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The show teaches problem-solving strategies and social-emotional concepts in a concrete way. It also showcases various aspects of Puerto Rican and other Latino cultures.
Positive messages about doing the right thing even when it's hard, using problem-solving skills to figure out a tricky situation, and the importance of family.
Positive Role Models
Alma is a great role model who is positive and friendly. She makes good choices, owns up to her mistakes, and shows viewers how to work through tricky social-emotional problems.
Focuses on Alma's immediate and extended Puerto Rican American family and their lives in the Bronx, New York City. There are many well developed characters that show the diversity of Puerto Rican American people in their interests, personalities, and physical appearances. The show explicitly talks about different aspects of Puerto Rican culture like food, music, and dance, and also highlights parts of other Latino cultures as well. The show is created by Sonia Manzano, who is of Puerto Rican descent, and many members of the production team also have Latino heritage.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alma's Way is an animated series created by Sesame Street's Sonia Manzano (aka "Maria"). It stars Alma, a six-year-old Puerto Rican American girl who lives in the Bronx, New York City, with her extended family. Alma's Way celebrates Puerto Rican and broader Latino culture, and can be viewed in either English or Spanish. It has a strong social-emotional curriculum that encourages kids to pause and think when they're facing a tricky situation. There's no iffy content, making the show appropriate for any age, but the social-emotional learning will resonate most with preschool and kindergarten kids.
Is It Any Good?
This is a vibrant series full of bright colors and music preschoolers will love. It's excellent at presenting each episode's social-emotional lesson in a simple and repetitive way that makes it easy for kids to understand. Alma's slow and considered decision making will help kids learn perspective taking and concrete problem solving skills, as well as helping to solidify their sense of right and wrong. Alma is a great role model, but she also makes mistakes, which will be very relatable to preschoolers.
There are many well developed characters that show the diversity of Puerto Rican American people in their interests, personalities, and physical appearances. The show explicitly talks about different aspects of Puerto Rican culture like food, music, and dance, and also highlights parts of other Latino cultures as well. The English-language version includes a lot of Spanish phrases, and the show also can be watched entirely in Spanish. Puerto Rican American kids will love seeing parts of their family and heritage reflected on screen, and kids from other backgrounds will learn about cultural traditions they may not be familiar with. The show's background music is super fun, drawing from traditional Puerto Rican styles like Plena, Bomba, and salsa along with other Latino genres such as Cuban son and Colombian cumbia.
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