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Listmania! Ten Best Educational Shows for Kids

Sunday, January 27th, 2008
By Glinda

With this list, I am attempting not to use the word “education” too loosely.  Oddly enough, in doing research for this post, I noticed that educational shows have become a bigger trend in the past decade or so. 

Drumroll please…

10. CyberChase

A show that teaches children about discrete mathematics, but in a fun way! Well, if math could ever be described as fun… With the voice talents of Gilbert Gottfried and Christopher Lloyd. This is an actual full episode of the series, which debuted in 2002, and has won several awards, including an Emmy.

9. Between the Lions

This show features a family of lions who run a library. It emphasizes phonics and reading, through both songs and stories. This segment is entitled “Gawain’s Word” which is a take-off on “Wayne’s Word.” And then… well, you’ll see.

8. The Electric Company

Aimed at kids who had “graduated” from Sesame Street, The Electric Company focused primarily on reading and phonetics. Wanna see a Super Fly version of Morgan Freeman? Here’s your chance!

7. 3-2-1 Contact!

3-2-1 Contact! taught scientific principles. And listen, this show is what made education in the 70’s totally awesome. This is a segment where a KISS concert is used to explain the principles of light. Genius.

6. Bill Nye the Science Guy

That wacky Bill made science accessible and non-intimidating. And, he had cool experiments. If you were to watch only one of the YouTubes I have on here, this segment about optical illusions is it. The circles! The boiling clouds!

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