“The smartphones, computers, tablets, and digital cameras are already in children’s environments.That is not going to change.It is up to caregivers to find ways to appropriately use the digital objects that permeate young children’s lives.”
Kindermusik: Leading the Way
Kindermusik: Keeping You Informed
In our field of early childhood learning, we don’t have to travel far to be bombarded by a wide variety of opinions about screen time. Kindermusik believes, alongside NAEYC, the Fred Rogers Center, Erikson Graduate School for Child Development, and many other early childhood organizations and professionals, that the purpose of any early childhood learning tool should be interaction and relationship between adult and child, whether digital or physical. Lisa Guernsey, author of Screen Time: How Electronic Media Affects Your Young Child, suggests we consider content, context, and the individual child in order to make wise choices about technology. What Kindermusik provides parents are educational resources that are developmentally appropriate and promote parent/child engagement, on and off the screen.
We’ve spent a lot of time working with the Kindermusik@Home materials. With the exception of a few activities, you can choose whether you engage the activity online or offline. The only online-only activities are the “video field trips” which are very short, and like what you might see on Sesame Street or another educational children’s TV show.
Kindermusik: Your Resource Along the Way
- We have trained all our licensed educators on appropriate ways to use technology with young learners.
- We have equipped each of our educators with an iPad for class use so that we can teach caregivers appropriate ways to incorporate these activities while avoiding passive screen time.
- We are happy to serve as your family’s guide on how to explore technology for little ones.
- We’ll be providing ideas and resources for making simple instruments at home through Pinterest and other channels.