Keeping a balance in our classrooms

Just last week I watched a toddler massively engaged in an Ipad at an airport. At first I was impressed by the toddler’s capacity to slide the screen to find the visual activity she was seeking.

Then I watched as for half an hour she ignored her surroundings (including large planes landing just outside the window) and sat still except for the movement of her right hand. Then I felt sad.

Toddlers and children under school age are creating the neuronal highways that will ensure they can develop on so many levels – physically, emotionally, socially, cognitively and even spiritually.

Massive sensory exploration, constant language saturation and physical movement are needed for our amazing brains to develop spatial, auditory and kinaesthetic capacity that then influences almost everything we do. We cannot learn to read without these key developments.

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