Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Are kids really that advanced?

As I was doing some Brain Quest Grade 1 cards with a Five Year Old (the cards are designed for 6-7 year olds, but she aced the previous ones already) we came upon the following question: "What runs on batteries a desktop or a laptop?"

She of course did not know, but a question popped into my head. Would they know? Should they know? She knows what a computer is. She also is quite proficient in using the mouse and knows her way around the Webkinz world. We also have plenty of laptops and desktops in our house. To her it's only computers.


The difference between a desktop and a laptop? I am not sure about this.

2 comments:

mattw said...

I was amazed the other day when Logan, then almost aged three, knew just how to navigate from the Wii home page to get to the Golf game, and had the dexterity to navitage there with little slip up or delay. So I'm not surprized that a five-year-old would know the difference between a laptop and a desktop, especially if you have multiples of either in the house.

Ilya said...

My first reaction to that question is "What value is there for a 7-year-old to know that something runs on batteries as opposed to not running on batteries?" In other words, would any parent actually spend time explaining to their 7-year-old why they don't plug their laptop into an electric outlet all the time. To say nothing of the fact that a laptop is not an everyday object that most of the children are exposed to...

That's a really strange question to be asked of a 7-year-old...