iPad as pre-kindergarten tutor?
April 22, 2012 9:58 PM Subscribe
Best iPad educational apps to help a 5 year old catch up before kindergarten? She needs help with basic English, ABCs, numbers.
posted by CruiseSavvy to technology (10 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I'd like to preload a gift iPad with as many good apps as possible. Assume the device won't generally be connected to the internet. Assume little adult intervention. Video suggestions could be good too, if there's an easy way to play them, though the interactivity of apps seems better.
Elmo Loves ABCs seems really good, but what else? Something for numbers? Something to practice new words?
Also, which iPad? Would the iPad 1 be capable enough? Or better an iPad 2?
And, any tips on how to set up an iPad you're giving to someone else? Someone who doesn't already have email, etc.?
If there other things that might be super-useful, as long as they're space-efficient and require little adult intervention, I'd love recommendations!
Context: This is for a little girl, R, who's 5 but doesn't speak English very well, or know her full alphabet or numbers. Her (single) dad isn't a native English speaker, and has a lot on his plate right now. Because of money problems, they don't have a TV these days, which used to be a way she picked up English. For a variety of reasons, she hasn't been in preschool. I'm no professional, but I don't think she has underlying developmental problems, I think she just hasn't gotten the exposure or practice.
R and my son used to play together, and I tried to practice with her as much as possible. But they recently moved away from our neighborhood.
While an engaged adult with time on their hands would be the ideal tutor, under the circumstances I'm hoping I can at least help a little with technology -- this is what all those apps are for, right? I have asked her dad if it would be OK to give R a hand-me-down iPad, and he said yes. (Handed down from eBay, but, well, that's handed down from someone.)