Re: Non Compliance in Preschoolers
posted at 6/14/2013 8:58 PM EDT
Not to go off too much on Caillou, but in grad school I took a children's media class and did a study of that show re; gender stereotyping, and man, is it rife with it! Caillou always goes exploring with Daddy, and baby Rosie is never part of this (yeah, I know, Rosie is a baby, but still, she coudn't sometimes be on Daddy's shoulders when they explore the park?) And if someone is going to be scared, it's baby Rosie or another girl. And Mommy never goes on adventures (there was one on a train - Mommy stayed in the seat taking care of Rosie and Daddy and Caillou walked all over the train, learning about trains. Mommy does push the stroller to the park and they run into a child there, but then it's all about "being nice." Anyway, I watched way too many episodes for a woman without children to watch, doing counts, and by the end of it I was livid.
So. AND he has that kinda annoying voice.
I used to like Bear in the Big Blue House. I find blues clues annoying (those people overact -is it that necessary to contort your face like that? we can see you, it's tv!) but the preschool kids do love it. I found it funny how many ASL signs they used as they spoke, and how much gestures they used - I always wondered if Steve was fluent in ASL or had a deaf brother/sister or something. Is it still on? the reading lions on the library is good (probably not still on) but it's for older children.
Ahh... Picture Picture, Medford! Remember learning about how to make a calliope horse, and how crayons were made, and lots of other stuff - it was the first "How it's Made" show, before The Discover channel or NATGEO channel. And the traffic light? And feeding the fish? And Speedy Delivery and all the rest of his friends?
the good thing about Dora is the bilingualism and that Dora is a girl and explores, but has a friend, etc. I like the idea that Dora speaks both languages and that's just not a big "issue" of the show. What I don't like is all the commercialization - the books (that is NOT literature, guys!), toys, stuffed animals, blah blah from so much of kids' tv.