my kids' usage and experience by creating screen time limits, setting educational goals, and filtering content with parental controls. In other words, all electronics are not created equal, and the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is about as good as you can get, providing some peace of mind for us guilt-ridden parents.
The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition comes with one-year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, which gives kids access to over 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, Audible books, and educational content. Two of our favorites are PBS Kids, which comes with a huge catalog of educational apps for the preschool set featuring characters from their favorite PBS Kids shows like "Wild Kratts," "Daniel Tiger," and "WordGirl," and HOMER Learning, which includes both read-aloud stories and a personalized learn-to-read program for kids ages 2-8.
The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is specifically built for kids and comes with a Kid-Proof Case with built-in stand and 2-year worry-free guarantee - no more stressing about handing over your own device only to have it come back to you with a cracked screen (or worse)! The 32 GB of internal storage and 12 hours of battery life mean you will be hearing things like "Moooooom, where's my charger?" or "Daaaaaad, I'm out of space to add this game!" a whole lot less. You're welcome.
Even better? Amazon is running an awesome promotion right now that will save you $40 off the new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, as well as savings on their entire line-up of kids devices, including the Fire 7 Kids Edition ($25 off), Fire HD 10 Kids Edition ($50 off), Kindle Kids Edition ($30 off), Echo Dot Kids Edition ($20 off) and Echo Glow ($5 off).
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