You know, many homeschoolers (especially fellow christians) feel that television is bad. I highly disagree. I think that the homeschooling family that denies their children to watch educational television is depriving the next generation from a wonderful learning tool. Take in point, our beloved Tivo. Do you realize how many WONDERFUL shows there are on at 2 a.m.? Of course not! How many parents with children waking up at 6 a.m. with growling tummies would be watching television at 2 a.m.? Surely, not me!
When my husband talked me into a Tivo, I thought: “Oh boy. Another expensive toy for the house.” Little did I know that our homeschool would depend on this little box to further our education. For two visual learners, it was the PERFECT educational tool. Slowly, my husband introduced me to this fountain of education. Need to learn more about the Assyrians? Tivo can find shows on that! Need to learn more about the people of Mexico? Tivo can find shows on that! Want only educational (and parent approved) shows for your children? Tivo has a “Kid’s Zone” that only lets them watch shows that YOU have put into the system for them to watch. How cool is THAT?!!
Honestly, our family would have never learned about some of the fantastic programs on television without our beloved Tivo. Wonderful shows such as: Planet Earth, Dragonfly T.V., Popular Mechanics for Kids, Biography for Kids, Kids Ultimate Guide to Amazing Animals, and Wishbone. As our dear child also likes cartoons, we have also added: Time Warp Trio and Grossology (history and science).
I love the fact that homeschoolers (and public school) parents have this amazing option to help enhance our childrens’ education. Little Tivo, I thank you for helping me teach with more than a book. Our entire family LOVES you.