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It’s a big year in our house. The twins start school for the first time, my baby girl starts preschool and my big girl keira starts year 3 at a new school. It’s all happening here this year and I’m just glad I’ve still got my little buddy emerson at home to keep me company with all of these big changes.
And it’s a really big year for Keira as she makes new friends, learns a new language that her classmates have been learning since kindergarten, starts choir and also has NAPLAN. Now we’ve never done NAPLAN before but we’re not making a big fuss about it. Keira’s best subjects are english and art and we’ve been working on her maths behind the scenes with Kumon and Mathletics.
As a mum you want to prepare your kids for everything and I’ve seen that you can buy workbooks and preparation for NAPLAN for a range of school grades. Now of course technology is making things easier for us and exclusive to Samsung is SkillsBuilder where you can do practice NAPLAN questions and get detailed answers. And I have a confession to make, I had to read the questions properly in order to help keira understand the question. Ahem. Now these questions are written in the style of NAPLAN but are not the exact questions that they’ll find on the paper but you already knew that. But I certainly felt that I could help keira prepare by doing some of these questions with her. And best of all it is free on all Galaxy Tab 3 and Galaxy Note tablets. We love free apps.
In SkillsBuilder you’ll find the questions set out as language, numeracy, reading and then a sample paper with 20 questions. This is great if your kids have strengths and weaknesses and need to work on one area more than another as they can focus on that area and then do the samples. You can also ask for a hint which is great if you are teaching your children to work independently or are working with another child at the same time (or cooking dinner!). We loved the hint button.
Ahem I got this question wrong. But let’s just say that I wanted to show you what it looks like when you get a wrong answer. Yes let’s go with that.
And a little plus, kids love getting an excuse to play on the tablets so it’s a great incentive to do some homework if you suggest they take the tablet and do some questions. They think it’s fun so it’s a great way to do your homework or some extra work when it’s fun. And the S Pen is lots of fun for kids. Everyone loves the S Pen except when we can’t find it. Always a tip to look under the couch or behind the cushions.
We also love Mathletics on the tablet too. Oh no wait, Keira doesn’t love Mathletics as that has been part of her homework each week but it’s kind of nice to get comfy on the couch or sit where she wants to sit instead of at the desktop and do some mathletics. There are over 500 activities on the Mathletics app which you can find in the Samsung Apps and I’m sure we’re not the only school doing Mathletics.
And a little word about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, I have been lent the 2014 edition and it’s fancy. It feels more substantial than the other tablets we have and has the S Pen which is so great for marking answers, doodling, highlighting, taking notes and just having some fun. In fact elodie loves to do memos with the little s pen and is her favourite activity on the tablets. One of these babies will set you back over $700 but you know me, always got to do something good for my readers and with much thanks to Samsung I have one to give away.
So tell me how the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 could change things in your life? Who would use it and how?
Leave a comment here on this blog post to enter, be creative with your answer and I’ve got retro daddy and my lovely assistant Lisa helping me choose a winner. Terms of my giveaways are here, you must be an Australian resident to enter, one entry per person and the giveaway closes 5pm Friday 7th February 2014. Best of luck………no idea how we’ll choose a winner but I’m thrilled to have this giveaway for you because we have just loved this tablet at our house. Come back next week to have a second chance to win a tablet as I have another one to giveaway.
And the best thing about having a tablet in the house is that when the kids are in bed then the tablet is mine! all mine! I love downloading the latest magazines to the tablet and reading them. The picture quality on this latest tablet is just fabulous.
Good luck everyone…………………