My children do not watch a lot of TV. I may have one of the only eight year olds who does not know that iCarly exists. Please do not let the cat out of the bag should you two happen to be chatting about television. We have stuck to PBS, Fresh Beat Band (more my obsession than theirs!), and Charlie and Lola. They have 30 minutes or so a day of screen time (my 4 year old gets an extra show in lieu of a nap), and they seem genuinely happy with it.
This is NOT a post patting myself on the back. This is a post giving credit where credit is due: to Super Why and other shows like it.
I have realized that my third child did not get the best of me. In fact, some days, even though we are home together for many hours at a time, she doesn’t get much of me at all. My mind may be elsewhere, or I just don’t feel like playing or reading or being on. And, she is my most independent child. She loves playing alone.
Last week, it dawned on me that Sophie did not learn her letters from me. I realized that my older two daughters have taught her all they know, and she watches Super Why at least once a week. It is this show that turned Sophie on to learning about letters. This show gave her the curiosity to ask me what letters are in her books and to ask me and her teachers at school to show her how to write her letters. She has begun to watch her sisters do their homework and then run to a corner to do her own “important work” in one of her many journals. I have often heard Sophie singing one of Super Why’s catchy tunes as she writes.
I love this! As a mom, I love that I can justify the TV I let her watch. As a teacher, I applaud the creators of Super Why. This show has an actual benefit to her life as a reader and a writer. I know that while I go to make beds or write this blog, she is learning something valuable.
In the next blog post, I will show you how you can support your child’s newfound passion for letters and words—beyond videos and computer games. I will give you some quick and easy ways to reinforce and extend what your child has begun to learn. Stay tuned…