PBS KIDS educational programming tops September ratings with six highest-ranked kids shows for ages 2-5 with debuting DANIEL TIGERS NEIGHBORHOOD seeing immediate ratings success, joining popular PBS KIDS series CURIOUS GEORGE and others.
For those of you with kids, I bet you're not surprised. I wasn't. What I am is EXTREMELY grateful. We recently made a decision in my family to nix the extra cable costs and time tuned in to not so great stuff...bye bye DVR. We value spending time together outside, reading, playing games and the lot - but we all know that if you try hard enough (ahem - hello....public television) you CAN find the good t.v. for your kids' brains. But here's what happened - I couldn't anymore record Wild Kratts, DesignSquad, Arthur, BizKids, SciGirls and NATURE. Boy did I call and get my DVR back fast. It's SO MUCH EASIER to make good media decisions for your little critters when you make a conscious decision that it's public television or nothing. Now, of course, you can get AETN without cable (woo hoo - it's free!) but I am a serious Mama with serious opinions about what I allow in my children's eyeballs/brain - so I wanted some time and content extra control. Now our choices remain the shows above - and the specials coming up like "The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot about Christmas" - and "San Francisco's Ballet - The Little Mermaid" (had that on old DVR)...and I could go on - we're ALL happy.
30 minutes of extra time last night with my son and Siberian Tigers (catch NATURE every Wednesday peeps!) was a true gift. Quiet wind down time with the beauty of animals and land and the chance to connect with my nature-loving little boy and talk about the values important to ME and US - respecting nature, animals, learning about another part of the world....(besides the wrestling match to wrench the remote out of his hand because he wanted more) life was good.
So - all this to say - educational programs that AETN airs aren't just for fun to keep the kids busy. There is tried and true, well thought-out, educational material and impact behind them.
If you haven't already, visit aetn.org/kids - there are sections for kids, parents, teachers and links to all the good PBS KIDS stuff. Sign up for our free AETN KIDS GO! Club so you receive monthly updates packed with family adventures, reading lists, projects, contest information, upcoming events, special shows and more.
Ratings source: Program Ratings are Live+7 AA 8/27/2012 9/30/2012; Nielsen NPower