Are you looking for ways to build math and science skills. These 6 TV shows that teach math and science skills are great starting places to build background knowledge. Let me start off by saying that TV is a personal preference and by no means am I saying stick your kids in front of the TV. But, raise your hand if you have ever….
– Wanted to unload the dishwasher without a bigger mess occurring?
– Need to write an email or make a phone call while your kids were awake?
– Had one of those days where you were about to pull your hair out?
Let me assure you that kid channels have done their research. It is obvious that the creators are or have consulted educators in creating their programs. Here are a few recommendations for you if you ever need 24 minutes to accomplish something.
6 Television Shows that Teach Math and Science Skills:
1. Team Umizoomi – Hands down the best math program I have seen out there. This show is engaging and teaches kids a foundation in counting, patterns, geometry, measurement, and problem solving. The wait time and questioning is perfect for toddlers and I know my kids are engaged when they answer the questions. You can find this show on Nick Jr.
2. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – This show has kids favorite characters. The math skills covered in this one are great for young kids learning to count. Other skills covered are color identification, days of the week, and following directions. My one issue I have with this show is Pete. He is a bully and time and time again Mickey and his friends forgive him and let him “play.” I agree with forgiveness, but Pete is definitely not a friend I want my children giving chances time and time again. This show is found on Disney Junior.
3. Go, Diego, Go – This is a fantastic show for your kids who love animals. Each show focuses on a different animal and that animal’s habitat. I can’t pack up our bags and head to the jungle on a daily basis, but Diego can take my kids on journeys to the jungle. I love the summary of this show. At the end Diego asks 4 questions about the animal from the show. The kids are given a choice of answers and then a puzzle piece reveals part of the animal. This show is also on Nick Jr.
4. Dora the Explorer – Dora is the cousin to Diego and is also found on Nick Jr. The success of her show is what caused Diego to have his own show. Dora takes many adventures, but I love her landform, landmark, and map skills. As kids journey with Dora they get to visit new places and use a map to find their way. The tools in the backpack help kids think about the things they need on each trip. Both of my kids have their own backpacks to take on adventures as a result of Dora.
5. Little Einsteins – This was a favorite for both of my kids. The music and art was a fantastic draw. I am not a lover of classical music. But, this show filled in for me. Even now my youngest will still ask for this one. I think the music relaxes them. You can find this show on Disney Junior. Older episodes can also be found on Netflix.com.
6. Blaze and the Monster Machines – I pushed against this one for a bit, but one day I gave in and sat down to watch an episode. Wow, I was blown away. The science in this show is fantastic. I have taught force and motion units for years and this would have made everything way easier for the kids to understand. My kiddos learned about pulleys, levers, magnets, balancing, and so much more. This is one of my new favorites. You can find this show on Nick Jr.
Here a a few tips to help your children make meaning of what they are watching.
– If you are unloading the dishwasher or folding clothes, listen to the show. Ask your kids questions after the show to see what they retain.
– Practice the skills learned. Ask you kids, “What shape is this?” “How many units do you think this box is?” “What color do you see?”
– Have you child summarize what happened on the episode.
Are you looking for resources to help your young learner build a strong reading foundation too? Here are some Sight Word Stories. These stories build literacy through repetition and learning important site words. Each bundle includes a story with guiding questions, sight words practice ideas, sight word games, and a fluency check. Just click the image to learn more about each resource.