The Ready to Learn Triangle: view television that teaches, read storybooks, and do activities
Ready to Learn & raising Readers

Children learn best when they are stimulated and engaged. View-Read-Do represents the three sides of the Ready To Learn Learning Triangle. The Ready To Learn Learning Triangle is a teaching tool that addresses various learning styles and engages different senses. Using video (that's the view part), books (that's the read part), and a related activity (that's the do part), parents and caregivers are able to reinforce and expand the child's learning process.


Television engages children. Music, motion, bright colors, fun characters, and simple stories are what children's public television programs are made of - things that grab the attention of young children. Use the magic of public TV to spark your children's sense of curiosity and love of learning. Check out the resources below for tips on watching television with children.


Help your children become good readers by reading with them every day and encouraging them to look at books on their own. Reading with children can become a special way to spend time together, and also helps them develop language and listening skills, build vocabulary and understand the world around them. Check out the resources below for tips on reading with children.


TV is a tool - what children get from it depends on how well it is designed and how well children are guided to use it. To get the most from your TV viewing, you can extend the learning with books and activities. Remember, the learning doesn't have to stop after you turn the TV off or close a book. Check out the resources below for more ideas.

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VIEW » Guidelines for Rating Children's Television

Smart TV—TV that teaches—is often intended to be content based: it is about “what” children need to learn. For instance, some programs teach children specific skills or topics like the letters of the alphabet or weather. But smart TV can also be process based—and this reflects “how” children learn. And, of course, many of the shows on PBS are a mixture of both!

VIEW » Choosing the Best for Your Children

All TV teaches young children something. Any program your child watches—whether Sesame Street or wrestling—teaches something but it is important to ask: what is it you want your children to learn?

READ » Extend the Learning with Books

Books are great gateways to learn more. By combining the content available through television using the activities to reinforce the learning.

DO » PBS Kids Island

PBS KIDS Island is a great place for children to play games which enhance their language skills using a fun and entertaining way. Children earn tickets from each game played as a benchmark, and parents, educators and caregivers can monitor each child's individual progress in core language skill sets (i.e. rhyming, letter identification, phonics and vocabulary).