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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Elinor Wonders Why is a preschool series whose main characters show that they're excited to learn by exploring and asking questions. The show demonstrates the value of being curious and trying new things, as that's how the characters make discoveries. Adults shine as role models, both in their conceptual awareness and in their willingness to help the kids experience and gain knowledge. Viewers are treated to positive representations of friendship and community involvement, as the characters' explorations also convey information related to nature and science.
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What's the story?
In ELINOR WONDERS WHY, a curious preschooler and her friends learn about the world around them by exploring, experiencing, and asking questions about the things they don’t know. Elinor (voiced by Markeda McKay) is a young rabbit with an insatiable appetite for discovery, and her best friends, Olive (Maria Nash) and Ari (Wyatt White), eagerly accompany her on her adventures. By expressing their curiosity and speaking up when they don’t understand something, Elinor and her friends help viewers learn about science and nature along with them.
Is it any good?
Elinor is the quintessential preschooler: excitable, full of questions, and determined to get them answered. Happily, she’s also not annoying in her persistence, so Elinor Wonders Why is a pleasant watch from start to finish. Elinor’s enthusiasm reminds preschoolers that curiosity pays off and that there’s no educational substitute for firsthand experience.
Elinor’s other reliable resources are the adults in her community who step up to help the kids learn. This communicates two things to the show’s young audience: that adults are trustworthy role models and that helpers of all kinds are important to the overall function of a community. As Elinor and her friends learn about tangible science concepts, they’re also reminded of these more subtle but equally worthwhile life lessons.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the concepts that inspire Elinor and her friends' curiosity. How do they identify and articulate what they don’t know so they can learn? What did you learn from watching their adventures in Elinor Wonders Why?
How do the adults in the characters’ community act as role models? Does their willingness to do so invite the kids’ curiosity and questions?
What does Elinor Wonders Why say about a community and its members function? Is every person’s role in it equally important? When have community helpers had a positive impact on you?
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