How Young Children See Technology

By Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director

Earlier this week one of the preschoolers was upset because a friend was “laying on the WiFi.” Another child happily declared that she was “Wonder WiFi Woman” and could fix the WiFi. During free play, this group started transforming their drawings into laptops and iPads, and as their teachers pointed out, they were fairly accurate in their representations. They are showing us what they know about technology and playing with their ideas of what it could be. Some of their ideas will be challenged or confirmed, and might even be elaborated on by their classmates. Students are also showing us their understanding of substituting objects they need for play, such as turning paper into iPads. I asked the group, “What is WiFi?” Their answers ranged from “It’s a show” to “It’s kinda TV stuff.” One thing is for sure, while technology is a part of our everyday lives, it can never replace the importance of play in preschool. 

Doughnut Day!
Don’t forget that you are invited to join your child for doughnuts on Friday, February 9th. Please come to your child’s classroom right after carpool. For those new to the School, this event usually only lasts 30-45 minutes. If a parent can’t make it, a grandparent or a favorite family friend can drop in. We hope to see you there!