This week, we at Team Zap Zap are pleased to have a contribution from our very first guest blogger! For our first guest post, Tiffany Banuelos, founder of the Organic Parenthood blog shares her thoughts on how parenting has evolved to keep up with the digital era. Being a mom of two home-schooled kids, she also provides a review on how game-centric educational apps like Zap Zap Math have proven to be beneficial in enhancing the knowledge of kids today.
Navigating Parenting in the Digital Age
Many of today’s parents still find living in such a technological world to be quite unusual. We seem to collectively be looking for ways to ‘disconnect’ and enjoy ‘less screen time’, as if it is something robbing us of a good life. This may be fueled by the knowledge we’ve acquired about the effects of electronics on our minds and bodies, or it may be due to the huge difference we see when we compare our own childhood to that of our children. What many may not realize about this electronic way of living, is how completely normal it is to our children. That’s how it is in this digital age, and it doesn’t need to be considered a bad thing. When balanced with real world experience, and used just right, technology can greatly enhance our world and increase our learning. For this reason, our children are lucky to have so much information and opportunity at their fingertips.
The Struggle Is Real, But Temporary
Most kids will struggle with math or language arts at some point in their lives. There is a lot of information to take in just with those two subjects alone. Young kids, while having information absorbing minds, are still just kids. Little humans without fully developed brains, who can get overwhelmed by everything they are required to learn these days. There are a lot more educational expectations on kids now. As a homeschooling mother of two, I am able to witness first hand throughout the day what my children are having trouble with and which concepts are more difficult for them to grasp. Yet, even if you aren’t there during the day when your children are learning, helping them with their homework is usually a surefire way to find out which areas need a little extra boost. Figuring out how to give them that extra help can be the tricky part. How can we get them to practice more without making them feel the pressure that comes with learning new concepts?
Using The Internet to Everyone’s Advantage
With the internet, we have an abundance of information at our finger tips. Websites for anything and everything you can think of, and everything you never thought you would ever think of. How do we find the best solution to aid our child’s education?
Helping kids fall in love with learning math, Zap Zap Math presents a creative galaxy with high quality graphics and mini games to encourage elementary students to play as they learn fundamental math skills. The app is ad free, and has a parent portal online to track progress made. Simple, yet exciting, these are all the things needed to create a trusted connection in supplemental learning for your children.
Gaming As An Asset To Learning
Teaching kids in a way that makes learning fun is the key to getting them to enjoy the practice and want to keep trying to improve their skills. Gaming is a major part of the lives of kids today. Taking their love of games, devices, apps, and videos, and turning that into a way to support their education, may be one of the greatest gifts our world of hand-held computers has developed yet.
When you’ve taken the time to notice that your child may need a little extra help with some of their schoolwork, finding an app that focuses on that subject through a series of games, will end up being something that makes both of you smile when it comes time to study. They get to play a fun game, with great characters and well planned out challenges to suit their needs. You get to let them have their desired screen time while knowing they are also working their brain in just the right way needed for each individual child.
This article was contributed by Organic Parenthood’s founder, Tiffany Banuelos.