by Julia Gabriel from www.nugglemama.ca
I admit that I am no expert when it comes to early education, but with 5 kids, 2 who have been regularly exposed to apps, I have seen first hand how apps have helped my 2 youngest children get a head start for school. My son and youngest daughter have started reading earlier, are able to do math long before their peers and have an uncanny ability to transfer skills learned from educational apps into real situations. When used correctly and in conjunction with traditional mediums educational apps for kids can help provide educational paving stones for children of all abilities. Below are the 5 benefits I have found for app use for kids ages 3-8.
#5 Apps are interactive: Children enjoy learning more when they receive regular feedback as to their progress. With learning apps, like Planet Boing, there is a system of rewards that encourage children to complete each level and earn rewards. Think of it as the new version of a sticker chart.
#4 Apps help prepare kids for the future: Technology isn’t going anywhere. When children use age appropriate apps on devices such as the iPad they are learning to use the tools that will become more and more part of daily life in the future.
#3 Track Your Children’s Progress: Some apps offer a way to track your children’s progress as they use them. With progress reports you can actually see how each app is helping to improve skills like reading, math, phonics and more.
#2 Portability: I love that I can take our favourite learning apps, like i Learn with Poko: Fun Counting and Addition!, where ever we go and fit in a fun lesson anytime. Standing in line at the grocery store? Waiting for an appointment? Sit down and practice science, math or reading for 10 minutes. The classroom can go where you go and no heavy book bag to carry.
#1 Fun! Who says learning can’t be fun? Apps for kids are specifically designed to maximize engagement and keep little ones learning without even realizing they are. With the right apps you are support the learning and development of young minds in an entertaining way.