SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Parents and their children consider the iPad to be more than just another electronic device. The popular tablet is becoming a tool for learning as well.
USA Today reports apps designed for children are now twice as numerous as those designed for adults. Kid-centered apps teach children how to draw letters, sound out words and improve their memory. Many are designed specifically to prepare kids for kindergarten. Some educators even think the iPad has a leg up on more traditional methods of learning.
"A lot of times, when you're looking for pencil grasp or writing, their hands aren't strong enough yet. This kind of separates it, where they can just do it with their finger," said Nixa pre-school teacher Jennie Newberry.
Parents like Stephanie Yeager have taken to the iPad because it lets their kids learn when parents are busy being parents.