Apollo occupies himself with his LeapPad as he waits for a flu shot at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
One thing I’ve learned about being the mom of a large family is, it is impossible to raise my younger children in exactly the same way we’ve raised our older ones. The sheer fact that our home is now filled with teens means my current preschooler (Apollo) is exposed to many things his older siblings never were at age 3. Add to that the fact that Apollo spends a lot of time either:
a) sitting still while we tubefeed him
b) sitting still because he’s tired.
I resigned myself long ago to the fact that Apollo was going to be exposed to screens much more than his older siblings ever were. Knowing that, I work hard to provide quality screen time for Apollo. Thankfully, in the past 17 years, things have really come along for preschool media choices. The learning on many game is now dynamic….a child works at a concept until he masters it, then the game automatically moves to more difficult material. Instead of rote memory, these games now increase logical thinking.
Recently I had the chance to work with Dr. Jody Sherman LeVos, Child Development and Learning Expert, and ask her specific questions about media and preschoolers. Here is the interview:
Next week I’ll be hosting an incredible LeapFrog giveaway, so be sure and check in for that.
Thank you LeapFrog for sponsoring this post! I know my children have certainly benefited from your amazing products!