- March 19, 2012
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I am so picky about television shows that my kids watch. I am not one to turn on the set and walk away letting them see whatever is on. To the contrary, I sit down with my kids and we watch television together.
I don’t generally enjoy the shows, but I like to be available to answer their questions and talk about what it is we are watching. I’m just nerdy like that. Recently, we discovered a show on PBS called “Super Why!” and let me tell you it is amazing. Rarely do I find a show that both my two year old and nearly five year old can enjoy together.
Recently, we discovered a show on PBS called “Super Why!” and let me tell you it is amazing.
Super Why! works for both of them because it reinforces different levels of vocabulary. In each episode they talk about the alphabet, spelling, rhyming, letter sounds, reading, definitions, and other aspects. The reason this works so well for my family is because my two year old is just solidifying his letter recognition. He knows his ABC’s and really gets a kick of being able to answer the characters on TV when asked to find a letter. While this is way below my four (almost five) year old, she benefits from the word recognition and practicing sounding out words. She is just learning to read and “Super Why!” is able to reinforce all the time we spend on spelling and phonics.
As a super side effect, my son is also starting to pick up letter sounds as well. Instead of just showing me the letter T he now pronounces the letter and follows it with the sound it makes. Granted, he doesn’t get them all right just yet, but that will come in time. I take a pride and full responsibility in teaching my kids, but love it when a show they love can back a mommy up.