A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Elinor and her friends learn by asking questions about the things they don’t know, so preschoolers learn about basic concepts of science and nature by watching the characters’ adventures. The series also presents for kids an image of a community whose members have specific roles in the jobs that they fill but also a cooperative need as educators.
Kids see the value of curiosity and of asking questions as doing so opens learning opportunities for the young characters. Positive messages about friendship, community involvement, and the good that can come of trying new things.
Positive Role Models
Elinor, Olive, and Ari are the best kind of friends; they’re supportive, they share similar interests, and they enjoy doing and learning things together. They’re surrounded by adults who make that happen in lots of different ways but always with the same level of care and kindness for the youngsters.
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.
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.
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