Help kids learn numbers, colors, shapes, and more while improving their fine motor skills with drag and drop actions. We believe practice makes perfect and Toddler Academy aims to provide plenty of practice.
Letters - Letter recognition forms the fundamental part of learning how to read as it allows the child to do letter sounding and recognition of words. When children look at books, both upper and lowercase letters are used and it helps to teach them make the connection. Learning the alphabet can be challenging and children may confuse letters that look similar or mix up upper and lowercase letters. These challenges are part of development and one way to overcome this challenge is to expose the alphabet to them regularly and repetitively, in and out of order.
Count - Learn to recognize numbers, count, and relate numbers to quantities. While number recognition forms the building block of math, counting is important to know that numbers have order and an early skill to find out “how many”. By recognizing numbers, counting becomes more meaningful. One of the most important ideas about counting is that the last count tells how many; Children will count objects, but when asked how many, will recount. Eventually, recognition of numbers develops into more sophisticated abilities like subitizing which helps with addition.
Colors - Knowing colors and identifying them by names is an important part of a child’s development. Early identification of colors helps create the link between visual clues and words; because colors (and shapes) are a key way that we describe and categorize our world, teaching children about colors is a great way to give them some vocabulary for describing the world around them and this opens up new and exciting avenues for verbal communication.
Shapes - Learning shapes helps children identify and organize visual information and form the basis in other areas including reading, math, and science. An early step in understanding numbers and letters is to recognize their shape. Learning shapes also helps children understand other signs and symbols and gives the child a way to describe the world around them.
Jigsaw - Playing with puzzles has a significant impact on a child's fine motor skills through the coordination of small muscles. By picking up pieces and matching them together, children improve their spatial awareness along with reasoning, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. Jigsaw encourages children to use these skills by weighing up where each piece goes and which piece to use next to help them get one step closer to completing their puzzle.
Patterns - Researchers have found that understanding and identifying recurring patterns allows us to make educated guesses, assumptions, and hypotheses, all of which are important skills of critical thinking and logic. The ability to recognize patterns helps children make predictions based on observations and has been described as early algebraic thinking, which involves understanding mathematical concepts, identifying relationships between elements, and observing regularities.
Sizes - Children can only order when they are able to identify and describe attributes, notice differences, and make comparisons. Ordering involves arranging objects according to increasing or decreasing amounts of an attribute. As they learn to sort and compare pictures based on their size (small, medium & large), they are learning their descriptive names, and how things can be compared to one another.
Phonics - Teaching children how to map sounds onto their respective letters play a key role in reading success as it helps them decode words which leads to word recognition. When they grasp the decoding, they move on to reading fluency and text comprehension. Phonics also helps with a child's ability to spell as studies show that half of all English words can be spelled with phonics rules.
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