Digital technology has advanced tremendously in the last few years. There is no doubt these advancements have been useful during the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of people working from home has reached an all-time high.
This has led to an interest in what else can be done from the comfort of your own home. One thing that seems to be gaining traction is online preschool. But, is this really a good option?
How It Works
Pre-schools, such as Croydon early learning center are unable to offer the same level of service that they have in the past. But, they can continue to communicate with children and prepare them for school via the internet.
The child will need to enroll with the preschool. They can then access a private account online and work their way through the material provided.
For example, the computer will have a simple text to read and a word will be colored or underlined. The computer will then ask the student to click on the underlined/colored word. If they get it right they are congratulated.
The idea is to reinforce the principles of learning and help to ensure that preschoolers have the basic knowledge they need when starting school.
Does It Work
Young children soak up information. That means they are capable of learning a lot in a very little space of time. Using these computer-based programs children can ensure they are ready for school and make the most of their potential.
Research already shows that children who start education early are more likely to succeed in life.
There is certainly little doubt that reading on the computer every day will help a child to become a better reader. In the process, their vocabulary will improve.
More importantly, online preschool can be undertaken for free, giving young children access to education when their parents are unable to afford traditional early education. It’s not just the access, parents can supervise their children and assist them. But the schedule can be set around what works for the individual family.
That makes internet-based learning an attractive and viable option.
However, internet-based learning means a lack of personal contact with other students. The risk is that children will be more prepared for learning but less able to deal with social interactions. While this shouldn’t be a long term issue as children will learn social skills as soon as they start school, it is something that needs to be monitored.
It’s also important to consider the amount of time your child will be spent staring at a computer screen. This could encourage sedentary behavior and even make learning less fun as they are not interacting with others and toys. It’s also possible that so much time in front of a computer could lead to other issues, it may be too early to tell what these are.
The best approach would be to mix the new technology with the traditional pre-school approach. Whether that’s possible we’ll have to wait and see.