Having engaged with children for the past 35 years, I have the concern that "natural" learning is going by the wayside. I believe Children learn their skills through interaction with their peers, families, and unfortunately technology. I say unfortunately because we are seeing children at the age of 2, 3, & 4 entering our centers with no social skills, no language, no desire to explore. Give them an electronic device and they are content to stay in their spot and fixate on the games for hours at a time. When a 4 year old comes to me and says they are "bored", I give them paper and pencil, bucket and shovel, or pieces of cardboard/glue, and say Pretend your are.......We use a lot of music, rhyming, word association with Pictures, dancing, cadence, repetitive games, role play.My grandson started kindergarten this year. His very first assignment (homework) was to "face time" someone and tell them the name of his teacher. Really? Why not have him talk with his parents or visit a friend or relative and tell them?I found everyone's comments very informative. I hope my contribution helps.