So, here's the deal. We love television. Like a lot. We aren't afraid to admit it. What I find is that a lot of people are anti television, particularly in the homeschooling community. Those people seem to be particularly against unlimited television viewing and against viewing anything that is not especially "educational". Well, I'm here to take a stand. A pro-television stand. On Wednesdays I'll be writing about why we watch the shows that we watch. They won't always be the most "kid-friendly" or "educational" programs but they will be shows that have a big pay off for us... because they keep us coming back for more. If you disagree with me, that's fine. Feel free to comment. I don't mind respectful discussions. But if you happen to like tv and would like to add your ten cents, I'd appreciate it. I often feel very alone when it comes to this parenting decision that I've made and I like it when other people come out of the proverbial television watching closet. Now, without further ado, I give you... "Why We Watch... The Simpsons (Part 1).
For the first part of "Why We Watch... The Simpsons", I have interviewed Hunter. "The Simpsons" is his favorite television show and, yes, at 7, he is allowed to watch any and all episodes.
Why do you like to watch "The Simpsons"?
Because it's funny.
What is so funny about it?
The actors are funny.
What is your favorite character?
Maggie, Homer, and Bart
What is the best thing about Maggie?
What's is the funniest thing that Homer has ever done?
In one episode he fell down stairs and that was funny.
If you could hang out with Bart Simpson, what would you want to do with him?
Prank call Moe's Tavern. I'd ask for Marge Bouvier. (Marge's maiden name)
What is your favorite episode of "The Simpsons"?
"Lisa's First Word". I like it because it's cute.
Next week I will write about some of the interests that have grown out of Hunter's love for "The Simpsons" and I'll take one random episode (Hunter always has one or two per week to share with me) and I'll outline all of the learning opportunities within the episode. If I have time, I might also outline one of "The Simpsons" comics that we've been reading. A comic we read last week led to learning more about Harry Houdini.
In the meantime, you might find this article, "The Simpsons for Unschoolers" to be interesting.