Favorite Series for Preschoolers
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Can we get real for a little bit. I was one of those moms. You know them…you may be one. The one who said Chickadee will never watch television. I thought there was no value and only used to babysit kids when parents were trying to get things done or needed a break. Then, I found out I was pregnant with Sprout, was exhausted, and came back to reality. I still believe a child’s screen time should be limited, however I realize some shows can be educational and productive as well. And I now admit that when Sprout came along and I was feeding him, these shows were a life saver to keep my crazy 18 month old still for 15-20 minutes. Also if your hands are tied up, it is great to be able to set up Kids Zone as part of the XFINITY X1 system so your preschoolers can take control of the remote but always be within the parameters you set (it’s full of kid friendly features you won’t find with Google Fiber). So, yes, Chickadee watches television…probably about 1-2 hours total a week, and I am okay with that. And because of a few great shows, I would even say I find value in the time she spends with some of her favorite characters! Here are our favorite 4 shows:
Chickadee LOVES George. Obsessed really. We read his books on a daily basis and she loves when she gets to “watch George?” I like that he doesn’t speak and so you gauge his thoughts and feelings from his actions/expressions. And since he is curious he is constantly having to problem solve after getting himself into a little mischief!
Parents need to know that George’s curiosity is contagious and will probably encourage preschoolers to explore their surrounding in similar ways. That’s great, but it also means that little ones need to be cautioned about certain things George does that may actually be dangerous in real life (even though they’re treated with humor on the show). A little parental guidance should steer them in the right direction.
Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood for the next generation. It’s hard to find a preschooler who doesn’t love Daniel Tiger. Chickadee loves the sweet characters and songs, and I love how they focus on the importance of family and friends.
Parents need to know that Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is produced by The Fred Rogers Company and, aside from being an animated series centered on a young tiger, closely parallels the gentle tone and emphasis on social strategies that have made Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood a TV icon. Preschoolers will be drawn to Daniel and his friends, and his experiences will validate the emotions they experience — such as disappointment, sadness, frustration, and joy — before demonstrating age-appropriate techniques for dealing with them. The show has strong messages about friendship and family bonds, as well as respect for curiosity, and each story offers opportunities for basic preschool skills like letter sounds and counting. This delightful series is a well-rounded choice for little kids, and parents who have fond memories of Mister Rogers will enjoy revisiting his messages with a new generation of characters.
Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street…..Why, yes, yes I can. I mean it’s been around forever; I grew up with Big Bird and Cookie Monster. Chickadee just recently has begun to enjoy all of the lessons our friends on Sesame Street teach. Everything from numbers and letters to music and understanding emotions can be found in their corner of the world.
Parents need to know that Sesame Street is a classic preschool series renowned for its superb educational content, which supports early skills in literacy, math, and science and exposes kids to a variety of cultures through music, dance, and language. Over the years, the show has dealt with strong emotions — missing a friend, suffering from low self-esteem, and being worried about a new sibling’s arrival — but the messages are always positive and self-affirming. A formatting change in 2015 trimmed episodes to 30 minutes, which limits the traditional literacy content (letter recognition, counting skills, and so on) to make room for stories centering on the ever-popular monster stars and recurring segments about broader concepts such as observation and investigation, as well as daily themes such as amphibians, pairs, and bedtime.
Little Einsteins is still a little over Chickadee’s head, but I feel like soon we will add them to our regular watch list. I’ve only seen a few episodes, but love how they really pull in the little one watching to help save the day! We loved Baby Einstein and love growing with their production team to the next stage.
Parents need to know that Little Einsteins uses art, photography, and classical music as a colorful backdrop for the adventures of four precocious young friends. They make discoveries, work as a team, and use their special musical talents. They call upon the interactive help of the viewer to accomplish each mission. Parents may note the similarities to media produced by the Baby Einstein Company. Disney bought this company in 2001 and teamed up with their creators to produce a show using a similar philosophy of artistic visuals and stimulating classical music to enhance brain development and learning.
Now, let me tell you a little bit more about Kids Zone from Xfinity. It is 100% designed with the kid in mind. It includes access to both TV shows and movies, as well as all of the content you’ve DVR’d for your kids. Shows available inside the Kids Zone have either been flagged by the network or studio as kids programming, or deemed age-appropriate for kids 12 and under by the great folks at Common Sense Media. Parents/Caregivers also have the option to disable features like the channel up/down button and purchasing capabilities while in the Kids Zone. And to those considering Google Fiber, Xfinity has an awesome Kids Zone interface that can’t be beat! Also the voice control remote from Xfinity is the only one out there. Older kids will spend tons of time speaking their favorite movie quotes or finding shows by topics without having to touch a single button! Kids Zone is where it is at, folks!
So, what are your favorite TV shows for the little ones in your life?