This is the key to everything about our kids. Learning happens through play. I’m not sure if you had a chance to check out the blogpost about stressed parenting. If you did, great, this ties into it a little bit. If you didn’t, I put a link at the end so you can check it out later.
The video is about much more than that but there’s something that keeps coming up more and more and more as I learn more about child development and how to set Claire up for success.
This is critical. Make it fun! Make it playful. For fun to happen, it means that the child is in a safe place. They are comfortable and all senses are open to new experiences. This is the best time to learn.
Check out this video about Bo and Yana. Bo and Yana are robots that can be programmed by kids to do stuff. They’re programmed through an ipad or something like that it looks like in the video. They’re made by i-Play.
I don’t know much more about this other than what’s in the video but I’ve seen them around on Facebook for a while now. I can’t wait for Claire to have these. But besides actually having these for your kids, think about the principle behind it.
Yes, of course they’re teaching kids how to program that’s the whole point. They’ll learn about loops and else statements without even realizing it. So that later on “programming” and thinking analytically will just be so deeply ingrained that it will make miracles happen.
We have my generation which grew up 1/2 with computers 1/2 without it but we managed to absorb them into our lives. Clearly we are the best generation because we have the best of both worlds, balanced.
The next generation was born fully in the internet era, but at its baby years. Yes, they’ve been connected since they were toddlers but they have nothing like Claire’s generation has today. Thinks like The internet of things, smart devices, and opportunities to learn with thinks like these cool robots.
Imagine, the past 20 years we’ve been building this infrastructure of knowledge and connections (the internet at large). We’ve laid the foundation for knowledge to be dispersed quicker and further each time. So much so that our kids won’t have to think about all this “work” that it was to setup a website, program an app or query a database. That will be “done” for them and so long as they’ve learned the skills to program and think critically and analytically they’ll be able to use the tools to build the next generation of awesome.
Not only are they born into an era of amazing technological advances, but they are fully immersed in it from day one. They are experiencing the internet in a period of extreme expansion and changes. They don’t event think of the internet like we do. To them it is all around us 24/7 without a second thought, it is a lot like the air we breathe.
It is only fair that we give them the tools now so that when they take the torch they can run with it. This Bo and Yana thing is an amazing educational tool, just by seeing its capabilities and by reading about it. I loved my childhood, but man! I wish I had this when I was a kid. As soon as we can, Claire will be getting these.