24 May 2010

Lots of Choices or Over Stimulation?

Does clutter impede learning? I grew up in a house that was full of stuff. There was always something around to grab and learn about, like a book, an object, or a puzzle. I thought to provide that same full environment for my kids. And so I have! There are plenty of different types of toys, and books, and puzzles, and computers, and games, and, and, and.. yeah, you get the idea.

At this point though, I am starting to question is there is such a thing as too much. If there are too many things to explore, too many things to learn, too many THINGS, does that make it harder to learn? I am thinking that perhaps it can become overwhelming, and provide over stimulation.

To this end, I am almost ready to try an experiment in the other direction. How would it affect learning to minimize possessions. It would most certainly give us more time that we no longer need to spend cleaning up!

I don't know whether I will try it, but I am sure to tell you all about it if I do. It is just another installment on my own personal life learning journey!

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