Educational Resources for Kidding Around with ASG … A Review

Alegría starts primary school next year, and whilst it is an exciting time, it is also a time to think about the practicalities of what 13 years of schooling will look like. Eeek!

ASG

David from Big Kid Little Kid did a great post on ASG and how much schooling is projected to cost per child (you better sit down before you read it, spoiler alert – it’s A LOT!). Preparing financially for your child’s school years is one thing, but it’s not all that ASG have to offer. When they came to me and asked if I would take a look at what services they provide (disclaimer: they offered me a gift voucher for my time*) I was happy to do so!

I have put my head in the sand about the kind of money Big Kid Little Kid talks about and figure we will cross that bridge when we come to it – but I do like to know about resources that can help my kids get the most out of their schooling. Especially, as we are planning to be on the road quite a bit so I need to have educational activities available for long road-trips, hotel rooms, airplane journeys and cruise ships. This stuff I like to be prepared for!

Ronan

The MY ASG website provides parents with an expanding range of education, parenting and career content, tools and resources as well as member discounts and special offers to support their children’s education now and into the future.  MY ASG access is complementary for all ASG education fund members. Non-members can also access this information as well as special offers and discounts and become a MY ASG subscriber for $29.95 per annum, offering excellent value for money.

Let’s crunch those numbers for a second .. It costs $29.95 to join and you get 30% off “ABC Reading Eggs” (which is $80 per year and I know a lot of parents who use this program) so if you were going to buy Reading Eggs anyway that’s a saving of $24. Put that $24 towards MY ASG and you get everything else ASG has to offer for $6!! – Can’t complain about that!

Rhianna

So what is available on MY ASG?

50% off LearningGames® Developed by Professor Joseph Sparling. Comprising 200 individualised experience or educational games, spread over five books targeting the age groups of: birth – 12 months, 12 – 24 months,  24 – 36 months, 36 – 48 months, 48 – 60 months.

50% off ASG books A selection of fun educational books that encourage and help build children’s social and emotional skills.  ASG’s Little Learner Pack (We reviewed this earlier in the year – read about it HERE) A fun and educational gift for children under six years of age. Includes a Cat in the Hat DVD, five books based on Professor Michael Bernard’s five foundations for success and happiness, and discounted access to Parentingideas Club. Valued at over $180, it can be purchased for $49.95.

30 % off ABC Reading Eggs A multi-award winning online reading program for children aged three to seven, designed to boost children’s confidence while developing a lifelong love of reading. MY ASG subscribers receive a discount of 30 per cent on ABC Reading Eggs, which includes ABC Reading Eggspress.

30% off ABC Mathseeds Teaches children aged three to six core maths and problem solving skills in fun, interactive and rewarding lessons.

45 minutes free with YourTutor Connects students to tutors for online, on-demand study help. YourTutor helps hundreds of Australian students to achieve better results every day. MY ASG subscribers receive 45 minutes free online tutoring when they trial the service.

20% off Maggie Dent Maggie Dent is an author, educator, and parenting and resilience specialist with a particular interest in the early years and adolescence. MY ASG subscribers receive a 20% discount from a variety of books and dvds.

$50 discount off Parentingideas Club An online parenting centre created by Michael Grose.

7.5% off MediGUARD Health Cover MY ASG subscribers enjoy a discount of 7.5 per cent on health cover contributions when you hold a policy with MediGUARD Health Cover, provided by Australian Unity.

More discounts are being added to MY ASG all the time, so this list is only going to get longer!

Caleb

Wow, that’s a lot for $29.95. If you wanted to speak with an ASG representative about ASG’s education funds and resources, and the benefits of being an ASG member, call 131 ASG (131 274) or if you’d like to set up a face to face meeting, fill in your details here.

As a special bonus for our Kidding Around Australia readers, quote this voucher code: FREE-ENROLMENT to receive $0 enrolment fee when joining one of ASG’s education funds before 29 February 2016.

*We were sent a gift voucher from ASG as compensation for our time reviewing their website. Our opinions are our own and honest.

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Kidding Around.. The Melbourne Museum

IMG_7974Our visits to the Melbourne Museum all follow a well worn path! We get our tickets, take a quick look at the display directly behind the counter and head straight out to the Forest Gallery. We look for fish and turtles, go under the waterfall and then make our way past the frogs to the bushfire memorial.

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We then go down the ramp, back indoors, past the whale skeleton and into the “Dinosaur Museum” or the Dinosaur Walk, located in the Science and Life Gallery.

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The Dinosaur Walk exhibition at Melbourne Museum brings dinosaurs and other ancient animals to life. This is where the kids can look at a range of amazing skeletons – combine them with ideas from science or let their imagination run wild!

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Do you feel small, Isaac?
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For a little girl with a big thirst for knowledge, the Melbourne Museum is HEAVEN!

From here, we continue on to the animals, in the Evolution Gallery, which is a taxidermist’s dream! They have very cool interactive screens which you can point at an animal to find out what it is and all about it. There are also giant information touch screens that give information. Did you know that the Tasmanian Tiger was actually a relative of the wombat? You can see it if you look closely at the one on display. They have the same nose!

Point, click and get information on hundred's of animals!
Point, click and get information on hundred’s of animals!
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Giant touch screens are at the perfect height for small fingers!

Alegría Says

I love the butterflies. I love all the pretty colours and learning how they grow. I also love the dinosaur bones, they are huge!

We then have a look at all of the bugs and butterflies and have a quick look at the semi-precious gems.

Poor Isaac, he needed a lift to see the ants!
Poor Isaac, he needed a lift to see the ants!
Why should the kids have all the fun?
Why should the kids have all the fun?

That usually takes us about an hour and then we go to the Children’s Gallery and Children’s Garden. This room is specifically designed for children aged 3 – 10, however both Alegría and Isaac have enjoyed it from a much younger age.

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Sometimes, you just want to re-enact a scene from “Finding Nemo”!!
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Looking at Larvae!

There are both indoor and outdoor activities covering a range of topics. Whether your children like puppets, building blocks, puzzles, animals, animals and more animals, lego, old-school games like hopscotch, quoits, jump rope, stilts, or running off all their energy they will find something to keep them occupied for at least an hour!

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Maybe this will help me reach the dinosaurs!

Georgina Says

There is a café onsite, however, you could pack a few sandwiches and go out to the playground for a picnic. We learned first hand you can’t eat in the Galleries – oops! Really should take notice of the signs! The playground is at the opposite end of the Museum to the Children’s Gallery – up near the café.

We love the Melbourne Museum. It is a fantastic place to spend a few hours (or longer if you don’t have to take naps into consideration), it’s perfect for all weather conditions and for those on a budget!

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The Melbourne Museum have plenty of Children’s programs running, more information can be found here. You can plan your own path using the Melbourne Museum map (PDF, 81 Kb) which shows the location of the main exhibition galleries and facilities.

MORE INFORMATION

Location: Nicholson Street, Carlton Gardens, Victoria, Australia

Days and Times: Open daily, 10am – 5pm (Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day)

Phone: 13 11 02

Cost: Adult $12, concessions & children free

Website: http://museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/

Please note all details quoted are correct at the time of publishing. All details are subject to change without notice and Kidding Around Australia takes no responsibility for information contained in this post. Please check the appropriate website to ensure that information is still correct and current.

ALL PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES ON THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA WEBSITE ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA AUTHORS. ALL IMAGES ARE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT AND CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA.