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Friday, December 13, 2002

Toys, Toys, Toys
So the magic of Christmas is burning a little brighter this year as I have the privilege of shopping for my little peanut, for this his very first Christmas. So Jas and I have hit the toy isles at Target to find fun and exciting toys. OK what is up with all of the electronics toys? I spent a lot of time reading all kinds of research about how computers and electronics are not good for the developing brain. So why is it nearly impossible to purchase toys that do not have an electronic component? I am not a technophobe, but I can not subject Drew to all of this craziness.

One of my favorite authors, Jane Healy, has done a lifetime of research on the developing brain and how the environment has a great effect on the actual structures of our brain. (It is totally fascinating and truly my greatest passion... I have the beginnings of a Masters degree to prove it) Her newest book, Failure to Connect, focuses mainly on how computers effect the human brain. There is so much focus on technology, it seems to me to be out of balance. When we begin to debate over whether or not Pre-schoolers need a computer in their classroom, something in just not right. Four and five year olds need outside time, time with three dimensional objects.

As a teacher I witnessed so many crazy things..shoes that light up, cookies that turn your milk blue and fruit roll ups that have tattoos. WHY DOES EVERYTHING HAVE TO DO SOMETHING? It is a little crazy. Why can't your cookies just get soggy in your milk, what is wrong with shoes that just help you climb to the top of the jungle gym? And you know what... I do not like tattoos, not even the fruit roll variety! I just want things to be simple. Where do I have to move to get that?