Heather L Kirkorian, Ellen A Wartella and Daniel R Anderson undertook a study on how to maximise the positive effects of media on children and how to minimise the negative effects. Their study titled, ‘Media and Young Children’s Learning,’ was published in the journal The Future of Children in 2008. According to the authors, “Early exposure to age-appropriate programs designed around an educational curriculum is associated with cognitive and academic enhancement, whereas exposure to pure entertainment, and violent content in particular, is associated with poorer cognitive development and lower academic achievement.”
The study revealed the critical role TV shows play in enhancing a child’s knowledge and cognition. Here’s a list of TV programmes that can help your child increase her knowledge.
This show is hosted by curious ‘Prateek’ and his friendly robot ‘Crash’. Together, they answer the most frequently posed science questions through easy and fun experiments. They perform interesting experiments, amazing tricks and hilarious pranks. This makes the programme a mixture of science and fun. F.A.Q. will entertain and educate your child at the same time.
Channel – Pogo
2. Miles from Tomorrowland
In every episode of this cartoon series, Miles, a seven-year-old boy, and his family venture into space on adventurous journeys to explore strange worlds. Through Miles’ and his family’s intergalactic adventures, your child will learn a lot about the universe and space travel. This show will surely spark your primary-schooler’s curiosity about space.
Channel – Disney Junior
3. Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab
This animated science programme explains complex scientific facts to children in the easiest and simple manner. The show also packs in a good dose of humour, creativity, music and action, which makes it extremely entertaining to watch. Apart from having good educational value, Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab also inspires children to develop an interest in science.
Channel – Netflix
4. Xploration Outer Space
This programme is a part of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) series and exposes children to various aspects of the space industry. It is hosted by former NASA employee Emily Calandrelli. Xploration Outer Space covers many interesting topics and explores some still unanswered questions like, ‘Is there life beyond the Earth?’ It is a perfect show not only for your child, but also for the entire family.
Channel – Fox
5. Blaze and the Monster Machines
This cartoon series for primary school children features an eight-year-old boy and his monster truck ‘Blaze’. Together, they undertake various adventurous journeys. During these expeditions, they solve puzzles and problems related to science and maths. Watching this programme will help your child understand the basic concepts of science such as friction, momentum and mechanisms of simple machines. In addition to science and maths, the show also teaches teamwork and persistence.
Channel – Nick Junior
Young children are impatient and cannot concentrate for long. However, the above-mentioned TV programmes will hold their attention and also help them learn numerous amazing scientific facts.
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