Last weekend we found a woodland snail and showed it to Katherine.
She bent down to examine it and said,”Meow”.
Anyone who knows Spongebob would realize what she was doing.
Spongebob’s pet snail,Gary, acts like a cat. Hilarious!
Katherine’s only reference for snails ,until now, has been from Spongebob!
This reminded me of the importance of viewing and translating what kids are watching on TV.
Their preschool minds are clean slates. I enjoy finding as many “firsts” , for my young charges,as I can. Our reactions to and translations of the world make a huge difference to a child. It’s a priviledge to be part of building a person.
I am not against television but learning is hands on too. Preschoolers are busy building a personal mental library that they will draw upon all of their lives! It’s up to parents and caregivers to introduce them to as much as possible and to help them separate what appears to be fact from fiction. The words pretend and imaginary are spoken often in our circle. Don’t underestimate a child’s ability to understand concepts. They surprise me still!
Once kids can understand that there is a real and imaginary world. They are well equipped!