It’s evident that technology isn’t slowing down and parents are not opposed to enhancing their child’s intelligence with technology. Playing DVD’s in the car is nothing new these days, neither are educational apps. Educational applications are all the rage on smart phones and tablets for children to learn and grow, while playing games.
Parents, make sure the educational apps are age appropriate! All it takes is simple research, reading other’s reviews on the application. Children as young as toddler aged to preschoolers are playing educational apps to learn ABC’s, colors, shapes, numbers, even beginners level Spanish.
Benefits of using apps for education:
• Social interaction allows parents and children to complete the given task together and enhances engagement between child and parent. By repeating the educational, the skill, such as animals or colors is likely to stick.
• Entertainment is a benefit, making so it isn’t purely educational. Apps can improve vocabularies, for example without a child recognizing they are even learning a thing from the entertaining app.
• Enhancing technological intelligence at a young age
• Developing hand eye coordination younger
• Teach and sustain classroom lessons outside of the classroom and during the summer break
Tablets are continuously being implemented in the classroom for a reason. Besides allowing schools to go paperless, without overusing paper and such materials, tablets are letting teachers take attendance, students to turn in assignments, take notes, improve presentations, increase graphic data knowledge, improve writing skills, and the list goes on.
Obviously, too much of a good thing, is too much. I wouldn’t advise letting a toddler or preschooler sit with an iPad in their hands all day. That could have adverse effects. Research still suggests that playing with toys and being involved in hands-on activities stimulate a child’s creativity.
Between a moderation of playing outside, building blocks, and learning with educational apps, a child can begin to develop motor and cognitive skills at a younger age and faster pace.
Parents reading with their children are always encouraged; it’s just that in today’s technological innovation doesn’t have to get in the way of that. You can still sit down with your child and learn animals, types of transportation (boats, trains, bus), or simply read a nursery rhyme. It doesn’t matter to a toddler or preschooler. They just want to be close to their parents.