The period between the ages of three and seven is a very important time for child development. At this age, a child’s brain is like a sponge for information. In fact, the social, communication and language skills learned at this young age can influence a person’s entire life.
The use of educational robots aids child development in several fun and interactive ways — and here are five of the most effective.
1. They Teach Different Languages
Research shows that young children find learning new languages much easier than adolescents and adults. An educational robot can introduce the basics of many languages and slowly build on them through a combination of relevant discourse and fun games. If you can introduce your child to a robot at the age of three, there’s a good chance they’ll have a reasonable grasp of the language you’ve chosen by the age of seven.
2. They Nurture Compassion and Empathy
Children learn about compassion, empathy, and kindness from the people around them. And the more kids witness positive behaviors, the more they’re reinforced. Educational robots lead by example in this respect.
The most technologically advanced models have the ability to read your child’s facial expressions. When your child laughs, the robot laughs along. But when your child cries, the robot does the same. Not only do this teach empathy and compassion, it provides your child with a sensitive friend.
3. They Provide Growth Reports
Parents want to know that their children are developing well, learning from the world around them and displaying positive personality traits. Instead of guessing or relying on the anecdotal feedback from teachers, relatives, and friends, you can see your child’s development via detailed reports.
When goals or certain activities have been noticed by the report, alerts are sent directly to you — the proud parent. But when your child’s development is falling short, you’ll know straight away, allowing you to investigate and intervene as quickly as possible.
4. They Educate in a Fun Way
Children take in an amazing amount of information between the ages of three and seven. And you can help this process along by making learning fun. An educational robot can teach your kids about everything from geography to math. But rather than simply reading out a list of facts and figures, the robot gets the point across with fun games. This interactive approach engages children and holds their attention for longer.
5. They Develop Communication Skills
The latest educational robots can speak and interact with children — listening to the child’s responses and offer coherent responses. In fact, cutting-edge robot technology allows for a conversation on a range of subjects. Particularly if your child doesn’t have siblings, this technology could prove invaluable in your home.
Whether it’s playtime or learning time, the constant interaction between child and robot cultivates communication skills and improves reasoning. Robots also encourage children to ask questions and be inquisitive about the world around them. So when your child starts first grade, they’ll be ready to converse with their teachers and friends from the very first morning.
An educational robot is far more than a toy. It’s a friend, a teacher and a role model. Give your child the best start in life by making a robot an honorary member of your family.