From Guest Contributor, Eileen Carter-Campos.
According to Howard Gardner, there are seven different learning styles. As I watch my children play with various apps on their tablets and other gadgets, I find myself checking to see if the app caters to the learning styles of children. To my delight, I have found many that can be applied to the logical/mathematical intelligence, linguistic intelligence, and visual/spatial intelligence. Today, I’m sharing the apps I’ve found that cater to the Learning Styles of Children those that I use that will peak your interest as well:
Bubble Guppies Animal School Day (Nickelodeon) is an app that I have on my iPhone as well as our tablet. With this app, children are able to identify patterns and practice counting (limbs, in this case) with pictures of animals. The children are then asked to identify other animals that have the same number of limbs as the animal presented. It’s great to see the children apply mathematical reasoning using an app instead of just in the classroom on a chalkboard or smartboard. They are able to manipulate a device and become stronger in a concept at the tip of their fingers. This app caters primarily to preschool children up to the age of five years old. It’s proof that learning can continue to develop at home.
MyOn.com was introduced to me at our school and applies to linguistic intelligence development. It involves having a mastery of language, being able to express oneself and remember and retain information. It was an app that was used as an incentive this holiday break for our children. They were given login names and passwords and during their holiday break the child who read the most books received a prize. This app matches readers to topics of interest and reading level and it tracks the progress of their reading growth while they read freely and confidently. This app is being used for children in the elementary level going up to a fifth grade reading level.
Subway Surfer is an app I discovered on a doctor’s visit. My three year old was fixated on the iPhone of another little boy during our time spent in the waiting room. The mother saw my little one really enjoying her son playing and told me the name of the app. In this game you have to move your finger several times to avoid getting hit by a train. Hand and eye coordination is intense in this app and I thought it may be a bit difficult for our three year old but my child mastered this game after several attempts. He dodged in and out of the tracks, leaping, flying, and zipping around to capture coins. He is very much in tune with his visual/spatial environment and physical environment both of which are a focus of this app.
There are many apps that I have stumbled upon that don’t peak my interest because they don’t force the child to think outside the box to expand their skills. When looking into apps for my kids, I want them to be challenged as well as have fun. I also want my child to be able to use their various learning styles and feel comfortable and confident while playing and learning.
Which apps do you use that cater to your child’s specific learning styles?
MEET #LATINAGEEKS CONTRIBUTOR:
Eileen Carter-Campos is born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and finds herself not to be a city girl. She enjoys reading, writing, sunsets, and spending time with her boys in the simplest way possible. She blogs about her experiences in the classroom and strategies that work for her. You can find her online at: http://clubmami.mamiverse.com/profile/EileenCarterCampos and http://www.mommyteaches.com.