Part of our nighttime routine includes watching 2 television shows (which equals about 45 minutes of screen time), though it may be less if he’s not using his listening ears. The Boy (usually) gets to pick the shows (also dependent upon how well he’s been listening), and, contrary to all those articles quoting experts, it helps him relax a bit at the end of his day.
His favorite shows have changed over the years. Yo Gabba Gabba was a favorite that is now only requested on occasion, and he has long since outgrown Sesame Street (though he still plays on the website). These old standbys have been replaced by Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, Super Why, Imagination Movers, Handy Manny, and, most recently, Wild Kratts. He’ll watch other shows, too (WordWorld, Chuggington, Special Agent Oso), but these are the shows that we have to keep at the ready on the DVR.
Anyway, tonight’s showing was a double feature of Wild Kratts and Super Why. I like both of these shows. They’re entertaining but educational without feeling like you’re being hit over the head with something. And he enjoys acting out the characters.
The Super Why episode we watched tonight was new, so we were all interested to see what would happen. At the beginning, one of the main characters, Princess Presto, is at a dance recital and very nervous, even though her friends (the Super Readers) are there to support her. So Wyatt, the primary character (and the namesake of the show because, well, he turns into Super Why) gets out his little communicator (really, it’s a phone) and announces that he needs to alert the rest of the Super Readers.
“Why is he going to call them?” The Boy asked. “They’re all sitting right there!”
It doesn’t happen often, but I was caught without a response because he had voiced the very thought that was in my head.
“Well,” Cute Husband replied, “I think they need to find a way to reuse this animation. But you’re right that it’s silly to call people who are already together.”
“They’re sitting together. It doesn’t make sense. He should just walk over and tell them,” The Boy said with a frown.
“He discovered a plot hole!” Cute Husband said to me quietly as the show continued.
I am so very proud.