I know there is a lot of controversy out there about children and television. Brandon and I fall somewhere in the middle of the two extremes. We did not get rid of all of our TVs when we had Aidan, but we also do not let him watch TV very much. We like to be pretty choosy with what he watches so that he is not spending much time in front of the tube.
Occasionally I would let him watch “Sesame Street” as a baby. More for the colors and music. Then as he approached the age of 2 he really began to like the characters and understand some of the stories.
“Curious George” was added to the “ok to watch” list around the age of 2. I can’t remember what “Curious George” was like when I was a kid, but this newer version is great. It teaches lots of math and science concepts. Some even simple enough for preschoolers to get. Plus, George is just a silly, funny monkey. Aidan loves his antics and this show definitely was great as he started developing his sense of humor.
The show most recently added to the list is a newer show called “SuperWhy”. There are a lot of early reading concepts on the show. Some of the activities include identifying letters, starting to introduce lowercase letters, and phonics. Here is a good explanation of the show.
Right before Aidan’s nap today, I let him watch the episode of “SuperWhy” that I dvr’d while he was at preschool. I was amazed watching him. At one point in the show, one of the characters always asks the kids to help her phonetically spell a word. So she will tell them the word and then start asking questions about the letters. Today’s word was “BELL”. So she asked, “What letter makes the sound ‘buh’?”. I looked over and Aidan is excitedly shouting “B!!!” He did this for the whole word.
Now, Aidan has known his phonics for a while, but really the only way I had seen him use that skill was to tell me what sound a letter made and not the other way around. For instance, when he sees a sign he might pick out the first letter and tell me “M says mmmmm”. I had no idea he could work from the sound to the letter. Too cool! He loves this show and the characters are constantly asking the kids questions. It was so much fun to watch Aidan shouting answers back to his SuperWhy pals.
In my book, PBS rocks.
Here is a picture of Aidan today enjoying his episode of “SuperWhy” with his favorite furry pal Daphne.
And one from a couple of weeks ago of Aidan telling me that someday he wanted to build a nest like Big Bird. I left the room for a couple of minutes and returned to an “Aidan nest.” I love watching his imagination grow.