Graduate of the Radio and Television Arts Program & Media junky. Wife of a soldier, mother of two. Driver, maid, mediator, judge, jury, parole officer, crisis negotiator. Dont confuse your rank with my authority!
We are going jump right into the Momversation topic of the day!
Do you let television educate your children?
At first I have to say yes I did. My son learned to count from watching Sesame Street and Dora the Explorer.
Now I'm pickier with the shows they watch and the how long they watch it for.
Spending time with my parents changed our habit of having the TV on from the time they woke up till the time they went to bed. Now they get about an hour or two depending on homework and what the weather is like outside.
But the shows they are watching are educational. The kids love watching Electric Company, a show that teaches kids vocabulary and reading. Ducky loves this show because he can apply it to the reading he is doing in school. And Chicky likes it because it has everything she loves, singing, dancing and animation!
I learned late in my life (college to be exact) that my learning is visual and hands on. I can watch a documentary and get more information from that than reading a history textbook. I need to work with my hands to understand how something works. If my teachers back in high school had taken the time to see that, I'm sure my grades would have been better, and I might have rebelled a lot less.
So for me as a parent, I want to explore every learning style for my kids wether it be auditory, visual or kinesthetic (learning my hearing, seeing or doing).
What do you think? Do you let your television educate your children?