One of the things that I try to do for my kids is to make sure that they get a chance to make learning fun! I try to ensure that the games and toys they play with have learning goals built in, at least part of the time, so when I got a chance to check out three great products for ChildUp, I jumped on the chance and want to share this with you as a great way to add a fun and educational gift to your preschooler's stocking this Christmas!
For 6 years now, the ChildUp Team of early childhood development experts and dedicated parents has been providing information and solutions for parents who intend to raise successful, balanced, and happy children.
Along the way, ChildUp has developed a series of efficient educational tools: the ChildUp Online Parenting Courses, the ChildUp Early Learning Game Cards, the ChildUp Early Learning Applications, and the ChildUp Early Learning Method. You may learn more about these products at their website at www.childup.com.
About the products:
The ChildUp Early Learning Game Cards are a series of interactive and educational tools for parents, caregivers, and early teachers who intend to develop, by playing in an interactive way, the learning, cognitive and social skills of their children – boys and girls from 1 to 5 years old – and to best prepare them for school and future academic excellence.
By using the Child's Cards included in Teach Your Child to Count to 10 – Math & Logic #1 and Teach Your Child to Count to 20 – Math & Logic #2 with an adult, any child will, in a matter of a few months, learn to count to 10, then to 20–two fundamental steps in arithmetic–, to differentiate even and odd numbers and to do basic additions and subtractions. At the same time, the discussions about numbers and animals will be of great help to develop the child's vocabulary and language skills. For more details, please click on the following links:
Teach Your Child to Count to 10 – Math & Logic #1: http://www.childup.com/p-22-early-learning
Teach Your Child to Count to 20 – Math & Logic #2: http://www.childup.com/p-30-early-learning-2
My review of the cards:
I love that the cards come with parent cards that give you ideas on how to teach all of the concepts that are available with these cards - my kids love that there are a whole variety of colorful pictures that keep their attention focused on the cards as we work with them.
Liam has known how to count for over a year, but making the leap to mathematics kind of stumped us as parents because he isn't as verbally interactive as other kids, but these cards have helped us to bridge the gap! We started out just counting how many animals were on any given card - and now he counts and we write down the expressions - we're gearing up to continue to model for him and hope that he'll start using words like plus and equals when talking about math!
About the iPad App:
The ChildUp Early Learning Application “iCount-to-10” was created to help parents and early childhood educators teach children from 1 to 5 years old to count to 10. By playing this game with an adult, any child will learn to count to 10 (one of the very first steps in arithmetic), numbers as quantities and symbols, and the basics of addition. All that while discovering 40 popular animals and their real sounds. Moreover, with the app comes the ChildUp Early Learning Method, which provides precious information on brain development, early learning and parenting expertise.
The iCount-to-10 ChildUp Early Learning App is available at the Apple Online Store, via the following link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id392576571?mt=8&ls=1 .
I love that the iPad app offers two different activities - one that helps children get to know about animals and their sounds and a second one that helps build their mathematical knowledge - counting and more! It lets you switch up between rote counting and a randomized setting where the kids actually have to work to get their answers... Both of my boys are enchanted by the animals and love to play with this app - and there are parts they can do alone and, even better, parts where I can help them interact with the iPads!