Like most little people, my children have enjoyed screen-time entertainment. Interestingly, though, as they became teens, most of them only watch limited TV; to those particular programs they enjoy, like Mythbusters, or a periodic special movie.
But no child has benefited from TV to an obvious level as I have seen with William. No matter how many times he watches a movie or show, within minutes, or even before it is finished, he will be pretending some aspect of what he saw and was impressed by. For instance, he happened across Reading Rainbow the other day that had a momentary focus on hockey, and what did I see outside within minutes? This:
He is the one on the right, and the clothes is the first place he almost always starts. He has on pajama bottoms, which always allow for the “tight fit” of any type of representation needing that, with a sporting top that bears a number, tucked in, of course. He had dug out of a not-much-used box of outdoor equipment and found these rollerblades of his oldest brother when he was that age! (He had given his younger brother, Joseph, a turn with them in this photo.) He then decided my hubby’s (old) golf clubs would make the perfect hockey stick, and a baseball as the puck. The only cement we have around our home now is the area around the pool. So, around and around he “skated” as he moved the “puck” around with his “hockey stick”. This naturally led to talk of arranging to go to some homeschool skate days, which they have never done before. Interests can arise anywhere; anytime. For William, it is often first inspired through screen time.
He is watching Charlotte’s Web now; something he hasn’t chosen for a while. Time will tell what will emerge from that today 🙂