Posts Tagged ‘under 5’

Introducing Toddlers to Computers

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Computers have become such a part of modern life that it has become important to introduce them to children at an early age so that they are familiar with technology and better able to utilize it during their schooling years and beyond. Young children and toddlers can safely learn how to use computers and technology with the close guidance of their parents, at the appropriate age.

Teaching your child how to use computers is also a great time to bond with them while helping them learn important skills that will benefit them their entire life. Be sure that you interact with them and monitor them the entire time that they are using the computer, just as if you were reading them a book.

(Here at Gecko Parents we have a few tools for helping the process of introducing computers)

Around nine months of age is the earliest time to teach your toddler

Some parents prefer to wait until their toddlers are older before they introduce them to computers, but there’s no real good reason to wait if they show curiosity around computers. Toddlers can safely interact with technology when supervised. Most child development experts recommend teaching toddlers how to use computers starting at nine months at the earliest. At this age, children have developed the motor skills to be able to use computers including the ability to sit up on their own. Some choose to wait until their toddlers are 1.5 to 2 years old. There’s really no perfect answer as to what age is the best time to introduce them to computers, but nine months is the earliest time to consider it.

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Limit the screen time

Most child development experts agree that the amount exposure to technology and computers should be limited, especially at a very young age. The best way to do this is to limit the amount of screen time for your toddler. The time should be limited to about 20-30 minutes and most of your child’s free time should be spent on other activities. Limiting the computing sessions to 30 minutes is better when they are 9 months to 2 years old, and once they reach the age of 3 to 4 the time can be increased to up to one hour per day if the child wants more time on the computer.

Use games designed for toddlers

One of the best ways to introduce your toddler to computers is to use games designed for them. There are a wide number of interactive child development games on Sesame Street, Fisher Price, and other websites for toddlers. Be sure to avoid games designed for older children which can be fast moving and scary for toddlers. The games that you pick should be designed to teach your baby new skills, knowledge and creativity. Also be sure to use the appropriate filtering and parental control software on any technology that you use with your toddler, whether it is a tablet, phone or computer.

Start teaching your toddler when they show an interest

The best time to start teaching your toddler how to use computers is when they show an interest in them by grabbing at the keys on the keyboard or the mouse. Don’t try to force them to learn how to use technology but wait until they demonstrate some curiosity. If your toddler doesn’t show any interest in the computer, don’t worry about it. They will still have plenty of time to learn how to use computers in kindergarten, and a delay in computer interaction doesn’t mean that they won’t be highly proficient with them in the future at all.

Best Math Websites for Kids Under 5

Monday, September 16th, 2013

There are a number of high quality math learning websites for children under the age of 5 that can be a great supplement to other math teaching methods that you may be using for your children. These websites have simple math games that can build your child’s skills and teach them important math concepts. Math games are a valuable learning tool for Pre-K children and a fun way for them to accelerate their math learning prior to starting kindergarten.

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Using a multi-faceted approach to teaching math concepts is generally recommended for parents, and your math teaching can include home lessons, interactive toys that teach math concepts, and interactive tools like math websites and games. Here are some of the best math websites that are intended for children under the age of 5:

Sesame Street 

Sesame Street’s website (http://www.sesamestreet.com) is guaranteed to keep toddlers and children under the age of 5 interested in learning, as there are a number of entertaining, fun and interactive games for them. The dozens of games on Sesame Street’s game website teach important math fundamentals as well as language, science concepts, art, and more. Sesame Street’s game website is specifically designed for children under the age of 5, and the selection of games can be filtered by the age of your child. There are also interactive videos to teach social concepts, art games and interactive tools and more. If your child is a fan of Sesame Street he or she will love this website and its many useful teaching tools.

PBS.org 

PBS.org offers a large section of math games for children aged 4 and offers a great library of information for parents on how to teach various concepts to children starting at age 1. There is a list of milestone goals for children based on their age, and the PBS child development tracker goes up to age 9. There is an extensively detailed section on how to teach math concepts to your child during each year of their life. Other subjects like creative arts, language, literacy, physical health, science, and social and emotional growth are covered in detail by age level. It is a great resource for both parents and children for math and other learning topics.

IXL.com 

IXL.com has a Pre-K section with a wide variety of skill games for children under the age of 5. The games include counting, shapes, classification, size, comparison, money counting and other basic games to teach children fundamental math concepts. As your child gets older, IXL can still be used as the games on IXL go up to the 8th grade level.

Math Game Time 

Math Game Time (http://www.mathgametime.com) organizes its games by grade level and offers a section for Pre-K children including several games and worksheets as well as a number of math training videos. The site can be used by parents by clicking on the “Pre-K” section and selecting a game.

Cookie.com 

Cookie.com has some math games for children aged 3-5 including a learning numbers game, learn to count game, and an add numbers game. There are other games for children under the age of 5 including language games, science lesson games, and puzzle games for critical thinking development.

Learning Games for Kids 

Learning Games for Kids (http://www.learninggamesforkids.com) offers a number of math learning games for preschool children along with puzzle games. The math games including a matching numbers game, counting carnival game, and many others.

There are many other websites available to teach young children math concepts but these are some of the best. When using any of the above websites to teach children math concepts you can help them with using the website by navigating them to the proper page and setting the game up.

Using all the tools that you have available to teach your children math concepts is an often recommended approach, and these websites offer a great and valuable resource to help your children learn fundamental math concepts so that they can excel by the time they are ready for kindergarten level math.