A few weeks ago, a representative from Scholastic commented on my blog, offering me the opportunity to review a new Maya & Miguel DVD.
At first I was all WOW! My first review offer!! Some marketing company noticed my blog!!! Woohoo!!
And then I was all, Who on earth is Maya & Miguel?
So I turned to the source of all PBS knowledge, my children. Do yall ever watch Maya & Miguel? Sure, they’ve seen it.
Do you like it? Yeah, they like it. (Of course, they’ve never met a TV show they don’t like. They don’t exactly have discriminating tastes with it comes to television programming.)
Well, we might get a DVD for free! Cause some marketing company noticed Mama’s blog!
So then they’re all, Yay! A new DVD!
And then, Mom, what’s a blog?
Oh, nothing to concern yourself with, my dears.
So every day last week, they eagerly checked the mailbox for their DVD. And on Friday it arrived. Of course, we wasted no time tearing off the wrapping and popping it into the DVD player for a quick spin.
Now, for a disclaimer. I’m not a big believer in "educational programming". I allow my kids to watch TV for the free babysitting. And so I can blog without them nagging me for snacks.
When they do watch, I usually turn to PBS because of the lack of commercials and because most of the shows seem pretty harmless. But I don’t buy into the notion that they get much in the way of educational benefits from watching TV. In fact, I think we were all better off before the invention of the television. Go ahead. Call me an old fart. I stand by my claim.
So take that into account when I say that Maya & Miguel is a cute show that my kids enjoy. I can’t say there’s a lot of education happening, but it’s a nice show. They do, however, learn a bit about Mexican culture and some Spanish words. So call it educational if you wish.
I definitely appreciate that the children in the show are polite to each other and respectful to their parents, which should go without saying for children’s programming. But we all know that we cannot take for granted that our children are seeing positive role models every time they turn on the TV, not even on PBS.
I’m choosy about what my kids watch. I can’t stand shows where the
kids are disrespectful to each other, and it really gets my hackles up when parents are portrayed as idiots and the children superior. Fortunately this
is NOT the case with Maya & Miguel.
There are also games on the Maya & Miguel website that my son enjoys. It focuses on sports around the world. My son’s two passions in this world are sports and video games, so the Maya & Miguel website is a slice of heaven here on earth where he is concerned.
In a nutshell, Maya & Miguel gets the Choosy Housewife stamp of approval.
The DVD we received is called Cinco De Maya, and it includes five episodes. It’s fully animated and suggested for ages three and up. Both my 4-year-old and my 7-year-old are enjoying it.
And don’t forget to enter my contest for a tagline! The deadline is Friday, and the more suggestions the merrier!