So as you already know my son recently started kindergarten! Ya, go him! Anyhow, when I went to orientation with him this past week we received his schedule of activities that he would be doing through out the school week. Well low in behold one of those things was computer class. I will admit that I do at times let my son play the occasional educational game on the computer but its VERY rare. I feel as though he already spends enough time with electronics i.e. the TV and that using the computer is just another excuse to not be outside or other activities. I guess the question I'm trying to answer for myself is whether or not computers and other such learning devices(i.e. Ipads) belong in the kindergarten classrooms.
I've read a lot the past few days about some of the benefits of using computers in classrooms starting with kindergarten and yes I will agree that there are some like that it prepares them for future use because you do have to start somewhere! It helps improve long term memory, keeps things interesting and helps improve math and reading skills. Yet, aren't there other ways that work just as well? Good old fashioned learning?! I didn't start using a computer until I was in the 3rd grade and I learned what was required just as easily without a computer.
I learned how to write with a pencil and paper. I learned how to spell by looking up words in the dictionary and sounding them out. I mean do they even have dictionaries anymore or we do we rely solely on spellchecker?!
For me kindergarten is about having fun, its about crayons, finger paints, blocks and yes learning! Its about being creative and using your imagination! Its about learning to write and improving your penmanship! Yes penmanship that thing people seem to have forgotten about because we seem to use less and less of it in our daily lives! I guess my biggest concern as a parent is how much and how often and what are they actually doing on the computer?! Questions that I haven't asked but will be soon and maybe then I'll actually be able to make up my mind how I really feel about computer use at such a young age.