Technology Trap By Joy Figuero
We all love the resources that are available at our fingertips. Everything we want to know is available online. There are apps and tutorials to teach us virtually anything. The power is in a swipe or a click! This is great but, like most things, too much of it can cause harm. God gives us allowances and choices with the expectation that we do not abuse those rights.
So, how is technology HURTING us? Social development and relationships are failing, anxieties are growing, proper physical wellbeing and physical development are hindered. We have become so dependent on technology that we take for granted the necessity of doing things “the old fashioned way”.
One of the most prevalent developmental delays we see in preschool students is their lack of fine motor skills. Weak fine motor skills reduces a child’s ability to write, cut with scissors, use eating utensils, and even dressing themselves a challenge. These are all necessary life skills.
So, what can we do about it? Replace iPads, computers and cellphones with play-doh, crayons and coloring books, or lacing and cutting activities and physical books for them to thumb through and read. Revert back to traditional methods of play and exploration that foster natural growth and development of our children. It’s going to be an adjustment for adults and children, but the benefits will outweigh the temper tantrums.
“The more that you read, the more you will know, the more that you know, the more places you will go” Dr. Seuss,
As a child did you have a favorite book character or book series? Did you have that book you read so much that you had it memorized? Books and their characters take us to places we may not get to go and help us to dream of things bigger than ourselves. In our world today we have so many more options that seem more exciting and fun that often times the pleasure of reading a good book is forgotten.
Many parents ask, “What can I do to help my child be more successful in school?” One of my first answers is always read with them and have them read to you. We can’t underestimate the power of taking time to read with our children everyday. Following are ten benefits of reading with your children as cited in the article “The Importance of Reading with Kids: 10 Great Benefits”. I hope that something in this list will inspire you to start reading today!
Reading sets your children up for success. Some studies have shown that reading to babies and toddlers helps prepare them for school later down the line.
Reading helps develop language. Reading a variety of books introduces children to vocabulary on different topics.
Reading exercises the brain. Brain exercise is as important as physical exercise.
Reading improves concentration. A routine of reading will help your child sit still for longer periods of time which will be beneficial when it’s time to start school.
Reading together encourages a thirst for knowledge. Reading often sparks questions and encourages dialogue.
Reading a range of books teaches about different topics.
Reading develops creativity and imagination. In a book unlike movies we get to imagine what the characters look like and sound like or what the setting might look like. It’s a picture we paint for ourselves.
Reading helps develop empathy. Children will begin to identify with the pain and struggles of the characters they read about which helps them relate to the emotions of others.
Books are a form of entertainment. Movies, television, and video games have taken over the entertainment world. As previously mentioned a good book can take you to places you have never been and imagine things never imagined.
Reading builds a bond with your child. A bedtime story is a great time to unwind, relax, and spend some quality time together. If this is done on a regular basis your child will begin to look forward to the time that you spend together.
Take some time to introduce your child to your favorite books and characters. Go to the library and check some out and get reading together.
For the complete article used for this blog you can visit: https://bilingualkidspot.com/2017/10/19/benefits-importance-reading-young-children/
“Empathy and the “Feels
Isn’t it upsetting when things get out of control, someone hurts you or your child is being defiant? Our preschool department has been working on a book study called “Conscious Discipline” by Dr. Becky Bailey. One of the seven chapters in her book is dedicated to the feeling of Empathy. Dr. Bailey states to get to the heart of these trying times we need to be a S.T.A.R. which stands for “Smile, Take a deep breath ,And Relax”. We have adapted this in our classes as “Stop, Take a deep breath, And Relax”. While becoming a STAR, you also need to accept things as they are instead of focusing on what should of happened or what you wanted to happen. This is also the time to pray. “Feelings are not caused by events, but by our perception of events” (Bailey,pg 191). When your child or student is upset, watch how you react because your reaction teaches that child how to respond to others when they are upset. Using the feeling of Empathy, you do not need to agree or disagree with the situation, but rather the key is to STAR, accept the situation as it is, listen, mirror what the individual expressed, respond with understanding, and then strive to help them find a solution. I would recommend this book study as Dr. Bailey offers a wealth of insight and knowledge about how Conscious Discipline connects to certain parts of the brain that are responsible for an individual's reaction and how you can help children (and adults) work through those tough times the "brain smart" way.