A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Teaches preschool skills like counting. Helps prepare kids for common experiences like the first day at day care. Models how to deal with emotions, like anxiety and fear, as well as life skills like how to make friends by being the first one to say hello.
Fosters emotional intelligence in young children by teaching them to label and express their emotions. Models being empathetic and a good communicator.
Positive Role Models
The adults in the show are caring and empathetic care takers that take the time to talk to Allegra and others about their feelings.
Of the three human adults in the show, two are Black. Some of the puppets have non-American accents. Features real kids of different races and abilities.
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Violence & Scariness
There's a pesky blue cat always causing trouble.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Allegra's Window is a live-action show, with both humans and puppets, geared toward preschoolers. The show teaches preschool skills like counting and helps prepare kids for common experiences like the first day at day care. It also models how to deal with emotions, like anxiety and fear, as well as life skills like how to make friends by being the first one to say hello.
Is It Any Good?
An oldie but goodie reminiscent of Sesame Street in its use of puppets interacting with caring and compassionate adults to teach preschoolers important life lessons. Allegra's Window is a charming show that originally aired in the early 1990's but is still as relevant as ever. Each episode models important life skills like how to make friends or how to identify and label feelings. When one character says "my tummy feels funny," for example, his brother responds, "you're nervous." The star of the show, Allegra, also has a relatable relationship with her older brother who's playful and loving, but can be impatient with her at times. It's not all teaching moments, though -- silly humor and animated shorts woven throughout the episodes also keep things interesting. This is a show parents can feel good about turning on and young children will be excited to return to again and again.
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