Tag: Early Childhood Education

Toddler using ipad , read what experts say.

Toddler using ipad , read what experts say.

While waiting for a queue in a movie house, I saw a kid  asking her mom to be carried. The toddler was given an ipad to distract herself.  Can you relate to this scenario?

The new threat to a toddler

Being a  teacher, I have often had my share of experiences with technology . I’ve seen its perks as a tool for educating children.
Parents and even extended family members have also enjoyed its benefits. It has been most useful especially in making a child stop crying. Gone were the days when the parents would limit their kids to video games and watching TV for a long time because it’s unhealthy.  A new threat has already come and that is- the use of ipads and tablets for soothing kids.
As my sisters and I we were chatting and enjoying Korean chicken, I mentioned this scenario to them .One of my sister’s jaw drop, another had a scornful look on her face. Both shook their head and agreed that it wasn’t a healthy thing to have especially with kids. They couldn’t explain why.They just agreed to the  thought it was unhealthy. Suspicious that the shaking of head and the scornful look was just the effect of  too much spicy chicken, I also opted to have a further read on it. As I read article upon article, I’ve come to gather these ideas.

1.The parent-baby bond

Self-soothe or self-settle is a development stage for a child to organically  learn self-regulation of emotions with the help of parents. Say, you are kid who fell asleep from watching a cartoon with your favorite toy at hand.You suddenly wake up from sleeping. Your toy ipad is gone. It’s dark. No one around was there to comfort you. Such a scary thought isn’t it? Imagine another scenario. You  wake up but realize that mommy or daddy is not around because you saw them leave the room just after you were kissed , said good night to and tightly tucked to bed. You then go back to sleep.Which scenario do you think showed a more bonded relationship between the parent and the child?

2. Playtime

Displacing play over watching videos make someone sluggish and disoriented. Playing actually helps in a lot  of aspects on a kid’s life. Psychologist Sue Palmer mentions creativity, adaptability, curiosity, problem-solving, self-confidence and resilience are only some examples of the benefits of playing real  outdoor games with friends, family or classmate. Susan Greenfield, a neuro scientist, says that we can’t just leave the kids in front of the screens and expect them to develop a long attention span.

3. Focus is better than hocus pocus.

There have been studies linking deteriorated mental ability and health to excessive use of screentime.  Kids under four years  in UK participated in this study . It showed that too much virtual activity  leads to less contact to reality. Also, it disorients one view of reality(this is the hocus pocus) . Think of a child’s brain like a blank sheet of paper.What the child experiences from the 5 senses are drawn on this paper. What happens if reality was not established  at the initial stages of a child’s development?

4.Even Steve Jobs did not let his kids gadgets.

Need I say more?
Watch this video about what experts recommend:
So, drop the gadget for your toddler. He or she should experience things  first hand.Make your baby play and interact with other living beings. Bond. No screen time under three years of age.
A New Step into Early Childhood Education: Motherhood’s Perspective

A New Step into Early Childhood Education: Motherhood’s Perspective

A New Step into Early Childhood Education: Motherhood’s Perspective

First of all, taking a new step into Early Childhood Education is a biggest decision outside my core of being a stay home Mom. A mother’s intuition that’s hard to resist, yet you needed a thorough decision, all I need is to take a plunged.  First step lead me to  take a Caregiver course, thou it was a different journey, wherein you need to show empathy and an immeasurable amount of care. I want to broaden the empathy, the care into a different passion, take the “care” to “educate”.

Hence, education always start at home and encompasses one great heart. Thus, bridging these two worlds of being a mother and educator in one. Simply, Early Childhood Education is unique and a fun-filled world. We can have fun or make a game out of almost anything. Kids have a natural love of learning.

Moreover, when children are young, they are learning sponges. Every new experience, every word they learn, every behavior they adopt, is an investment in a more fruitful future. You can never have a greater impression on a person than when they are in their early childhood years.

Furthermore, let me give you an introduction to early childhood. A child’s world is fresh, new, beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs this companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with the child joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.

What is early childhood?

First, let’s define early childhood as the period of life from infancy through age of eight. The term early childhood education refers to the group settings deliberately intended to effect developmental changes in young children.

Thus, Early childhood programs include group setting for infants through the primary years of elementary schools, kindergarten through grade three.

Since, early childhood education has a rich and exciting history. The story of its development is the chronicle of people who took bold steps toward improving children’s lives. Additionally, knowing that early childhood philosophy has deep roots can be inspiration and helps educators develop professional expression.

Therefore, Early childhood educators are those professional who build bridges between a child’s two worlds, school and home. During these years that the foundation for future learning is set. These are the building-block years, during which a child learns to walk, talk, establish an identity, print and count. In later years, that same child builds on these skills to be able to climb mountains, speak a second language, learn to express and negotiate, write in cursive and understand multiplication.

What are key essential benefits of early childhood education for children:

In conclusion, abundance of benefit to early childhood education is not an option and as parents we should understand its importance to our children growth and development. Below are the key essential benefits of early childhood education for children:

Socialization and Cooperation: 

Learning how to socialize and cooperate, within a safe learning environment, guided by educators who have the children’s best interests at heart.

Encouraging Holistic Development:

The approach taken to build a strong foundation for a child’s emotional, social, physical and mental development, which will prepare them for a lifetime.

Enthusiasm for Lifelong Learning:

Love of education for reading, learning, discovery, nature takes root in preschool.

Convey the Value of Education through Experience:

Preschool will provide them with a new perspective that will remain with them all throughout their schooling journey.

Respect, Teamwork and Resilience:

There is no better place to learn this virtue than in preschool environment, where everything is shared, civility and manners are both taught and learned organically.

Concentration and Patience:

As educators we need to balance this zest with ability to listen, follow directions, attend to tasks and participate in group activities to develop skill of concentration.

Confidence and Self-Esteem:

A strong sense of well-being will encourage children to explore their talents, skills and interest.

Exposure to Diversity:

It is important that children understand that everyone is unique and special in their own way with their own culture, beliefs and ethnicity.