I Have Glimpsed My Future
My trio’s kindergarten teacher has started giving the students independent time on a set of class computers each day, with their little bodies lined up in a row, their little heads covered by headphones, their little fingers clicking mouse buttons, and their little faces fixed in expressions of concentration and joy as they work with Starfall.com, a wonderful site that I and my boys discovered a few years back. The kindergarteners love it. They feel empowered. They are entertained. They are learning letters and counting and spelling and having a great time doing it.
And now my sons have requested independent Starfall time at home. Who am I to say no to letters and counting and spelling and having a great time? So this was the scene in my house tonight…
One boy at my desk on my computer.
Another boy at my husband’s desk on his computer.
A third boy on my bed with my old laptop that, despite audible groans, steadfastly refuses to give up the ghost.
Notice the grown-up boy playing with the iPod Touch next to him?
Indeed, I have glimpsed my future . . . and it is pixelated.