This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of K12, the leader in online education for grades K-12 for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I’ve heard of K¹² before in the homeschooling crowd, but I didn’t know they also had educational games for little kids too until SocialSpark approached me about this campaign. I thought we’d give it a try since Anneliese loves to play educational games on the iPad, and it would be something for us to explore together that would be a new challenge for her.
EmbarK12 Online – Over 830 interactive activities to engage your preschooler. K¹² wanted to make a fun, dynamic, enriching program for EmbarK¹². Some activities are meant to be self-guided while others are designed as conversation starters for parents and children to work on together.
The normal price is $59 for a 12-month subscription, but if you sign up within 7 days of this post, you can get 50% off with code EmbarkSpecial.
Anneliese gave EmbarK¹² Online a try – something fun to experiment with on all those snow days we’ve been having (with school cancelations). She had some serious frustration with the mouse as she’s never used a computer before, but aside from some too-small buttons on the screen – hard for a new computer user to aim that precisely – she had a good time playing.
A friend suggested having her use the trackpad instead of the mouse, and told me her child had more success with a similar educational game site with that method. I showed Anneliese how to use the trackpad, and she immediately “got” it. So much easier! So if your toddler is an iPad/touch screen kid and having trouble with a mouse, that’s definitely one thing to try!
I have some feelings about this video… I don’t think EmbarK¹² is a bad program at all, but I don’t think academic readiness for kindergarten should be the focus. Children will be ready for kindergarden as long as you interact with them, talk with them, and read to them… as you hopefully do. It does have some fun games that reinforce certain concepts for children, but it doesn’t MAKE them curious, and it shouldn’t be the only place they’re exposed to these ideas.
For example, spacial awareness and relating size and shape are best learned with hands-on activities like nesting cups or bowls, playing with unit blocks and pattern blocks, and so on. Going through an imaginary home and finding objects that are certain shapes won’t teach a child nearly as much as going through your actual house on a shape scavenger hunt.
Plus the music is slightly unsettling. Sorry, K12 but it kinda is.
K12 wants you to try EmbarK¹² for free. Just comment with how you think your child would learn with EmbarK¹² to enter.