Educational TV Programs

I’ve been pleased to see a resurgence in quality educational television programs recently. Even better is that our kids are choosing to watch these programs over the just-for-entertainment children’s programs. Both the teacher and parent in me would like to take the creators of these shows out for pizza to say thank you. I hope this is a trend that we see continue to grow.

Here are some of the shows that I’m talking about. Be forewarned that the educational value in a couple of these won’t be immediately obvious, so watch the program in it’s entirety.

  • FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman – Problem solving, math, science, engineering, team work, research/ scientific method
  • WordGirl – Language arts, vocabulary, literacy, problem solving
  • Super Why! – Reading, phonics, vocabulary
  • Cyberchase – Math, science, technology, problem solving, data collection and analysis, trail and error, real life application
  • Gerald McBoing Boing – Music, history, creativity, audio learners
  • Pinky Dinky Doo – Vocabulary, story telling, imagination, creativity

I know there are probably others, but the kids are all asleep and I can’t ask them for help right now. Please share your comments and suggestions as I’d enjoy the feedback and ideas.

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Clif Mims is a Christian, husband, father, teacher, cancer warrior, and fan of the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Memphis Grizzlies.

3 thoughts on “Educational TV Programs”

  1. Hi all
    I wanted to share some information that was passed on to me about a movie that is showing on tomorrow(thursday 2/28) at the Paradiso theater at 6:00pm. It’s called “2,000,000 Minutes”. This movie is suppose to be about how Japan’s and India’s students are more motivated to learn about “technical” things when it comes to education, more than America’s students. I was told that it makes mention of how America’s technical advancements made in today’s world is slowly declining because our students are showing a lack of interest in technology and learning. Now remember….this is what I was told, so I plan on checking it out for myself.

  2. The show “Yo, Gabba, Gabba!” is awesome. I enjoy it as much as the kids. It is colorful, fun, a bit bizarre, educational and it gets us all moving! It’s on Nick Jr. during the week & Noggin on Saturday mornings.

    Thomas the Tank Engine is great for learning colors, numbers, names and often has important life elements. Plus it’s all about trains, so how bad could it be? Hard to find on TV though, and the videos have a lot of episode overlap. Toot! TooT!



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