When school finally ended on Friday, I turned off the alarms set on my phone and looked forward to a slower pace for two months. Unfortunately, summer vacation for many children can mean a summer slide for learning. I know what my children have planned for the summer so keeping up come September won’t be an issue but for some kids across the country it will be.
That is why UMIGO — a collection of free stories, music videos and games for early elementary age children is such a great resource. It helps children develop the math skills they need for effective reasoning and problem solving.
My son Harrison tried out UMIGO (which stands for You Make It Go) and enjoyed watching the fun, narrative-driven “appisodes.” When he got back home from an end of school year playdate with friends he asked if he could watch more UMIGO. I think it’s safe to say, he likes UMIGO.
While my sons received a Google Chromebook from Santa at Christmas, it doesn’t mean children without access to a computer or tablet have to miss out on the UMIGO experience. UMIGO’s unique educational content can be experienced at children’s museums, libraries, family care centers and other community settings.
And to take learning a step further and into a technology free zone, UMIGO has free downloadable at-home activities also designed to make learning easy and fun.
UMIGO’s educational content is aligned with the Common Core Standards for Mathematics for first and second grades.
UMIGO is funded in part by a US Department of Education Ready to Learn grant awarded to WTTW Chicago Public Media. In partnership with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), UMIGO will bring its narrative-based appisodes, interactive games, activities, and educational resources to more than 70 communities around the country. You can find a location close to you by looking on the NSLA’s interactive map at SummerLearningDayMap.org.
This post is made possible by support from UMIGO. All opinions are my own.