We ‘heart’ WordWorld. The show that puts words together in a fun and easy way for kids is coming back for another season! If you’ve got little kids you certainly know how much fun the first season was. Boy2001 was a big fan for a while but now Girl2004 and Girl2006 have taken over as the resident WordWorld fanatics.
The best part about this series is that you’re “sneaking” the learning in! Learning is fun and effective via WordWorld’s hilarious, laugh-out-loud situations. I learned the hard way with boy2001 when he entered kindergarten. I thought he was way ahead because of his vocabulary but it became clear that the admin were mostly interested in sight words. WordWorld can help because everything is spelled out in the object itself. Even the background gets in on the fun!
A U.S. Department of Education funded study found that WordWorld, an Emmy® winning PBS KIDS series, significantly strengthens early literacy skills in preschoolers, providing the building blocks essential for learning how to read. The study is part of the Ready To Learn Initiative that examines the effectiveness of various technologies being used to enhance the literacy skills of young children. The initial findings conclude that regular exposure to WordWorld resulted in children experiencing significant increases in oral vocabulary, reading and recognition of words featured in the show. WordWorld brings words to life through a patent-pending methodology that embeds words into the objects they represent, crystallizing the connection between letters, sounds and words.
In fact the U.S. Department of Education has concluded that just watching WordWorld doubles children’s featured oral vocabulary and TRIPLES their ability to read and recognize featured words. Girl2004 has been writing and sounding out words for months now, she knows all her ‘AT’ words by heart but she’d love to learn more after watching this DVD. As a busy mom with little to no help with the kids, it’s comforting for me to know that I can have a bit of ”me” time and the kids are not just vegetating in front of the tv. Many times that means I get a shower or get a jump start on the laundry.
WordWorld is the best programming to come out since Sesame Street and I am a BIG fan of Sesame Street so I don’t say that lightly. I highly recommend magnetic or foam letters to accompany this DVD so your child can spell along.
One last thought, I have been downright embarassed by what my kids watch sometimes, the themes and language are really bad on some channels. I won’t even mention the commercials for products! The chorus of “I want that!”. PBS is what I consider a safe haven, one last public space on television that respects family and pure learning. A brand I’m proud to support.
The 2nd Season of WordWorld starts with a new special on February 13, 2009! Please check your local listings for times.
Thanks to the FRN for this review opp!