Jul 19, 2021

EDOOVO: Interactive Real-time Online Learning Platform for Kids 3 to 8 yrs old + FREE TRIAL!

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Without a doubt, online learning has accelerated tremendously in the past 1.5 years, and a huge part of that has been due to COVID-19. Because like it or not, being physically present in a classroom isn’t the only learning option anymore - not with the advancement of new technologies and online learning tools.


My kids' first experience of attending a virtual class was way back in 2016... a good 5 years ago. Back then, my 2 boys were still in primary school while Ale was in K2 and I have seen first-hand how virtual learning has captured their attention back then. Fast forward to the present and I think it is safe to say you can easily have access to a quality education whenever and wherever you want, as long as you have access to a computer. And there is no better time to start the kids when they are young.




That is where EDOOVO, an online learning platform for pre-schoolers aged 3 to 7 years old, comes in. Created for a child’s best learning in mind, EDOOVO’s online classroom and coursewares are designed by experienced, qualified and recognised curriculum specialists and educators. EDOOVO strives to deliver a holistic real-time learning experience for every child’s formative years, through an interactive and engaging online learning platform.



What sets EDOOVO apart from other online enrichment platforms for pre-schoolers is its developmentally-appropriate curriculum, dedicated teachers, and  interactive learning platform which are designed to bring out the best in every child and prepare them to be academically ready. Most importantly, EDOOVO wants to create an optimal environment for learning which appeals to kids and engages them so as not to put them off in learning new things.


As a parent for 16 years, that last point is certainly the most paramount one. One can possess the best learning materials or tools but those are rendered useless if the child does not want to be engaged or learn.


So there is nothing left to do but to let the kids test out EDOOVO.


But wait, my kids are obviously too big for EDOOVO 😅 so I roped in my nephew and niece to give the online learning platform a try!




And after 2 lessons with EDOOVO, I think I can understand why they enjoyed the lessons so much.


So what sets EDOOVO apart from the other learning platforms?


Holistically & Engaging Curriculum


EDOOVO offers classes for 3 subjects (English, Maths and Chinese) and the unique holistic curriculum incorporates 5 learning domains: Self, Social, Nature, Science and the Arts to effectively develop the whole child.



EDOOVO's developmentally-appropriate and progressive curriculum model allows for every child to progress and learn effectively based on their interests and learning levels.



Covering a total of 8 learning levels per subject, every EDOOVO subject level is divided into various units. Each unit further features topics that elevate a child’s knowledge through real-world applications. Engaging in-lesson activities and games makes learning fun and interactive, while allowing kids to grasp greater, new insights beyond their daily school curriculum.



My nephew had the Chinese class while my niece went for the Math class over one weekend. The good thing about the lessons is the duration is kept intentionally short - 25 minutes for N1 and N2 kids while it is 50 minutes for K1 and K2 kids. This way, their attention is kept to an optimized learning level.



For the Chinese lesson for 6-year-olds (K2), kids are taught to understand and extend story plot for essay writing, learn and use basic Hanyu Pinyin, and learn Chinese idioms. They are also given preparatory Chinese worksheets to attempt.



As for my niece's Math class, she was taught basic Math concepts in addition to learning how to count and write numbers from 1 to 20. Future lessons will include learning how to group based on differences/similarities as well as simple addition and subtraction using number bonds.



And to keep the lessons lively and fun, there is always real-time engagement between teachers and children which allows for interactive lessons and two-way communication. My sister told me that my nephew was ALWAYS raising his hand and volunteering to answer the questions during the class... something that he doesn't really do enough during physical lessons!



And if you are wondering if the lessons from EDOOVO are fun, unique and engaging, I think this photo will answer your question.




While my nephew was attending his Chinese lesson, both his other siblings (the older one being in P2) couldn't help but join in as well. 😂


Ditto when my niece was attending her Math class the next day!




Interactive & Fun Learning Platform


Oh, in case you are wondering, EDOOVO lessons are NOT conducted via Zoom sessions. In fact, they are held through their own interactive online classroom platform so everything is secure and private. All the child needs is a stable internet connection and a web browser on either a laptop or desktop. No downloading of any apps or additional software required.



And judging from the reactions of my nephew and niece, you will already know that the lessons consist of REAL-TIME teaching and NOT boring pre-recorded lessons. What this means is interaction between teacher and kids is immediate and spontaneous... which also explains why they are so eager to raise their hands to answer questions!



And because learning is done through an immersive experience, the lessons captivate the kids and ensure their maximum attention. And what better way to do that than with story-telling, which is used at the beginning of classes to better illustrate concepts so that kids are kept curious and interested in learning.



