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It just keeps getting better.

After I posted/tweeted/sang about the brilliance of Kideos yesterday, the company wrote to me via Twitter to thank me for the post and let me know that they also just launched an EDUCATIONAL GAME SITE!!!

GameClassroom.com is, as the website describes, “a one-stop web destination for accessing educational games, and homework help for K-6 students”.  Like Kideos.com, it provides links to other website’s content (in this case, games) and organizes it into grade-level & subject categories.  The site also provides “homework help” and learning tips for students and parents.

Now that Amelia is in Pre-K, I’ve been encouraging her to play educational games to work on her letters and numbers.  Because she’s shown more interest in the computer lately, I’ve been trying to find a good, FREE, resource for age-appropriate games that will actually serve a purpose.  We have a few sites that we use, but they’re spotty when it comes to educational value.  I’m not a stickler, but I’d like her “screen time” (as my pediatrician says) to be productive…unlike mine (yes, I said it).  It’s also a problem when she starts playing one game, and then clicks on a game in the sidebar that is either geared toward a 12 year old and way too sophisticated or part of a paid subscription site.

So, again, check these folks out.   They’re awesome and I feel like they’ve got our (kids, parents, families) best interest in mind.  I haven’t looked at everything on the site yet, but they’ve just recently launched and seem to be working out the early kinks.  Take a look and give them some feedback!

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*It should be said that, despite my constant raving in the last 2 days, Earlier Media (the parent company of Kideos & GameClassroom) is not paying me or giving me anything for talking about them.  I’m just really excited about this and think that it’s a great idea.  I know that a lot of parents will be well-served by these websites.  If they were here right now, I’d kiss them on the mouth.

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Kideos!

Amelia’s new favorite thing is to watch videos on YouTube.  I tend to encourage cool concert footage or performances, but occasionally she’ll get sucked into Dora vignettes.  For the most part it’s great- she gets to amuse herself for a little while while I get other things done.  But every so often Amelia will click through the “Related Video” and get from LazyTown singing about exercise to LazyTown simulated porn (seriously, don’t ask).

The other day I was helping her get back to something more appropriate than 2 teenage boys setting their shirts on fire and I thought “wow, I wish there was a child-friendly version of YouTube, maybe you can set a filter….”

Hey, guess what…

www.kideos.com

ta-da!!!

I’m so excited about this.  It’s a collection reviewed videos, all sorts of videos, that are classified into age-appropriate categories.  I love that it’s not just obscure, corny videos.  It’s the Muppets, it’s movie trailers, it’s that baby dancing to Beyonce.  And it’s set up so well… organized by age-group, character, even language.  Best of all, it’s SIMPLE.  It’s a website that a child will actually be able to navigate (without ads popping up).

When I saw the site, I thought “Wow!  this is perfect!”.  I’ve sent the link to a few mom-friends and they’ve all said the same thing “This is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for!”.  It’s rare to find something that legitimately helps you be a better parent without asking for something in return.  This brilliant. 

Amelia is going to be PSYCHED.

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The Stand-Off

Sometimes I even surprise myself.

I don’t know that I actually have a parenting “style”. Although I guess I must, everyone has a certain way that they do things, I’ve just never really thought about it. My general policy is “no drama, just an FYI- if A, then B….whatever.” (It should be said that my super calm approach is usually followed up with me thinking “oh crap I hope this works please please please please please please please).

So,the kids and I are up earlier than usual today (a result of the SEVEN teeth that one of us has coming in). I thought it would be nice to catch Good Morning America, I never get to see it. From the minute she got up, Amelia had been saying that she wanted to watch cartoons. I just kept saying “No, we’re watching this”. I got up to get Amelia’s breakfast and when I came back to the living room, the TV had mysteriously been changed to “Curious George” and the remote was gone (ooooh, she’s slick!). As you may guess, a battle of the wills followed.

I told her to change it back, she said No. She asked for her cereal, I said No. I told her that as long as the cartoons were on, she wouldn’t get the post-breakfast donut that she had asked for. I’m big on following through with threats/promises, but I wasn’t in the mood for a fight. I left it like this: as long as cartoons were on, Amelia would get no donut and I would not bring her cereal to her (although she was welcome to get it herself), and if she kept pulling attitude with me, she’d have to do a time-out (I was praying that this wouldn’t happen because I knew that it would be a battle and I just wasn’t in the mood). I didn’t push too much, I just let her think about it. A few minutes later, Amelia produced the remote and switched the TV back to ABC. *Let the angels sing!* She’s also eaten all of her cereal and brought her dishes to the counter. I love it when a plan comes together!

But seriously…..how the hell did I do that?