Is preschool too early for introducing educational technology? With a lot of hype around the amount of screen time children get every day, it can be difficult for parents and teachers to know how much is too much when it comes to technology. While moderation is a key part of every type of behavior, technology has become an extremely helpful tool for teachers teaching pre –K through 12th grade, and beyond!
If you have a toddler or preschooler living at home you know how fleeting attention spans are at this stage of life. Preschool and Kindergarten teachers face the predicament of keeping new information interesting and engaging for little minds and antsy hands and feet! The use of technology in a preschool classroom adds an interactive, hands-on dynamic that helps keep students engaged in the learning process.
Smartboard™ technology is one popular tool used in many elite learning academies to enhance preschoolers’ understanding of shapes, colors, numbers and more! When educational technology is used alongside more traditional teaching through large and small group teaching it provides a new layer of comprehension and opportunity for children to interact with new information.
There is also significant motivation for young children to learn how to use the technology around them. Children see parents and others on smartphones, laptops and tablets throughout the day and want to be able to “keep up” with this phenomenon. As your preschooler becomes more comfortable with technology it helps boost self-esteem and confidence!
As your child grows up and graduates through elementary, middle, and high school education, having a good grasp on educational technology is just one less hurdle they will have to adjust to. Additionally, as students mature, many teachers use educational technology as a way to help students learn at their own pace. Allowing students to complete activities independently on a computer or tablet gives teachers the chance to help those who need more assistance without making anyone feel like they’re holding up the classroom.
While it may seem hard to believe that a toddler or preschooler can effectively navigate the use of a tablet or smartphone – we’ve all seen it in person! Using educational tools is just one way technology can have a positive impact on your child’s learning experience. Again, with every tool or resource, moderation is key! The best preschool curriculums incorporate learning technology alongside of small group and large group learning stations.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies, we understand that the first 5 years of a child’s life are the most formative and require intentional, holistic nurturing and guidance as they learn about the world around them. That’s why our exclusive STEAM AHEAD curriculum prepares your child with basic fundamental comprehension in each of the STEM pillars of early education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) while also including art into your child’s day. Students love learning in our secure, state-of-the-art facilities and taking advantage of all of the unique benefits you can only find at Kids ‘R’ Kids. Many of our locations include SmartBoard™ technology in their classroom curriculum as well! Find a location nearest you and contact us for more information!