I read a lot of different reports about educational DVDs and the effect they have on kids. What does everyone think about these educational DVDs? What are the best DVDs and where can we get it?
I think that in the toddler years, DVDs don't serve a real educational purpose. For older children, I like things like the Magic School Bus for science, Liberty's Kids for history and Carmen Sandiego for geography and history.
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
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I don't think they help very much, kids learn much better from other people than from screens. And actually, I think my 2 year old learns much more from apps on the tablet than from any "educational" tv shows or dvds.
The only educational DVDs we watch are Whistlefritz is Spanish, which I got from Amazon. They are fun because the songs are in Spanish too, but I think she only learns them because I sing along with them.
The research on dvds for babies is pretty clear. They do not contribute to development. I don't use them and but anyone I know who does refers them to as entertainment for mommy.
I think they're a scam, quite frankly. They're playing on people's fears that their child will become learning disabled or fall behind in school. I think childhood (especially early childhood) is and should be all about play. Young children learn through play. This is a fact and proven through studies, besides being obvious if you really observe a child. It's sad to me that many parents are overly focused on and worried about education when their child is only 2, 3, 4 years old. Even sadder that they would believe a good way to educate a child is to plop them in front of a screen.
Then again, I am somewhat of a Waldorf-oriented parent and I subscribe to the Steiner principle that children shouldn't be taught to read unless they expressly show interest, before school age. That up until age six or seven a child's "task" is to learn and develop through play. Feel free to take my views with a grain of salt. But "educational" tv for young children just rubs me the wrong way.
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