The building blocks of the environment
Children reach out to the world - and thus understand the first building blocks of their complicated environment. At the same time, no concepts are created, the cognitive process starts on a very basic level. Only the basics develop in the brain to later solve mental problems.
This requires a variety of stimuli from the real world - simple toys, forest walks or direct interaction with the parents. Hellgard Rauh writes: "The ideas of objects and persons, of processes and laws thus arise from the child's acting experience with his environment and are an active intellectual achievement of the child."
Acting experiences are imperative
Acting experiences are absolutely the basis for a healthy development, which however can not passively take place in front of electronic media. Passive and not interactive, as the objection might be.
Because when toddlers on the tablet wipe or press keys on the game laptop, only a very limited motor repertoire is practiced. Quite apart from the fact that real sensory experiences are not possible in this way.
Or is it possible to simulate a forest on the screen - with green trees, rotted branches and anthills? With the musty smell of the soil, the song of the birds and the crackling noises, when rotten wood breaks apart?
No - this world is so unique that we have the important task of putting our children into life right from the start.
Against this background, it seems questionable what the company Brill-Kids in America has worked out: The Little Math Learning System. It is intended for babies under the age of two and a half - and is intended to convey mathematical set concepts with flash cards. It says in the advertisement: The child would immediately learn "mental calculations", which can perhaps translate with "mental arithmetic".
The genius of tomorrow?
Furthermore, it says: "It will be a self-confident mathematician for his entire life." Yes, there is actually in the English original, the job title "mathematician"!
Other products call themselves: Little Reader and Little Musician ... No wonder the company's slogan is "Kids are brilliant!" But such a program only hurts. It's like building a third floor in house building. In this way children are completely overwhelmed.
Brilliant babies? Then she reappears, the yearning for the perfect child to win several Nobel Prizes. Brilliant babies will later become brilliant scientists, artists or managers ... Anyone who has not come up with the idea of the Pregaphone or Ritmo Pregnancy Audio Belt can now calm their guilty conscience.
Reality instead of digitality!
But the shot goes back slightly: the longer toddlers sit in front of digital toys, the less they experience the real world. With all the negative consequences for their cognitive development! What she seems to promote undermines her ability to discover the world.
Digitality instead of reality - that seems a safe one Concept to be the basis for babies to handle digital media healthily later on. First, a cellar must be built, then the first and second floor. Then we can set up a computer under the roof - and do not have to worry that it will later use teens only for Daddeln.
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