Tuesday, July 7, 2009

SuperWhy . . .why not?!


Attending the PBS SuperWhy event was interesting. My kids are too young to understand the show yet, but I am happy to know shows like it exist for web they are ready. My niece and nephew are four and six, and they LOVE this show. When they found out I went to PBS and was given ‘cool stuff’, they couldn’t get their hands on it fast enough. Their mother, a kindergarten teacher for 15 years, was eager to do the lesson plans with her kids that Creator and Executive Producer Angela Santomero (also the creator of Blue's Clues) gave us. This creative/production team is so sharp, led by Lesli Rotenberg, PBS' Senior Vice President of Children's Media, and Sandra Sheppard, Executive Producer and Director of Children's Educational Programming, at Wnet.org. It was truly inspiring and interesting to me to listen to other moms and the PBS team, and think about what is ahead for my family.

For kids, fantasy and imagination are powerful tools in learning and developing creativity. My six year old niece loves princesses and fairies, so Princess Presto has much appeal. SuperWhy himself of course is my nephew’s hero. Wyatt can solve anything with words. This is especially significant as my nephew was either speech delayed or very shy, so when he started to speak, we were all thrilled. Watching a show that comes from a word perspective reinforces and encourages his confidence in speaking and reading.

I tried watching the show with my little ones, but for the time being they are still stuck on Barney and Signing Time. These too are PBS Kids offerings, and I love that there are no commercials. I don’t want to wish any time away, but I was so impressed with the SuperWhy team, that I almost wish my kids were old enough to watch and understand. For me, I do not want the TV to be a babysitter, though we do love to watch it in our home. The detail and passion with which this show was created is so evident though, that I know even if this show is not n the air by the time we can watch it, other shows will have been developed by this team that offer equally strong learning assistance.

I like to think I can do it all with my kids, but that is just not always the case. With young triplets I find shows like this effective in assisting me through my day as I choose which little one needs me at any given moment. The others can enjoy something I need not worry about while I tend to the third one. Show like SuperWhy help me feel like a SuperMom!

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