The way to a blogging mom’s heart? Provide child care during daytime events
& your child’s favorite big red dog as the greeter!
Last week I had the pleasure of attending a roundtable discussion and presentation at PBS to hear of the child literacy goals of SUPER WHY! And as you can see from the photo above, PBS so gets moms: they provided a Super Why-sensational child care for our kids and had Clifford greet them in the lobby! Eve was in PBS fangirl heaven.
Leading the discussion in the moms’ room was Super Why’s Creator and Executive Producer, Angela C. Santomero (she also created Blues Clues), and Lesli Rotenberg, PBS’ Senior Vice President of Children’s Media, other key PBS staff and a bunch of the DC Metro Moms with kids aged 3-6 years, the target audience of the show.
I have to admit, before the luncheon I was under the impression that this show was a clever, watchable vehicle to get kids excited about words. I liked that it had PBS’ indelible stamp of appropriate, non-commercial, educational content. The characters were spunky and fired up about learning. The opening bars of the Super Why ditty meant that I could safely dash to the shower without my children having a nightmare or seizure brought on by a freaky violent anime show. Basically, my opinion of this cute PBS cartoon was safe preschool content, full stop.
So here’s what I’m going to be doing this week on Monday-Friday with my five year old early reader Charlie and my three year old pre-reader Eve: We’re Taking the Super Reader Challenge!
And you can do it with us! Over a five-day period, you and your Super Reader can work together to maximize the educational value of Super Why. These activities can be ways to make the day interesting if you’re home with your kids, or they can be fun evening reading exercises for working parents/kids in school during the day.
First, watch the “The Three Little Pigs” episode:
Then each day work with your child on these printable worksheets:
On the days we have time, we’ll also be trying these fun activities:
- Letter Identification Bingo
Enjoy the fun of BINGO while reinforcing letter identification and learning to discriminate between letters.
- Character Masks Have fun acting out the adventures of Super Why and the Super Readers with these printable masks.
- SUPER WHY on pbskids.org Are your kids into a limited daily “computer time?” Then set the timer and and head to Super Why online. The site’s mission is to help kids learn key reading skills, including alphabet, word families, spelling and reading comprehension, through interactive online games, activities and more.
In the DC area, here is when Super Why airs:
6:30-7am Monday – Friday on WETA, WETA Kids & WETA HD
8:30-9am Monday – Friday on MPT & MPTHD
1:30-2pm Monday – Friday on WHUT
3:30-4pm Monday-Friday on WETA, WETA Kids & WETA HD
If you live elsewhere, use the PBS Kids easy TV listing finder.
Eve is already loving this PBS Kids project. The way to her heart is with character hugs.