Khan Academy Kids
How smart of Khan Academy to bring the Duck Duck Moose team under their wings. And how lucky for children ages 2- 5, and the parents who guide and help them.
Khan Academy Kids is a free, fun, (truly) educational app with a gazillion or so activities and books. The smart and charming animated lessons focus on letters, numbers, reading, social-emotional awareness, and problem-solving skills. There’s art, and music and storytelling too. The “Library” is one of the best tables of contents we’ve seen.
The many early learning lessons are child directed, interactive, instructive, and welcoming. Young learners travel the Learning Path, which adapts automatically and personalizes each child’s learning experience. Along the way, kiddos earn kudos in the form of digital hats or toys, or bugs. (Chacun son gout).
At Khan Academy Kids, students don’t just learn what the letter C looks like, they put it to work in sight, sound, and touch. Or, when asked to measure and count the length of a rope, they first do so in paw prints, then go on to compare sizes of animals. Always, the praise is a gentle and genuine “good thinking” – not a confetti cannon of disconnected approval.
The lessons are well-paced, filled with whimsy, intelligence, and a clear understanding of how children learn.
Claire Green ©2018 Parents’ Choice
Claire is president of Parents’ Choice Foundation and cofounder of Sandbox SummitÂ®. She looks for toys and media that will unleash children’s interests, and celebrate the fun of learning.