Reading Is Power
July 10, 2013
I am not known for being a big fan of any particular TV show. It's rare when I get "hooked" on a specific series. However, all that said, I am blogging about a children's show on PBS. This show is called Super Why, and it is an animated series that help young children learn the alphabet, spelling, rhyming, and other prereading skills. Like the national program Every Child Ready to Read (not to be confused with 'No Child Left Behind') and the National Reading Panel, the focus of this program is to help children, ages 3-6, develop the skills they will need when they enter school - skills that will help them be ready to learn to read. These skills include letter recognition/sounds, spelling, word families, comprehension, and vocabulary. As it states on their website, "In 'Super Why' reading is power!"
In each program, the characters are faced with social problems similar to problems preschoolers face in real-life. (Example: someone is not being nice.) The Super Why friends gather at the Book Club and turn into their "Super" character, which allows them to fly through books looking for the solution to the problem. They may find another book character with a similar problem and show they resolved the situation. In the process, the children are introduced to vocabulary, letters, and learn how to apply the information toward their own problem solving.
My two-year-old grandson is so taken with this show that his parents built him a little "Book Club" (out of cardboard boxes) that has pillows, small chairs, AND his books inside. There is room for an adult - he loves having someone crawl in and read with him - although it is also a great place to chill out alone with a favorite book and stuffy.
I applaud the creators of this show for the wonderful way they have mixed technology, interactive adventures, and books. They have made paper books once again a valid asset for information as well as eBooks and other digital media. The program endorses using a wonderful blend of information resources!