Stuff I Love : KidzByte App

Ms. S  or the elder one turned 9 recently. Last few months, I was trying to think of a way to introduce her to news. No, no news channels. She gets KidsAge Magazine at home,  but that hasn’t been enough to cover the news that happen every single day. Man, the world keeps moving, and so should your knowledge about it.  Then , I considered signing up to some really cool kids newspapers like  curiousowl and one more. However, given the time kid will have in the morning – I wasnt very optimistic she can get anything done.  Oh yes, I could read to her but that time will be spent in getting the younger one ready. So, TV is out.  News papers are out.  So, how else can get her started?

Enter KidzByte app. Its a curated news app for curious minds ( read : younger kids )

kidzbyte

The app has many categories, and all the latest news are promptly updated.  It has a Read to me version and a short video before the text. So, kid is essentially given 3 options to understand the same news item. And the app has built gamification to its best use.  Every article ( short : around  150 to 200 words), has a question with objective type answer format. So, kids now have an incentive to read / listen / view the item. Sometimes, the  question isnt from the article, but definitely answerable by the smart phone assistant readily available on all phones these days.

There are many categories of news, and the information is updated every single day. Almost, all major events in the world and a lot of trivia is added – which adds up over time to the kid’s general knowledge.  There is an overall leaderboard, and every week’s leaderboard.  Each player is given an overall rank, and there are levels the player can reach based on the number of points he/she earns in the game. So, how does one earn points?  By answering the questions right?  How smartly connected 🙂

So, how does the app makers earn money? By giving bonus points and power ups for certain amount of money. Ofcourse, kids want to earn points quickly, and when they are learning something along the way, parents won’t mind spending as well. I’ve recharged twice as of now,  and it keeps the kid really motivated to read more and learn stuff.

There are lot of competitions they conduct on a daily basis, which Saanvi hasn’t participated yet. The next step is to create a gmail account for her,  via Family feature of gmail. Every day morning, now it’s a ritual for the kid to do the app for 10 minutes and collect her share of points for the day. At the same time, get the latest news in the most informative, non intrusive way!

Kudos to the makers of this app, and  this is one of the best apps for kids out there.

Rating – 5/5

Have a good day and keep rocking!

Imagimake India and World map : toy review

One of the goals i had this year is to spend some time with kids teaching general knowledge. After spending fortnight teaching indian states to younger one – I figured out i needed a better way and ordered this on amazon.

What exactly is in this toy?

It has India and world maps. Each map has foam pieces – one for each state and country.

Whats cool?

They have given plastic flags with each map and kids can stick the stickers provided. It tells capitals for indian states and flags + capitals for world countries.

Whats not cool?

The countries are harder to locate just based on one guiding map. It was just easier if they would have made it more explicit with flashcards or more visual stuff.

Price and where to buy?

I got it for Rs. 890 on amazon. Here is the exact description –

Final verdict – 4.5/5

Go for it!!

Have a good day and keep rocking!

A Happiness Course by Marketing Professor?

If you know me well, you know that I chase the elusive happiness in my life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m good. Grateful, content. However, i come from the background which says happiness can’t be a myth. There has to be some proven techniques to make yourself happy, no matter what you’re doing, how much you’re earning.

It’s a completely different thing if you’re stuck in a disastrous relationship or have acute shortage for basic necessities. But for most of us, the basics are thoroughly met. So, why are some people more happier than others?

Dr. Rajagopal Raghunathan, a visiting professor at ISB Hyderabad debunks the entire theory of happiness and how!  Being a professor himself – he leaves no stone unturned to explain scientifically how everyone can be happy 🙂

I’ve done the entire course here and am thoroughly convinced :

A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment

Yeah, I know. Knowing is not doing. I’m still far off from implementing whatever Professor has taught, but doing this course is like having the key. The problem now is go to go to the door and put the key in. Atleast you can’t complain of not knowing what the key is!

Am not spoiling the fun for people who want to do the course, so have kept the post really generic, contrary to my spoiler-filled posts. Enrol, and have some enlightenment 🙂

Have a great day and keep rocking!!

 

How to change your life : From Leo Babauta of Zen Habits

We all want to make changes. Small and big. No one is an exception. The funny thing is, most of us also know what to do. Then why do we keep failing? Give a good read to this masterpiece article. Read and re-read and decide on one single step you want to do.

http://zenhabits.net/change/

Have a good day and keep rocking!!