As many of you know the Montessori Method is all about keeping children in reality. I am kind of on the fence on this one I guess. I really like a lot of the ideas in the Waldorf philosophy as well and the former blog Childhood Magic really helped me see the benefits of children having fantasy and imaginative play in their early lives.
So like I said I'm on the fence. L doesn't watch TV or cartoons. We do however have a few DVDs that she watches such as The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and The March of the Penguins. Some reality based and some not. We also read her a variety of both kinds of books. I think L has a pretty good understanding of real animals and pretend cartoon ones. We also watch a lot of videos on Youtube. I think this is a fantastic learning tool. We've watched Kookaburras laughing, African dancing, children's songs and many other things. I do however preview all of the videos before we watch them together and am very strict on what she can watch.
My husband on the other hand really doesn't understand why I don't want L watching TV and any video she wants. After a long battle I think I've finally succeeded on the TV thing. Youtube however is another story. Somehow he thinks if it's on Youtube it's not the same as TV. Hmmmm.
Anyhow the other day when we were leaving our music class about Australia and didgeridoos L said next week I'd like to do music from Antarctica. I said well since nobody lives there there isn't really any music from Antarctica. L replied "Yes there is Papa Pinguin!".
ARRRRGGGGG!!! DADDY! I admit it is a catchy song and we've danced to it before but I wouldn't show her the video. I tried to explain that it was just "pretend" and that there is no real music from Antarctica and as we were driving away I heard her say "I'm sure I saw snow there."
Check out this great article by Pilar Bewley on Keeping it Real Montessori Style
What do you think?
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