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Episodes include a broad range of educational content including math, language arts, science, history, and social-emotional learning. The show also teaches listeners about different cultures and communities with episodes focusing on the Paralympics, the lunar calendar, and women in STEM.
Stories include lessons about being a friend, understanding that we all have different strengths and abilities, and offering help and encouragement. Each episode encourages curiosity and many stories have an underlying theme of compassion and empathy.
Positive Role Models
Characters in the Lingokids universe model positive behavior, but also show that making mistakes or engaging in negative behavior can be a teachable moment. In one episode, Lisa teases her friends and calls them babies because they can't swim in the deep end of the pool, but she learns that name-calling is unkind and that she should support her friends instead. The narrator always asks for the kid characters' opinions and also poses questions for the listeners to feel included and engaged.
An episode on the Paralympics highlights athletes with disabilities. Another episode on women in STEM discusses leading women who broke gender barriers in careers, paving the way for women today to be scientists, construction workers, pilots and more. Stories from other cultures are represented, including a Zulu story about twins and an episode about Lunar New Year.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lingokids: Stories for Kids is a fun educational podcast that teaches lessons through short stories on a variety of topics. If you're familiar with the Lingokids app, you'll probably already know some of the characters, including Billy the Chick and Cowy the Cow. The stories cover educational subjects (like a math story about 3D shapes) as well as social-emotional topics (learning to be a friend who gives encouragement rather than teasing). The stories are all suitable for young kids, but there's quite a range so it's good to read the episode descriptions first to see if the content is the right level for your child. Stories encourage curiosity and have underlying themes of compassion and empathy.
Is It Any Good?
This is a good choice for listeners in search of short, educational stories for kids preschool age and up. Lingokids: Stories for Kids covers such a wide variety of topics and subject areas that you're sure to find some that will appeal to your kids. Children who've used the Lingokids app will probably enjoy hearing their favorite characters on this podcast. The stories are also good for listening to together, as many of the topics can spark conversation, particularly those about social-emotional issues. The stories do vary in terms of target age range and complexity, so you may have to search for episodes that are the right level for your kids.
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