I got a 6 a.m. wake up call this morning. I groggily picked it up and said “Hello”
“Hi Nana” my 2 year old granddaughter said.
“Hi MayMay. You are up early. Where is your Momma?”
“Seeping” (translate to mean sleeping).
“She’s asleep? So how did you call Nana by yourself?” I asked.
“I see you” she said.
It took me a minute to figure out what she meant. After all it was 6a.m. and I had stayed up until 2 the night before making Christmas ornaments for my ornament business. I figured out she saw my picture by my phone number in the address book of my daughter’s cell phone and touched the button to call me.
This shouldn’t surprise me at all. This child knew how to find her Sesame Street videos on You Tube on my ipad by the time she was a year old. She could find all the games I downloaded for her on my phone and ipad ny herself and was much more computer savvy by that time than her 83 year old great grandmother who could only access her online Bingo game on her computer.
Believe me, I tried to teach my mother how to do more on her computer. The internet could open up a whole new world for someone who is house bound. But she just couldn’t get the hang of it.
I’m not one of those people who thinks technology is a bad thing for children. Quite the opposite. I already see the benefits with my granddaughter. By playing her toddler games, at 18 months old, she already knew more than her mother did at age 5. MayMay can spell simple words. She knows all her ABCs, she can count to 20.
I am amazed at all this toddler knows. But I am a little worried too. Will she actually learn how to write? Not type on a keyboard but write? How about writing in cursive? I hear some schools have actually stopped teaching that.
I am all for kids becoming technologically advanced. In today’s world, it’s pretty much a requirement. But not at the expense of learning the basics. Is their room to learn both? I sure hope so.
Maybe I’m old fashioned but I plan on making sure my little MayMay can write with a pencil on paper. She will know how to print as well as write in cursive. She will be able to read a physical book made of paper as well as a kindle or computer screen. She will be able to do simple math problems without using a calculator. I also want her to be able paint with real paint and paper, work with clay and whatever other art project that she wants to do.
If she doesn’t learn all these skills in school, I will teach them to her myself. I want this child to be well rounded and have all the opportunities available to her.
I really hope children everywhere will also have the opportunity to learn these things before they disappear as irrelevant in our society.
What do you think? If you have young children or grandchildren, do you plan on teaching them the basics too?