There has been tons of controversy over the use of a smart phone by babies and toddlers over the years. But personally, I think that we are obligated as parents to change with the times and with the vast addition of technology showing up in the classrooms across the world, why not give your kids a head start with some cool, techy educational tools that TEACH them as they play.
I was browsing through the Top 25 Apps on my iPhone tonight, trying to find something I could quickly upload to entertain my 2 year old while we were waiting at a restaurant for our dinner. I saw Teach Me, an educational set of App’s geared toward the learning abilities of toddlers and kindergarteners. Both App’s allow the parent to set up profiles for up to four children, along with their picture, so the child can easily identify which game is their own. The added bonus? They were only 99 cents a piece!
My 4 year old son works solely on the Kindergarten Teach Me App, where he is learning addition and subtraction and well as sight words. I have not worked with him yet on these area’s so I was curious how he would approach such a learning tool. He loves it! When he reaches a pre-determined goal, he receives a coin. Add up the coins, and he can purchase a variety of objects to fill up different scenes (like an aquarium, a farm, a playground, etc.) He has a goal in mind, so he loves to complete the tasks in order to achieve it.
My 2 year old daughter uses the Toddler Teach Me App, where she learns about shapes, colors, letters, and numbers. She too has a pre-determined goal (that I set for her), and with each accomplishment, she too gets to choose a “sticker”, and place it on a scene as well. I do love how they make the goals and accomplishments simpler and easier for a younger child to understand on the Toddler version.
Both versions allow the parent to review the questions, disable any questions or topics that might be too hard for the child, or set it up to work on just one task (like a JUST addition or JUST spelling for example). The parent can look at each and every word or problem the child does, to see what areas may need more work and what areas they are excelling in. You can also set up a passcode, so the children cannot change any settings on their own.
For only 99 cents an app, you can’t go wrong with Teach Me Toddler, Kindergarten, and First Grade.
Teach Me App’s are available in the iTunes store for download on your iPhone or iPod Touch for only 99 cents a piece!