January 17, 2020
Tidbits about Tech, Tots, and Teens (Just thoughts to ponder...)
By now, everyone has heard about the dangers of too much technology time for toddlers, children, adults, and yes – even senior citizens! We ALL know how addictive it is!
I know this and yet … I am addicted to it as well. Senior citizen as I am – it keeps me far too sedentary presumably “relaxing” after a long day at the office. Ha! Yet – it is hard to put down: just one more podcast, TED Talk, Toon Blast, check up on Facebook, check on my dog’s latest allergy symptoms with vetstreet.com.
So this is my soapbox I promised I would never get on when I used to hear it from my grandparents: “Well, in my day…“ (Wonder if there is an evolutionary and happiness advantage to this viewpoint.)
But here goes: Well, in my day… there was only one channel that didn’t start until 5 pm with Kukla, Fran, and Ollie and we finished up a Friday evening with “I Remember Mama” – limiting our “media” time to once a week and for a half hour at a time.
By the time my own children came along, there were at least three to six channels but a lot more hours. Restricting their watching time was still easy; we generally watched together as a family in the den (no TV’s in bedrooms yet). We all shared one telephone and when teenager years rolled around, that’s when things got a bit testy. Talking time had to be limited among five of us AND the one telephone was in the kitchen WHERE ALL COULD HEAR. What a blessing – right?!
OK… so 2020. Over 50 TV channels on 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, iPads, laptops, smartphones, smartwatches, nonstop biased news (no matter which channel you watch), Hulu, Vudu, Xboxes, Nintendos, and I realize anyway – that we have entered a “twilight zone” of no return.
Neil Postman reflected on Brave New World: “As Huxley saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.”
And I would add as a Montessorian, to even see, smell, touch, taste, hear at the capacity that we are capable of, all five of our senses depend on interaction in some way with a three-dimensional world.
- Karen Holt
Dates to Remember
Remember that you can always check the MSA website calendar for upcoming calendar events.
January 20 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - no school, extended day only
January 21 - SCISA Math Competition
January 28 - Food, Family, and Philosophy event on campus at 5:30 PM
February 6 - High School internships
February 6 - Spring Benefit Meeting at 5:30 PM
April 25 - Escape to Kokomo - Spring Benefit & Auction
Escape to Kokomo
Brrrrrrrrr, winter weather is officially here! This is just a reminder that with the change of seasons, please remember to send appropriate winter weather clothing with your student to school. Montessori must follow strict guidelines on outdoor play during the winter months, and it is crucial if your child is to participate in outdoor play that he/she has the needed hat, gloves, mittens and coat and closed toe shoes to make it a safe outdoor experience.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Susanna Merriman, RN
Jace Coleson Lockhart
Ship It Day
First Play Practice
Meet Melissa Buchanan, Director of Admissions for Infant/Toddler
I have lived in SC all my life, and in the Pendleton area for 49 years. I live on property that has been in our family for many generations. I have been married for 35 years with two children and three grandchildren who are my heart. I am a country/southern girl and love who I am. Now that my children are grown my husband and I have a cat named Mittens who is very spoiled.
- Pendleton High School, Class of '80
- Attended Tri County Tech
- I wanted to work with children more than finishing Tech, so I began my childhood experience in '91.
- I came to MSA in August of 1996.
- Received my I/T Associate Degree in New York at CMTE in 2000.
My favorite things:
- Book/Movie - Love old and holiday movies
- Color - Pink
- Food/Snack - Diet Dr. Pepper/anything with peanut butter
- Sport/Team - Gamecocks!
- Activity/Hobby - Crafting, vintage shopping
- Vacation spot - Beach!
- Your favorite thing about teaching at MSA - I love letting the children develop at their own pace and seeing the light in their eyes when they get it!