Saturday, May 22, 2010

Learning new stuff

So, many of you know that we don't watch TV.  We don't even OWN a TV.  We used to own one, but when we moved in Dec 2006 we just left it in the garage.  I think we held on to it for about 2 years before we decided to sell it on Craig's List.  So we don't watch TV.  I have no idea who's on American Idol, what happened on Grey's Anatomy, or who shot JR.  (HA!  Remember those great cliff-hangers from the 80's?  LOL)

Actually, we could watch many of the shows that are on TV via the internet, we just choose not to.  There are some shows we do like, and we have a membership to Netflix, so we DO watch TV shows/movies sometimes.  It's just not as convenient as flipping on the television.  :)  One of the main reasons that we chose to get rid of TV was because of all of the garbage that was so easily accessible.  Not that it's not easy to access online, but we can keep track of what is being viewed on our computer, and block the stuff we don't want our kids (or ourselves) to watch.

Anyway, the girls recently discovered Dora the Explorer.  Although I find the show itself somewhat annoying, I have to admit, the girls ARE learning a few new things, which is kind of cool.  Just the other day, Jib said, "Momma, turn red, turn 'rojo'!"  The girls greet each other with "Hola".  Every now and then I'll hear them saying different Spanish words to each other.  It's pretty neat to hear the learning/using a second language.

5 comments:

Brandi said...

If they like "Dora", check out "Ni Hao Ki-Lan" (sp). She is sort of the Japanese verson of "Dora". We love her at our house. Along with some Japanese words, which Mattie May seems to pick up quicker than the Spanish, each show talks about how to deal with feelings. And besides, she looks alot like a brunette Mattie May! What's not to love! LOL

Julie said...

We'll have to check that out - thanks!! :)

12-arrows said...

Tori loves Dora too and I've caught her a time or two singing in Spanish! adorable! BTW we are seriously thinking of dumping our cable! just so tired of all the "garbage" that is allowed presence in our home.......can't get rid of internet, need it for college but cable. . .

amanda said...

"who shot jr?" you are too funny!

Walker LOVES to yell "ROJO!" when we are driving in the car... he used to be much worse than he is now (like startling me...) He's a big fan of all the multi-lingual characters.. Diego & Handy Manny too... he used to be able to count higher in spanish than english!

we got rid of cable awhile back and we don't miss it much (except on saturday mornings when I used to watch flip this house...sigh...)it makes it much easier to limit how much you watch when the choices are so slim...

Julie said...

There are times when I miss cable, or the ease of just flipping on the TV...but I like knowing I'm not just allowing my kids (or myself) veg needlessly in front of the TV. Instead I play on the computer. HA! Not sure if that's better or not.