Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Aug2_Crawling_SM

As I wrote many times before we are not watching much TV here. But occasionally Anna gets to see recorded Diego or Dora. Why does she watch them and not anything else? Well, I happen to like the theme of capable children in the nature and the fact that they speak two languages. I can see that the shows are very repetitive and cheaply produced, but my toddler thrives on knowing what to expect. Anna is very sensitive to conflict and misbehavior, and even Swiper is a little scary to her, but she really enjoys the parts of the story when Dora and Diego ask audience questions. She is jumping up an down on the couch and shouts the answers at the top of her voice. Somehow watching TV always encourages more pretend play than reading books despite my attempts to stretch the books into pretend play and other activities. After watching a particularly inane episode of Dora that involved catching Dora’s twin siblings who were trapped in runaway stroller (imagine that!), Anna wanted to go for a walk and proceeded to run around the block for about 30 minutes pretending to be Dora. The neighborhood houses became farms, the bushes became animals and the rocks were used to “feed the animals”. She also insisted on “crawling under the branches” like Diego did in the episode – that’s what she is doing in this picture. We also replayed all the Spanish phrases from the episode in Russian. Heck, if children can supposedly learn some Spanish from Dora and Diego, surely Anna can learn some Russian this way too. I am still waiting for her to repeat any Russian word or phrase except babushka and dedushka (grandma and grandpa), but I hope that our visit to New Jersey will move things along.

5 comments:

Felicia said...

I went through a time period of not letting my kids watch TV. Then I realized I watched it growing up and I am perfectly fine. My obsession of them not being able to watch TV did not last very long, because I realized they do learn things. Especially pretend play, it expands their imagination to were I lack sometimes. The thing is to limit the amount of TV and monitor what is watched. So don't feel guilty in anyway that you let your little one watch a little TV. That is awesome that you found Dora in Russian, she will defiantly pick it up.:)

Autumn said...

I wouldn't be too worried about Anna's lack of pretend play (aside from TV imitation). From what I understand, elaborate pretend play doesn't come until 3 or 4 years old.

Susana said...

I try not to let my kids watch alot of TV either and what they do watch has to benefit them--I censor TV, books and such to the extreme for my kids!! I am also having to monitor their computer time lately. My two oldest love to get on the computer together and play games. I just try and make sure what they are playing is 80% educational and 20% fun and that they have done all chores, schoolwork and have played actively enough before this is allowed:-). I also have them set a kitchen timer when watching TV or playing computer:-). How awful is that?!!

Ticia said...

I think the reason it inspires more creative play is because they can see what they're doing, so they can already see how it works. That's my theory.

Eva said...

Its great that you can substitute the spanish for russian! My daughter only pretend plays if I model it for her- like make her dolls talk, then she will start to do that too.