I just read a recent article from the Early Years about a new learning app specifically for parents of children from birth to age five. This sounds like exciting information that you may want to use with your preschooler! The best part is that it is free to parents.
A new initiative from the Bezos Family Foundation seeks to make early learning part of everyday life for parents. The main idea behind the initiative, which is called Vroom, is to get information to parents about specific things they can do with their young children to prepare them for school. But this isn’t about drilling math facts or teaching them the ABCs before they start kindergarten. The foundation worked with developmental scientists to develop 750 activities parents can do with their children from infancy to age 5 and loaded them into a smartphone app. When parents download the app, they get access to tips that come with a “brainy background,” which is basically an explanation of how the seemingly silly games will help children develop school skills.
Here is an excerpt from Vroom’s page about brain development:
There is no time in life when the brain develops more rapidly than during the first five years. So by building children’s brains from the earliest ages, you’re actually shaping the foundation for future learning. Here’s a glimpse at all that’s taking place inside your baby’s brain!
A Brand New Brain
Every baby is born with a brain that contains hundreds of billions of neurons.
Ready For Anything
From day one, those neurons connect—and the brain begins to get wired for life.
Learning Like Lightning
The brain is wired to grow – in the first five years, it makes 700 neural connections every single second!
Communication Is Key
Above all, there’s one thing that helps young brains grow strong: adult-child relationships.
Even kids that can’t yet talk are looking, listening and relating to you non-stop.
You Are A Brain Builder
Every time you interact with a child you’re doing something major: shaping a growing mind.
Nurture Future Greatness
The first five years are when the brain builds its foundation—so kids can thrive as adults.
We know this for sure: learning doesn’t start at school…it begins at birth.
It Begins with You-Learn how to be a brain-builder. Go to Vroom’s website to find out more: