In my opinion, technology is one of the best teaching instruments available today. Especially if you are trying to teach a child reading, language, math, or science, having tools to help you keep them intrigued and focused is always a plus.
If you have infants and toddlers then I am sure you can relate.
As a parent of toddlers, I am always looking for Apps that will help me accomplish this. The following Apps have been extremely beneficial in my quest to teach my little rascals their ABCs and numbers.
If you use or are aware of any other learning Apps that are great I encourage you to chime in and share your experience. Like the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. Every bit of information we can get, can help us learn and adapt to how our child learns.
Memory Letters and Shapes
Although it is a great way to occupy their time, I am not a fan of teaching geometry and spacial recognition through Angry Birds. A great game, don’t get me wrong. I would rather have them building learning habits rather than gaming habits. The following is one of the first effective apps that I found…
Monkey Preschool Lunchbox
I really like how this App helps my son build memory skills, count, assemble puzzles, learn and differentiate between shapes and colors while identifying different types of fruits or shapes.
In the beginning I used the the memory training section as an encouraging moment to guide my son through the level, as he initially had some difficulty learning the concept and passing. The same goes for the puzzle section.
I’m finding that my youngest son is going through the same stage of learning as my oldest son did with the memory and puzzles. The other sections are a little more intuitive.
For example, in the counting section you child will be provided with an opportunity to touch fruits. When touched, the monkey flips and counts off the number of fruits touched… 1, 2, 3! When completed, the monkey says “You did it!” And or “Great job!”
Although the shape section is not the most intuitive, once selected, the monkey counts the sides of the shapes and you child is taught the answer. I believe this repetition is what helped my son a learn each shape presented before the age of two.
Baby Flash Cards : 450+ flashcards
For some reason, my older son was a lot more interested in this app than my younger. The flash cards are either cartoon or actual pictures of common things we see everyday. There are also animal sounds and vehicle sounds for most of the cards.
There are even flash cards in different languages in the event that you would like to teach your child another language or even learning the language on your own. For the new parent and veteran parent, this is a really great teaching tool.
What Apps do or did you use to teach your children? Share them with us. We can all benefit from the ideas and suggestions of each other.