10 May 2021
10 May 2021
If there is one thing I appreciate about DSTV, it is their attention to the detail to what our children can watch. I’m a mother that believes in edutainment “Education + Entertainment”. There is so much that our children can learn through content that is specific to them. My son is 2 years old, but like any other parent; I think he is the smartest little person I know. You might think at 2; what can he possibly learn? We are at stage where he regurgitates everything he sees, whether good or bad. One of his favourite shows is Paw Patrol. He loves it to the extent that we even have the Paw Patrol puppies as a teddybear and now every other animal is “dog; woof woof”. The greatest lesson that I hope he will learn is kindness, teamwork and compassion. Rider demonstrates these qualities in his everyday life as he helps those around him and involves his “pups”.
One show we also enjoyed was “A perfect planet”, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Nature is always a good idea and the best way is being able to explore nature through this series. We are a year into lockdown and I would have really enjoyed taking my son out to explore more of what the world has to offer but since we cannot this is our best alternative. There is so much wonder in this house as he watches, he possibly has many questions in his mind regarding what he is watching. I personally want my son to be inquisitive about the world around him and how it works. Also, I want to instill a sense of caring for the environment in which he exists, knowing that nature too needs for us to take care of it.
These are just some of the shows we enjoy. As a primary school teacher by profession, I would encourage parents to use the shows their children watch as a teaching moment. For the parents that have children that already speak, ask your children questions after they watch their favourite show. It is in their best interest to make sure that it is in a playful manner, so to make learning fun.