Tuesday, August 21, 2012


I've been talking a lot lately about school readiness programs and resources. And I've been talking a lot about the value of preschool for preparing children for kindergarten and beyond.

For those who have chosen to teach their children at home, you can find a lot of printables online, as well as lesson plans, activities, and other ideas for creating teachable moments just about anywhere.

But we also have recently been discussing the role of technology in education. And my person opinion is that it is better for children to learn how to use technology in a carefully monitored environment so that they learn about restrictions, self-control, and how to use technology responsibly as a tool for knowledge or entertainment.

A few weeks ago, I entered the iLearnWith Blogger Contest by sharing my views on technology and early education. I think I've already lost (It's okay - I've already got an iPad. Good luck to all the other contestants!), but through further communication with the lovely company, iLearnWith, they have generously offered our next giveaway for Back-to-School Week here on MommyMaestra.

PBS KIDS PLAY! is an online school readiness program in English that offers over 56 exclusive educational games that teach about a variety of subjects. There's also hundreds of activities and videos, all of which align to national educational standards. From reading and science to math and music, what makes this program unique is that it customizes the learning experience to your child's level across 35 different skill areas. And it uses your child's favorite PBS characters to help engage him or her, and enforce the learning process. Created for children in preK to 1st grade, this online program builds on your child's knowledge and skill level.

Having explored the program myself, I can safely say that parents don't have to worry about advertisements, the quality of the graphics is excellent, and the games/activities are clever and educational. One of the things that I like so much about this is that the home version subscriptions are relatively inexpensive ($9.99/mo), and you can log in up to 4 kids on the site. It will keep track of their individual progress!


iLearnWith has graciously offered a six-month subscription to one MommyMaestra reader. This subscription grants you full access to the PBS KIDS PLAY! website, and is good for one family with up to 4 kids. It's valued at $49.

To enter, simply leave a comment below.
The deadline to enter is 11:59 EST, Monday, August 27th. The winner will be chosen using Random.org. and contacted via email - so be sure to leave a valid email address in your comment! (If I have no way to contact you, I'll have to choose someone else!)

And to increase your chances of winning, you can:

1) Like iLearnWith on Facebook.

2) Follow iLearnWith on Twitter (@ilearnwith).

Don't forget to let me know by posting a separate comment for each entry! This giveaway is open to readers outside the U.S.
By entering this giveaway, you agree to
the Official Sweepstakes Rules. No purchase required. Void where prohibited.

¡Buena suerte! 

Disclosure: I received a subscription to PBS KIDS PLAY! for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
This giveaway is now closed. 


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