Screen Free Turn Off TV Week with Educational Therapist Bonnie Terry
April 30-May 5th
Why Is There a Turn Off TV Week?
Recent studies show that the amount of time American children and teens spend watching TV, playing video games or surfing the Internet has increased to almost eight hours a day. And that doesn't include facebook time! So turn off TV week is an opportunity to re-focus and center as a family to get more balance in your lives.
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So What Can You Do Without TV, Computers, and Video Games?
Alternatives to Screen Time During Screen-Free Week or Turn Off TV Week:
Several Family Activities for Turn off TV Week
These family activities improve memory skills, perception skills, and comprehension skills while being screen-free.
- You can be screen free and improve memory skills: Sit around the living room or the kitchen table and do Add on Stories. They improve comprehension and memory skills. You will only need a flash light: Once upon a time a family went to the zoo and the two brothers went off to see the monkeys…and what happened next…
- Spend an evening going through your family photo albums or putting one together. That was one of our families favorite activities!
- Turn off TV and go on a scavenger hunts – Give a list of items…they can be done in the house, in the yard, around the block, at the park, even at the mall -- several areas of perception including figure ground and visualization which improves comprehension. There is a little bit of a twist here: Instead of collecting the items on your to find list, write down where you saw the item. Then when you get back home, describe where you saw the item in great detail. That will improve visualization skills (ability to make pictures in your mind) which improves comprehension skills.
- Play board games or cards as a family: Some of our favorite games are The Sentence Zone and The Comprehension Zone. These games are fun activities to do in an evening with the whole family. You never know who will win and you are improving writing skills, grammar skills, and comprehension skills while playing. Definitely a win-win!
We have over 80 fun family activities in our family activity book you can download FREE.
The activities include:
- things to do around the house
- outdoor activities
- field trips to take
What if I can’t unplug all week? What if I just can't turn off TV for a whole week?
Remember, kids are 'plugged in' for 7-8 hours a day, so don’t be hard on yourself! Set limits and stick to them. Planning ahead helps, but don’t feel guilty if you don’t make it the whole week. What you do do will still make a difference! Turn off TV week, even if you go from 7-8 hours a day to 5 hours a day will make a big difference!
Bonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET, Board Certified Educational Therapist #10167, is the founder of BonnieTerryLearning.com considered one of the top experts in the country in helping teachers and parents identify their students’ learning difficulties and whether they have a learning disability.
Remember, with just a few minutes a day you can help your child with their learning skills even if they have a learning problem or a learning disability!