As adults we go to work every day and hopefully it is work we enjoy. Play is the work of children and often times learning through play can be more effective than being taught in a formal setting.
As parents we know that all children have their favorite television programs, but recent studies have revealed that it’s best that preschoolers not spend more than two hours a day in front of a screen, i.e. television or computer.
During a child’s first five years, development proceeds at a pace exceeding that of any other phase of life. During this time the brain undergoes its most dramatic growth, and children rapidly develop the cognitive capacity that enables them to become intellectually curious, creative thinkers.
Two questions parents might ask themselves are: Is the time my child spends in front of a television or computer enhancing their development? Is the time my child spends not interacting with their environment a lost opportunity for growth?