Sunday, October 11, 2009

All Aboard the Dinosaur Train

Boys love two things. Ok, they love more than two things, but two things that would definitely be in their top-ten list of favorites would be dinosaurs and trains. The good folks at the Jim Hensen Studios recently premiered a great science-curriculm-based show called the Dinosaur Train. At attending a recent media event for the show, I was given a DVD with two episodes on it. My boys have watched the episodes over and over...and over. My boys watch the Dinosaur Train while I make dinner and I swear that my four year old has picked up more science knowledge-not limited to dinosaurs--than I had ever imagined.

The Dinosaur Train airs on PBS and in my opinion is geared at children approximately 2 1/2 to about 7 years. It hits on some very important scientific elements and most notably, the scientific method. I love the idea that my son is learning the scientific method without even knowing it. I can't wait for him to learn about it in school and be able to explain a hypothesis. As schools struggle to fit in the rigors of language arts and science, in some classrooms social studies and science fall by the wayside. Shows like the Dinosaur Train give kids a leg up on science and will only enhance the great or dismal amounts of science they receive in school.

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1 comment:

Lori said...

Thanks for the tip on this show--I hadn't heard about it. My twin 2-year-old girls LOVE dinosaurs, so we'll check it out. Plus, I'm with you on the "wish I could limit the TV to little to none," but the truth is I need a 30-minute break to function. At least with PBS doesn't jam in commercials for toys and sugary stuff.