Are There Educational Apps for 3 and 4 Year Olds?

When people talk about tablets, they often default to apps that are designed for entertainment. While there’s nothing wrong with using a tablet for that purpose, it’s only scratching the surface in terms of what’s available. There is a vast number of educational apps for learners of all ages. That includes adults who want to do things like learn a new language, as well as young learners.

If you’re wondering exactly how young, there are plenty of apps designed specifically around the learning needs of children under the age of four. When parents think of children this age using a tablet, they often worry about them turning into a YouTube zombie. Although that’s a valid concern, it’s not something that should overshadow all the benefits the right type of tablet usage can offer. So with that in mind, we’re going to cover what to look for in educational apps for 3 and 4 year olds:

The Top 3 Traits of a Great Educational App for Young Children

The first trait of a great educational app for this age group is being easy to use. That includes simple graphics and big buttons to tap. Second, the app should have plenty of visual cues. Those cues should be supported by instructions that are automatically read to the child using it. And third, apps for 3 and 4 year olds should have limited or no in-app purchases. Any app that focuses on trying to get a child to make purchases to keep playing does not have the child’s best interest in mind.

3 More Important Considerations

In addition to the traits we covered above, there are a few more that can help you find the ideal tablet apps to help your child learn. One is focusing on apps that introduce school and soft skills. This can include numbers, letters and patterns, as well as social-emotional skills. Another important trait is to find apps that build on your child’s existing interests. While this can obviously vary from one child to the next, making this a priority is a great way to help your child reap maximum benefits by getting fully immersed in the learning experience.

Privacy and safety are the other element you’ll want to keep in mind. It’s fairly easy to check that an app complies with with the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA). Other privacy elements that should be present are an easy start that doesn’t require signing up, as well as safety features for any social elements built into the app.

To learn more about education issues related to 3 and 4 year olds, be sure to read our blog post on starting preschool, as well as what we wrote about kindergarten readiness.

The Benefits of Tablets for Children with Disabilities

Like many forms of technology, tablets were initially viewed as an entertainment device. But it hasn’t taken long for professionals across many different fields to find very compelling use cases for tablets. Educators are the perfect example of a profession that has embraced the benefits of tablets.

As we’ve previously discussed, tablets are changing the future of education. In addition to helping all young learners, tablets are also an especially powerful tool for teaching children with disabilities. We’re going to dig into how this technology can be used as a therapeutic device, along with the types of personalized apps and learning experiences that are available through a tablet.

How Tablets Can Be Used As A Therapeutic Device

Many children with disabilities have challenges related to their motor skills. What’s great about tablets is they’re much easier to operate than previous forms of technology. Thanks to their intuitive design and operation, children with disabilities only need to complete very basic inputs to engage in highly immersive learning experiences. Researchers have actually found that using a tablet on a regular basis can help children develop and improve their fine motor skills.

The intuitive nature of tablets has been especially evident for children with autism. Educators have used quotes including “it’s like a fish to water” to describe how autistic children respond to tablets. Estimates peg the success rate for using tablets to educate those with autism at above eighty percent.

Tablets Offer a Highly Personalized Learning Experience

One of the big shifts in education has been to focus on the individual needs of different types of learners. For special needs children, tablets make it easier than ever to tailor high-quality learning experiences to what will benefit a specific child the most. One of the amazing things about what can be accomplished through this type of personalization is students are able to get instant feedback and have the activities they’re working on tailored to their needs in real-time.

Another way that tablets are able to harness the power of personalization is through voice recognition. Since communication and language skills are a significant hurdle for many special needs children, having a device that makes it possible to practice these skills in a structured way is invaluable. Finally, the availability of so many different apps means there’s generally one that’s focused on helping a child with just about any type of problem.

If you’re excited and inspired about the type of learning that tablets can enable, we encourage you to learn more about our mission and how you can play a direct role in putting these powerful learning devices in the hands of kids who need them most.

Kindle Fire for Kids – Learn Why It’s So Great

At KliCwow, we’re passionate about the positive impact the right kind of technology can have on young children. As studies done by leaders in the field of pediatrics have found, “access to, familiarity with and skill using mobile devices are the first steps in achieving digital literacy.” We believe that achieving this type of literacy is a must for closing the digital divide that currently exists within many low-income and minority communities.

