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Tots and IPads: Pros and Cons.

Tots and IPads: Pros and Cons.

“This is my daughter watching videos on her IPad”

In today’s world where technology is growing fast and advanced, so are kids. Gone are the days where all children play outside together with other kids. Writing this post makes me remember my childhood days. Compared to today’s generation, there are many changes that have happened. One of those of course is the birth of IPad, thanks to Apple Inc.

IPad is Apple Inc’s tablet computer, which is really portable and easy to use. That’s why children as young as 2 years old can easily access and operate it. There are lots of debates and discussions about whether IPad is really good or bad for kids. In my opinion, Yes and No. I have a 2-year old daughter, so I will base my explanation on my experience whether the IPad is good or bad.

Pro – YouTube. My daughter likes watching videos on YouTube and she easily copies what she sees especially the dance routines. Educational videos with dance lets her move her body and I think improves her memory. My daughter was able to memorize the dance routine of Jollibee’s “Sweet Sarap” dance tutorial. And so I discovered that she loves dancing just like her dad.

Con – YouTube. When connected to the Internet, she can choose any videos that may fancy her. I think it’s not advisable for her since there are some videos that are not appropriate her age and she can copy the actions easily.

In this case, it’s better to control the videos that she can watch. It’s a good thing that YouTube let’s you download the videos you’d like to watch even if you are not connected online. [Mind you, my daughter was the first one to discover for me ^_^] In this way, I know that she only watches educational videos.

Pro – Game Apps. I can say my daughter is a fast learner. I will just show her how to play this particular game on the IPad and then later on she can play that game by herself. The game apps I download will of course are educational, like alphabets, colors, numbers etc. When we go out, I don’t need to bring all her other toys for her to learn the alphabets and numbers. They are all in the IPad.

Con – Game Apps. There are times that she will choose the IPad more than her toys, that’s why sometimes I had to hide her IPad so she could play with her toys.

In this case, I don’t charge the IPad’s battery fully. The IPad’s battery only has 30%. My daughter knows that when the IPad runs out of battery, it’s time to let it go.

Pro – Eating out. We all know that toddlers starting at the age of 2 are the hardest to handle. To pacify her especially in public places, I can say the IPad is helpful. Whenever we dine out, I always bring her IPad so that when she’s bored waiting for the food, she can play with her IPad and she won’t be noisy.

Con – Eating out. Sometimes my daughter doesn’t like to eat or won’t finish her food because she’s too engrossed at watching or playing her IPad.

In this case, always be ready with her favorite snacks or food so even if she’s watching or playing the IPad, she can still eat.

So far, those are the reasons I can think of. Before ending this post, I can say that it will still depend on the parents on how you want to handle and discipline your child. Each toddler is different so as your parenting style. You just have to discover what’s the best approach. As long as you know that your child is growing the way you want her/him to be, you are a good parent.

 

Babylyn Ramirez

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.