As instructors, we are constantly looking for new ways to capture our students’ attention and increase their participation in our classes,
As we all know and observe, Cartoons are essential part of every childhood. They are, certainly, the most popular entertainment for children,
but also much more than that. With the help of cartoons kids can learn about the world around us, about new emotions, life issues and other important things.
Reminder of today’s topic once again because this topic is wide
Importance of Cartoons in creating instructions
I reminder of what is a cartoon
A cartoon is a simple drawing of the things we see around us in an entertaining way with lots of lively colours in it or a cartoon is a film, movie or a small video with animation in it.
Cartoons are mainly meant for kids. They are usually printed in newspapers, comic books and magazines or they are broadcasted on the television.
If you practice Montessori and know you have alot to say about the disadvantages of cartoon in the classroom
But you know what ✋
Cartoons were previously meant for the purpose of entertainment only. But these days’ cartoons are being extensively used for other purposes as well. Cartoons are now being used for education and spreading awareness amongst the people in addition to fun and entertainment.
Why Does Montessori Discourage Characters?
You may have heard some parents talk about avoiding characters on their child’s clothing and in their play. Some of these parents follow a Montessori style of parenting and the others have their own reasons for this. So, what are the reasons for avoiding characters and why does Montessori discourage characters?
Before I continue with the importance let’s me take my time to discuss this
Montessori education believes that Introducing them to certain fantasy concepts can be confusing and sometimes harmful to young children. Introducing children to characters before they are able to understand the difference between fantasy and reality can cause:
Feelings of inadequacy
Violent behaviors beyond the developmental normal
An increase in violent behavior in young children directly corresponds with the rise of screen media. I have one manifesting this in my house, but I observe he’s learning alot of language and concepts
Montessori believes that Characters in media, both on screen and in books, often have attributes and capabilities that are improbable, typically impossible.
Many parents choose to restrict their child’s exposure to characters for reasons other than, or in addition to, the aforementioned, though. Parents sometimes start as early as infancy, by discouraging the use of stuffed animals.
Research shows that very young children are not capable of distinguishing fantasy from reality. This capability is said to show up in the majority of children around the age of 5.
Montessori believe Babies and young children have a naturally strong desire to do what the adults in their lives do. They love dressing baby dolls, washing windows, and preparing simple sandwiches. This period of life is a time where they are learning to participate in society.
The plain reason why you won’t see fantasy topics on the shelves in a Montessori daycare is they are simply not developmentally ideal. Montessori is about preparing the developmentally ideal environment for a child, so it just would not make sense.
As children grow, they slowly begin to get a grasp on what fantasy is and how it differs from reality. By age six, this understanding is usually fairly solid. When they are older, fantasy stories and fairy tales take on a new meaning and play an important role in education. When we wait for the right time to introduce pretend characters, they give immense value to children. Trying to do it too soon, however, is not helpful.
I’m not here to discount Montessori philosophy on cartoon characters but as the world is changing philosophy can also change.
Let’s explore some advantages of cartoon characters in the classroom is instructional materials.
Teaching is a very strenuous profession. It takes a lot of effort to transfer the whole lot of information from your own mind into someone else’s mind. For this reason, teaching necessitates a lot of new strategies, technologies, and ideas which can make this task easier. Cartoons have been abundantly used as a teaching aid for a very long time.
Cartoons bring in life into the dull pages of the books and the hidden secrets of the subject. Cartoons are very eye-catching. If you open a page with a cartoon drawn on it, the first thing you will notice on the page will be the cartoon drawn on it and without even going through the text you will try to fathom the cartoon image.
One single cartoon drawn on one-fourth or one-sixth of a page can replace a page full of text. The books meant for toddlers or pre-nursery and nursery students are flooded with cartoon images because they are very pleasing to children’s eyes.
The cartoon images seen by the children leave an impression in their mind. They tend to remember what the saw in the form of cartoons, or what actions were performed by the cartoons or anything else. If used in a correct way, cartoons can be very benign.
If used in a correct way, cartoons can be very benign
In the conventional teaching methodology, knowledge was imparted to the students by means of a systematic conversation or a discussion.
But the upcoming generation is a bit different. The new generation of children wants to scrutinize almost everything.
Talking about interaction
Which one is more attractive to get children’s instrest
The poster of the display with the cartoon characters
Cartoons catch Attention:
Kids always want to enjoy each and every moment. They want to sense fun and humour all the time around them. And it is human nature to correlate cartoons with fun and humour. That’s why when I create instructions in form of display boards cartoon as the 1st before the instructions.
Ask me why
Do we have any company without brand ambassador
Don’t tell talk about the sugar cube oooo 😄😄😄
The purpose of cartoon in instructional materials is to get the interest of children.
Which at the end of the day cartoon characters looks like ambassador on display boards in the school Environment
The question now is
What type of cartoon do you employ as ambassador in your school?
Remember Brand Ambassadors are employed by a company or organisation to scream the word of their brand to leverage customer relations and entrust consumers to make a purchase.
Cartoons can Develop Public Speaking:
A cartoon comic strip has a lot of characters in it with different individual dialogues. A teacher can assign each of the characters to the students and tell them to perform a play on the comic strip. This will boost the student’s confidence. The students will get a chance to speak or perform in front of the whole class. It will enhance their speaking skills. It is beneficial for the rest of the students as well because they will understand the story in a better way. It will be like a fun session for everyone.
Cartoons are a great Tool for Pre-Schooling:
Cartoons can seek the attention of the tiny tots. They can be taught nursery rhymes, alphabetical order or counting series using cartoons. It will be also an effective way to teach them stories. Physical exercises can also be taught in this manner. A cartoon video on physical exercise can be shown to the kids and they can be asked to perform the same exercises the characters are performing in the video.
Cartoons can Improve Vocabulary:
Just like my boy “Hickory Dickory Dock Nursery Rhyme will surely get his attention and jolly phonics songs 🎵
While watching cartoon movies, children can learn a lot of new words. They can learn their meaning and how to use them in sentences. They may also be able to learn how the voice tones can or gesture can change the meaning of the whole sentences. They may also learn what words to use on what occasions
Understand the kind of cartoon you use in your school as ambassador as it can be disadvantage if you don’t pay attention to it.
Observe this picture clearly and pay attention to any cartoon you exposed your child to