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IT'S ALWAYS STORY TIME IN HERE

The Library of Miss Gadish transforms story time into a magical experience that’s interactive, engaging and readily available on almost any mobile device. We have created a captivating, safe digital space to help children discover an ever-growing body of quality tales and build a love of reading that will last a lifetime.

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THE WORLD OF MISS GADISH

The library was designed to help kids explore, discover and enjoy stories, independently. Our family of friendly and whimsical characters is here to entertain, guide and play with your child as they delve into a magical world of story time, without the need for an assisting adult. Each character has its own role in the library and a unique personality. Now, with great pleasure, we would like to introduce you to…

THE STORIES

Every story in the library was handpicked and developed by a team of pedagogical professionals, psychologists and publishers, to create an independent yet safe, educational and engaging story time experience. Stories are chosen for their quality and entertainment potential as well as to help cultivate emotional and social aptitude, and a curiosity and appreciation for cultural diversity in viewpoints, backgrounds, and life experiences.

THE LION AND THE MOUSE

Could something as small as a mouse ever help something as big and strong like a lion? The famous....

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THE BOY WHO NEVER SLEEPS

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stay up all night, every night, while everyone else ....

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TURTLE TEETH

Did you know that long ago turtles had bright white beautiful teeth? They were even famous for them!....

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BALLOONS

The children could not be happier, each child got their very own balloon! But no balloon lasts fo....

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The 10 Best Educational & Entertaining Apps for Kids

