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Monday, February 1, 2010

Top 10 Shows for Preschoolers

Reasons for being popular - fun, music, interactivity, bright colors, and imagination

1. The Backyardigans (Nick Jr.)

The Backyardigans are five adorable friends who put their imaginations together to turn their backyards into fantastical settings as they sing and dance their way through epic adventures.

2. Between the Lions (PBS KIDS)
Characters from books come alive, letters sing and dance, and words play in the world between the lions.

3. Dora the Explorer (Nick Jr.)
A pioneer show in the realm of interactive cartoons for preschoolers, Dora the Explorer characters enlist the help of viewing kids, as Dora and her friends complete educational adventures. Kids learn about colors, numbers, shapes and more as they help Dora solve riddles and puzzles along her way.

4. Blue's Clues (Nick Jr.)
The show’s educational focus covers skills from colors and shapes to numbers and letters, but the greatest focus is on helping kids learn problem solving skills.

5. Sesame Street (PBS KIDS)
Each new season of Sesame Street brings a new area of educational focus along with funny parodies

6. Imagination Movers (Disney)
The characters make music and solve "idea emergencies." If a problem needs solving, the Movers are up to the job. After a little brain-storming, they come up with some possible solutions and test them out.

7. Super Why (PBS KIDS)

The brightly colored characters make letters, spelling, and reading fun for preschoolers.

8. The Little Einsteins (Disney)

The Little Einsteins series was created for preschoolers and incorporates classical music, art, and real world images to entertain and educate.

9. Sid the Science Kid (PBS KIDS)
Always wondering "why?" or "how?," Sid's inquisitive nature and zeal for learning are contagious to kids.

10. Pinky Dinky Doo (NOGGIN)
Pinky Dinky Doo may be a little girl, but she has big ideas and an even bigger imagination.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Lessons of Sesame Street Letters, numbers and TV

"Kids are adaptable" Yes, they are!!! Let's believe in their ability.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Interview of a trilingual kid's mom

Preschooler children’s Parents Survey
-Maya is 9 and a half now
- She liked dora before, not anymore
- Slavic, Greek, English
- English became the primary now
- She wasn’t forced to learn. It was a natural way of learning. It contrasts with K-American friends who were taught in English more. Jilly taught writing and reading but didn’t sent Maya to school or anything.
- She understood languages before the way that she reacts but start to really speak when she was three
- She wasn’t confused among those three
- Learning language earlier is better because when you grow up you are conscious about many other things e.g. how people would think of your pronunciation, etc
-Look at what’s popular out there. Clubbing and
- When she travels to Greek, she gets back to the mode pretty quickly
- Suggestion for my project: may be more interaction, give time to respond more, less on reading ability(chat, word recognition system), listening and speaking is more important

Specific Teaching goals

• Helps teach vocabulary and other oral language concepts
• Summary page at the end to recap and instruct
• Helps kids get ready to read
• Helps develop phonemic, print, and numeric awareness
• Large bright colorful pictures to keep kids engaged
• Rounded corners for children s safety
• Laminated to protect from spills
• Great size for little hands
• Simple but engaging text
• Useful for beginning Spanish at any level
• Useful for beginning English at any level

Monday, November 16, 2009