>Our TV broke, and I was devastated inside. Now what would we do when I needed to unload the dishwasher without being a referee? There went PBS Kids, my ally. I would have to make weekly trips to the library to check out Diego, Dora, Word World, etc.
I enjoyed not having the TV on, but a mommy still needs some help once in a while. Josh likes to play the PBS Kids online games, and they started adding some videos there. We also watched some Little Einstein episodes on YouTube. Both of those things helped. Then one of the men in the leasing office introduced me to Nick Jr. online. If you click here, you can scroll through their kids TV shows and find videos and games. The boys have really enjoyed this. I monitor what they watch, as I really try to do double duty with videos–watch something that also teaches while it entertains. One show that was new to us but has been a pleasant surprise is Kai-Lan. At first I thought it was just a silly little show, but it’s actually good at teaching social skills! When one of the friends gets upset or the characters have a problem, they teach problem solving. For example, “Why did Rin Tu get upset? Let’s see. What did Rin Tu’s face look like? What happened before that? Do you think he’s sad because…” Wow. Exactly what spectrum kids need!
Do you have a favorite online kid video source you’d like to share? Feel free to leave a comment.