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Making the Most of Blended Learning

Blended learning has been an up-and-coming term in educational circles for years, but it’s suddenly taken center stage. As educators have grappled with the challenges of teaching during a pandemic, education in both the classroom and at home has become the norm for many families. Ideally, both would work seamlessly together, balancing harmoniously for the best learning experience possible for your child.  However, we all know this past year was a bumpy road.

Coronavirus restrictions will eventually fade into the history books, but this new hybrid style of learning gained ground in many districts as the best of both worlds and may be here to stay. That said, whether you’re a teacher or a parent, getting to know how blended learning at home can help you make the most of this approach to education and your current school year.

1. Online learning gives kids flexibility.

Technology plays an essential role in blended learning, and it puts kids in the driver’s seat. Students may have the option to go through lessons at their own pace, rewatch videos as needed, or access classroom materials at their most alert time of day.

They may even have the privilege of choosing their resources. Some could listen to audiobooks while others click on educational videos.

2. Blended learning includes in-person instruction.

Online-only learning isn’t the same as blended learning. Rather, blended learning gives kids and teachers opportunities to meet together.

Some gather in neighborhood schools. Others have learning labs or education pods. In any form, these face-to-face meetings are a key part of the blended learning definition.

3. Online and in-person components complement each other.

Finally, in blended learning, what kids do online and what they do in the classroom build on each other. There’s no need for kids to repeat the same material at school that they’ve already learned at home. Rather, each portion of the child’s education should be engaging and enriching.

Data monitoring is essential to successful blended learning. Educators rely on progress reports and other metrics to keep in touch with students’ learning activities. That information shapes their classroom lesson plans.

LightSail for Blended Learning

LightSail’s Reading at Home platform is just what you need for blended learning at home. With a wealth of books, audiobooks, videos, and other resources, kids stay engaged during their online learning hours. Meanwhile, parents and teachers appreciate the built-in assessments and metrics that keep them informed about the progress kids are making.

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Posted on 10.Oct.21 in Reading at Home Tips

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How do I know what books are right for my child?

LightSail takes the guesswork out of choosing books for your child by tailoring each child’s library to their precise reading level.

By honing in on a child’s precise Lexile reading score, LightSail can match them with books that are at that “just-right” level to promote optimal reading progress.

And because LightSail contains such a wide-ranging array of content, there is always a vast selection of books for any topic or interest.

What ages/grades is LightSail for?

LightSail’s Premium and Standard subscriptions are designed for children in grades 3 through 12 (ages 8-18).

We also have a World Book Kids subscription for grades 1 through 2 (ages 5-7) and a World Book Early Learners subscription for PreK through K (ages 2-5).

Is LightSail different from an Amazon Kindle or other e-readers?

Unlike static e-readers, LightSail doesn’t just offer children books.

Every book and article in LightSail contains 6 layers of added features that let your child experience books.

By adapting to a child’s precise reading ability, offering them content that is at that “just-right” reading level to promote literacy growth, and providing a fully customizable, rewarding reading experience, LightSail unlocks the magic of reading in ways no physical book or static e-reader can.

What types of parental control do I have over my child’s activity and content?

In short, complete control.

LightSail contains an entire suite of parental control features that govern every aspect of the platform from video viewing, to chats, to what content can be seen and accessed.

Additionally, LightSail’s revolutionary ChildSafe Content Controls lets parents screen and block content according to dozens of nuanced subcategories based on maturity factors, family values, and religious topics.

How can I make reading fun for my child?

LightSail incorporates gamification features into every aspect of the platform, especially reading!

By integrating badges, goals and milestones, social sharing options, motivational messages, and the ability for parents to add customizable gift rewards, LightSail incentivizes reading, writing, and learning just like kids’ favorite games.

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