Thursday, January 21, 2010

Super Why On PBS

My daughter has always loved variety when it comes to programs and movies. My son is the opposite, he has favorites that he goes to all the time.

Goddess has a lot of shows she loves to watch. One of them is Super Why on PBS. I am a big PBS supporter and have been since I was in my early 20s.

If you have not seen Super Why and you have a child between the ages of 3 and 6, you are really missing out.

Super Why takes kids on a reading adventure every episode. Goddess is often heard screaming out the name of the show that is coming on but with Super Why she adds, "helps me learn to read." Super Why starts with Whyatt who welcomes us to Storybrook Village. All fairy tale character live in Storybook Village. Every episode Whyatt's PDA his "Super Duper Computer", goes off informing him that one of the characters has a "Super Big Problem". Whyatt investigates and then calls all "Super Readers", "Calling all Super Readers! To the Book Club!" The four characters, Whyatt, Red Riding Hood, Pig, and Princess Pea, appear along with the viewer "say YOUR name", including them in the Super Readers.

It is a really great show made up of 3D colorful CGI. I love the high tech cartoon out there today.

January 29th the episode will focus on cooking. Super WHY and the Cookbook will (check local listings).

Whyatt wants to bake his little sister a special birthday cake - but he doesn't know how. So Super Why and his friends soar into a new kind of book - and get the information they need from a rhyming chef with a silly sense of humor as well as a recipe for fun! In the end, Whyatt learns how to create the perfect birthday for Baby Joy.

Here are some awesome tips to help you cook up your very own yummy reading adventure! Encouraging preschoolers to read recipes, signs and more helps them navigate their world and gives them a real reason to use their new-found literacy skills. Asking questions will expand their creativity as well as reinforce comprehension. It can also inspire them to write their own signs, recipes or stories!

* Pick out a simple and tasty recipe with your budding Super Reader. Ask them to point out all of the letters and words they already know in the ingredients

* Write a grocery list together, sounding out the words as you go along

* At the supermarket, have your kids help read the signs so you can find the ingredients you need

* As you cook, read the recipe out loud every step of the way

* Before serving your delicious treat, create colorful place cards for each member of the family, assisting your preschooler in writing out the names. Have fun – and bon appetite!

What great fun! I will be doing this with Goddess who loves helping in the kitchen.


  1. Anonymous4:57 PM

    This is a great show for kids. I recommend this for everyone. My daughter loves it as well.

  2. Have to recommend to my girlfriends with smaller children.

  3. I love Super Why, I think, more than my daughter does! I love watching her use her "magic wand" to spell out letters with Princess P and how she always shouts her entire name when Whyatt tells the kids at home to say their name too.


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