Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Educator, Author

Mr. Rogers Remix: Television that promotes learning, creativity, and social skills

I love this remix of Fred Rogers’ work. What made Mr. Rogers special was his ability to bring deep knowledge about education and child development and learning into the mainstream and make it accessible. He met children with respect and where they were, ready to explore and learn. Encouraging the use of imagination, problem-solving and creativity leads children to learn and grow mentally, and Fred Rogers knew that.

Can you think of shows that are on television today that promote learning, problem-solving, imagination, and creativity? Some that come to my mind are Word Girl, Dora the Explorer, Elmo, and Blues Clues. What about shows that promote healthy and effective social skills, like learning how to get along with others? Arthur from PBS and Franklin the Turtle both do a great job of confronting tough friendship issues. I’m having a harder time coming up with good examples for older kids. Can you think of some?


8 comments on “Mr. Rogers Remix: Television that promotes learning, creativity, and social skills

  1. Rubi-kun
    July 9, 2012

    Doctor Who has some wonderful messages about imagination, non-violent problem solving, and loving humanity despite its many flaws (and also that bow ties and fezzes are cool). I just got into it this past year and wish I knew of it as a kid. It’s brilliant entertainment for all ages.

    • Jennifer Shewmaker
      July 9, 2012

      It’s funny you should mention Dr. Who, my middle school daughter just told me that she wants us to start watching that together!

  2. MattW
    June 27, 2012

    What about iCarly?

  3. Holly Tumpkin
    June 11, 2012

    my girls watched Little House on the Prairie for years!! Well into teen years 🙂

    • Jennifer Shewmaker
      June 28, 2012

      Love that one!

  4. There are lots of science based programmes here that my children watch that solve problems. I wish I could think of them.

  5. talia99
    June 10, 2012

    My 8.5 and 10 year old love The Brady Bunch. Plenty of great social skills to be learned on each episode.

    • Jennifer Shewmaker
      June 28, 2012

      That’s a good one, and a favorite from my childhood!

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