Introducing Kids to Technology: 4 Moms

This 4 Moms topic (like nearly all of our 4 Moms topics) originated with a reader question. I’m not sure what the questioner was wondering, but this seems a very straight forward topic. moms of many manage

Children in today’s society are naturally exposed to all sorts of technology and unlike what we’ve been taught, they really don’t need to have a formal plan of instruction and  teachers who’ve met certain qualifications in order  to learn.

As a matter of fact, as I continue to watch our children grow, develop and learn, I’m more convinced that much of this ‘formal’ teaching may be detrimental to our children’s development and to how God created them to learn.

The “Hole in the Wall” experiment has demonstrated that children in poverty, who have had very little exposure to technology learn very well on their own and that if they were provided with a computer,

Within hours and without instruction, children began browsing the web.

When our kids have need of, or interest in certain technology, they learn about it. They learn about it the same way Mark and I learn about it, by using it and experimenting with it.

In our home we don’t limit exposure to technology per se. We encourage our children to use the different technologies available to them and we provide supervision and instruct them about their responsibilities.

We also don’t go out of our way to have all the latest technology just so our children are able to learn about it. We acquire technology that fits our budget and that we believe will be beneficial for our family.

What other questions do you have? How have you broached technology in your home?

[Laughing to/at myself] I just read Connie’s post about technology answering the questions of ‘what age’ and ‘how much’. That’s probably what the question was about. I don’t think about that type of thing too much because, 1) we don’t have texting capabilities and 2) we don’t have mobile social media devices, so we don’t deal with that at this point in our lives.

Because we try to focus on being productive or active in our for-fun, free time we don’t tend to invest a lot of money in technology that entertains, so when I think of technology I think of the useful aspects of technology, not so much the entertainment aspects of it. :)

Be sure to visit the other 4 Moms to read what they have to say about technology:

KimC at Life in a Shoe
Connie at Smockity Frocks
Headmistress at The Common Room

 

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3 Responses to Introducing Kids to Technology: 4 Moms
  1. Lisa
    October 11, 2012 | 10:46 am

    This is very off topic, so please forgive me! I wasn’t sure where to ask this question! :)

    I’ve been reading all your homeschooling posts (which are just wonderful and so very helpful!), and I was wondering if you could elaborate more on the topic of what you’re using for curriculum this year. I know you’ve mentioned in the past about your issues with some of the Sonlight books within some of the core programs, but I was wondering if you’re still using it for your littler ones, and what are you doing for your olders? Did you use core programs 1-5 with all your children, or did you have to do something else for your littles when you did core 5? Just wondering and gathering information! I so appreciate your posts on this topic!

    Also, I was wondering if you could tell me a little about SL’s language and what you thought of it? Or if you could suggest what one could use in it’s place if you didn’t like their language?

    Sorry for the barrage of questions! I so appreciate your views on things like this and have gained so much knowledge from your posts thus far in this area. I am considering this curriculum, and thought I’d ask an “expert”! :)

    Thank you so much!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Hi Lisa,

    I hope to publish a post of what we’re doing for curriculum this year. I have it mostly written. Look for it soon.

    We are still using Sonlight for our younger children. I plan to use it up through Core 5.

    We’ve designed our own reading, listening, discussion plan for our older kids. In the near future we will be incorporating some books from Veritas Press’ Omnibus curriculum.

    We used Sonlight 1-5 with all of our children (nothing different for the younger ones when we went through Core 5).

    I didn’t like SL’s language arts program. We simply adopted a Charlotte Mason approach to language arts. Read Teaching Writing: Grammar and Teaching Writing: Composition for how we do it. We do a lot of reading/copy work from McGuffey’s readers.

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  2. Katena
    October 11, 2012 | 1:58 pm

    I am a tech person and my boys have used them since 2 years of age. We have some children that do not speak and we use oure devices to communicate. We also let them use the computers supervised everything is in the livingroom. We also only let them use them on the weekends and when they need them for homework.

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