Tablets help kids learn In­done­sian

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

Pan­na­won­ica pre-school chil­dren have been given the op­por­tu­nity to learn In­done­sian us­ing play-based tablet apps.

One Tree Pan­na­won­ica Chil­dren Ser­vices ob­tained the lan­guage learn­ing re­sources through the gov­ern­ment’s Early Learn­ing Lan­guages Aus­tralia pro­gram which has been de­liv­ered in se­lected schools across the coun­try.

Tablets are pro­vided with pre­in­stalled play-based apps which al­low chil­dren to learn French, Ara­bic, Chi­nese, Ja­panese or In­done­sian.

One Tree Pan­na­won­ica Chil­dren Ser­vices direc­tor Re­becca Young said they opted to teach the prekindy kids In­done­sian.

“We have to se­lect a lan­guage so we’ve gone with In­done­sian,” she said.

“It’s ac­tu­ally quite sur­pris­ing how quickly they do pick it up.

“We take a lit­tle bit longer to learn it and the chil­dren are some­times teach­ing us.”

Ms Young said the child­care cen­tre in­cor­po­rates the lessons into daily rou­tine.

“The chil­dren are get­ting pre­pared for go­ing out and get­ting out into the world and and Bali be­ing one of those places that a lot of fam­i­lies do visit, it’s set­ting them up for that sort of ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

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