The best educational apps for kids are fun! Check out our picks to turn screen time into an entertaining learning experience. We tend to think of screen time as veg out time for kids, but while screen time should be monitored and controlled to ensure a healthy balance, there are some great educational apps out there. The best educational apps turn learning into play, so it’s a sneaky way of turning screen time into a positive learning experience. Who said learning had to be dry or boring? Here’s our selection featuring some of the best educational apps for kids: It’s not just our app that counts As a company in the business of making young children’s apps that are both entertaining and educational, rather than looking at other companies in our field as competition, we prefer to look at these other companies and say “BRAVO!” When we started on our mission a few years ago, the list of really worthwhile apps was very short (to say the least), but today we can proudly say that there are some amazing apps for your kids out there. So, in the spirit of giving credit where credit is due, here are some great apps we wanted to share with you that our children enjoy and that we, their parents, enjoy them enjoying…
  1. The Library of Miss Gadish
MG icon The Library of Miss Gadish: Age Group 2-8 Yes, this is our app, but we’re justifiably proud of what we’ve achieved in consultation with parents, educators and child psychologists. Children formed our testing team. They got the final say in determining whether the Library of Miss Gadish really is one of the best educational apps for kids. If they didn’t just love what we did, we went right back to the drawing board. Although it’s a story time app, the Library of Miss Gadish is much more than that. Think of great educational TV programs like Sesame Street on the small screen, but with the added advantage of lots of interaction. That’s what we aimed for, and we’re happy to say we’ve achieved it!
  • Stories that teach life skills: Each story contains important life lessons that parents need to teach their kids. From the importance of brushing teeth to learning mutual respect and gratitude, there’s an important moral to every story.
  • Learning to love books and reading: Kids who love books and reading do much better at school, at college and even in their adult careers.
  • Learning to read: Kids can take up the challenge of learning to read by following the text as the story is told. Once they’re ready to try reading the story themselves, you can dispense with the narrator.
  • More than just reading: The interactive games that make kids part of the story help with simple lessons such as identifying animals, parts of the body, numbers and colors. And there’s a “reward” every time.
  • Learning fine motor skills: By interacting with the app, kids improve their fine motor skills as they help the characters move through the story.
  • Learning to comprehend and follow instructions: Boy! Everybody needs this skill. The sooner kids start to learn it, the better. Test and improve your child’s comprehension of simple instructions.
  • Speech training: The stories encourage speech. This is helpful for very young children, but also for children living with conditions such as autism. During testing, we also checked to see how our stories can help kids with special needs.
All this and more with cute animations by a variety of top artists and illustrators, each with their own style, great stories and oodles of fun. Plus, your kids get to personalize their libraries. Every time a child reads a story, he or she collects a special star. The library characters help to count the stars with the child, and the stars are turned into shapes. Kids love keeping score and have lots of motivation to collect even more stars! The app is FREE and comes with one free story that you and your children can test out. Thereafter, moms and dads can help children to add to their virtual library with in-app purchases.
  1. Hungry Guppy
hungry guppy Hungry Guppy: Age Group 3-7 Learning math is important too! Did you struggle to learn math in school? Maybe it wasn’t fun enough. But with this app, learning how to add and how to estimate numbers is good fun. Kids aged 3-7 pull bubbles together to add them up. These turn into dots that are the food the ravenous guppy wants to eat. Yum! Kids also get to see numbers in different ways: both as figures, and as numbers of objects. As they progress, they earn bonuses that let them change the way their fish looks, and with 15 levels of gameplay, there’s lots of room for learning.
  1. Fox & Sheep’s Petting Zoo
petting zoo Petting Zoo age group 2-7 Animals are always fun, and there is no exception here.  Simplicity is key to this ingenious children’s app where no language skills or understanding are required. What looks like a simplistic pencil drawings of an animal, will quickly prove otherwise with a simple touch.   The animals each have some very surprising and funny reactions - and even change species. Is it educational? No.  But it is quality entertainment, easy to ‘play’ and taps into curiosity, creativity and humor.  And did we mention that the app provides lots of entertainment that can be appreciated from a very young age?  Big thumbs up from us.
  1. codeSpark’s The Foos
foos The Foos  Age Group 5+ Is your child eager to become a computer genius? Learning coding is the first step. But instead of presenting dull lessons, Foos introduces children to the concepts needed in computer programming through games simple enough for even a 4-year-old to enjoy in some cases. And for when you want to advance, they have a more intricate Foos app that even has a place for kids to create their own games and levels within the app to share with others.
  1. Joy Tunes
joy tunes Joy Tunes: Age Group 5+ Remember when learning to play the piano was something most kids did because their parents thought they should? Eliminate the battle and turn learning music into a game with Joy Tunes. From first lessons with real-time feedback to advanced piano playing, Joy Tunes is the ultimate way to learn music in half the time it would usually take. Choose this app for kids five and over – or try it yourself. It’s never too late to learn a musical instrument.
  1. Tiny Hands Kids Puzzle Games
tiny hands Tiny Hands Kids Puzzle Games: Age Group 2-5 This app is specifically for toddlers and it has been tested by child psychologists. They’ll love the simple sorting and classifying challenges they get called on to complete. With this app, they learn to sort objects according to size. After completing each puzzle, there’s a bonus game. Kids just love it, and parents are equally thrilled. It’s simple, cute and easy to use. Get guilt-free entertainment for your toddlers with this app.
  1. DuoLingo
duolingo Duolingo: Age Group 13+ Once your kids have mastered reading in their home language, learning a second one is a great idea. Duolingo is an easy way to learn French, Spanish, German, Italian, and more. At first glance, it might look like quite a serious learning app, but the lessons are gamified with races against the clock and scores that climb each time correct answers are given. Duolingo is suitable for both kids and adults, so maybe you’d like to get a few lessons too!
  1. Homer
homer Homer: Age Group 3-8 Kids can already start learning to read when they’re as young as three years old, and Homer makes learning fun! Approved by top academics, the fun activities teach everything from the alphabet to reading words and short passages of text. This cool learning app has received rave reviews in the press and from parents who say their kids love learning to read with Homer. Since learning to read is a very big deal, this app is a big deal too! Combine it with the Library of Miss Gadish to add variety to the learning process.
  1. Endless Alphabet
endless alphabet Alphabet: Age Group 3-5 There are many alphabet apps out there, but Endless Alphabet is a blast. The funny animated letters and animals are too cute for words, and you and your kids will be in gales of laughter as they learn to identify and place letters to make words. The letters are creatures too! The sound effects tell the kids what sound each letter makes. While they’re learning their ABCs, your kids are learning to spell words too. This one is a definite winner.
  1. Sesame Street’s Alphabet Kitchen
sesame street Sesame Street’s Alphabet Kitchen: Age Group 2-5 The Cookie Monster and Elmo help kids to cook up words by combining sounds made from letters. While they’re playing, they’re learning how to read, how to spell, and they get to improve their vocabulary as they go. Packed with all the fun of Sesame Street, this kids’ app is a new, interactive way to learn with some of the show’s favorite characters.
  1. Brain Pop Jr.
brain pop Brain Pop Jr: Age Group 5-9 Kids, parents, and teachers love Brain Pop. The app supplies a new animated movie every single week. After watching it, kids get to participate in quizzes and educational games. It’s designed for kids aged 5 to 9, but some moms say that even younger children enjoy it. It complements schoolwork and guides kids through learning about age-appropriate topics across a range of disciplines. Sounds serious? Reviews from moms are glowing, and they ALL say how much their kids love Brain Pop. Teachers and tutors say it makes a great teaching tool too. The Best Educational Apps for Kids Make Learning Fun and Easy From learning to read to expanding vocabulary and mastering basic numeracy skills, there are lots of ways to turn apps into your teaching assistants. Some of these apps might even help you to learn something you always wanted. How’s your Spanish? Or maybe you’d like a fun way to learn how to play the piano. The best educational apps for kids demonstrate the truth that learning can be fun. And although teaching effortlessly might feel like a cheat, it’s the learning outcomes that matter most.

