Parents should encourage their children to read over the summer, but children are still going to watch TV. That’s why parents also need to encourage their children to watch shows that are entertaining, yet educational.
Los Altos Hills, Calif. (PRWEB) May 27, 2012
School is out in just a few short weeks, which means kids will be looking for ways to fill their free time. Between summer vacations, camps and playing outside with friends, many children turn to the television for entertainment. StudyDog urges parents to encourage their children to watch educational shows this summer, and has compiled a list of educational cartoons for kids ages 3 to 10.
“Studies show that students can lose more than two months of knowledge over the summer,” said Deme Clainos, a spokesman for StudyDog, an online reading program for elementary students. “Parents should encourage their children to read over the summer, but children are still going to watch TV. That’s why parents also need to encourage their children to watch shows that are entertaining, yet educational.”
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Clainos recommended these educational cartoons for kids this summer:
1. “Word Girl”
“Word Girl” is about a spunky little girl named Becky Botsford who is secretly a superhero named Word Girl. She uses her super-human strength and skilled vocabulary to fight villains with her monkey sidekick.
“‘Word Girl’ is a great show for introducing grade school kids to pronunciations and definitions of more advanced vocabulary words,” Clainos said. “You’ll find your child’s vocabulary growing by the end of the summer.”
2. “Sid the Science Kid”
“Sid the Science Kid” is about a curious boy named Sid who attempts to answer questions about why things work the way they do.
“‘Sid the Science Kid’ will introduce your child to the basics of scientific study,” said Clainos. “Sid demonstrates scientific methods like observation, measurement and data collection in a fun way.”
“Cyberchase” follows three kids and their pet robotic bird as they use math and problem solving to stop the evil Hacker.
“‘Cyberchase’ is great for helping children realize that math is everywhere and that it can be fun,” Clainos said.
4. “Little Einsteins”
“Little Einsteins” introduces children to art and photography through the adventures of four young friends. The show integrates classical music and uses famous paintings as the backdrop for the adventures.
5. “Ni Hao Kai-Lan”
“Ni Hao Kai-Lan” is about a five-year-old Chinese-American girl named Kai-Lan and her four animal friends. Kai-Lan teaches children how to handle emotional issues while showing them the basics of the Mandarin language and Chinese culture.
6. “Super Why”
“Super Why” features Super Readers who introduce preschoolers to reading while teaching them about friendship, teamwork and respect.
“Whether your child is just learning their alphabet or learning how to spell basic words, this show will teach them in a fun, interactive way,” Clainos said.
According to Clainos, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended parents limit children’s total entertainment media time to one to two hours per day.
“Parents need to encourage their children to fill their free time with physical activities, reading and educational TV shows,” Clainos said.
StudyDog is a proven leader in helping children quickly learn to read and has helped more than 2 million kids master the basics. The company creates interactive reading programs specially designed for elementary students. What sets StudyDog apart from other learning programs is how StudyDog engages future readers as young as three years old. Similar reading software is able to engage older students who already know how to read. But StudyDog uses games and other features to connect with younger children who haven’t learned to read yet. StudyDog’s Adventures in Reading series is used in more than 3,000 schools nationwide. The lessons were designed to meet state early learning standards and the guidelines of the National Reading Panel. Founded in 2002, StudyDog programs have been used in schools for the past six years. For more information, visit http://www.studydog.com or call 1-866-643-4449.