A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's kindergarten! Kids are encouraged to share, raise their hand, respect one another, and so on. The students are a laudably diverse bunch.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although this documentary/reality series is very mild and engaging overall, real kids are its focus, and their experiences and misconceptions aren't always filtered. Some younger kids may be startled to learn, for example, that "if you touch fire, even a little bit, then you get burned all over and then you die" -- which is how one of the kids on the show responded to a question about fire. The camera also catches moments of disappointment or emotion that the teacher doesn't always see, which could worry younger viewers.
Is It Any Good?
Kindergarten is meant to appeal to both kids -- with its Sesame Street-esque "real kids" feel -- and to parents, offering a peek at the life of a kindergarten classroom once the doors close on Mom and Dad. Kids, especially those around kindergarten age, will find it fascinating. They want to know all about these other children.
For parents, the show is less successful. The producers refrain from creating the kind of ongoing stories and characters that are typically built into adult reality programs (even those about kids), and the result is a little boring. But it's a nice show to sit down and watch with your child, especially as he or she enters school, and it could create lots of opportunity for discussion about classrooms, kids, and teachers.
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