The Truth About Kids & Tablets

The truth: screen time CAN be positive for your child’s development Kids love screen time, and moms enjoy the peace and quiet while kids keep themselves entertained. Should screen time be seen as a guilty pleasure, or a positive pastime? Despite the occasional alarmist report, experts say that screen time, within reasonable limits, can be very positive for our kids, allowing them to learn while having fun. Let’s take a closer look at what researchers and teachers are saying, and the ways moms can boost childhood development with the help of tablets or iPads. Real research shows that screen time can be very beneficial Journalists from The Guardian went in search of researchers who are looking into the effects of screen time on kids. The result? All of the researchers interviewed said that there was nothing wrong with monitored and moderated screen time for kids. What’s more, they believe that there is a lot of positive potential for learning. Researcher Jordy Kauffmann from the Baby Lab in Melbourne Australia says that iPads and tablets can be very good for enhancing childhood development. He’s currently busy with research into the matter, and says that apps can exceed the potential of traditional educational toys. Rosie Flewitt, of the Institute of Education at the University of London says that she’s proved that tablets can support literacy at nursery age, and even primary and secondary school level. Now she’s working to find out just why kids find screens so infinitely fascinating, and says she suspects it’s nothing sinister – it’s just how our neurons work. A UK chain of pre-schools is using iPads as educational toys, and teachers say it enhances the kids’ learning greatly. That’s a bold statement. Are they raising a generation of technology addicts? Journalists who visited the school says that’s not the case. The kids play with their screens, then go off and do something else. A couple of boys head outside to take photos that they’ll use to borrow colors for a digital coloring book. Everything looks normal. Everyone seems to be having fun. What, when and how much? As Oscar Wilde said: “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” Here’s a non-technological example of the difference between moderation and excess. Apples are good for kids, right? Not if they’re going to eat a whole packet of them! I did that once when I was kid. I was reading and munching apples, and when I looked again, I saw I’d eaten them all up. That night, I had heartburn for the first time. I thought I was dying! To do Mom credit, she really tried not to laugh. Too much of anything is a bad thing. Returning to things technological, it’s ok to let kids play with iPads, but there needs to be balance. Tots need lots of exercise. Even if you have to wrest that device away from them, they need to go and play outdoors sometimes. It’s important that they interact with friends. But that doesn’t rule out the iPad.
  • Set screen time and monitor it: There are various opinions on how much screen time to allow. Most agree that kids under two shouldn’t get more than a few minutes at a time to play with a tablet. After that, set a specific daily time limit. One expert says that Moms’ gut-feel on what that limit should be is probably right.
  • Choose the right apps and activities: There are some wonderful apps for young children, and reading an e-book has all the benefits of reading a paper book. Choose fun, educational apps that are age-appropriate.
With technology permeating every aspect of daily life, it seems to make sense that using it will prepare your child for life in today’s world. Besides, who else but a tech savvy eight-year-old can show Mom how to use the latest gadget? Are you a lazy parent if you give your child an iPad equipped with selected apps? The simple answer is “No.” As long as you keep an eye on things and ensure that your kids enjoy a healthy balance of activities, you could even be helping them by giving them a new, multi-purpose toy. Yes, the “quiet time” you find yourself enjoying when your child is absorbed in a learn-to-read app or game may give you a twinge of guilt, but it should not.  You probably need the break, and your child gets a positive learning experience.

