A Place to Grow Learning Blog

  • New Technology Offers a Window into Your Preschooler’s Day

    Posted by on April 13, 2016

    “Hey kiddo, what did you do in school today?”
    “Umm, I don’t know.” (or) “I don’t remember” (or the dreaded) “Nothing!”

    If you’ve ever had this exchange with your preschooler, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, you’re in good company because a majority of parents will tell a similar story – equating trying to learn about their child’s day to pulling teeth in a dentist’s office. 

    Like many parents who have young children in daycare or preschool, you long for that window into your child’s world. To be a fly on their classroom wall and hear the imaginative conversations that take place between new friends; see the wonder of knowledge reflected on little faces during early stage instruction; witness your child stumble, fall, and eventually pick themselves up to triumph in their maturation.

    But, at the end of the day, all you may get is a shrug followed by “what’s for dinner?”

    At a Place to Grow (APTG), we know that full transparency isn’t just on a parent’s wish list, it’s vital to the learning process. And, if your young child isn’t providing the insight into every aspect of their day as you would hope (and they seldom do), then it’s up to us to do so. For this reason, we’ve implemented Kaymbu, a new system that improves communication to strengthen the home/school connection for families.

    APTG is one of over 100 schools employing this state-of-the-art technology.  The personalized online system provides you with visual and informational updates on your child throughout the day. Teachers now have the capability to record video, photos, and document school-day activities on their classroom iPad. When your child is tagged in any of the data, you receive a secure email featuring that image, text, or video. All of the information passed on the secure system is private and for the exclusive use of our school and your family. Even grandparents can share in these moments when you add them to your individual account.

    You won’t have to ask, because you’ll already know.
    Many parents find that the Kaymbu system allows them to initiate more meaningful conversations with their children. By talking about specific details of your child’s day you can engage them in a lot more dialogue, as well as reinforce topics that are covered in class.

    While Kaymbu does foster a level of transparency, it is not a replacement to parent/teacher conferences or family nights. It is however, an important tool to help us track student progress and hold historical data to witness improvements, achievements and milestones.

    Kaymbu provides A Place to Grow with the opportunity to better the flow of regular communication, it offers new teaching and learning techniques, and is a fun and interactive tool that families enjoy using. And as it happens, it helps to answer the age old question, “so, what did you do today?”