Educational TV Shows You Can Feel Good About Letting Your Child Watch

I know screen time is not ideal and we try to keep it to a minimum, but whenever my oldest son who has special needs is stressed or anxious it calms him down and helps motivate him to get on with life. Even just a 15 minute show can encourage him to try new things. As much as I was always against screen time, I needed to understand that he learns MOST by watching shows and some days when his fatigue from his mitochondria disorder is just too much he relies on these shows to keep his brain active and learning. 

I wish I could say it is me that teaches him everything, but that would be a lie. He is an extremely visual learner and he will watch shows over and over again to learn from them.  

I made a list of his Favorite DVDS/TV shows that have taught him some pretty important concepts.

•For ALL preschool concepts we really love DVDs and materials. The repetition, and memory strategies they use are phenomenal. Both my kids are advanced in reading because of this. I am very engaged with them when watching these DVDs because there are so many opportunities for instruction to solidify concepts. I talk about how I helped my son learn more sign language through preschool prep DVDS here.

Word World and Super Why are super cute for reading and spelling.

•For Art we love Creative Galaxy on Amazon Prime. It has motivated us to try a lot of new things.

•For Math we love Team Umi Zoomi. My son learned to skip count by 2’s and many other math concepts from this show. We also love the PBS shows Odd Squad and Peg+Cat.

•For social skills and routines we love Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Btw my food adversive 6 year old tried a bell pepper today solely because of Daniel Tiger. The song “flush, and wash, and be on your way” is sung daily here 😂

•I hate to say it, but Curious George has increased his vocabulary exponentially. I have no idea why, but he is always talking about new words he learned on that show. It doesn’t make any sense to me, but whatever works I guess. Me personally, I don’t see the value in the show, but he has proved me wrong.

Rachel and the Treeschoolers hands down is our go-to science concept show. You can get that at signing time’s website. We also love Magic School Bus, Popular Mechanics for Kids, and Bill Nye the Science Guy.

•Nothing compares to Signing Time DVDS for learning signs.

•For learning about creatures and all aspects of wildlife we stick with Wild Kratts and Octonauts.

There you have it. The truth. My kids watch TV too. Well actually just my oldest. My youngest doesn’t care for TV at all and would rather be playing games. You can find all of these shows (aside from Rachel and The Treeschoolers) at your local library for free.

September 2017-The Homeschooling SLP