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A Love of Learning

With the world becoming more technologically advanced, are your Katy kids getting the education they need?

Technological advances allow for a wealth of knowledge to be readily available.  Any inquiry that arises from the young questioning mind can easily be researched on the internet and explored.  What a great asset this technology is as we try to teach our children.

It would seem plausible that children would be smarter than ever before since information is literally at their fingertips.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the case.  So much is available, that often the wrong types of information and technology squash the young, fertile mind.

I recently read an article in Time magazine on children and media consumption.  The article stated that children ages 8 to 18 are consuming more media than ever before.  A survey showed that children and teens are now using their phones, computers, TVs and video systems for a total of 7.5 hours a day, or 52.5 hours a week.  The study also showed that the only leisure activity that has become less popular is reading.

After reading the article, I wondered if I was fostering a love of learning in my children.  Am I providing them with a wealth of good media choices in books, music and technology?  Am I aware of the media choices my children are making?  Am I helping my children limit excessive use of media that provides little to no benefit to them?  Since there is no shortage of available media options, it seems necessary that we as parents work to foster the consumption of the best kinds of media.

I was chagrined to find that the popularity of reading as a leisure activity is slipping.  I have long felt that children, who love reading, excel in school.  Reading indeed opens the mind in ways that no other media medium can.  So, with summer here, may we all join the library summer reading program and help each of our little ones develop a lifelong love of learning!

How do you foster a love of learning in your home?  Please share a comment.