Lumosity

 
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Learning(i)

Stick with this site for a good brain workout -- for a fee.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Learning the lifelong skill of keeping the brain active will help keep kids focused through future years of school and work.

Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

Paid membership is the only way to get the full experience from Lumosity.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Lumosity is a secure site that asks for a birthdate in order to create a personalized profile for users.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Lumosity offers games and activities that improve memory, attention, and problem solving. Its cognitive training activities are designed for use by all ages, but it's probably going to be most helpful for older kids who can stick with the program over time. Free access is limited to just a few games, while paid access (starting at $5/month per person) gives kids access to over 30 games, plus additional resources. Lumosity also has family plans that start at $8.33/month for up to 5 family members.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading

Math

  • grouping
  • patterns
  • sequences

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • deduction
  • memorization
  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • achieving goals
  • motivation
  • personal growth
  • work to achieve goals

Emotional Development

  • moving beyond obstacles
  • persevering

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Lumosity keeps games short, light, and simple, so even if you don't love a particular activity, you'll be done before you know it. Some of the games are really fun! Design is lovely and adds warmth to sometimes austere brain training.  

Learning Approach

This site does an excellent job of baking real brain exercise into seemingly silly or simple games, and the focus skills that kids can learn here will transfer to their work and study future. 

Support

A great video explains the science behind Lumosity's activities and method. Each game has a set of instructions that you can view before playing, and there's an FAQ addressing technical issues as well as general advice. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading

Math

  • grouping
  • patterns
  • sequences

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • deduction
  • memorization
  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • achieving goals
  • motivation
  • personal growth
  • work to achieve goals

Emotional Development

  • moving beyond obstacles
  • persevering

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Kids can learn how to train their brains. With practice, kids can improve speed, mental flexibility, and concentration. It's fun, a little addictive, and kids will want to keep playing to beat their previous scores. Some games, like Lost in Migration, help with concentration, increasing productivity, and avoiding distraction over time. Kids also have the opportunity to explore the science behind the brain games. While they don't teach a specific subject, these mental workouts will keep the brain active and agile. Kids aren't necessarily learning something new here, but sharpening abilities. 

 

 

 

 

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

What's it about?

Lumosity is a brain training program that uses games and exercises to improve memory, attention, and processing skills. Based on extensive scientific and neurological studies, Lumosity helps people use their brains to the highest potential, and makes getting there fun for kids and adults alike.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

It's no wonder that Lumosity is used by over 25 million people. Its activities are comprehensive and they make it simple to get started with a training program. Best of all, it's fun. The daily program lasts between 10-15 minutes, and goes quickly when kids are super-focused on the games (they all require some serious concentration!). Kids will love watching their skills improve, and parents will be thrilled that Lumosity's games are anything but time-wasters. Using Lumosity, kids won't just be improving game scores, but also improving brain function across the board, making things like homework and focusing in class a little easier.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how it takes practice to improve on any skill, including brain function. Kids may get frustrated with their progress as they continue to play the games, which is a great time to talk about patience and the learning process.

  • Families can discuss the importance of keeping the brain agile and healthy, just like the rest of the body.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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