In addition, teachers employ kid-friendly user tools such as on-screen markers to let children answer questions in the online classroom so as to better facilitate learning.



Which kid doesn't love rewards??? To keep kids excited and eager to learn, animated stickers in the form of trophies and lollipops and star reward stickers can be collected during the course of the lessons. 



Ok, now I know why my niece was so eager to answer questions because that sheer look of excitement on her face after being awarded a reward sticker was priceless. 😁



Easy-to-use & Comprehensive Parent Dashboard

EDOOVO is not just a classroom, it is a holistic learning platform.


Because the virtual lessons are only part of what the entire EDOOVO platform offers. Parents can make the best out of their child’s learning anytime, anywhere with its online learning platform.



Not only can parents access EDOOVO's simple-to-use dashboard to view their child’s learning progress, they can also log onto the platform to let kids attempt more enrichment and even print out special assignments post-lessons.



These assignments are designed to complement what was taught in class, and also features fun activities which parents can play offline with their children! Simply print the assignments which are made available after the lesson, and reinforce the learnings even more.


In addition, video replay for lessons available within 24 hours once a specific lesson is completed - great for parents to see how their child is doing in class, and understand what is taught during class.


Small-Class by Quality Teachers


Of course, all of EDOOVO's engaging lessons will count for nothing if its teachers are not engaging.



All EDOOVO teachers are academically qualified and possess the right ounce of experience. Through its stringent recruitment process, every teacher is trained and assessed through a mock-lesson prior to starting their own lesson. So yes, your child will be in good hands.


Even better, each class is deliberately kept SMALL so that every child can get a better learning experience with greater attention. And this is especially so for pre-schoolers who crave for personalised attention. Fellow parents, you all know what I mean right? 😁



And remember what I said about EDOOVO's platform earlier? You can schedule your child’s lessons at a regular time with a dedicated teacher with just a convenient click of the mouse, because we all know how familiarity matters greatly to a child.


Flexibility


EDOOVO operates on a credit system where you purchase credits and use them to book for upcoming lessons. What this means is you DON'T have to enrol your child in a specific subject for a year!

Credits can be used across different courses of English, Chinese and Maths, and even up to 4 children within your family! “Little Whiz - Junior'' requires 1 credit for each lesson while “Little Whiz - Senior'' requires 2 credits for each lesson. 

What’s even better? Credits purchased can be used for up to FOUR different children in the same family under 1 credit wallet account!


Each year is divided into 4 terms, in which you can choose to enrol your child into a specific term and time slot. Every term will have a dedicated teacher.

To offer greater flexibility and convenience, parents are allowed to change their child’s time slot or class for any upcoming new term(s) by simply serving a minimum 2 weeks advance notice prior to the end of the current term! How's that for flexibility?

And when the credits have been used up, you can simply just perform a top-up to your Family Credit Wallet via the EDOOVO dashboard. Easy peasy!


Purchased credits will have a 1-year validity period from the date of payment.


Of course, 2 classes are not adequate enough for me (or my sister) to gauge my nephew's and niece's progress but in terms of eagerness to learn, the sessions with EDOOVO clearly did the job. Especially with the online dimension of the teaching providing a new, innovative, efficient and refreshing way of learning with interactive digital tools for the kids.




For us parents though, the best part of EDOOVO's classes is probably the convenient aspect of it - no more rushing all over the island for classes and having to contend with traffic and parking! 😁


EDOOVO Cost

If you ask me, the best time to sign up is now because EDOOVO is giving away FREE ADDITIONAL CREDITS for each sign-up!



EDOOVO is currently offering a one-time Stay Home Special Offer (free additional credits) for all new EDOOVO parents!

To be eligible for this offer, simply like and follow EDOOVO's Facebook page and register within 7 days of your trial class. What’s more - you will be given 4 extra credits for every successful referral which has enrolled into EDOOVO! That's good for FOUR Little Junior Whiz classes! 😉

*FREE TRIAL CLASS JUST FOR CHEEKIEMONKIES READERS!*
EDOOVO is giving away ONE free trial class to all kids of Cheekiemonkies readers!!! 😄

To sign up for your FREE 1 TIME trial class, simply email enquiry@edoovo.com or drop a WhatsApp message to 96429606 with these details:

- Your name
- Your child's name and age
- PROMO CODE: cheekiemonkies


For more information, visit www.edoovo.com



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Jul 15, 2021

Savings Hack: Investing (in Gold) becomes a Habit with Hugo

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To save money... or not to save money...


It goes without saying that everyone wants to save and for some, invest too if the budget allows. But the brutal reality is saving money can be difficult for a lot of people, myself included. Why? That's because it is very easy to spend money without noticing how much you’re spending, and once it is gone, you can't get it back. 😌  I feel that good financial wellbeing, both personal and for the family, is one of the most important aspects of being a good father and husband.


