Most people wouldn’t think of using their TV as an educational tool, but we do. No, I don’t think there is really anything learned from watching Spongebob for hours (except how to make the most annoying sound on the planet), but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a ton of things that can be learned from hanging out in front of the television.
What are some of the things that my kids learn from TV?
My oldest is an aspiring Chef, so he watches the Food Network all the time. He sees different techniques and actually gets an idea of the science behind some kitchen terms. If he’s not watching that, he’s watching Discovery or Science Channel (if the Chef thing falls through, his back up is becoming a Mythbuster). He’s even been known to watch professional soccer games, just to see if there is something in his game he can improve upon.
I do censor what he watches and how much time spends in front of the tube, but it’s most definitely considered an educational tool around here. Do your kids have a favorite TV program that they learn from?