Megan Dixon

What preschool children can learn from TV

Teachers and parents could do a lot worse than sit young children in front of high-quality educational TV on a rainy afternoon, says Megan Dixon

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

As a child, I can remember being told that I watched too much TV. But then one day, to the amazement of my monolingual parents, I started to count the food on my dinner plate in Spanish and then English. Where, they pondered, had I learned this?

The mystery was soon cleared up as I sat down to watch my favourite programme and my mother realised what a powerful learning tool the television could be. Not only was Sesame Street’s The Count teaching me about numbers and counting, he was also helping me understand how different languages could sound different but explain the same ideas.

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