How Edtech Can Promote School Readiness
Being considered an expert on all things edtech is not something that I wanted to do. It just happened. I started to share my thoughts on the application of technology in education settings on my blog and social media, and people began to gravitate to them. There isn’t much about education and edtech that I haven’t thought or written about. Well, until now. Someone reached out to me recently with questions about how edtech could be used to promote the school readiness of preschool students. I did a review of the literature and pondered the information that I found. Then I sent them a reply email with my thoughts. I was so excited about what I discovered I decided to write a post about how edtech can promote school readiness.
Edtech can teach your child to tell time
How hard can it be to learn how to understand time? For some kids, it’s a difficult concept to grasp. After all, time itself is an abstract concept. It’s even harder to teach someone how to tell time, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Educational apps make teaching kids how to tell time a breeze. It can even be used with kids as young as 3. That way, when your child steps into preschool, they will already have this skill down pat. How’s that for school readiness?
Edtech can teach your child math
If you think it is too early to start teaching your preschooler the fundamentals of mathematics, you are wrong. According to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, “An engaging and encouraging climate for children’s early encounters with mathematics develops their confidence in their ability to understand and use mathematics.” Thankfully, parents do not need to be math teachers to introduce these early concepts to their children. With the range of educational math apps designed for children, all you need to do is download the apps and watch your children play and learn. Your child will be a math whiz before the first day of kindergarten.
Edtech can teach your child early literacy skills
Literacy is essential for success. Therefore, it is natural for parents to look for tools to teach children early literacy skills. Did you know that the amount of exposure to reading material in one’s home directly correlates to a child’s school readiness and future academic success? Therefore, it is imperative for parents to give their children access to books and other reading materials. With today’s educational technology, it is easier than ever. Several educational apps put thousands of books and short stories right in the hands of children, and they also work to teach the fundamentals of early childhood literacy. Who knows, your child may even be reading short sentences before kindergarten. Now that’s what we call precocious!
Edtech can make your child multi-lingual
Exposing children to language acquisition at an early age will have lifelong benefits. Studies show that “bilingual children outperform children who speak only one language in problem-solving skills and creative thinking.” Understanding the wealth of opportunities available to those who speak multiple languages should make you want to foster this learning in your own home. Instead of waiting until later in life to learn another language, your child can do it before they enter kindergarten. How’s that for school readiness?
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