You read it right; I approve of most all types of learning. Play, Montessouri, Waldorf, all of them! When I was pregnant with my first child who is now 20-months-old, I worked in a daycare, taught swim lessons to children, and coupled those jobs with employment as a full-time nanny. I was assured and confident that technology for kids was not in their best interest overall, and it was a treat.
Now that I am a mommy, I have taken a look at the research from a different angle. Rather than studying this from a “potential harm” point of view, I’m looking at it from a proactive point of view.
As far back as I can remember, I was active in different activities as a kid. I played sports. I researched from both computer and encyclopedia. In elementary school, we played Oregon Trail in computer class. I visited the zoo, and the beach. I crafted, and I had workbooks.
Now, I see so many mommy wars on the types of education best for their children, and what harm could come from them. In our family, my daughter absolutely thrives from interactive cell phone games, select TV shows, reward movies, messy art slimes and goos, building with blocks and sand, crafting with glitter and popcycle sticks, helping me clean and cook, as well as coloring and activity books. Even going to the mall is an experience for her! Our doctor is beyond thrilled with her quick development that is months beyond her age.
Here are some of the positives of teaching children with all forms of education vs. excluding one medium or concentrating solely on one:
- Prepares children for the real world, where all types of people and education survive
- Practice makes perfect; some learn visually, others audibly, and some by doing. But, one can get better and better at all the other methods with practice and repetition.
- Repetition creates perfection; Kara can learn her colors with blocks and toys, again with a phone app, again while on a nature hunt, and again when folding clothes! All of these together create a learning environment she thrives in!
I don’t exclude one type of learning medium in its entirety because the real world will not allow her to do so. She will, at some point, need to type or work a phone. She will, at some point, need to read. And she will at some point need to answer questions on a worksheet. Excluding one of the above will only disservice her in the long run, in my opinion.
What do you think? Do you teach your children with all learning mediums? Do you unplug for months on end? Do you swear by Montessouri? Do you throw work books to the curb? Leave us a comment to let us know what works in your home and why it works so well!