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TV Free Homeschoolers??

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I already asked this in the childhood years forum, but...

Thought I might ask here too. We're moving, and I'm thinking of NOT bringing the TV into our new home. As it is, the kids don't watch much TV anyway... but we do have a pretty good collection of kids movies/dvds and whatnot.

What to do with the movies?? Should I keep the TV but just put it in the corner where it wont get much attention? Do you use it as a resource for your homeschooling?

Should I keep it, or let it go??

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We do use the TV for homeschooling. I just got the PBS miniseries on Lewis & Clark for them to watch. And my son's Algebra program comes with an instructional DVD (Math-U-See). But you could certainly cover these topics well without ever watching TV.
i can also play DVDs on my computer. I'm planning on keeping a few of our favorite DVDs... I think so anyway.
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My oldest is not yet 4, so please keep that in mind when reading my answer.

We have two television sets -- one is upstairs, in the room dh and I sleep in. That one is hooked up with cable, and dh watches it sometimes after the kids are asleep. That one also has a DVD player, and dh and I will sometimes watch movies, again, when the kids are asleep.

The other is a flatscreen, mounted on the wall downstairs. That is not hooked up to cable and does not get any kind of reception. We use that for the kids' Dvds and videos. The only DVDs and videos dd1 watches are foreign language types (Muzzy, Lyric Language, Play and Learn Chinese), episodes of The Magic School Bus, and Leapfrog Word factory videos. I take dd2 out of the room when dd1 watches something, as she is less than a year and a half (and I don't want her having any screen time until she is at least 2).

Every weekend dh, dd1 and I watch a movie in bed upstairs (after dd2 is asleep). It's dd1's choice (and therefore we've been watching Finding Nemo every week for about 3 months now

That's how we do it so far, anyway.
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We are a *commercial free* tv family. We watch tons of documentaries and movies. So it's not the TV shows we are avoiding as we will rent Jimmy Neutron and such, it's the commercials we are free from. We also have fantastic commercial free college radio and public radio so no commercials enter this house except through the newspaper.
I have issues with the commercials too, I try to lead a life that is done in moderation. I dont think TV is evil, but I think an absurd amount is unhealthy. I do have issues with a lot of commercials though. We tape shows, we watch Disney since they dont have commercials like Nick Jr. We watch videos for homeschooling and documentaries, and discovery channel. We tape shows and fast forward through the actual commercials, itd be nice to have a DVR, maybe for Christmas.
The thing about my TV is... it's HUGE. I mean, it was the biggest one my stbx could afford. i just don't feel like i want this monstrosity as the centerpiece to our living room. (we're moving into an apartment)

Thanks everyone
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Originally Posted by ms.momi
The thing about my TV is... it's HUGE. I mean, it was the biggest one my stbx could afford. i just don't feel like i want this monstrosity as the centerpiece to our living room. (we're moving into an apartment)

Thanks everyone

It doesn't have to be in your living room. Perhaps your bedroom? Someplace usual kid traffic doesn't go?
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I used to limit the amount of TV my kids watched, but don't anymore.

My girls are 7 & 4. For a week straight, they watched TV all day. And then the novelty wore off.

For example today - they got up, had breakfast, painted, did a sewing activity, got dressed, colored, played the keyboard, watched 2 shows on PBS, had lunch, played badminton, and are now watching a VHS tape.

Granted its hot out today (in the 100s) so we are inside more. But once fall and winter hit, we will be outside more often and less TV gets watched.

TV is a good resource for learning - especially for my oldest whom is a visual learner. I don't limit the books they read, the toys they play with or tv they watch.

But I'm not the usual I suppose. I also let my kids pig out of junk food one day - they've never done it again because they know it hurt their stomachs.

Just my 2 cents,
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no TV here

Why not try it without the TV? We put the TV in the shed when my daughter was 6 months and was turning her body to watch it. We put it in purgatory to see if we could live without it. Five years later, the TV has long ago been sold. My kids get bits of TV at other people's homes, on vacations, and the like. And if there was something I desperately wanted my dd to see--well, we'd find it and watch it at grandma's. I read that when Barbara Kingsolver's daughter was lobbying for TV, she asked, "So if we get a TV, what are you going to STOP doing? Less reading, less time painting . . . ?" You could ask that in the reverse, "Without a TV, what will we spend the time doing? Reading, in the garden, making smoothies . . . ?" I know that no TV makes some folks a bit defensive .
We don't have one because we (the adults) really love it and can't stop ourselves from watching it, even when we're exhausted and need to sleep. For example, we watched, in one late night sitting while at my sister's, a whole season of Entourage, because we couldn't stop. Living without a TV has really worked for us, especially us grown-ups. Try it, why not? --Nancy

PS--my homeschooled girl is 5, my boy is nearing 2

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Yes, we are a TV free homeschooling family.
You can do both, absolutely!

There is a tv-free forum for ideas and support on that.
I am sure you can homeschool without the TV. I think there is a TV free tribe somewhere around here.

We watch lots of TV. My son is watching The Matrix at this moment actually lol.
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