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July 25th, 2012, 12:01 AM
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Do you think that TV can be a Educational tool ? Vote Yes or No!


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July 25th, 2012, 04:18 AM
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Yes, absolutely. It's insane how much my kids have learned from TV shows. There's also a lot of junk (but, really, there's a place for the junk, too).
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July 25th, 2012, 04:47 AM
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Yes, definitely! Although it is something we have to be careful with, I think tv can be very useful!
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July 25th, 2012, 04:59 AM
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for sure! My son learned to recognize all his letters before age 2 because he watched Super Why and word world

I agree there is a ton of junk on there, we limit the amount of tv when the kids are awake and stick to the educational things (mostly PBS) but I think it most certainly can be educational, even for my little ones. I have learned lots of things watching the discovery channel (and other similar channels and documentary films) so im sure we will use TV as an educational tool more in the future
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July 25th, 2012, 06:05 AM
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Absolutely.
I do think one thing that can be important is the parent watching with them. When my little sister was younger I remember watching the children's shows with her, and we would do fun follow up projects. I feel like it really helped her pick up on things faster and understand them more completely.
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July 25th, 2012, 06:59 AM
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Yes, TV can be an educational tool. Tool being the word that needs to be emphasized.
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July 25th, 2012, 07:16 AM
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Love TV around here!
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July 25th, 2012, 04:18 PM
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We watch lots of PBS Kids shows here (on netflix) and they are educational! Allison can recognize all of her letters, upper and lower case, from watching Super Why. Everything is good in moderation, just don't over do a good thing!
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July 25th, 2012, 09:02 PM
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yes, my kids learn all kinds of things from pbs shows
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July 26th, 2012, 01:19 PM
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Yes, definitely. That is why it's important that kids don't watch shows that can teach them bad things. PBS is great and Ady tells me things she learns from TV all the time.
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July 26th, 2012, 02:07 PM
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I guess it can be. My kids watched a whole ton of tv at school last year though, and I wasn't happy with that. Every single day...pbs shows marked as reading, science, and so on. And then more tv when it was raining, or too hot or cold to go out. And they seemed to think they couldn't go out quite a bit.
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July 27th, 2012, 01:17 PM
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I guess it can be. My kids watched a whole ton of tv at school last year though, and I wasn't happy with that. Every single day...pbs shows marked as reading, science, and so on. And then more tv when it was raining, or too hot or cold to go out. And they seemed to think they couldn't go out quite a bit.
was this in a public school?? I'd be upset too. There is a time and a place for educational t.v. but it should be used as a SUPPLIMENT, not a replacement for other learning activities.

we don't have a t.v. at the moment but the kids watch videos on my laptop all the time. They are awesome and the kids do learn a lot from them. But no matter how educational they are, I try to limit screen time to an hour a day. I'm not doing a great job with that lately but I do try.
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August 3rd, 2012, 04:28 AM
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I love having the TV on for school stuff. Discovery Channel is one of our faves. I recently found out that we have a science channel too! And we've watched some great things on the History channel. Plus all the usual learning shows for the younger set. Fun stuff!
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