Thursday, November 08, 2007

Television Update

Since I am enjoying the benefits, I feel compelled to admit here that ever since I attached the rabbit ears to our television for the world series, my kids have been hooked on PBS kids.

I see now that while Netflix provided plenty of viewing for our older kids, we very rarely used our selections to choose programing for the youngest set. The older kids didn't want to "waste" their options on Barney or Mr. Rogers or Thomas the Tank Engine, but those programs and others have something to offer my little ones. What's more, there are no commercials and I benefit from a less crowded, less stressful work table with my older students. PBS kids really helps me to balance the juggling act that teaching multiple ages can become.

OK, so it is still a huge temptation to just let them stare at that screen and so monitoring them for time spent in front of the tube becomes necessary. Ah well, sometimes it's good to shift your pain.

10 comments:

Matilda said...

My littlest guy enjoys Super Why every now and then. We only have an antennae although it is HDTV capable so we get a channel called Qubo which shows Theodore Tugboat (another favorite).

Maryan said...

LOL -- we're rabbit ear PBS kids watchers here for the same reason! Although I have to admit that when we moved into our new house, I went overboard because there was so much to do and so many littles!! So I finally had to restrict *myself* to letting them watch on Fridays, rainy days, or whenever someone was sick!!

nutmeg said...

You are funny, Suzanne. I was going to mention to you that PBS kids and Noggin do not have commercials, but I thought... why corrupt them?

LOL

No, there is nothing wrong with a little "educational fluff" during th day.

:)

Beck said...

Because of Canadian broadcasting regulations, there are several channels besides PBS for young children that don't have advertisements - and oh, it HARD to resist the temptation of those lovely shows some days....

Anonymous said...

Me too!!! Ha! the secret is out!

mel said...

ha! Ok, I was wondering when you talked about netflix how you managed to keep all the kids happy with your choices. I get so sick and tired of hunting down library dvd's and cases every week, paying $1/day late fee for a week because the Wiggles case traveled under the couch, etc., that I have thought about not getting movies from the library anymore and using netflix instead....but boy, there'd be intense negotiation over the choice for sure!

T with Honey said...

Super Why, the gang at Sesame Street, Curious George and the Dragon Tales have all been favorites of Princess. We only let her watch 2 shows per day at. the. most. But they are such lovely shows for her age group.

I just wish Big, Big World hadn't been moved to a time when we're not home. She loved Snook! And we used to sing the songs together.

E Caughron said...

I just had to smile at your last comment about changing our pains. This is so often true at our house. I remember begging my husband to forbid the computer use in our home (of course he is a programmer on the side of being a doctor) just so there would not be the mother children conflicts of asking and asking again. But then there are moments like today when I was so exhausted and it seemed just fine to let them practice their math facts with some free software while I rested instead of using their flashcards.

Suzanne Temple said...

Erin, A trick I learned from older sister works wonders here. The kids can earn up to half an hour of computer time day by reading for the same amount of time first. I do let my kids do their math drills on the computer. Iknowthat.com has a ninja frog that is just so much fun the kids beg to do their drills with him.

nicole said...

I was also going to mention Super Why. All of my kids love it, from the 2-year old to the 6-year old. Also, Word World is a fun show that the whole crew enjoys. I definitely appreciate the no commercial aspect of PBS.