What Kids Are Watching!

by Kathy Sykes on October 2, 2009 · 0 comments

 

My son has started to show interest in television and the show that he is watching the most is Curious George. Since it is my goal to limit and supervise the shows that he watches, I decided to do some research about this show.

This show actually has a educational philosophy behind it:

Educational Philosophy

Curious George is a little monkey with an insatiable curiosity. Like George, children are intrigued by new things. They’re natural explorers and scientists, and they’re anxious to know how things work.

The CURIOUS GEORGE series takes full advantage of this natural curiosity, using George to motivate children to expand their own investigations of the world. George’s memorable adventures — from dismantling clocks to rounding up errant bunnies — offer the perfect vehicles for introducing preschoolers to key concepts in science, engineering, and math.

Exploring the world around him with wonder and intrigue, George embodies the preschool child’s potential in the field of science. George’s desire to use his four little hands to skillfully take things apart and figure out how they work exposes children to the basic concepts of engineering. And his interactions with patterns, measurements, and geometric shapes introduces early mathematical concepts.

Did we mention that the show is funny? This isn’t a series of lectures (ever try to get a monkey to sit still for a lecture?). These are comic adventures. When each adventure ends, kids will have gained some knowledge, and had plenty of laughs along the way.

And there’s something to be learned by adults here, too. Many parents and caregivers know how to support language literacy development in their children: they read aloud to them, and fill their environments with letters, words, and labels. But few are aware that by embracing children’s natural curiosity, they are supporting their educational potential in the fields of science, engineering, and mathematics. So while George is nurturing children’s innate tendencies toward inquiry and hands-on exploration, he is also motivating parents and caregivers to do the same.

Science, engineering, and mathematics are disciplines representing years of accumulated knowledge. The objective of the CURIOUS GEORGE series is to help children appreciate these disciplines and the wealth of knowledge contained in them. Appreciation and understanding begins for young children with exploration, observation, discovery, and most importantly, curiosity. Curious about the world around them, children begin to observe properties, discover how things work, and, ultimately, develop scientific thought processes.

 

Although I don’t think Thomas is “getting” the whole science, engineering and mathematics just yet, this is a program that I intend to let him watch whenever he likes.

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