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Parents need to know that the Postman Pat spin-off Guess with Jess encourages children to ask questions about a topic posed in each episode. Active learning, problem solving, and critical thinking all are lessons being taught here, but it's done in a way that makes the show suitable and appealing for children of all ages.
What's the story?
GUESS WITH JESS, an animated spin-off of popular British children's series Postman Pat, helps children look for answers to the questions they have about the world around them. It stars Jess (voiced by Charlie George), a black-and-white cat living on Greendale Farm, who decides what the big question of the day will be. Along with farm friends such as Willow the pony (Maria Darling), Mimi the pink-and-white rabbit (Jo Wyatt), and Horace the frog (Daniel Anthony), he asks lots of questions about the topic, tests ideas, and tries to find solutions. From trying to figure out how to build a boat to working out what to do with Mimi's trash, the gang works together to find different ways of answering their queries.
Is it any good?
The British-Canadian series is designed to motivate young viewers to actively ask questions -- lots of questions -- about the things they want to know about. It also underscores the importance of being willing to look for the answer rather than waiting for someone to give it to them.
Jess and his friends are sweet and engaging, which makes it easier to encourage their fans to be curious, think critically, and actively pursue knowledge. The lessons being taught here are both positive and creative, and children who watch will have fun learning them.
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Families can talk about things we want to know about the world around us. What kinds of questions can we ask to find the answers? How can we test those answers? Why is it important to try to find the answers ourselves?
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