Public television can play an essential role in early childhood development. Research has shown that early education is crucial for children’s long-term success, and public television can provide rich learning experiences.
Programs on your local Public Television Station (PBS) like Sesame Street help introduce young children to basic concepts like numbers and letters while teaching them necessary social skills. I grew up on Sesame Street, raised both of my boys on Sesame Street, and all three of us were beyond ready academically for preschool. We did learn some social skills from “The Street,” but since none of us had to go to daycare, we needed that extra time in preschool for the socialization piece.
Other shows on PBS Kids, offer a variety of educational content that can help kids learn about science, history, and other topics. In addition, public television can help set kids up for success in school and beyond by providing quality early education programming.
These programs can help to introduce young children to new concepts and ideas, fostering a love of learning at an early age. In addition, public television can be a valuable resource for parents and caregivers, providing tips and advice on early childhood development. By offering high-quality educational programming, public television can help to promote early childhood development and prepare children for success in school and beyond.
Effects of television on child development
As essential as PBS was to learn for myself and my kids, it was even more important the time I spent with them engaging, interacting, and taking little opportunities to help them learn wherever we were, whether it was at the grocery store or the bank, we took time to learn.
They say that time spent with children is never wasted, and I couldn’t agree more. Every moment I spend with my kids is an opportunity to engage and interact with them and to help them learn something new. So even when we’re just running errands or going about our daily routines, I take the time to teach my kids about the world around them. We talk about what we’re seeing and doing and take little learning opportunities wherever we can find them.
For example, when we are at the grocery store, I might engage a child in a conversation about the different colors and shapes of fruits and vegetables. We might also talk about where these foods come from and how they are grown. At the bank, we might count out loud as we put our money into the deposit slot. By taking advantage of these little opportunities to engage and interact, we can help children learn new concepts and skills in a fun and playful way.
And even though they are teenagers now and like to complain that “every moment isn’t a teaching moment, Mom!” Still, I continue to take opportunities to share what I have learned. However, at this crucial stage of development, I am learning to listen more and let them ask questions instead of offering my thoughts. When I do this, it means I am giving them permission to grow at their own pace. They can also build their self-confidence by teaching me something new. All in all, it helps to keep each one of us teachable, therefore, continually growing.
How does public television help kids early development?
In conclusion, public television can be a valuable resource for parents and caregivers, providing tips and advice on early childhood development. And as long as there is balance and a lot of love, you are off to a good start!