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Musical toy

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Planning and organizing
The highly organized snail.

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Cartoon-Comic
Amazing Bean e-Cartoon Comic

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Bean's Fix
Finding a Solution

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Coffee War

Learning Through Play

Amazing Bean

Amazing Bean is a cartoon-comic which tells the often humorous story of Amazing Snail and Bean. Amazing Snail is a highly organized, traditional and meticulous type “A” personality. Bean on the other hand is the life of the party. Bean is about keeping up with the times and cutting edge. A highly caffeinated and amp’d personality that everyone loves. Each story revolves around the two’s personality differences with a humorous slant. Currently Amazing Bean is available through Amazon.com as a digital book available for purchase. It is a 37 page, full color comic strip style book containing five chapters of seven strips a chapter. It’s intended for a general audience, full of laughs and full of fun!

Introduction

Briefly my name is Jeremy and I have put together all the content on this site. The thing I love about this site is it has allowed me to combine something I enjoy, comic book art, with another topic I find interesting, primarily how we learn. And this site specifically focuses on how children can be taught through play. I hope to provide, all that are concerned, with a starting point on this fascinating subject. And maybe you’ll be able to improve your child’s success in life by giving them an early jump on their learning.

My background is of a technical one. During college I was fascinated about the subject of learning. My classes were engineering and science but the actual task of “learning” was interesting for me from an adult perspective. I often reminisced about my time as a child and trying to learn as well as the issues I faced then. I was further interested in that I still had those same issues to overcome even as a mature adult. Calculus wasn’t an easy subject for me in college. It took me some time to grasp the concept of what a derivative was.

Child Learning through Play

Amazing Bean on this website is also used to illustrate many valuable learning concepts parents and caregivers can use to teach children using the idea of learning through play.  Many toy manufacturers today recognize the power a toy has over a child and that many parents want to give their child the best start in life possible. There are a wide variety of toys available today that aim to not only entertain and keep the child occupied but aid in learning as well. In the writings found here not only is the Amazing Bean comic used to illustrate a lesson or idea but often you’ll find a toy currently available that can be used to teach as well.

In addition to toys there are many great children’s books available today for the concerned parent. You’ll find information on many of Roger Priddy’s board books here. These books are big, colorful and great for developing minds.

Purpose

The website has a two-fold purpose. The initial purpose is to present the Amazing Bean cartoon-comic and second is to show how the themes and stories within Amazing Bean relate to the concept of child learning through play.

Two schools of thought are used throughout the website, Jean Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development and Maria Montessori’s method of teaching children. Other researchers and the like are used as well throughout the writings. It is hoped that the information here is a good jumping on point that will aid you in further research on the subject of child learning through play.

Cognitive Development

Jean Piaget conducted numerous studies on the subject of cognitive development. And is credited with being the first to do so. Piaget theorized that children’s learning are influenced by both maturation and the environment they are exposed to. He organized his theory around the premise that learning occurs in stages throughout life. And not just in the early years but well into adulthood. His research was primarily observational in nature and most of his findings are still regarded today as relevant.

The Montessori Method

Maria Montessori was an Italian educator who proposed the best way to teach children was to allow the individual child’s own curiosity drive the lesson rather than present facts and information. A Montessori classroom is intended to excite the child’s own natural inquisitive thinking and reasoning to come to their own conclusions about their world. Many activities focus on math, science and etiquette all driven by the child’s own desire for more knowledge.

Content

Most of the information found here is intended to be an introduction to the area of child learning through play. The content is meant to be a starting point for you to continue your own self-education and assist finding more information on how to best educate your little loved one. The writing is at a light academic level however, the goal to still keep it easy to understand. Learning, even for adults, is still a building upon learned knowledge endeavor. As you immerse yourself in the subject the concepts and ideas will soon become second nature. But you need to start somewhere right? And that is my hope for this site.

Thank you!

I’d like to thank all that find this site useful and informative. Again, my intent here is not to simply duplicate information but provide additional resources available and offer some fun, useful tips to make the learning for your child a little more entertaining as well as educational.

After I earned my degree in engineering I was surprised to learn that neuroscience research often uses engineers in that field of study. The reason being is that many of the math models I learned as an engineer can also be used to describe what is happening in the human brain. As we reach adulthood our brains stop changing and certain aspects of its development are complete. However, as you’ll soon learn while a child’s brain is developing is the golden opportunity to take advantage of providing them with knowledge they can carry with them their entire lives. Which hopefully leads to happier people with healthy self images.