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  1. aew

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    Hi I was wondering how much tv time kindergarten teachers have there students viewing per day/week. Also do you offer another choice for those students that do not want to watch the video? I am asking this because I am concerning about the amount my daughter is watching in her classroom and wondering the best way to bring this up to the teacher.

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    Amy
     
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    I know teachers who would show parts of a video at the very end of the day while they were waiting for the bell to ring, but that's it.
     
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    I teach in a full day kindergarten. As part of the schools policy Fridays are movie day. We work all morning but then after lunch we watch a movie. That probably seems reticulose to a lot of you but it's a small private school nursery-2nd, and the curriculum has the kids more advanced than public schools. And a lot of them are there from 7am to 6pm with the before and after care, so it's a long week for them, and fridays are generally more relaxing.
     
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    I don't even a tv in my classroom! :lol: So we don't watch any tv or videos, even for recess when it rains.
     
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    I teach full day K and we usually only watch 2 movies a school year. Our school is very strict on limiting movies allowed. I think a lot of it depends on what it is.
     
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    I don't show a lot of movies. I do so movies that are related to our standards or what we are learning. I just showed the sing along version of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. And I love showing Leapfrog's "Letter Factory"...it is awesome for Kinders. But, I do keep movie showing pretty limited!
     
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    We watch a 30 minute video on friday afternoons and they must relate to the curriculum. Yesterday we watched a very cute Johnny Appleseed video. I also have a DVD of the Frogstreet alphabet songs that we sing along with each day for whatever we are learning about, but they are under 2 minutes, so I don't really consider it a movie. I do use United Streaming clips for some things, but usually they are under 5 minutes as well. It really depends on the videos being watched and how they relate to the content. I don't usually have a choice for students who don't want to watch because I do think they should be watching if it relates to the curriculum.
     
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    Everything I show on TV relates to our curriculum. I usually show 1 or 2 thirty min. videos per week. They really don't have the attention span for much more than 30 minutes.
     
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    During rest time I either put on music for the kids to listen to or I will show a video. On video days the kids can sleep if they want to and some do. Almost all of my videos are educational (Reading Rainbow, The Magic School Bus videos etc... ) Sometimes on Fridays we will put the kindergarten rooms together so that we can get our 1 on 1 testing done. We do not have aides so trying to get the indivual testing done is tough. While I do testing another teacher watches the kids. The following week we switch.
     
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    Thank you for the replys. My main concern was the day they watched a Scooby Doo video. My daughter gets frighten easily and the movie has been bothering her. The teacher says the students had been good all week and therefore she let them choose that video.

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    As a teacher, if you want the children to choose, you only give them appropriate choices from which to choose. That way they don't choose something they should be watching.

    Our school shows ZERO movies in kindergarten. Perhaps a 10 minute Scholastic video of a book on DVD -- such as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom or Blueberries for Sal, but never a cartoon or non-educational movie.
     
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    I don't show movies at school, ever. I think they get much more out of interacting with people, like in developmentally appropriate centers, than interacting with a screen.

    Of course, I know I am an anti-TV nut, so take what I say with a grain of salt. My own family watches almost no TV. We only have one set, and it's in the Master Bedroom, so, clearly, it's not an integral part of the family's life. We only watch on special occasions, or for special events. And I watch the news/weather as I dress in the morning, before the kids wake up. The last thing the kids watched was during the Olympics....
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    We are allowed to watch an hour of videos a week at our school. Most of us split it into two 30 minute videos. But, we are only allowed to watch educational videos (magic school bus, reading rainbow, etc) and it usually goes with whatever theme we are doing at the time. The only non-educational video we watch is during Christmas time...the whole school does a Polar Express day and we all dress in our pjs and watch the movie as a school. It's just a fun day around Christmas time.
     
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    We watch one ten minute video school wide each monday. It is a series that teaches character values. Other "videos" are abc practice chants with visuals and a storybook retold via video. No other videos are shown. How about extra recess time, center time, or free draw/write time? Build those large and small motor skills, kids need to move and it applies to their learning much more than Scooby Doo ever will.
     
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    We show no videos or watch any TV, with the exception of the day before major holidays, our media specialist will put on something fun/educational broadcast to the entire school and it is up to the teacher if she wants to put her TV on. I am not anti-video, but our curriculum is so jammed packed, it would be hard to fit one in.
     
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    TV Time in Kindergarten

    No TV in our elementary school at all. Perhaps you should request a schedule from the teacher as to when videos will be shown, and what the video is. If she is unwilling to do this, you may want to consult the principal.
     
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    It varies year by year with the group. Two years ago when I had an EH child he would only settle down for rest if a video was on. We watched a lot that year. Then none for last year. With this group, I put one on right before lunch so we can use the restrooms. It's Leapfrog or a story on DVD.
     
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    I have only shown one video so far, and it was a 15-minute video about families (our current social studies unit). I will only show videos if they can be used to enhance the curriculum. Although, we do have a class behavior rewards system, and when we reach our goal the children will be allowed to choose a reward. If they do choose a popcorn and movie party it will be somethind educational, such as the Magic School Bus, or something light like Clifford. No longer than 30 minutes for sure.
     
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    We watch a video once a week or once every two weeks on Fridays. All of the videos I show are education related and are no more than a half an hour long.
    I also love the Letter Factory videos so we watch that one several Fridays.
     
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    I'm not a k teacher but videos are very very few and far between in my school in general.
     
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    sesame street comes on or Between the lions every friday for the last hour we do not have to turn it on but by that last hour on friday while packing up ect we are usually ready for a little down time
     
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    We watch between the lions once a week (30 minutes) and then every other Friday, we will watch 30 minutes of a disney movie. They earn that during the two weeks.
     
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    Sometimes I play a video during rest time, which is generally 15-20 minutes. It is usually something like Magic School Bus. But that's it.
     
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    Some days when we eat snack I'll put on SuperWhy on PBS kids, but that is NOT an everyday activity. During rainy or very cold weather we probably watch a little more than when it is nice, but they are always educational or relate to whatever theme we are working on (Barney, Leapfrog, Blue, etc). Also, those movies usually have multiple 15 minute segments on them, and we would only watch one segment at a time. The only time I think I've shown a fulll length feature film is at Christmas we watch the Polar Express (and I break that into morning and afternoon segments-none of them can sit through 1 1/2 hours of a movie at a time, nor should they).

    At our school, we are only allowed to show G movies unless we get parental permission from the students. I'd talk to the teacher and let her know you don't usually do Scooby Do. I wouldn't want my child watching that at school either, because there is a lot I don't approve of as a parent.
     
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    Tiny bit off topic, but I really like Word World better than Between the Lions for kindergarten students. mI love how they stretch the words out and that the stuff is made out of letters. Some od the kids learned to write sheep from that! When we have very rainy weather for several days we watch Word World during our recess time for 15 minutes. This happened probably 3 times last year (I will make games up to play on the basketball court so we aren't in mud as long as it isn't actually raining!)
     

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