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Smart TV for Kids

Smart TV for Kids

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It's no secret I grew up on PBS. At our house, TV was limited to PBS and sports for our formative years, and my mom loves to tell the story (OK, she only tells it when I prod her... but I can tell it's a fond memory) of me, age 2 or so, hollering at her from the jungle gym at the park in our neighborhood, "What time is it???" Why was a toddler so obsessed with time? I had a hot, daily, 3 o'clock date with Sesame Street. I continued to watch Sesame Street when I was "too old" for it, and also picked up new favorites like 3-2-1 Contact, The Electric Company, and Square One (PLEASE tell me someone else out there remembers the Fat Boys on Square One singing "One thousand times one million... that's ONE BILLION" about records and hamburgers? Oh my gosh! I've been searching for this on and off since YouTube was invented... here it is!). Anyway, all this to say, PBS's kids programming ruled while I was growing up, and it still does. Their latest educational AND awesome show, which debuts tomorrow, is WordGirl. It's an animated show about a girl who's a student and a superhero, who has a preternaturally expansive vocabulary. What's your favorite PBS kids' programming memory?

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