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By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - In this week's "Be There" News Leader Nine found out how one family takes T.V. night to a whole new level by turning it into a teachable moment.

Many families are in the habit of grabbing their dinner, plopping down in front of the T.V. and just zoning out, but one family from Wesley Heights Elementary School uses television shows as lessons.

Carol Wakefield told News Leader Nine, "We watch "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" and we sit around in a little circle and we laugh, cut up and have a good time trying to figure out the answers together."

Her nephew Brenndon Holmes, a fifth grade student at Wesley Heights Elementary School, explained, "My uncle's right there, my aunt's right there, and I'm here and we just have a competition. We don't do points, but we have done it before."

Brenndon and his family work on expanding their knowledge with some friendly competition as they watch game shows, "I learn a lot of new stuff we haven't learned in school yet. We'll get to that stuff in school but I like to learn new stuff before I learn it in school."

"He's the type of child that loves a challenge. He strives to learn more from that type of thing. He likes social studies but science beats it a bit," added Wakefield.

Wakefield says they go against what most families do, and all watch the same shows as a family, "I believe it is educational for that reason in trying to guess the answers because it makes the kids, it motivates them."

And Wakefield says they also sneak in a lesson or two for Brenndon by, "Sitting down, having fun as a family and learning with him."


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