When a child enters their learning age, they learn through various mediums. They learn at home, they learn at school, they even pick up things at a park. Kids are like sponges; they are open to learning and pick up on everything going around them.
Since our world is becoming increasingly digital, there is no sense in not using this medium to aid child learning as well. The role of digital media in the early learning of a child cannot be neglected. Increasingly, children are becoming hooked to digital media because the songs, cartoons, games, and videos in digital media are so entertaining and engaging. Children simply love them. Although parents worry about screen time and its harmful effects on kids, you can utilize digital media to your advantage if you act smart.
Why Digital Media?
A study reveals that little children spend almost two hours a day using digital media apps for entertainment. Parents are supporting it too. The cherry on the top, the duration of screen time, has increased after the sudden onset of Covid-19. Not only limited to cartoons and video games, other quality learning apps, including science, general knowledge, math, and literacy, are the most common these days.
Digital media is considered one of the best platforms to support the learning of little children. It supports remote learning. How? The possibility of screen sharing while being in a conference and the two-player app provides learning with much fun. Different studies have revealed different methods for adults to apply to enhance the learning process of the children.
This article consists of some of the best ways that not only parents but also teachers can use to promote learning in primary school children. Let us explore one by one:
Choose High-Quality Digital Media
There are many options of digital media in the market, but not all of them are worth trying because of limited apps and poor quality. Always opt for the digital media tool that promotes the learning of your little child and makes studies more exciting for him. Parents can take help from the American Library Association, which has a detailed list of Notable Children's Digital Media to discover resources that focus on children's learning and skill development.
Participate With Them While Using Digital Media
The parent's guidance is important for children. Parents should not let children use digital media alone; they should be involved in the activity. When parents are involved, they are able to guide their children, and the interaction can enhance learning.
While participating with your children, introduce them to new vocabulary or concepts, open-ended questions, paraphrasing, and rephrasing to build his concepts. Droplet, Doodle Critter Math Shape, and Endless Alphabet are some good apps for early learning. From shapes to alphabets and from vocabulary to numbering, these apps teach your kids in an interactive way.
Seek Literacy Opportunities in Daily Activities
Learning is not limited to textbooks only; the opportunities to teach children are present everywhere. As a parent, you can facilitate your preschooler's learning in many ways; you can point out new words as you travel to the park, you can point out shapes and colors as you take a walk down the block, and you can even use digital media to learn new words.
Audiobooks, interactive stories, and immersive reading are some examples of digital activities that can teach your kids while having fun.
Practice Involved Parenting
The first learning place of a child is their home. A child receives their early learning from their parents. Therefore, parents must remain involved in their child's learning, especially in the formative years. How can a parent do that? Here are a few ways how:
- You can do learning activities with your children,
- Use digital learning tools like Baby Sparks, babies on the homefront, and Aimee's Babies Word Gap App,
- Use apps like Map Adventures that allow two participants to navigate maps and visit the landmarks together so the parent can have a guiding role while using the map navigation app.
- Help your kids use apps like the early science Plants Journal app, which allows children to use the camera on a smartphone or a tablet to observe and document plant growth. Encourage the Use of Digital Media in the Child's Native Language
Initially, the English language dominated the world of technology. It meant that the new generation of kids grew distant from their native language. However, now digital tools are available in almost every language.
Research even shows that the use of digital technology in the learning of a child makes him more connected to his native language as well. Some digital resources like Peep and the Big Wide World, include videos, games, and supports for students and educators in the native language. Furthermore, if your kid listens to songs and stores and plays games in their native language, they are more likely to speak it fluently.
Builds a Child Interest
Children today learn better when the apps of digital media are related to their interests. It builds their ability to do an online search for digital media that focus on something they want to look for. For instance, if a child wants to read about dinosaurs, they can find photos, drawings, videos, and stories about this subject from Google, YouTube, or your local library's online listings. Similarly, you can help build a child's interest in religious or social activities through digital media, as well.
For example, if you want to teach your child how to pray, you can show them videos on YouTube, read them a story about praying online and download a prayer time app for them. It not only holds their interest, but it also helps develop the desired habit.
Teachers and parents are often anxious about the learning of little children through the use of digital media. With the use of the right kind of digital media apps, the early learning of children can be taken to the next level. I believe the tips I have discussed above can help teachers and parents make sure that the little children are using the right apps to help them in early learning.
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