Preschool and Kindergarten aren’t what they used to be. Gone are the days where you played dress up, had a little peanut butter and jelly, pulled girls hair and took a nap (then repeat). As technology has improved teaching methods at the primary school through high school levels, parents are finding more and more that there kids need a level of skill that in the old days, didn’t happen until after first grade.
With the advances in technology outside of the classroom and in the home, and more and more kids using mobile devices, earlier and earlier in age, students at the first grade level are reading full books, and doing basic math.
More and more parents are throwing mobile devices at kids as young as two to calm them down or give them something to do. Believe it or not, those kids are learning things.
The Waterford Institute, a non profit research institute focused purely on education, has released a new software platform to help enable the youngest of learners to close the school “readiness gap”. The new platform, called “Smart Start” is uniquely designed to help students at that level.
Waterford has been known for their impact on elementary level education. With “Smart Start” they help prime students for what’s to come as they move from the Kindergarten level to first grade and it makes each student familiar with not only the Waterford system but using technology in the classroom.