Children Who Love to Read

Children who love books enjoy lifelong benefits If there’s one thing that I’d like to thank my mother for other than her love, it has to be the fact that she taught me to read before I went to school. It made school and college much easier, and it still helps me today. But what does the head start my mom gave me really add up to? How did the love of books and reading help me? When I looked into this subject, I discovered that she did even more for me than she or I ever realized. Join me in investigating the surprising (and not so surprising) benefits of teaching your child about the wonderful world of books. From improving neurological development to building positive psychological traits, reading really does give your child many advantages. Reading and brain development Young children learn incredibly fast. That’s because their brains are developing, and new neural branches and connections are developing every day. Neurologists say that each brain cell is capable of forming up to 20,000 of these connections. Reading to your child stimulates the brain, fostering strong neural development and improving future learning ability. I don’t know if my mom knew she was helping our brains develop better at story time, but my brother and I always loved it. We would beg for more stories! Do we have more neural connections as a result? The experts say that we probably do! Reading and education Scientific studies show that children who love to read do better at school. It’s not just a matter of being more easily able to read and understand texts. Here’s what studies have found:
  • Children who read for fun have a longer attention span. Well, just try it. If the book’s good enough, you stay riveted to it for hours!
  • Early readers will perform better academically throughout their educational career (this writer maintains a modest silence).
  • Readers have a broader general knowledge.
  • Kids who read are better able to process information about their surroundings. I won’t tell my mom that one. She won’t believe it, but that’s what the experts say. As for me, I blame my eyesight!
  • Kids who read develop a lifelong love of reading and a thirst for knowledge. Books! Books! Give me books!
  • In a story, thoughts and events are organized, with a clear beginning, middle and end. Children who are exposed to books and reading are better able to organize their thoughts coherently.
  • A 2013 study found that reading to children regularly can increase their IQ by 6 points or even more (thanks Mom, every bit helps).
Psychological benefits of childhood reading Although you can wait until your child reaches school age before teaching them to read for themselves, you can start earlier. If you do so, reading isn’t seen as a “high pressure” activity. But even if you just read aloud and look at pictures together, or give your child access to an iPad or tablet with colorful stories they can explore on their own, there are still many ways in which your child benefits. It’s a fun activity that you do together. Reading together strengthens the bond between parents and children. We all loved story time when I was a kid. Mom did too. I could tell. Children who enjoy shared activities such as reading with parents are more self-confident and independent. I guess knowing your mom loves you enough to read you a story makes you feel more loveable, and that gives you the guts you need to do things for yourself. Through reading or listening to stories, children learn about morality, self-discipline and how to handle a range of situations. That allows them to develop mature behaviors earlier. Funnily enough, I was teased by a group of kids at school for playing on the swings when I had reached the ripe old age of 10. “You’re childish,” they said. I was happy to inform my ‘tormentors’ that they were precocious, and they acted very shocked because they were sure it was a swear word. We ended up sharing a laugh and parting friends. A good story engages the emotions as well as the imagination. Children who read have higher emotional intelligence as a result, and are able to behave with greater empathy for the feelings of others. Oh, the tears I shed over “Black Beauty”! Now I know it was good for me. Reading stimulates the imagination, and children who read will have the edge when it comes to creative or imaginative thinking. Well, it makes sense, doesn’t it? Didn’t you absolutely live for books like Treasure Island? How many sub-plots (with you as hero) did you dream up? A better understanding of cause and effect linkages, logic, and abstract concepts comes with exposure to books and reading. Now I know why I was able to master organic chemistry when I had to! Building social skills Although reading is seen as an unsociable activity, it helps your child to improve their social skills. Stories illustrate situations that your child may encounter, and often the focus is on what is right and what is wrong. Your child will benefit from the confidence of being a good reader, but will also get along better with other children because stories make them reflect on social scenarios in advance, giving them a clearer idea of what behavior is appropriate in a variety of situations. I remember my Mom reading me a “First day at school” story before I went to school for the first time. When I arrived at school, it was scary, but I kept the story in mind, and I’m sure it helped a lot! Enriching language skills Reading helps children to express themselves better, allowing them to communicate ideas more clearly. Naturally, this means that they don’t just speak more articulately, they also write better and develop a natural instinct for correct spelling and grammar. In addition, the wider vocabulary that is learned through reading will benefit your child throughout his or her life. Having the “gift of the gab” has always been my stock-in-trade. It gets you through job interviews with flying colors, and everyone comes to you for help with written work. Ultimately, I became a writer – my dream job! How can you give your child these advantages? Clearly, reading can give your child a head start in life, but just because it’s important, doesn’t mean you should treat reading as a grim duty. Instead, keep your reading time with your child fun and relaxed. Choose stories that match your child’s interests, and enjoy yourselves together. The more positive associations your child has with books and reading, the brighter his or her future will be.

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  • Monika Suska

    Imagination definitely has no limits when Monika is involved! Her artwork brings fantasies to life in an even better way than ever imagined.
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