As a former Pre-Kindergarten teacher and now stay-at-home mommy of 2 boys and a sweet baby girl, many people ask me how they can be implementing educational concepts in the lives of their young children at home before they enter school. Instead of trying to come up with a quick list of ideas off the top of my head to answer these questions, I have decided to put all of my lessons into this blog. I, along with so many other parents, want to be purposeful at home with my children and make the most of the time I have with them.
I hope that this blog can help, encourage, and inspire you to work with your kiddos and
get involved in the learning process! The benefits will be endless,
and the moments you share together will be priceless! As Dr. Seuss once said,
"The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!"

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Totally Technical Tuesday: Educational TV

* To recognize which television shows are educational and productive for children to watch
* To watch and learn from these programs

* TV

* We all know that too much TV is not good for our children; however, the shows that they do watch can be very beneficial if you look closely at the programs available today.  This lesson is mainly a personal review of the educational programs that are on television daily.  The shows listed below are some of our favorites and the best I have seen at teaching in the academic areas.  We try to only watch two shows a day, one 30 minute program in the morning and another 30 minutes in the afternoon/evening.  (Of course there are days in which mommy needs to turn on one more! :))  Enjoy watching these together!

* Dora The Explorer on Nickelodeon

Everyone loves Dora!  Great for letter/number
recognition, social skill development, and
of course, Spanish!

* Bubble Guppies on Nickelodeon

Super cute program with a theme for each
show that is centered around real life
areas.  Lots of fun music and dancing, too!

* Super Why on PBS

Great show for reading skills including
letter recognition, rhyming, spelling,
and sounding out words that give
everyone the power to read!

* Go, Diego, Go on Nickelodeon

Science based program that focuses on
different types of animals, their habitats,
and their characteristics, as well as
more Spanish!

* Word World on PBS

Another fun reading program with tons of
spelling and phonics.

* Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood on PBS

My new favorite show!  Based on the old
Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, this program
focuses on a different social skill or
situation each day.  Great for learning
cooperative behavior, manners, and
communication skills.  Love the cute
songs to go along with each show!

* Team Umizoomi on Nickelodeon

Perfect show for math!  This tiny team of
super heroes solves problems using
addition/subtraction, patterns, shape
recognition, and measurement.

* Sesame Street on PBS

Of course I had to include this old faithful! 
Sesame Street is still going strong with
so many academic lessons, songs, and
activities with all of your favorite characters!

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