To be fair, I have actually tried to save by actively putting some money aside each month but let's just say it's tough to be disciplined. I am always trying to find ways to maintain financial discipline so that when it comes to money, I can be a role model for my family, among other areas. So if that sounds all too familiar to you, how about trying a money savings hack?


Every time you spend, make saving money a HABIT and in the process, you will end up investing in gold too!


HOW???


Through Hugo, your Wealthcare® Buddy!




Hugo is essentially a digital account that helps you to spend, save and invest, starting with gold.


Note the above words in bold, because that is what Hugo is all about - to help me champion my and my family’s Wealthcare® so that saving AND investing become part of our daily routine and over the long term, it improves our financial wellbeing by building healthy financial habits. Because by spending smarter, saving for our goals and growing our wealth, everything that has to do with our finances becomes a HABIT.


How does Hugo work? Simply put, it is an account which functions just like your basic bank account where you can transfer money in and out, and comes with a Platinum Visa Debit Card which you can use for both physical and online purchases.



And it is super easy to get started too - all you have to do is to download the Hugo app from the App Store or Google Play Store, sign up with your personal details, and wait for your Hugo Card to be sent to you.  I took just a couple of minutes to create my Hugo Account, and I only needed to send a photo of my NRIC and a selfie. I was in the app within the day and immediately ordered my Hugo Card. I found that the fuss-free signup was a nice experience!



Instead of the usual credit/debit card packs that are sent out by other banks, I was pleasantly surprised with Hugo's Welcome Pack. Well, the Hugo Card being a sleek and fun design is a definite plus but what caught my eye was the silicone card sleeve that came with the card. The sleeve has an adhesive at its back, and I can stick it onto the back of my mobile phone casing - which means Hugo is truly my Wealthcare® Buddy as the card reminds me of my savings and investment goals every time I spend.


Oh, and did I mention there are NO charges involved? The account, card and usage are all free to use. No initial charges or even monthly subscription fees! (This excludes gold trades as each transaction will carry a 0.5% admin fee)


So what's so special about Hugo?


HUGO ACCOUNT


For starters, being a "Digital First" card, your Hugo Account comes with innovative security functions. So yes, your money is secure and it is the same with the Hugo Card too. Notice that my Hugo Card is a numberless one?

 


It is deliberate so as to reduce fraud risk and ensure safety of one's transactions. If I should require the card details and PIN, I can securely access them within the Hugo app itself. And even if the physical card is stolen or lost, I can easily change my PIN, lock the card and request for a replacement card - all from the Hugo app.




Speaking of the Hugo app, can I just say I love how user-friendly and 'clean' everything looks on the app?




All the important information like my transaction history is clearly shown and easily accessed so I can track my purchases and have a better idea how I have been spending.


MONEY POTS


Setting out wealth goals is easy but the hard part is actually setting aside money in a disciplined manner every single month. So that is where Hugo's Money Pots come in.


Within the app, I can create financial goals and actively save for future spends I plan to make... erm, like saving up for a Playstation 5 console at the end of this year. Because that's what the kids want. 😁




And creating a Money Pot is super straightforward - all I have to do is to input the desired sum and end date, and the app will automatically calculate the monthly savings amount. 



I like how Money Pots help me plan if the savings goal amount and timeframe is realistic and comfortable. Initially, I had set the savings goal of $900 to end of September but that would mean I will have to set aside $300 per month... which is a little unrealistic for me as the timeframe is too short. So the option of playing around with the savings schedule on the Hugo App, while keeping in mind my current financial obligations, is definitely a plus.


And to kickstart my savings goal, all that remains is to set the debit date.




I think saving for a common goal as a family is extremely important, and I involve my kids in the planning using these Money Pots. On one hand, I get to teach my kids the virtue of saving as well as delayed gratification. On the other hand, it also lets them know that money doesn't come easily and saving up for something actually takes a lot of discipline.




I remember back in 2019, when overseas travel was still in fashion, we set aside a piggy bank in the home to save up for a year-end trip to Europe. This piggy bank was placed near our door and we had to empty our loose change from our pockets every time we returned home. So this was our Europe fund  and we continued doing so for the next 10 months.


Eventually, the total amount saved was close to $1,000 which wasn't even enough to fly our family there. 😅 We used that amount to spend it on food and experiences in Europe in the end but the experience of saving was priceless.



But there was one problem - we had NO idea how much we had saved every month unless we emptied the piggy bank and counted the coins... so the kids couldn't keep track of the amount saved every month.


