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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Cheap Visual Entertainment

I have never had cable and am not tempted to ever pay for television. Well, I live out in the middle of nowhere and the pair of broken rabbit ears that I have had for years no longer picks up anything. Coupled with the fact of the digital changeover that would require me to buy a digital box and still a new pair of rabbit ears has kept us TV free for one year now and frankly, I don't miss it. I have plenty of other time suckers that have replaced that one!

(For those of you that would want to go that route, get a government coupon before the end of the year for a digital converter.)

For times when we do want to watch something on the dusty tube, we either watch movies bought at less than rental prices, borrowed or rented. We never rent new releases, we just wait until they hop off of that rack. Also anymore, libraries carry more than just educational videos. Check out your library's DVD section and you can probably find some of those on your list of want to sees and rent it for free. Also, church libraries usually stock lots of kid videos.

Or we use the internet.

The big channels, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, CNN all have their currently running TV shows for streaming along with older series sometimes. You do have to have a fast internet connection.

I have been using Youtube a lot with the toddler. You can find all kinds of good short things. (I like short because I am uncomfortable with a toddler sitting watching TV for hours on end.) I have been able to introduce her to all kinds of different music styles for Music Videos abound on Youtube. She has watched many little Sesame Street snippets. And has seen all different types of dancing styles - she can imitate tapping, ballet, swing and others! And she can identify musical instruments from some of the videos I download for her.

Because my kiddo does ask to watch them many times, I download them to my real player on my desktop.

Here is a sampling of the varied youtube videos that my toddler watches over and over and has learned from:

Singing in Rain - Moses Supposes

West Coast Swing Champions

Hayley Westerna Pie Jesu

Corrs - Toss the Feathers

Sign Language Phonics Song

Jazz Ballet Scene

Where the Hell is Matt


Always Fair Weather - Tap Dancing Roller Skates


Paula Abdul Dancing with a Cartoon Opposites Attract

IMusici Vivaldi Summer Movement

Sign Language Song

Sesame Street Baker's Numbers

Robin Williams and Elmo

Cupcake Waltz

1 comment:

Gabriela said...

We use also a lot Youtube for entertainment. My two girsl love for example the "a je to" videos or "der kleine maulwurf". Both with no spoken words.
I remember watching them on TV when I was a kid, now I can show them my kids.
An example is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XrqpjQtFtk
or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQamDA7mPEY