The Hidden Resource:
You may be familiar with many of the materials that you have access to at our library, such as books, CD's, audiobooks, magazines, and DVDs. But are you familiar with the array of resources that are available electronically? Do you know what an electronic resource is? For those of you who are willing to take a journey into the vast world of electronic resources, this blog series is for you.
Vroom is this fun app that makes it easy and fun to help your child's brain! Made to fit in the palm of your hand (as an app on your phone), you and your child can turn any moment into a fun learning activity that will help build good habits and create a good foundation for future learning. Check out some of the details below!
Browse - You can browse the tips by Activity such as "At the Park," "At an Appointment," "Laundry," and "Mealtime." So, for example, I decided to check out the "Laundry" section since we have a literacy center at a Laundromat in town and I thought it would be fun to have some activities for those who use the literacy center.
The one I really liked was "Step by Step with Your Child." This activity helps your child break down a project into manageable steps and understanding processes. According to the brainy background, it helps "your child develop focus and self-control."
The Vroom app has tips for playtime, mealtime, cleaning up, bath time, bedtime, and at the store. There are 103 tips for Playtime alone! One of my favorites is a wrap up game where you wrap items and have your child try to guess what the items are. This one helps with working memory! Some categories have a lot of tips, and others are smaller sections but still offer a variety of things to do each time that activity could come up. Since repetition is such a great tool for learning, each activity can be done over and over again!
"Doing the same thing over and over helps Your Child's brain grow, too! So don't hesitate to repeat your favorite tips as often as you'd like." You can mark any of your tips as a favorite by clicking on the heart icon on the right of the card. Once you have marked them, you can always find them in the Favorites section of your account. To remove one, you can just click on the heart icon of the activity card and it will delete it. If you want to remove them all, you can select the "remove all" option on the bottom of the screen. If you have less than 5 tips, the app will encourage you to add more in!
Keep track of your progress with your little one by completing each activity! When you mark an activity as complete, the app celebrates your progress and then if you want to see how many activities you have completed, you can look and see how many skills you have focused on and reflect on your stats. There is also a view for history and you can see what day you accomplished an activity and what activity it was. So for instance, when I view my stats, it shows that I have completed 7 tips with my child, and they fall into problem solving, reflecting, thinking flexibly and working memory. My history shows that I have done 5 different activities, which means that I did a few more than once. Which is great, because repetition is so good for learning!
Take turns, follow, look, chat, stretch. These are the helpful brain building tools that Vroom recommends that will promote every day learning and lifelong learning for your child. Vroom has also included a video to show how each of these activities enhances your baby or child's daily life and how to notice what their interests are as you interact with them. My favorite is the family that is trying on different hats. What a fun and simple activity to do with your child for the whole family.