My daughter loves to watch Playhouse Disney. I like how many of these shows promote cooperation, teamwork, music appreciation, community service and friendship. My daughter's vocabulary is also increasing after watching these shows. Today, while watching Handy Manny, she turns to me and says, "Mommy, Manny said that those vegetables are succulent." I don't think I ever heard my older boys use that word! Lately, my husband and I have been noticing how many new words she has added to her conversation. Gratefully, she seems to be a sponge when it comes to adding to her vocabulary. It's funny how she corrects the boys too. One of my sons said to her, "Is your tummy rumbling?" Her response with a matter of fact look on her face, "You should say stomach, not tummy." We may have a little teacher on our hands :)
I know many parents who are concerned about the negative impact of television on children. I agree that parents have to be television watchdogs. I'm happy to report that there are some great educational and social benefits to watching quality children's programming. Another quick example. I'm a big fan of van Gogh. There are a number of his prints around my house. While watching Little Einsteins, my daughter looks over at me and says, "Mom, the Einsteins are talking about our favorite painter, van Gogh. See, they are looking at the Starry Night picture." It's nice to know that she is learning something valuable while I'm doing some housework. I think I have a little less guilt now about letting her watch TV.
Considering how fast she picks up words, I better make sure that she's not in the room when my husband is watching any movie filled with "colorful" street words. I don't need those kind of words slipping into her conversation. That would turn heads at the bus stop!!