Anytime you give your baby or toddler screen time, you want to believe that the content will be beneficial in some way. But will it? And what exactly are babies and very young children learning when they interact with digital media?
The Vital Role of Parents in the Screen Age will be the topic of guest lecturer Vanderbilt psychology professor Dr. Georgene Troseth, Thursday, November 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall on Randolph School's Garth Campus.
Dr. Troseth has recommended several books to help parents figure out their kids' learning patterns as they grow up with screens.
Leaning heavily on Amazon for the synopses, we are happy to share Dr. Troseth's list. We invite you to join us next Thursday as we raffle away all five books to attendees:
Tap, Click, Read
With young children gaining access to a dizzying array of games, videos, and other digital media, will they ever learn to read? The answer is yes—if they are surrounded by adults who know how to help and if they are introduced to media designed to promote literacy, instead of undermining it.
Tap, Click, Read gives educators and parents the tools and information they need to help children grow into strong, passionate readers who are skilled at using media.
In just a few years, today's children and teens will forge careers that look nothing like those that were available to their parents or grandparents. While the U.S. economy becomes ever more information-driven, our system of education seems stuck on the idea that "content is king," neglecting other skills that 21st century citizens sorely need.
Becoming Brilliant offers solutions that parents can implement right now. Backed by the latest scientific evidence and illustrated with examples of what's being done right in schools today, this book introduces the "6Cs": collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation, and confidence, along with ways parents can nurture their children's development in each area.
As a mother, Lisa Guernsey wondered about the influence of television on her two young daughters. As a reporter, she resolved to find out.
What she first encountered was tired advice, sensationalized research claims, and a rather draconian mandate from the American Association of Pediatricians: no TV at all before the age of two.
But, like many parents, she wanted straight answers and realistic advice, so she kept digging: she visited infant-perception labs and child development centers around the country.
She interviewed scores of parents, psychologists, cognitive scientists, and media researchers, as well as programming executives at Noggin, Disney, Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop, and PBS. Much of what she found flies in the face of conventional wisdom and led her to conclude that new parents will be best served by focusing on “the three C's”: content, context, and the individual child.
Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street
Street Gang is the compelling, comical, and inspiring story of a media masterpiece and pop-culture landmark. Television reporter and columnist Michael Davis, with the complete participation of Joan Ganz Cooney, one of the show's founders, unveils the idealistic personalities, decades of social and cultural change, stories of compassion and personal sacrifice, and miraculous efforts of writers, producers, directors, and puppeteers that together transformed an empty soundstage into the most recognizable block of real estate in television history.
Einstein Never Used Flashcards
In Einstein Never Used Flashcards highly credentialed child psychologists, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D., with Diane Eyer, Ph.D., offer a compelling indictment of the growing trend toward accelerated learning. It's a message that stressed-out parents are craving to hear: Letting tots learn through play is not only okay—it's better than drilling academics!
Drawing on overwhelming scientific evidence from their own studies and the collective research results of child development experts, and addressing the key areas of development—math, reading, verbal communication, science, self-awareness, and social skills—the authors explain the process of learning from a child's point of view.
They then offer parents 40 age-appropriate games for creative play. These simple, fun, yet powerful exercises work as well or better than expensive high-tech gadgets to teach a child what his ever-active, playful mind is craving to learn.
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, November 16! You can read more about this event here.