With so many choices on cable television today, it is important that children are exposed to shows that will nurture and improve their individual developmental skills. Luckily there are some great educational cable shows moms everywhere have approved!
Forty-two seasons and still going strong! Sesame Street still remains the absolute ideal educational cable television show moms everywhere approve of. Tackling everything from colors, shapes, numbers, and letters to maintaining healthy psychological inferences, diversity in social behavior, proper mannerisms, and even bullying, Sesame Street has been the ultimate “go-to” show for healthy child development in every aspect. With well-known characters and reliable plots, children from 6 months to 9 years old are able to benefit from the lessons taught throughout every episode.
Originally filmed in Great Britain, this wonderfully entertaining show was added to the PBS Kids Sprout cable television line-up in September of 2011. Designed for boys and girls alike, between the ages of 2 and 8 years old, this show is packed with action, creativity, and fun ideas for staying physically enthusiastic about staying healthy. LazyTown is an enthusiastic and imaginative world which encourages kids to be active and to make healthy lifestyle decisions. The primary focus is to teach children that exercise and being active are necessary to grow up big and strong.
Does your child need a little extra help with reading and spelling? This fully-animated educational television series will definitely help your little one become more proficient in understanding the alphabet, forming word structures, components of story-telling and reading comprehension. Although Super WHY is targeted for kids between the ages of 3 and 6 years old, both younger and older age groups will benefit from this educational series, which can only be found on PBS Kids.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Completely revamped, Mickey Mouse is teaching this generation of preschoolers in an entirely new way! Mickey Mouse and the gang have a new clubhouse and your child is invited to learn along with them in an interactive structure. With mathematical skills and different problem solving techniques introduced in each episode, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is one of the best mom approved educational cable television shows found on Disney Junior!
If you are looking to add knowledge of nature, world culture and diversity of the arts into your young child’s life, this would be the best show to do so. Every episode contains a mission for the Little Einsteins to complete which is characterized by an expedition. The introduction of classical music, distinctive traditions, and renowned art pieces are what make this an excellent choice for teaching children about cultural diversity on any learning level.
This is another one of the best fully-animated educational cable television shows (mom approved) targeted for kids ages 4 to 11 years old. In every episode, Becky transforms into the superhero WordGirl and fights crime along with her monkey sidekick. All while introducing the viewer with four new vocabulary words that are restated in numerous different ways throughout the entire show. This entertaining vocabulary-building show can be found only on PBS Kids Go!
There are so many options available on cable television to keep your little ones entertained on those rainy days. Remember, television programs are not simply a way to entertain they are also a great way to inform and help children learn. But don’t forget about getting your kids outside too!
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