In the course of providing childcare in three Perth area locations, we field a lot of questions from parents. One that we get often is, “How do I know if my child is old enough to start using the computer?” Our answer: let them play on a computer or tablet as soon as possible.
When put in the position to do so, children often develop skills with amazing alacrity. We take the position that we don’t like to place limits on children other than for their own safety. Accordingly, we think that your child is the best person to determine when he or she is ready to start playing with the computer or a children’s tablet.
Our motto is “learning through play” and we fully believe that children learn the best by experience. When it comes to computers, children learn exceptionally fast. The earlier one is exposed to technology, the more facile they become in using it.
In particular, we think early computer use can help children develop language and math skills.
Literacy and Language Skills
One of the most important reasons we encourage children to play with other children while supervised by adults is that they develop language skills by interacting with adults and with each other. When technology such as a computer is thrown into the mix, it creates more opportunities for children to develop language skills.
Just like a picture book, a computer gives a child the opportunity to link words with pictures. Computers also have audio capabilities that can add yet another layer of learning to the linkage. When a child uses a mouse or a finger to link a word to a picture, it also adds a tactile layer of learning to the experience. This combines the use of audio, visual and tactile modes of learning, linked to new words.
Math and Science Skills
Computers give children direct experience in relating objects to numbers. They also provide opportunities for children to sort various objects by attribute, which is relevant to both science and math. Children also learn to relate “more than” and “less than” more readily with the use of a computer.
Call one of our three locations for more information.