Now with Hugo's Money Pots, I foresee it being so much more convenient in kick-starting a savings goal. In fact, I have even created 3 separate Money Pots for the monkies.



I have told them that I will add money into their respective pots when they earn it... like helping with the housework! See, a housework hack right there too. You're welcome.


So as an incentive, I have topped up $5 each in their respective Money Pots. But to grow their own Money Pot, I have told them that is entirely up to them. Stay tuned for my updates in my next blog post!  😁


ROUNDUPS


Now this is my FAVE feature of Hugo!


Because almost all of us have experienced difficulty in setting aside money for savings, Hugo helps us by rounding UP our spending to the nearest dollar!



Every time you spend on your Hugo debit card, Hugo rounds up your purchase to the nearest dollar and puts the excess into savings.

For example, a $14.49 purchase will result in having $15 (rounded up to the nearest dollar) debited from your Hugo account with the excess $0.51 going into your accumulated Roundups. These roundups serve an important purpose which I will share in just a bit... but *SPOILER ALERT* it is converted to something yellow and very valuable.



When the wifey first learned of this feature, she remarked that she would prefer the roundups to be rounded up to the nearest ten dollars instead! 🤣 I asked why, and she explained that this form of enforced savings is very useful especially for someone like her, who doesn't set aside a fixed amount of savings monthly. And I have to agree with her - because even though rounding up to the nearest dollar may only involve cents with every purchase, a few cents here and another few cents there will eventually add up.


And the best part? You are practically saving without the uncomfortable feeling of tightening your belt!


GOLD VAULT


Did I say that the Roundups feature is my fave feature? Sorry, I lied.


Converting my Roundups into GOLD is my fave fave fave feature of Hugo!


We all know how Gold is often lauded as a stable investment, no? Besides offering protection against inflation risks, it generally has positive performance and most importantly, it is a relatively liquid asset.


But even though gold is pretty liquidable, you have to go to a bank, a bullion shop, open a trading account on some platform or go to a broker in order to buy and/or sell gold. In addition, most gold trading comes with minimum amounts per trade.


All the above does NOT apply to Hugo's Gold Vault. Because it cuts out the middleman and allows you to BUY and SELL gold easily. Therein lies the beauty of it all - everyone can now trade gold easily as Hugo has made it very flexible and accessible to all. Best of all, you can trade in fractional amounts too, absolutely no minimum trade required.


How Gold Vault works is each week on Wednesday, your accumulated Roundups are invested into your Gold Vault automatically.




I have been using Hugo for about two weeks now for almost everything, from meals with the family to even fried chicken! 😁😁😁



Yep, investing in gold had me craving for golden crispy fried chicken. 🤣



So while my Gold asset isn't substantial yet, I am happy to see my investment in Gold grow and long may that continue.



In case you are wondering, for each of your transacted gold purchase, you get physical gold allocated to you against your investment which is stored in an accredited LBMA (London Bullion Market Association) vault. So, you can sleep easy at night knowing your gold is safe and secure as it is insured by Lloyds of London. 😊


In addition to your Roundups being swept into the Gold Vault weekly, I can also monitor live gold prices and buy or sell gold for any amount. Each trade takes only seconds, and all in the palm of my hand. Personally, I love how trading in gold has been made so much simpler through Hugo!




As I mentioned earlier, I have been on Hugo for slightly over two weeks and I am still actively using the Hugo Card for my daily purchases. Somehow, I get a kick out of getting a huge roundup for my purchase... like this one.




A $0.98 roundup!!! Cheap thrill, I know. But like I have shared, all these little roundups do add up and in the long term, these get converted to gold which form part of my investment assets.


I found that how Roundups is used to buy gold is a great tool for teaching my kids that it’s never too early and no amount is too small to save. Every little bit counts when it comes to managing money. Every time Hugo notifies me that my Roundups have been swept into the Gold Vault, I get reminded of this money growth hack too.


So for someone who is not that disciplined enough to set aside savings each month or even if you are disciplined but want to manage your money better for the sake of your family, the collective usage Roundups, Gold Vault and Money Pots through Hugo will incentivise and train your brain into saving and investing on a regular basis.


And it will become a habit for you eventually.



If that isn't brilliant, I don't know what is. 


Don't just take my word for it though. Try it for yourself FOR FREE!


Head over HERE to sign up and get a $20 Goldback® referral signup bonus when you sign up for Hugo's referral scheme and spend $100 on your Hugo Card within 45 days of signing up!


On top of that, you can earn $10 Goldback® for every new referral that signs up via your unique share link and spends $100 on their Hugo card within 45 days of signing up too. And they get the referral signup bonus too!


*Goldback® awards get deposited into your Gold Vault 60 days after signing up.

Visit HERE for more details.



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