January 11, 2010
isaak received a panasonic lumix digital camera for christmas. he is four. these are his shots. completely his. thus far, he has been instructed how to turn on/off the camera, how to zoom in/out, how to snap the picture, and how to handle it with care. many would say he is far too young for a "real" camera. in fact, when his grandma was at the camera store asking for a recommendation, the salesman quickly informed her that he IS too young and that fisher price makes a camera for kids. (perhaps we should send him these photographs?) it is my belief that children are far more capable than we assume. it is my belief that if we provide our children with real things of value, they become that much more able. not only in skill, but in character. think of a child's tea party. we can set the table with plastic ware. or, we can set the table with fine china. each option sets a tone. an expectation. each option provides an opportunity. distinctly different. as does the camera. isaak is thrilled about his new camera. he goes about his picture taking with pride and respect. we are both excited about our learning adventures he will now be able to document. this is not just a fun toy to capture memories. this is an instrument of knowledge. and we are off to discover!