Although tablets provide the ideal type of technology experience for young children, there have traditionally been a variety of barriers which have prevented the spread of these devices in disadvantaged communities. As an organization which has gone deep into this issue, we have a lot of great things to say about the Kindle Fire for Kids. In fact, we’re going to share our thoughts on this device with you right now:

The Basics

This device, which is made by Amazon, is a 7-inch tablet. That size is ideal for younger children to hold and use, but not so large that they’re going to get overwhelmed by holding it. One of the design features that sets the Kindle Fire for Kids apart from many other tablets is its durability. Specifically,a very durable foam shell fully wraps the sides and entire back of the tablet. The shell, which can be removed, means the inevitable drops that are going to occur when a child uses a tablet won’t break it.

This tablet is designed so that it’s easy to charge and control the volume. The tablet also includes a headphone jack, as well as a camera on the back (which is protected but still visible thanks to a cutout in the foam shell). In addition to the size of this tablet being perfect for kids’ hands, the weight of just under 15 ounces is ideal as well.

Controls, Apps and Much More

One of the reasons that children love using this tablet is because the screen provides graphics that are crisp and bright. The tablet runs on Fire OS, which Amazon has made very intuitive and easy to understand. The ability for children to easily navigate to exactly what they want is a big part of why tablets provide an ideal learning device.

Speaking of learning, another very compelling aspect of this tablet is the combination of great parental controls and tons of kid-friendly content. That content includes apps and curated YouTube videos. The tablet even makes it possible to set a daily educational goal for children to complete.

If you want to support KliCwow’s efforts to get this amazing learning device in the hands of every three and four year old in Clermont County, you can do so by donating now!

Your Donation to KliCwow Can Make All the Difference

Since coming up with the initial idea for KliCwow and bringing it forward to the community, we’ve been humbled time and time again by how much support we’ve received. Because the goal of our project is to help every three and four year old in Clermont County, it truly takes everyone’s help to make that happen.

As we transition from summer into fall, we want to give up an update on our progress. While we’re very happy with how most of the pieces of the project have come together, fully securing all the financial resources we need to make this project a complete success is still a challenge.

With the number of days until mid-October getting less and less, we’re asking the community we care about so much to come together and help give us a final push to the finish line. Every donation matters, which is why we want to share exactly what we’ll be able to accomplish with the support of your donation:

Maximize Opportunities for Every Clermont County Child

We strongly believe that every child in Clermont County deserves the opportunity to establish the foundation for a successful future through learning. However, when children aren’t able to join an early learning program for any number of reasons, that disadvantage may continue to plague them throughout their educational experience and beyond. One of the objectives of KliCwow is to eliminate that disadvantage and maximize opportunities for every child.

Provide Support to Both Parents and Educators

Just as KliCwow wouldn’t be possible without the support of a community, raising and educating children isn’t possible without support from multiple parties. That’s why we’re committed to helping both parents and educators have access to the resources they need throughout the process of guiding children’s cognitive growth and development.

Create a Positive Association with Education

Research has found that one of the reasons more children don’t pursue career paths involving math is their early exposure to this subject creates negative associations. By providing tablets that are pre-programmed with interactive educational programs which teach subjects that include pre-math skills, we want to do our part to help reverse that trend.

Kickstart Children’s Technology Skills

Ask any expert in a field like labor economics, and they will say in no uncertain terms that technology will be a driving force behind all future career paths and options. The younger children are exposed to mastering technology, the more intuitive any technology they encounter will be. This type of digital literacy is essential for every child and a cornerstone of what KliCwow is doing.

As you can see above, your financial support will make a real difference for the future of Clermont County. We are setup to accept both one-time and recurring donations online, so please help KliCwow help our community’s children by donating today!

Starting Preschool – Tips for Parents and Kids

Preschool is a big milestone for both parents and children. While there’s a lot to look forward to with preschool, it can also create stress and anxiety. One way that parents can help themselves feel more comfortable with this change and also reduce the likelihood of their child experiencing a lot of anxiety is to take some steps to prepare. If you’re wondering what exactly you should do to prepare your child for this change, we’ve put together a list of the best tips to help you out:

1. Get Social

Spending time with other children is a big part of preschool. Regardless of how much time your child currently spends with kids who are similar in age, prepping for preschool is a great time to add a few more of those hangouts to your weekly schedule.

2. Talk in Detail Instead of Broad Strokes

Parents often say things like “it will be the most fun you’ve ever had” when their child asks about preschool. Although those statements are made with good intentions, they’re not necessarily the most helpful for kids. A better option is to be as detailed and honest as possible with your responses. For example, you can talk about the types of activities your child will be doing and that there will be other kids there as well. Be sure to schedule at least one school visit prior to preschool officially kicking off.

