It’s no secret that I’m change-averse, right?
I really don’t like public tv’s new fall schedule.
At 7:30, which is generally when we’re waking up these days (holy early for us me), I can choose between Sid the Science Kid on 11 or Barney on 18. Clearly, I’m not choosing Barney, so we choose Sid. Wally loves Sid the Science Kid. Me? Not so much.
Here’s the thing. things. First, they’re all in school, which I know is the normal for our planet, but there’s only four kids in their class and they’re all best friends. Um, fantasy land? Yes. But whatever, Wally’s cool with the “some kids go away to school, and some kids go to homeschool” thing.
So, Second. Their voices! Argh. I really really really really hate adult imitations of kid voices, but some adults are much better at this than others. The Sid the Science Kid adults are not so good at it. (We’re listening to the Magic Treehouse series of books on CD in the car and the author, who reads the books, is also not talented in this area.) It just grates on the nerves.
Third, the show seems to be aimed at older kids. Topics this week have been estimating, nonstandard measurement, etc. I’m not about to limit the things that Wally’s exposed to, and the show certainly captures his interest, but I think it’ll be a while before the concepts really make sense to him. That’s not a huge deal, though.
Fourth, the kids, particularly Sid, all seem to be mentally retarded. I’m not saying this to be mean. Sid appears to have Down’s Syndrome. They all remind me so strongly of the kids in the special ed program when I was in school. (who I spent a lot of time with, first as a classroom volunteer helping them during particular times of the day, and second in high school, when my mom’s talented and gifted program got one half of a classroom and the special ed program got the other half. We did a lot of stuff together.) The kids on the show, it’s just the way they’re drawn and the way they talk, but their facial expressions particularly remind me of Down’s Syndrome kids. (It’s the adults trying to draw/voice kids but failing. The facial expressions might be appropriate for younger kids goofing around, but seems completely out of place on kids old enough to learn about estimating at school.)
I really actualy can’t figure out how old these kids are supposed to be. School seems to be just a half day, which would indicate preschool, but the concepts they’re learning aren’t preschool-level activities. A friend’s child is in kindergarten this year, and he is horribly bored because they’re learning letters, colors, and shapes. In kindergarten. So when will they get to concepts like estimating and nonstandard measurement?
Amazingly, though, nobody speaks Spanish on the show. But I’d really rather have Mr Rogers on, lol. I love that show.
Now, I know we don’t have to watch TV at all, but for whatever reason, we’ve fallen into the habit of snuggling in bed and watching a show before we get out of bed and start our day. I don’t mind. I need to remember to record some better shows on the DVR so we can watch those.