Over the past few months, Princess P has been using an online, animated series of lessons to learn to read... or at least start recognizing more words. Since I deal with online learning on an almost daily basis at work, I was curious to see how effective the Headsprout Early Reading program would be for Princess P.
Not so long ago there was a little boy, in a little town. This little boy's parents were always encouraging him to travel down a good, moral, Christian path. Often, the boy didn't even fully know what was going on. The parents would pop in a cassette tape with some fun stories and groovy tunes. Before long, he found himself repeating the songs, and memorizing the stories. The stories told of things like being kind to your siblings, and befriending the bully, because maybe he just needs someone who will really listen.
It is often said that infants are too young to understand what's going on. While they're in the beginning phase of life, they're just soaking it in.
This train of thought is a discredit to children everywhere. If you've been a parent for any length of time, you know that children are in fact very smart. They can pick the most secure locks, and manipulate almost any situation to achieve their desired outcome. So instead of writing them off as not being able to do much, why not teach a valuable skill?
The three year old loves video games, and I'm proud of it. I've often been told by popular media that video games are the root of all evil, and that they turn your kids into a pile of gelatinous goo, but I disagree. Video games have a great number of redeeming qualities, even for someone as young as three years old. Kids are able to develop more finely tuned motor skills, hone problem solving and observational skills, plus develop a sense of accomplishment.