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“Shh! A young, curious scientist is reading. Do not disturb.”
That’s what I thought when I walked into the front room and saw my 5-year-old immersed in his new Curious George book the other day. Granted, it’s not the kind of thing I would normally say to myself, but I’ve been concentrating on making sure I am preparing my kids for their STEM subjects recently, so they’ve been on my mind a lot. (You may already know, but for the uninitiated STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) You can tell from the above picture my boy is really into the book, right? Like all kids, he’s naturally curious, just like Curious George.
Which brings me to Curious George, the animated series on PBS. There’s an all-new Curious George full-length Halloween movie special, called “A Halloween Boofest,” with 3 new songs airing on PBS next Monday, October 28th.
The educational philosophy behind the series recognizes that children are “natural explorers and scientists, and they’re anxious to know how things work.” It might not be obvious, at first, but all that busting into things to see how they work makes for lots of laughs.
And that’s what I love so much about Curious George. It’s very entertaining and funny, even while preparing our little ones to begin thinking like scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.
William H Macy, who was the narrator of the first season of Curious George, probably said it best in an interview with PBS.org, “Generally speaking, when entertainment tries to teach, it ends up neither teaching nor entertaining. But I thought these scripts were just wonderful…” And they are, that’s what’s really great about the show, my kids laugh a lot and never lose interest when George is on.
Check your local listings to find the new Curious George movie or use this pbskids.org link to find a station where you can see it in your area. In the meantime, there are two cool links below with fun activities for your kids to enjoy.
Have fun, be curious!