3. Create a Goodbye Ritual

One of the reasons preschool is a common anxiety trigger for children is they aren’t used to being away from their parent and get worried that they won’t come back or won’t be able to find the school. You can help to counteract these fears by coming up with a little ritual where you explicitly let your child know that you’ll be back later in the day. It’s also a good idea to add a buffer of time for the first few days in case there’s a need for any extra time to say goodbye.

4. Emphasize Reading and Listening

You really can’t spend too much time reading to your child. Whenever you do, make a point of getting your child to actively listen and engage. This will help develop the skills that will be needed when your child is listening to a teacher in class.

5. Enjoy Creativity

In addition to working on reading and listening skills, art projects like molding clay or finger-painting are great for developing fine motor & visual skills. Having lots of art supplies that your child can enjoy is very beneficial. A tablet with apps that are designed to spark learning and creativity can be a great option as well.

For more posts like this about children, education and technology, head over to the main page of our blog.

Why Tablets Will Change the Future of Education

Everyone has seen young children using mobile phones and tablets. But what many people don’t know is that tablets are an amazing tool for education. There are three main elements that make tablets so useful for learning. Those elements are:
1. Low costs

2. Interface that’s user-friendly for all ages

3. Apps tailored to learn specific subjects
Since experts in the field of education have said things like “tablets in particular have the potential to open up the world’s rich store of information to willing minds and expert instruction,” we want to dive a little deeper into the elements that make tablets an ideal way for children to learn:


Low Costs

When compared to past or present technologies that schools have relied on for teaching, the price point of tablets is already far more accessible. And falling tablet prices is a trend that will only continue to accelerate as more companies enter the market and the price of hardware components go even lower. This factor has allowed KLiCWow to build its initiative of getting the right learning tool into the hands of every child specifically around tablets.


User-Friendly Interface

As an assistant research professor at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education explains, “touch-screen technology has allowed younger kids and earlier learners to interface with computers and digital resources in a way that previous technology was not always practical for.”
Young children have always had the ability to learn from interactive software. What they didn’t have before was the ability to use the hardware required to access interactive software. Instead of being hindered by a mouse, keyboard or joystick, children can easily be taught to use a tablet with the finger swipes and presses that come to them intuitively.
While young children’s ability to learn through the user-friendly interfaces of tablets is very exciting, one important caveat is building these skills now is essential. Research has already shown that children who don’t develop competencies early have a hard time making up for it later and often hit a slump towards the end of elementary school.


Apps Tailored for Learning

There are already studies which have confirmed that children learn more effectively via tablets. One study from Maine found that students who learned with tablets for several weeks scored higher on early literacy assessments than students who didn’t use any technology. Another study found that after using an educational literacy app for two weeks, 5- to 7-year-olds’ vocabulary scores for a selection of words included in the app increased more than 20 percent.
To learn more about how tablets can help shape children’s learning habits and futures, please take a look at KLiCWow’s Early Learners page.

Pre-K Efforts Are the Foundation for a Lifetime

In a recent post on the official blog of the US Department of Education, a kindergarten teacher from Texas wrote that he has seen firsthand the difference that the right pre-K program makes in a children’s kindergarten success. The impact of this program extends later in life as well. The teacher states that this is why he’s passionate that access to high-quality pre-K should be accessible to children from all walks of life.

Because this stance is squarely in line with our mission at KLiCWow, we want to go over some of the major ways that educational efforts prior to kindergarten can change a child’s educational trajectory and entire life:

Builds Pre Math and Literacy Skills

As the teacher who wrote the blog post and just about any other kindergarten teacher will tell you, pre math and literacy skills are essential for a positive start in school. A child who enters kindergarten with minimal knowledge about the alphabet or numbers will have to make more than one year’s growth during their kindergarten year.

It’s not always possible to make up this kind of deficit. Unfortunately, this scenario is quite common, and it only continues to get worse as a child moves from one grade to the next. Not ever having a leg up begins to create significant problems. The good news is the pre-K educational resources available via a tablet can prevent this issue.

Helps with Socializing

While tablets are a key part of our program, we understand that simply handing small children tablets isn’t enough to drive real change. This effort has to be supported by others. Specifically, parental involvement in getting a child ready for kindergarten is vital. When parents get involved, it advances what’s possible with this type of program and adds an important social dynamic that will continue to benefit children throughout their development.

Prepares for the School Setting

Children who aren’t used to being in a learning environment can have a hard time adjusting to the structure of kindergarten. Although the environment provided by a tablet is a virtual one, it can still have a positive impact on this transition. For example, many educational apps are designed in a way that mirrors the lessons that a teacher goes through in class. With a tablet, children learn how to work their way through this type of lesson. By having that experience, they are much more likely to feel stimulated and engaged in a school setting instead of getting overwhelmed by feelings of frustration.

