Today marks the last day of school for the kids in our county. I can’t tell you how happy my oldest son (15 years old) was when he walked in the door. I happen to be home due to some severe weather in our area. One thing I love about summer is no getting everyone up to get ready and nagging the kids about homework. What I don’t like is always trying to find things for the kids to do. I work full time so I have to be able to find things that are entertaining but safe with little adult supervision. As aI’m excited to bring you this new fun and unique website. It just launched on May 29th so it is in the wee stages of popularity.
A parent-teacher community for sharing ideas. Hundreds of ready made learning challenges kids will love. A place for kids to earn the things they want.
Think of the traditional chore chart with rewards but instead of chores the kids are doing fun learning activities. I signed up for an account and signed Honey up as well. I took some time browsing the many cwists that are already populated on the site and selected two fun activities I thought she would love. She loves puzzles and she absolutely loves the ice cream shop down the street. So why not make a puzzle and some ice cream!
Once I selected the activity I was able to chose a ‘wish’. The wish is what the child receives for completing the task. For example for the ice cream challenge I chose ‘go get ice cream’. You can select several task to finish to receive one wish or vice versa one task to receive several wishes.
The cwists are populated by users so if you have a fun learning craft that your children absolutely loves you can add it to cwists for others to enjoy. The sky is the limit with what your child can learn, accomplish, or contribute. When I was selecting the cwists for Honey I was able to narrow it down by age which was a huge help since she needs a challenge.
What I love is that you can also create your own wishes. This is great because not everything needs to be monetary. Also there may be times when you have a small cwist that you want to offer a small wish. For example read 3 books and the wish/reward is a trip to the library or park.
This is a great platform to start your summer. Fill your child’s cwist account with fun activities that keeps their brain exercised over the summer. Definitely more fun then vegging in front of the television or spacing out on video games. I will be checking in later this month and will hopefully be sharing with you our own cwist that we created and help populate the site with.
- Decreases and improves screen time – cwist uses digital play to motivate physical activity through task completion.
- Increased ability to delay gratification makes rewards more meaningful to kids.
- Increased sense of time – in a world measured in seconds, cwists can help kids become more aware of how long they have been at a task and how much longer they will have to remain at that task.
- Lessened satiation levels out a kids expectation for the instant gratification found in so many games.
- By increasing the number steps to achieve a reward, cwists lower the reward/expectation ratio setting the stage for more reasonable prizing
- Increased teaching rate – Rewarding a cwist educational achievement with a prize allows for quicker, more engaged learning.
- Increased selection of reinforcers – When excited by a particular cwist reward, the child may be willing to work through several milestones to achieve the prize; goal-setting and achievement are reinforced throughout the process.
Do you have a great cwist activity you would ad? What do your children do over the summer break?
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