Picture our dilemma – the children’s school says that they’d like each of the students to keep a holiday diary to help prevent learning loss or ‘summer slide’, over the course of the summer holidays. Easy?
Ella (7) chose a pretty notebook and set to doing it every day but was struggling majorly with her literacy which turned it from a fun task to a miserable half an hour. Noah (9)… no chance. It just wasn’t cutting it as a fun activity to do everyday.
Meanwhile, after working for some time on entries Ella wanted to be able to share it easily with her friends and our family who were constantly asking her what she was up to, and after faffing around with photos on phones and tiny text, we eventually gave up.
Trying to be good parents, we asked Noah how he would like to fix this and he suggested that it would be cool to have a special app on the iPad to be able to import photos and write about their holiday adventures. Something eye-catching and fun to use that would be easy to send to his buddies to stay in touch as the weeks went by.
“Essentially it’s about finding the magic that lies in their imagination every day and bringing it to life in a modern, keepsake kind of way…”
We were hooked. Not only could we help to tackle the important issue of the summer slide by focusing a child’s attention every day with writing prompts to boost their vocabulary and retention skills, but also ensure that they were having fun and easily staying in touch with family members at the same time.
Holidays are a time to be carefree and adventurous; they should be captured and shared, explored and giggled about. Everything you see has been deliberated and chatted about constantly for the past year along our favourite coastal path and around the dinner table.
Today, DiaryZapp has morphed from just being something to do over the school holidays to being a full creative diary that children can keep year after year.
It’s been a lot of fun and hard work to bring Noah’s idea to life, chief tester Ella approves of it so we’ve got the thumbs up there!
We’re excited to hear how our children get on with it. Please follow us and let us know. We hope you’re as excited about DiaryZapp as we are.