Dania Santana If you are like me, maybe you still have mixed feelings about how much we should allow the use of technology in our children, especially if they are as young as preschool-aged. Despite the doubt, the reality is that my little girl, with just two years, manipulates the iPhone like an expert and I have to hide it from her to limit the amount of time she uses it. For those of you who have children between 2 and 5, is getting more and more difficult to avoid they have that relationship with technology. The best policy is to make sure the content of what they consume is appropriate and beneficial. Using technology can be a great ally in our children’s education and that’s a subject that we all should learn more about.
Education and entertainment for preschoolers Recently, Babble.Com selected the best 50 apps for iPhone and iPad and within that list were featured applications for children with an educational goal. We want it to bring you the best 3 selected available for preschool-age children.
The third is a sequel of an existing application and its called Stack the Countries, in which children can learn about geography and add countries in some sort of puzzle, combining learning with active participation.
We live in a stage and age completely technological and instead of turning our backs to that reality, we should make decisions with the needed information at hand so we always know what our little ones are doing. If you want to review the complete list of applications, you can visit www.babble.com. Dania es periodista, escritora y bloguera. Editora del blog bilingüe LaFamiliaCool.com y de la Revista Plaza Familia. Vive en Nueva York con su esposo y dos hijos. También la encuentras en Twitter: @lafamiliacool & @DaniaSantana1. Dania is a journalist, writer and blogger. Editor of the bilingual blog LaFamiliaCool.com and Plaza Familia Magazine. She lives in New York with her husband and two children. You also find her in Twitter: @lafamiliacool & @DaniaSantana1.
The number one is called Jellytoons Toddler and has six games designed to teach skills that go from motor development to learning how to count and to recognize geometrical shapes. This application has voice instructions and an icon-guide that help the child navigate the game.
The second spot was for Speech with Milo, created by a speech professional and helps children to recognize sequences and to be able to organize them as stories. It combines familiar sequence exercises with fun and bright animations so the little ones can get their imagination in order.
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