As much as we may lament and push back against technology, the Digital Age is here to stay. The latest research indicates that the average age for a child to get his or her first cell phone is at 10.3 years of age. By age 12, half of all kids have social media accounts.
Mizzentop Day School in Pawling embraces technology in a responsible way. Rather than hide from it, we begin at a very young age (in kindergarten) teaching children all about computers. Computers are powerful tools that are integral to our modern world. Children need to understand how to use computers in a safe, productive way. Mizzentop Day School integrates computers at every age. Below, we’ll discuss why your child needs to grow up with computers. Contact us today for enrollment information!
WHY YOUR CHILD NEEDS TO GROW UP WITH COMPUTERS
- Ensure computers are primarily tools for learning. The mistake so many parents make is using computers as entertainment for their children in the form of games. However, when you introduce computers to your children at a young age for learning purposes only, they will only use them for such. This can include learning games as many children learn extremely well when fun is incorporated. One of the best byproducts of the digital age is the preponderance of computer learning apps, games, and programs that teach your children valuable information in fun, memorable ways. Cultivate this habit in children early on for maximum benefits.
- Computers in the classroom help accelerate, enrich, and deepen basic skills related to the use of computer hardware and software. Most of us know that children are sponges when they are little. Their brains are hardwired to take in all the information and store it. Thus, the earlier you introduce computers to children and they can learn how they work, the easier it will be for them to use them later on in life and the more they will be able to learn about computers.
- Motivates and encourages children to learn. Besides diversifying teaching methods, computers can teach to all learning types, from auditory to sensory learners, through different programs that target these types of learners. Computers can be used as a reward system as well, such as when children get to choose what games they can play for certain thresholds met. There are some really cool learning computer tools that children will work hard to earn the right to play.
- Encourages out-of-classroom learning. Limiting screen time has now become something most families struggle with. However, when kids are exposed at school to interactive and instructional computer tools and games, they will most likely choose these over a video game. In fact, parents can limit screen time to only educational learning programs, which kills two birds with one stone. Your child is learning and playing at the same time.
- Students learn how to behave appropriately in the online environment. Mizzentop Day School takes very seriously your child’s access to the internet. All internet content is filtered according to grade level by the program Securly, which was the first web filter to use cutting edge algorithms to flag activity that might be indicative of cyber bullying or self harm. We take measures to protect students’ privacy, and monitor all computer activity. In addition to internet security, having computers in the classroom allows us to teach students how to use technology appropriately, such as how to research topics, how to visit their teachers’ websites for homework, and how to submit assignments online. All of these skills are valuable and will be utilized as your child ages. We teach children how not to behave online as well and what is and what isn’t appropriate content. We teach them about online bullying and online child predation, at the appropriate age level of course.
- Computers promote motor skills. Computer games can help develop students’ motor skills and strengthen mental response timing and decision-making skills. From enhancing hand-eye coordination to improving children’s focus and attention, computers have been shown to be more of an asset to classrooms than a detraction. Specialists can “visit” the classroom remotely, and some schools even let students who are home sick participate in classroom activities.
More uses for computers in the classroom are being developed almost every day. From diversifying instructional design with different types of media such as videos, equation tools, and interactive learning programs, computers help to keep students’ attention and improve their grades.
When used judiciously, computers are powerful teaching tools that cannot be ignored. Mizzentop Day School, the best private day school in Pawling, believes in teaching kids at young ages how to use computers correctly and responsively. Knowledge can then be built upon in subsequent years to the point our students are programming computers in our private middle school. By instilling the love of computers at an early age, we are helping to eliminate students’ fear of them and spark their interest in computer careers. Regardless of which career our students end up pursuing, computers are bound to be integral to their student life beyond and entire life.
Mizzentop Day School in Pawling is a cutting-edge school that uses Living Values to help our students become valuable citizens in their communities that make a meaningful contribution. Our mission is to instill a love of learning in all of our students while taking a holistic approach to teaching. We want our students to be well prepared socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually for whatever slings and arrows come their way. Contact us today for admission information and a tour of our school!