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As a homeschooling mom it is important to make learning fun. When preparing lesson plans I try to incorporate a number of different learning styles. We do some lessons from books, worksheets, games, etc. I personally feel that it is important to make it fun so it keeps the children's attention.
When I was growing up I always got more engaged when my teacher incorporated a game into learning. It helped to keep my attention and made it more interesting for me. I get bored sitting and looking at a book and I feel my children do too.
I have my children do some lessons on a computer, such as learning games. I find that they get excited for their computer time and have a fun time while doing the lessons as well.
We also have learning games in our house such as board games and card games too. Recently we were able to introduce a new item to our classroom. It is called the VTech InnoTab 3S. It is the best thing ever.
It is a tablet for children ages 3-9. It fits in great in our home as my children are ages: 2, 7 and 9. All three of my children are able to use it for fun and learning.
It comes with a ton of features that I will share with you below. First I want to tell you about some of our favorite features. My kids absolutely love the video camera. I cannot tell you how many videos they have made using the tablet. My oldest daughter who is 7 has made a few of herself singing and talking. My 9 year old son has set up his plush Angry Birds and made a movie with them. I love how he videos them and he does the voices and sound affects. Great way to get him to use his imagination.
My 2 year old daughter loves to watch the videos that were already downloaded onto the tablet, such as Minnie Mouse.
I knew my 7 and 9 year olds would have no problem using the tablet. I was curious to see how my 2 year old daughter would do. I honestly thought she would have a difficult time but she can use it just like her older siblings. She gets it out all of the time and using many of the features the tablet has to offer. Such as: Games, Videos, Music, etc.
They offer a variety of apps that can be downloaded. I have downloaded a few books that my daughter uses for her weekly lesson plans for school. I have also downloaded some learning games too that we incorporate into our lesson plans too. The apps vary in prices and easy to download.
This tablet has been a huge hit in our home and I love it too. Makes planning our lesson plans so much more fun and learning time too. Plus during my children's free time they can enjoy the other features of the tablet too. I love how Vtech made it so easy for kids to use. They can easily get from one place to the next on the tablet and very rarely do they have to ask me for help.
They are also able to hookup a pair of headphones as well. This is great so they can enjoy their time on the tablet without disrupting anyone else.
Below I am going to tell you about some more features in detail.
InnoTab® 3S Learning Tablet:
· The InnoTab® 3S features VTech Kid Connect – a ground-breaking communication app that brings families together by allowing kids to be connected with their parents and friends through both tablet-to-mobile and tablet-to-tablet communication – anytime, anywhere
· The new 3S comes with a rechargeable battery pack with AC adapter and a kid-safe web browser
· The new InnoTab 3S continues to provide access to VTech’s Learning Lodge™ app store, plus it comes packed with 20 free apps
· Ages 3-9
· All for under $100!
Connectivity Changes the Game
Whether at daycare, a neighbor’s house or across the country visiting grandparents, VTech Kid Connect is the fast and easy way to help parents stay connected to their kids when apart – anytime, anywhere. Now, preschoolers as young as three years old can emulate their parents and older siblings, allowing them to feel like they are part of the messaging trend but from a kid-safe, kid-friendly tablet. With the InnoTab 3S kids can send text messages and animated stickers to parents’ smartphones. In return, parents can send text messages and stickers to their child’s InnoTab 3S, opening up an interactive dialogue. Plus, kids can stay connected to their friends and siblings by sending messages safely between two InnoTab 3S tablets. And since all communication is approved by parents, they can rest assured their child is only communicating with people they know and trust, making VTech Kid Connect a true breakthrough in kid-safe family networking.
The kid-safe web browser, allows access to age-appropriate websites vetted by VTech’s educational experts. Parents also have the ability to add additional websites, giving them complete control over what sites their child can access. This parental control feature is password protected to ensure kids can’t add websites without their parents’ permission.
Packed with Content, Value and Creativity
The InnoTab 3S features 4 GB of internal memory (expandable to 32 GB with a micro SD card, sold separately), a D-Pad game control and updated creative camera features. For even more value, a rechargeable battery pack with AC adapter comes bundled with the InnoTab 3S, eliminating the need to buy expensive replacement batteries. The InnoTab 3S also offers all the features from the Innotab 2S, including a kid-safe Wi-Fi connection, a 2 megapixel 180 degree rotating camera, a 5 inch color touch screen and the Read, Play & Create cartridge and included apps such as the MP3 player and photo album and Wish List Maker. The InnoTab 3S also comes with 20 free apps, including a magical beanstalk growing game; a directional pad game, H2O Go!, that teaches science concepts through an animated drop of water; and a pop-up 3D art studio so kids can explore their creative side. More creativity can be found in the WonderCam app, which lets kids add more than 55 special effects, funny faces and photo frames to their pictures.
Extensive Learning Library at Parents’ Fingertips
The Learning Lodge gives parents and children access to purchase hundreds of engaging, age-appropriate games, videos, e-books and music, endorsed by VTech’s team of educational experts. By the end of the year, the Learning Lodge will expand from its current library of 350 titles to over 600 titles that teach reading, math, social studies, handwriting, science, problem solving, geography and more. Parents can even track their child’s learning progress online. Featured throughout the downloads and software cartridges are popular characters such as Team Umizoomi™, Dora the Explorer™, Thomas & Friends®, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles®, Jake & the Never Land Pirates™ and Sesame Street®. New titles for 2013 on the Learning Lodge include Monsters University®, Turbo®, Planes®, Doc McStuffins®, Sofia the First® and more.
InnoTab 3S retails at MSRP $99.99 and is recommended for children 3 to 9 years old.
More to Come
Keep an eye out for a value-packed Deluxe Apps Package with Premium Kid Connect, including even more enhanced features, allowing kids and parents to send each other personalized voice messages, photos and drawing, in addition to texts and animated stickers. The Deluxe Apps Package will also include Movie Maker, a creative animation camera game that lets kids create fun stop-motion animations from snapshots. The Deluxe Apps Package will be available in the fall for purchase through VTech’s Learning Lodge.
InnoTab 3S comes packed with fun and useful apps, like an MP3 player, calendar, clock with stopwatch, notes, friends list and much more!
Play Your Own MP3 Playlist
Your child can listen to their favorite songs, import their own music, play their own playlist, and download albums from VTech's Learning Lodge app store.
Calendar, Clock and Notes
Kids can keep track of their day with the calendar, clock and notes-just like Mom and Dad!
Personalized Home Screen
Take pictures with the InnoTab 3S and personalize the home screen with your own photos!
Keep friends all in one place on the Friends List! Keep track of birthdays and contact information.
Read, Play & Create Cartridge
- Read about a dog who moves to the city in the What's That Noise? e-book. Learn about science with the H2O GO! Game. Inspire your child's creativity with the Color and Pop activity.
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