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What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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.
- 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
- Genre: Educational
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
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