If you have a smart phone or a tablet in your house, chances are your child has expressed an interest in playing with it.
Apps can be very useful in helping your child develop numeracy and literacy skills. Here are our tips for downloading educational apps:
- Decide what educational activity you would like your child to learn from an app. There are thousands of apps available. You can choose from many topics, such as phonics, number facts and problem solving.
- Read the app reviews, particularly those written by other parents. These reviews will be a good indication of how effective others have found it.
- Look at the app’s description to see whether it will engage your child.
- If the app costs money to download, search for a ‘lite’ version of it. If your child likes it, you could consider paying for the full version. Be careful of free apps that have in-app purchases.
- Educational apps come from all over the world. Be mindful that with literacy apps, some words may be pronounced or spelt slightly differently, particularly apps from the United States of America
- When you are choosing an educational app, ensure your child will not be asked to share information, such as name and location. Use this opportunity to talk to your child about cybersafety.
- Manage the amount of time spent using the app. You can set a timer and tell your child the mobile device needs to be turned off once the time alarm chimes.
- Sit with your child and help them interact with the app. You will be able to see whether the app is too easy or too difficult for your child’s level of learning.