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What are the best educational programs for children?

by Carolyn Hopping (follow)
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The world we live in is a fascinating place, and television is a great tool by which children can learn more about it. There are many wonderful television shows that help kids to appreciate nature, wildlife, other countries and much, much more. Others help very young children better understand the basics of learning such as reading and counting.

In your opinion, what are the best educational programs for children? Do your children enjoy them?

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#Children's television
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I would have to say The Reading Rainbow. Any show that instills a love of books and imagination is going to sit high up in my view.
We don't get that show in Australia, but I love the sound of it.
The Reading Rainbow used to be a PBS (an American Public Broadcast Station) and ran form 1983 until 2006. The host was Levar Burton, who also played Geordi La Forge in Star Trek the Next Generation. Levar is actually trying to get The Reading Rainbow going again, but as an interactive app instead of a TV show, so you could have access to it in the near future, just in a different way. Here's a link to the kickstarter campaign, it's really worth checking out: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/readingrainbow/bring-reading-rainbow-back-for-every-child-everywh
The Horrible Histories is one of the best kids educational programs.
Although I've flicked through some of the Horrible Histories books I've never actually seen the television show. I can imagine it must be pretty good, though, as the books are well written and present history in a very novel way.
Here's a clip if you are interested:

Bryony, that was both awesome, educational and hilarious! Made my morning :)
Not just for kids then! I think a lot of parents enjoy watching the show too.
Yep, my kids love this one, and I'll often sit and watch it too!
My kids really like Backyard Science, Operation Ouch, Bushwhacked, Horrible Histories and are currently watching old episodes of The Curiosity Show
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