I mentioned this show (Sid the Science Kid) last week, but I feel it deserves it's own post! Yes... a whole post devoted to a children's tv show... that's how much I like this show.
If you haven't seen it yet, it's on PBS kids. Click here to see if it's on your neck of the woods... and when!
The premise of the show is Sid likes to learn about things around him and asks questions about how thing work and what not. He starts the show in his room and sets up what they are going to be talking about. Shows him with his family discussing the topic with them and then off to school he goes. He then talks about it with his friends at school before it is addressed in the classroom. In the classroom they visit the Super Fab Lab where they continue to use the scientific method to explore they concept they are learning about. They also use clips of real children exploring the concepts. The children then record what they learned in their journals and then go "play with the concept". He then goes home and shares what he learns with his family.
Last weeks shows all had to do with science tools. They talked about charts, magnifying glasses, rulers (and non-standard measurements) and estimation jars. Then on Friday they reviewed all the tools they talked about that week... How perfect is that? This week they are talking about different forms of transformation: why fruits and veggies go bad, why your shoes don't fit anymore, melting ice , why pancakes rise and then the review of these concepts... check out the three cycles they have set already.
If you have a child who is interested in figuring things out on their own, this is a great show for them! They even have activities you can do at home. And, Sid's site is updated each week with activites that match what is being shown on the show.
Someone really thought this show through!!