What Makes A Great Children’s TV Show?

by Kathy Sykes on March 22, 2010 · 1 comment

The other day while I was doing housework, my son was watching a few television shows. We normally only watch shows from PBS Kids, but this particular day, the television was on Nick,Jr. I am very particular about what my son watches on television and the amount of time he spends in front of it. If it is not a show that I have read about or seen before, I normally won’t let him watch because you never know what will come out of cartoon character’s mouths these days.

But I was pleasantly surprised with the show Team Umizoomi. Since I was not paying particular attention to the show while I was cleaning house, I could hear what type of message they were sending my son. I overheard them talking about math, decision-making, and fun. This made me stop to see what this program was all about.

The Team Umizoomi friends are named Milli, Geo, and Bot. They are math superheroes.

Millie is particularly good at math.

Geo is a shapes expert.

Bot is good with gadgets and technology.

The Team Umizoomi program has a specific curriculum that teaches:

1. Math (Counting, Measurement, Comparison)

2. Patterns & Shapes

3. Self-Image & Math Confidence

What a great way to teach children to have confidence in their own abilities and to be able to compete educationally around the globe.

I highly recommend this program on television and on the internet. There are interactive games and activities that assist your child in learning more about math and critical thinking.

Have you seen this show before? What did you think about it? Please share your stories about why you let your child watch (or not watch) certain television shows.

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Mignon March 22, 2010 at 6:04 pm

This show is great. I didn’t know about it but my son was watching Diego last week and it came on and I was amazed at how much he really seemed to take from the show — and he’s only two. Since then now he says he wants to watch it. Like he asks for it by name. The icing on the cake for me and this show is when he drew 6 lines the other day and counted them out to me from something he saw on the show. After that, this show is definitely a keeper.

I actually enjoy the programming on Nick Jr since there are no marketing style commercials and all the shows have learning goals. I watch the shows with him so usually if there is someting I’m not liking we’ll just turn it off. But in general, I prefer Nick, Jr or PBS when I let him have TV time, which is about 2 hours a day.

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