By Whitney Seely, Retail Sales Manager, Albany, Ga. | Friday, May 3, 2019
People say having twins is double the trouble. No debating that! But I wouldn’t shrug off the challenge of having babies just one year apart like it’s an easy task. They’re at different developmental stages, but they’re both dependent on me to keep up the fun. No lessons are just right for both of my children, and no two online reading programs are built for the same age group.
When it comes to how to teach reading and measure results, the benchmarks start early. My 5-year-old daughter will have to demonstrate sight mastery of 120 words at a minimum by May — “big” and “blue,” and “red” and “run” “which” and “because,” and “number one.”
When she’s done, my husband and I will start again with her 4-year-old brother. Yes, preschool online education has commenced.
Children have more information than ever before, delivered in very entertaining ways. And our household does not subscribe to cable television service, making our job as “parental entertainers” even more challenging! Our home does enjoy 1 Gig fiber, high-speed Internet service. From Ryan ToysReview to Homer the reading app and other online reading programs, our broadband connection isn’t just delivering our video streaming at night — it’s a portal for our kids’ literacy.
Today, people come into the Kinetic by Windstream store to sign up for home Internet service for the very first time. Surprisingly, there are a few who have never used Internet outside of a library or school. Most have leaned on their smartphone browsers over the last decade. A report last year said that, after rising steadily throughout the 2000s, home broadband service connections leveled out: only two in three Americans subscribe today.
Some of the new subscribers at my store are young parents like me who’ve leveraged their smartphone 4G for Internet access when they were single or in an apartment but now must connect their homes if they want reading programs for kids. I assure them, broadband inside the Seely household is so central to our recreation and education (even our safety with smart doorbells and lighting!).
As a parent, I enjoy sharing ways for fellow parents to encourage digital learning. I talk about what online reading programs have meant to my kids and to our family as a whole. I also share the best learn-to-read programs for my family, as well as a few general education tools (and one fun kids’ YouTube channel!), like these:
Our high-speed Internet service at home connects everything from our handhelds to our big screens. It doesn’t replace school — and we never let an online reading program replace story time — but it supports education in a big way and is critical for my children to stay at the top of their class.
Whether you are in the market for a faster Internet connection or just need advice on what devices and network connection may help you with a task, feel free to stop in any Kinetic by Windstream store and ask.