Early education and school preparedness is an important issue for the Latino community. More and more parents are learning the value of teaching their children basic concepts to prepare them for entering kindergarten. But knowing how and what to teach often remains a mystery for many families. Fortunately, there are a growing number of apps hitting the market to help parents teach their children anywhere and everywhere.
Here, we’ve reviewed three apps to help you teach your children in the areas of math, literacy, art, right-brain creativity, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
PBS Parents Play and Learn
An app designed for parent with games and activities to develop their children’s math and literacy skills
Subjects: Math, Literacy
Language: English and Spanish
Ages: Adults, with games for children ages 2-5
Available for: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Kindle and Android
The PBS Parents Play and Learn app is PBS’ first app designed primarily for parents with young children. The app focuses on developing pre-literacy and early math skills to help prepare children for school. There are 13 categories of teachable moments, including at the park, a party, in the car and in a restaurant, just to name a few. Each category contains an interactive game your child can play independently or with you, but the best part of this app is the list of hands-on activities parents can do with their children. Each category has four age-specific activities: one each for babies and toddlers, and two for preschoolers.
Like many of their other apps, PBS has included a sticker game featuring many of the familiar images used within the app such as fruit, zoo animals and musical instruments. It’s also a fun way to develop your child’s fine-motor skills.