Children at the age of 3 to 4 are developmentally ready to explore computers and most childhood educators see this as the best time for being accustomed to the computer. With the exploration of computers children to develop memory skills, they learn to seek information new to them. In this process, they learn to interact with others, cooperate with other and, as well, as learn to solve problems. Computers are more beneficial when teachers, as well as, parents provide suitable guidance while using the computer for other sorts of learning while using high-quality software, and while working with children on the computer with their.
Computers to supplement the common learning methods
The use of computers should be done in such away that is doesn’t replace the common and popular activities like the materials such as playing with water or sand, reading books, listening to music, exploration of the outdoors, writing materials, participating in plays or dramas, drawing painting and socializing with children. Parents should see that their child goes through these basics of child development alongside the preliminary learning with computers. It has been found that more a computer program asks of child the more a child learns from it, so it is also important to have a computer learning process alongside.
Tips for parents for guiding their child with computers
Parents should encourage their child to use computers, and accompany them, be it by hand, helping the child to answer questions or interacting with them as she works on a computer. Parents should take the time to participate in activities for a better understanding of how a child learns and thinks. It is advisable for parents and peers to wok with them while using computers or encourage them to work with a friend or sibling, it enhances the child’s ability to interact with others. Parents also should have an understanding of the software apt for children and be careful about the ones that are not suitable for their age and understanding.
Advantages of computer education for children
By exposing a child to the computer at a young age, they get new a skill set that adults have to catch up-to. Children are able to be in harmony with the age of information. Computers help children access different ideas, materials and thoughts, many of the materials can be used to supplement the curriculum. In addition, a child can learn many ways through a computer like visually seeing something or graphically organizing something. Computers can be an interactive medium of learning they can also read, learn and play educational games. They can virtually visit and know about people and places, which they general could not have.
Some benefits of computer education
Computers help children in academic growth, by learning to use e-mails they can get the opportunity to bond with extended family members, Computers help in creative growth, as well as, artistic expression of a child. Computers expose the child to a world they probably could not have come across otherwise. Other benefits of using computers include language development skills, development of literacy, socio-cultural development, and more importantly their problem solving skills. Research has shown that nearly there quarter parents believe that an education through computers has made their child more creative, half of them believe that children do good in schools because of computer education.