While the rest of the world has been settling down to their new school routines, we families in British Columbia have been waiting with baited breath for an end to our teachers strike. The strike pretty much wiped out the last few weeks of term, before the summer holidays and now, as if the holidays weren’t long enough to keep the kids from uttering the dreaded “I’m Bored”, we have just had our third week of September, out of school.
Relief is around the corner though. Teachers are back, schools reopened this week and parents across the Province will breathe a collective sigh of relief. The uncertainty of the last few months is behind us and we can get on with supporting our children in their lifelong adventure in learning. That has been my biggest problem. Not having the children at home, but making sure that they have spent a fair amount of time using their brains, thinking, engaging. Making sure their thinking muscles have not atrophied
Exercising the thinking muscles has happened in a variety of ways in our home. Playing board games, crafting wild and wonderful things from items we found in the recycling box, carrying out science experiments in the garden – the list goes on and on. Reading is always a good, easy way to help some children learn but when one son has problems reading due to his autism and one other son cannot read at all it is not a solution for all of our children.
So we have another learning staple in our home. One that many people balk at, but that we are willing to stand up and say we enjoy! The TV! Now I am not advocating that we all plonk our kids down in front of the TV at 7 am, throw a couple of waffles at them for breakfast, a sandwich at lunch time and scoop them up again at 6 pm when it’s time to get ready for dinner. I don’t know about you but our 5 can barely make it to the end of a movie and sit still in the same room without fighting, arguing or complaining about each other. Sometimes though it is the perfect pass time.
For example, Gabriel has very little functional language, cannot read and learns best when he is doing – he is never going to be a sit at a desk little fella. We have watched a number of episodes of ‘Signing Time‘ on Netflix and we both enjoy it. Signing time blends animation and live action and introduces ASL (American Sign Language). We had tried signing with Gabe when he was younger, with no success but now seems to be the right time for him and he asked for a drink the other day – in ASL – it was awesome! His other favorite is Super Why and you can read my review of this great program here.
Both Signing Time & Super Why were on this months Netflix Stream Team suggestions list, along with:
- Thomas & Friends: Thomas & His Friends Help Out
- Monster Math Squad
- Curious George
- My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
- Animal ABCs
- LeapFrog: Numbers Ahoy
What someone in the house didn’t think about was that because we all have our personal Netflix profiles, snooping mums such as me can see what they have been watching. A certain son who professed great disdain for Glee has been binge watching it and is half way through season 2! Another great thing about Netflix – you can ‘have a taste’ of series you might not normally watch and then you’re hooked!
So why not take a trip to the wonderful world of Netflix and see what you can see!