♪ ♫ School’s out for summer! ♫ ♪ [old school Alice Cooper version]
Now we are halfway through the summer and despite my daughter attending ESY (extended school year), she is still home a good deal more than she is the rest of the year? Sure I have some things planned, she still has therapy & she has a new out door play set… but there are still more hours in the day, and Lil’ Foodie (my daughter) gets bored easily. We didn’t get a suggested reading list from her teach this summer, but even when we do it is generalized to her class. She is not just autistic & behind in skills compared to typical peers, she has finicky taste in reading materials as well. Sigh.
Article brought to you in collaboration with Zoobean. All opinions presented here are my own.
Zoobean Experts are there to Help
A few of you may have heard of Zoobean before from it’s feature on the show Shark Tank. It is a service that curates apps, books, and education resources for your individual child, based on his or her current reading skills, interests, and platform (Android/iOS). Finding the right app is the difference between a whiny kid and one that is actively engaged in an educational app.
I signed up Lil’ Foodie for the Zoobean expert plan. Not only does this $2.99/month ($25 annually) plan guide you toward good apps & books for your child via software, you get qualified real people there to help as well. I explained my daughter’s disability, and it was factored into the selections for her. While some apps were selected for her, genuine old fashioned paper books were also suggested, such as this one:
As you can see above, this selection is for ages 4-7, which is a good match for my little girl. The story is still appropriate for her age, but still works for her considering her developmental delays associated with autism. While not every selection was a perfect fit for my daughter, most were great choices.
Here were a few selections I felt were especially good matches for my daughter.
In addition, to individual app and book recommendations, “kits” are also available. These are collections which focus on a particular topic. Some cover social lessons such as manners, while others are about more traditional learning topics like kits about dinosaurs or fire fighters. The ones I thought were particularly outstanding though, cover problems kids may face in their young lives, things like divorce or the addition of a new sibling.
As you can see above, kits can be sorted by checking off what you are looking for on the left-hand side. The rest of the Zoobean site is equally easy to maneuver. I found it pretty easy to navigate the suggestions, and of course my Zoobeans Expert was just an email away. My email concerning adjustments for my daughter’s special needs received a prompt response.
So, if you are a little stumped as to what books and apps will keep your kids engaged and learning during their personal time, check out the Zoobeans site and select either an Expert plan, like we have been using, which guides you through the search, or a Home plan which includes a book sent via mail to your child each month. Learn more here >> pricing & plan info
We have mostly used app suggestions, since my daughter has her own iPad and a big collection of hardcover books, but I am going to order her a couple of the book recommendations before summer school lets out . Pulling one out on a rainy day will be a special treat for her.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ZooBean. The opinions and text are all mine.