Public television offers alot of great shows for our kids to watch. One show in particular is the Wild Kratts on PBS. My children learn so much from this show. We are nature lovers and animal lovers so this show helps us to learn about animals that we may never get to see up close.
I was particularly impressed with this show when my 4 year-old was telling me a fact about sharks. The fact was something that I truly did not know and was surprised that he did. When I asked him where he heard it from, he told me the Wild Kratts show.
Here is a clip from one of their episodes:
In this episode they are learning about Falcons. The best part is the show is ran by brothers that are very knowledgeable about something they love.
For those of us who choose to not send our kids away to preschool and not spend alot on DVD’s we can just pull up a you tube video or give them learning time in front of the TV. It CAN be a great learning tool if not abused. The TV is not a babysitter.
Then when the show is over find a way to discuss the show. See what they learned from it. Create a Unit Study on ones they are interested in watching.
Kids like to learn in a variety of ways and I think this show offers that avenue. Allowing kids to watch TV opens up another way for them to learn technology is a good learning tool. In some ways it also helps with their focus ability. If they can sit down for 30 minutes to watch a show this helps them to focus on something.
Here are a few learning tools that kids can get from good TV shows:
1. Early literacy skills- kids can actually start to put letters together to form words and learn their ABC’s.
2. Early math skills- Some TV shows will start them on learning basic math skills like numbers and shapes.
3. Science and nature- This is what the Wild Kratts help kids learn.
4. Music- Kids can learn about music and great artists’.
5. Social Skills- Max and Ruby is a good show for learning social skills and patience.
Do you have any shows that you use for learning with your children? Comment below!
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