ParrotFish starts by introducing the child to the concept of numbers, starting with simple fingers and objects while slowly introducing the idea of numbers. Over time as the child builds competency numbers are introduced then eventually addition, subtraction and number frames.
Reading is an essential life skill and the sooner children get on the path to being independent readers the easier they are going to find school. Bringing reading to their world helps with creativity, opens up their understanding of the current issues, allows them to form opinions and learn new things, and, with wide exposure, teaches them to filter out hearsay and innuendo.
Mobile apps or games is not about the technology; it’s about sharing knowledge and information, communicating efficiently, building learning communities and creating a culture of professionalism in schools. Like what Bill Gates quoted, “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kid’s working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.” Here are some motivational quotes about education.
“Once you have learned to READ, you will be forever FREE.”
“Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning.”
“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”
“Learning how to learn is one of the most important skills in life.”
“Children who are allowed time to think for themselves, learn to have faith in their own problem solving abilities.”
4 Phases of Learning Sight Words | Parrot Fish Studios – Educational Sight Words Apps
The present-day world of education is a fiercely competitive one – in which depending solely on classroom coaching might not be enough. Mobile applications have already proved to be beneficial for keeping kids a step ahead from their peers – and it’s immensely likely that their popularity would grow even more over time.
Sight word acquisition is an important building block in the construction of a child’s ability to read. Sight words are not only frequently used in writing, they are also essential to conversational English. There are several proven techniques that any adult can use to teach sight words.
Before a child starts our sight words curriculum, it is important that he be able to recognize and name all the lower-case letters of the alphabet. When prompted with a letter, the child should be able to name the letter quickly and confidently. Note that, different from learning phonics, the child does not need to know the letters’ sounds.
Having a solid foundation in the ability to instantly recognize and name alphabet letters will make teaching sight words easier and more meaningful for the child.
How the mobile app industry is influencing childhood education.
- This sight words app should be used in conjunction with a systematic decoding program and exposure to lots of literature to teach that meaning and enjoyment is of utmost importance and the real reason we learn to read.
- For a child to read fluently they must be able to decode efficiently and have a good body of instantly recognisable sight words. This frees them to spend their energy on comprehending the story.
- A good bank of sight words which can be recognised instantly, helps students gain success in reading. It gives them a structure around which to build other skills such as comprehension and decoding, and the confidence to take risks when reading texts.
- Most children will never need to be taught to the end of the list of 200+ words, as once they are really reading, many words will be learnt in context.
- Don’t force competent readers to continue on through the list, and certainly not in one year. It could take some learners 2 to 3 years to get through the list, typically the entire 200+ words should be mastered before the child is 8 years old, however, competent learners will know them all much earlier.
- You don’t need to wait until the child starts school, you can start introducing a child to sight words in the year before going to school.
- Don’t worry about what list of words you use – learning the reading and memory skills is what is important
- This app allows progress at the child’s rate, providing motivation through reward mechanics and instant feedback as they play the game
- Utilise all their learning modes. The app utilises auditory, visual and kinaesthetic learning / teaching modes
- Children need to generalise their newly acquired skills
- teach them to see words around them and in context,
- use different fonts
- ensure they hear the words with different accents and voices
- Above all try to keep learning fun