With the end of daylight savings time…
Now that the sun is setting an hour earlier and kids are moving indoors more with the cooler weather, the question arises as to how best to use that time in the house. We are reminded of a story in the paper several years ago, about some parents who sued the Disney Company because there was no evidence that watching “Baby Einstein” videos had made their children any smarter. The letters to the editor in the Times a few days after the story appeared were interesting. We’d like to quote from two of them:
With the report that young children are watching more television than ever before it’s important to keep in mind that young children entering our school are primarily sense explorers. With all the things parents have to juggle in their daily routines sometimes putting the kids in front of the TV is the best option at a given period of time. Just remember, for the child, the less exposure to TV the better for their development. And when it isn’t necessary, turning it off is a good thing…
PBS Newshour had a good piece on dealing with the increasing amounts of time kids are spending in front of screens of various sorts. Check it out here.
- Shelly Thompson, Director
P.S. The Parent Association will be discussing Technology and the Montessori Child this week as part of their Montessori Enrichment program for parents. Check the school calendar for meeting details.