Khan Academy Kids

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Creative early-learning activities engage and inspire.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn a variety of foundational skills in math and English language arts. Specific topics include numbers, simple addition, logic, letters, blending sounds, early reading. Drawing activities give kids space to express themselves. Recording feature lets them practice storytelling, executive function, language skills.

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Games are clearly explained, and navigation options are clear and concise.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Khan Academy Kids is a huge database of activities that address learning themes from Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and Common Core standards. Content includes activities in math, ELA, executive function, socio-emotional learning, and creative expression. Parents must provide an email address and confirm the address through their email account to begin using the app. Once in, parents can create multiple user accounts with name, avatar, and age. Kids can follow a learning path, which automatically presents varied activities based on age and past performance, or browse the database for videos, games, books, songs, and more. Parents must allow access to their device's microphone for some activities to work fully. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

After providing and confirming an email address, parents create a user account for each kid using KHAN ACADEMY KIDS. When kids start, they meet and play with friendly animal guides. Then, activities are automatically presented according to age and past performance. Topics rotate among math, ELA, logic, and socio-emotional learning games, videos, and books, with opportunities for exploration and creative expression. After completing activities, kids choose a prize to add to their animal friends' collections. Kids and parents can also browse and choose activities by topic or type.

Is it any good?

This collection of early-learning videos, songs, and activities covers a lot of ground in a creative, highly accessible format. Khan Academy Kids makes it easy and fun for young kids to jump in and immerse themselves in foundational and fundamental early-learning content. Books, videos, songs, and games are high quality and make creative use of the touchscreen format. Mixed in among the more typical multiple-choice-type activities are plenty of opportunities for kids to experiment, explore, and express themselves. For instance, a logic game asks kids to follow directions for putting hats on some animal friends, but between trials, kids are encouraged to play by putting the hats on the animals in whatever way they like. Or, if kids get tired of responding to learning games, they can draw and then narrate a story as they move objects around the screen, read a book, or listen to a song. On the parent side, there's some feedback to track progress, but not so much as to feel overwhelming. Overall, Khan Academy Kids definitely goes beyond your typical ABC/123 early-learning app.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the many learning topics in Khan Academy Kids. Point out how numbers, math, letters, and reading are all around us. Count and sort socks as you're doing the laundry, emphasize the beginning sound of family members' names, or read the signs at the grocery store.

  • Look at the app together and help your kids read the leveled books. Encourage them to read out loud and rejoice with them when they get through an entire sentence, page, or even the whole story!

  • Provide fun, stimulating learning opportunities off the screen as well. It doesn't have to cost anything to get kids learning. Fill your days with books (visit your local library), songs (it's free to sing), arts activities (all you need is scratch paper and crayon), language (talk about what you're doing together), and sensory experiences (take a walk in a local park).

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