Rewarding Learning with Learn & Earn App
This is a partnered post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I’ll be honest and be the first to admit that I’m not above bribing my children. Whether it be good behavior, help around the house, or good grades, I’ve been known to reward them with cash or toys. I know not everyone will agree with my ways, but it’s proven to be effective for my household.
What is Learn & Earn?
I was recently introduced to Learn & Earn, a Hiperware Labs Inc app, that incorporates learning into digital play for elementary school kids. The app offers fun learning in math for grades 1st – 4th with quizzes that cover hundreds of skills. And with a 500,000+ strong questionnaire, it should keep my little learners busy — for a while!
The Learn & Earn app has been designed to adapt to each child’s learning curve, so that every child can improve steadily and at a pace they are comfortable with.
What does Learn & Earn do?
I’m sure we’ve all been there. We download all these “educational” apps for our children, but they would rather be building in Minecraft or zombie-hunting in Plants vs. Zombies. Unfortunately adding and subtracting just isn’t as rewarding as using a pick axe to mine for blocks.
Learn & Earn makes math rewarding by motivating kids to meet learning goals set by the parent to earn real rewards. Parents can use or delete rewards already in the system or add rewards using an Amazon link or ISBN. Having the option to add in different rewards allows the child to take ownership and feel more inclined to earn their reward.
In addition to choosing and adding rewards, the parents are in complete control of setting the rewards for time spent learning on the Learn & Earn app. When you first open the app, you setup the reward scheme for each child. For instance, “If my child does 10 minutes of math for 10 days, I’m willing to spend $10 in rewards.” Any of these values can be changed. For instance, “If my child does 10 minutes of math for 10 days, I’m willing to spend $20 in rewards.”
Drago, the app’s mascot, cheers your child on during math with gentle reminders. He also keeps tracks of goals and helps the child countdown to their reward. Once a goal has been met, the app initiates a purchase of the reward via Amazon.com and the parent is emailed to complete the purchase. No purchase can be made without the parent’s consent.
Why Does Learn & Earn Work?
Scientists have confirmed that children naturally get better at math or reading if they’re willing to practice every day. Parents recognize that tablets can be a great educational medium with hundreds of apps available at the touch of a screen.
Each Grade has between 100 and 150 types of questions, all designed to meet or exceed the US Standard Core curriculum, organized into 20 to 30 Skills. Each Skill is associated with easy to identify icons designed for easy recall. You can work with your child to incorporate specific skills upfront as part of their reward or let your kids pick skills to practice on any given day.
Learn & Earn also fosters a bigger lesson – learning what it takes to earn what you want. By setting a goal and assigning a value to that goal, it can help children learn the value of money.
And since children have a short attention span, little 10 minutes sessions are easy for them to complete. The Learn & Earn app uses constant motivation to gradually improve and sustain attention spans – rewarding children for getting closer to time-goals or for working towards them.
Where is Learn & Earn Available?
Right now the Learn & Earn app is only available for the Apple iPad, but they do have plans to expand to Android devices soon.
How Much Does Learn & Earn Cost?
Learn & Earn is $39.99 per year, or $4.99 per month. Kids can use the app free until they earn a reward. This is a great way for you to see that the app is working and that your children are learning.
My youngest son has been using Learn & Earn for a couple of weeks now and he enjoys seeing how much closer he is getting to a reward. I started out small so that he could easily earn a reward and I’m gradually making it a little harder. Every time he sees the days count down, he has to come tell me.
I love that my son still feels like he’s “playing” on his iPad when he’s actually learning. As parents we have to make learning fun. Learn & Earn definitely helps me do that.
Do you use any learning apps? I’d love to add more to his iPad.
Download the Learn & Earn app now!