If you want to support KLiCWow in our efforts to create a brighter future for children from all backgrounds, please take a minute to learn more about how you can donate and help.

Everything You Need to Know About the KliCwow Project

KlicWow is an innovative approach to early childhood learning. The goal of this project is to give every 3 and 4-year-old in Clermont County a tablet. By giving every child of that age a tablet that’s pre-programmed with interactive educational programs, KlicWow will help close the digital divide and set children on a path to long-term academic success.

How KlicWow Got Started

The project was orginiated by John Melvin. Melvin previously worked as the director of the Clermont Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Development Center. He first got the idea for KlicWow after attending an event on Preschool Promise.

After researching the barriers faced by that kind of program, he found out about an initiative from India called Hole-in-the-Wall. Once Hole-in-the-Wall put a freely accessible computer in New Delhi and left, locals (especially children) learned to use the computer with no instruction. From the seeds of that idea came KlicWow and its mission to provide tablets for the age group that can benefit from them the most.

Benefits of the KlicWow Project

KlicWow was carefully designed to support a lifelong commitment to learning. What a child learns from the time they’re born until the age of six has a significant impact on their lifetime academic success. The project will maximize opportunities for every Clermont County child. One of the ways KlicWow will accomplish that goal is by supporting both parents and educators. As William Bennett, the former Secretary of Education said, “if there is one thing educators can agree on, it’s this: children can do better in school when their parents get involved in their learning.”

Another benefit of the project is the ability to create positive early learning experiences. Tablets make learning truly fun for 3 and 4-year-olds. They provide visually stimulating images and interesting sounds through apps that are designed to improve language, pre-literacy, and pre-math skills. KlicWow is also designed to help close the digital divide that currently exists within many low-income and minority communities. Having access to, familiarity with and skill using electronic devices are essential first steps for achieving digital literacy in a world that’s more connected than ever before.

How You Can Help

There are several ways you can help make the KlicWow project a success. The first is to volunteer your time. The second is to provide contributions for the Wow Pouch. This is a pouch that will be handed out with the tablets and will address the importance of children being well-rounded. You can also help by making a donation to the project. Every volunteer hour, contribution and donation makes a difference, so please consider taking action and getting involved in the community through KlicWow today!


6 Key Benefits of Donating to KliCwow

The goal of KliCwow is to put a tablet in the hands of every three and four-year-old in Clermont County. KliCwow’s originator, John Melvin, first got the idea for this program when he attended an event on Preschool Promise a few years ago. Preschool Promise is a Cincinnati initiative to make two years of preschool affordable for every child in Cincinnati.

Although the program made sense, Melvin felt that there were some barriers with making it a reality. Research into kindergarten readiness in Clermont County has confirmed that barriers like transportation and lack of program slots prevent many children from experiencing optimal early childhood learning.

How Your Donation Will Help Clermont County’s Children

KlicWow is an innovative approach to early childhood learning. The KlicWow project proposes a low-cost, easily accessible and highly interactive early learning opportunity for children from all demographics. By donating to KlicWow, you will:

-Be part of a community project that supports a lifelong commitment to learning. There is a large and widely accepted body of evidence that tells us early childhood learning is crucial to academic success.

-Help maximize opportunities for all children in Clermont County. Children who do not attend an early learning program are at a distinct disadvantage when they enter kindergarten. This disadvantage is difficult to overcome and often results in the child achieving lower results throughout their school years. KlicWow will help eliminate that disadvantage.

-Support parents and educators. The program offers a proven resource that both parents and educators can utilize to cultivate curiosity and enthusiasm about learning, as well as help with individual cognitive growth and development.

-Create positive early learning experiences. KlicWow’s tablets will be pre-programmed with interactive educational programs designed to improve language, pre-literacy, and pre-math skills.

-Make it possible to fully embrace technology. Leaders in the field of pediatrics have done extensive studies and concluded that “access to, familiarity with and skill using mobile devices are the first steps in achieving digital literacy.” This is essential for closing the digital divide that currently exists within many low-income and minority communities.

-Show that learning is a fun and rewarding experience. Tablets add excitement to the learning experience for preschoolers. These devices provide visually stimulating images and interesting sounds. The carefully selected apps for KlicWow tablets also offer fun tutorials that can capture a young child’s attention.

A donation of any size can have a direct impact on Clermont County and its children. If you want to be part of a community project that supports a lifelong commitment to learning, helps parents and educators, creates positive early learning experiences, makes it possible to fully embrace technology, and shows that learning is a fun and rewarding experience, please donate today!