Kids. Their natural curiosities literally make them gravitate towards anything that looks or works differently from what they are used to in their everyday lives. This curiosity oftentimes makes them much better than adults at figuring out new technologies, but why not direct their interest backwards in time, instead? The kids and I visited my parents last week, and like many others of their generation, they had some older technology around the house that my kids had never really encountered before. Now, to most of you reading this, what you will see in these photos will be nothing special to you - a record player, a rotary phone - but to most children, these items are literally history in front of them.
My son and I went down in my parents' basement where they keep their old records and record player. Now, records are sort of enjoying a bit of a renaissance and becoming more popular again in certain circles, so some children today ARE growing up with record players in their homes. My husband and I do not have one right now, so this was something new to my son. I found an album that would be of the most interest to him, and I showed him how to use the player. Not surprisingly, he was very interested in how the sound went from the record, "through the needle," and into the speakers. He enjoyed looking at the album 'art,' and while he was doing all this, I was explaining to him that THIS was how his grandparents and great-grandparents listened to music in their homes. I told him that this album was even older than me and he seemed pretty impressed at that.
©2014, Emily Kowalski Schroeder.