It’s no news flash that children learn and retain more in positive, hands-on environments. But we confess that coming up with fun, interactive ways to teach new skills regularly can be daunting. So to alleviate the parental pressure, we’ve found two great local companies that provide the innovative tools for parents and children to learn together at home.
Notch Hill Educational Products, a Vancouver-based mom and daughter company, has been developing educational learning programs for kids since 2006. Joan Thornton, a very savvy mom and retired teacher with over 30 years of experience, and Nicola Lott, her daughter (and savvy mom as well) know first-hand about the challenges of learning to read and write because Nicola is dyslexic.
This past year, Notch Hill launched their first GamePak, The Nogs of Notch Hill. Through this play-based, multi-sensory learning program, children learn to read, write and sound lowercase letters in a relaxing, fun environment with no pressure (a new uppercase letter GamePak is due out this year). We like that the GamePak gives you a pre-planned, interactive activity to do with your child with no prep work before getting started.