Working with children every day I am privy to some of the cutest, funniest and most surprising comments on a daily basis.
With the arrival of snow recently I asked the children ages 4 and 5, in my class to think about the ways in which we can tell what the weather is like outside…keep in mind that the classroom I’m in has several very large windows that were unobstructed and in plain view of the children and this was right before the time of day when we go outside to play when I asked them this.
I quickly got a dozen little hands that shot up into the air eager to share with me their suggestions…the answers included ipad’s, tablets, laptops, computers, iphones, ipods and cell phones and yet not one child mentioned the idea of looking out a window to see what was happening outside or opening the door, or physically going outside to decipher the weather for that day.
Although all of they’re responses are accurate and probably the most accessible options made available to them on a daily basis it was slightly disconcerting that not one child thought of what I believed to be some of the most obvious options. Now I’m not saying this is good or bad but I do think it is very telling of where we’re at with the younger generation when the use of technology trumps the simple act of stepping outside into nature.
Something to think about…