Okay before you think I’m talking about learning swear words and unseemly behavior let me put your mind at ease.
What I’m talking about are some of the things my daughter learned from her favorite cartoons.
Now this happened several years ago when my daughter was a preschooler so keep that in mind. You know the time. The time you’re teaching your child their a-b-c’s and 1-2-3′s. When everything is fresh and new and you use every opportunity to teach them the basics. The color of their clothes. The number of cereal you’re putting in front of them. All that good stuff.
Back then we used to visit the library almost daily. Our local library has preschool and kindergarten programs. It was a great way to meet other moms with kids my daughter’s age and I felt right at home having recently left my own library job to become a stay at home mother.
As will happen when one spends time in a library we checked out books. As also will happen I gravitated to children’s characters I knew from my own childhood. I grew up overseas and we currently don’t have a television at home so I was familiar with very few of the newer characters.
Richard Scarry, Clifford, and Curious George were my people. I grew up with them and I was sure the Sweet Peanut would love them too!
Then I discovered they had made videos of my favorite children’s characters! Big mistake! At least for me. You know I never wanted to plunk my child down in front of a video. But these were characters I knew and loved! And besides the synopsis on the back sounded good. What could it hurt? (this is me convincing myself this is a good idea)
So I checked out Richard Scarry first. They had some cute ones, Richard Scarry’s Best Counting Video was top on our list. The songs were so catchy we sung them everywhere. It didn’t dawn on me that they were counting. Until Sweet Peanut was counting everything in sight! It was just that this was a cute safe video my child could watch and enjoy. But yeah the story in our household is our daughter learned to count to 10 from Richard Scarry.
Then we found Richard Scarry’s Best ABC and a few others that taught about over and under, between and the like. The Richard Scarry A-B-C song is different than the one I grew up with and catchier than the one that was in our preschool homeschool program. So we sang his. We sang it everywhere. You should look it up on Youtube. It’s darling. We Richard Scarried out for a while there and knew our alphabet well.
Next I discovered Curious George had videos. Now the Curious George I remember is on the “Collector’s Edition” all vintage looking and old claymation like. But this one seemed a bit savvier. His chatter sounded more like words. He learned things rather quickly. And was basically quite smart for a monkey. He learned to count to the teens. He learned about hibernating, recycling, composting, weather changes, and fixing pipes (righty tighty, lefty loosey).And I found myself enjoying his videos too. Sweet Peanut adored him.
Funny enough Sweet Peanut learned too. One day I came downstairs to find her organizing our indoor recycle bins with signs telling us what to put where. I asked her where she learned that….Curious George was the answer. Next she would scold me for not composting and tell me what I could and should not compost. Where did she learn that? Curious George. There were a few other things, thankfully all good, the she learned from George.
Now of course I’m not advocating that you homeschool with Richard Scarry and Curious George. They are cute and great for a rainy day. When homeschooling is done or course.
What this taught us (her father and I) is that yes it’s nice she learned some valuable things from Curious George but we should continue to be diligent about what our child watches. She’s a little sponge and she’s learning from them. She could learn bad as well as good.
And you’re probably wondering what this has to do with the Blog Cruise about Sneaking School in on Busy Days. Well maybe, with some careful screening, you can find other videos that can come in handy in a pinch. I recently did a review on two such videos that can fill in when you’re strapped for homeschool time. You can check them out here and here.
So to find out how other homeschoolers ‘truly’ sneak school in on busy days click the little button below.