Musical Mornings

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Preschoolers wake up with music and short shows.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lots of catchy musical messages about helping out, waiting your turn, etc. that are perfect for preschoolers.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this three-hour programming block for preschoolers intersperses musical segments and footage of live kids doing morning and daily activities (some of which -- going to the zoo, for example -- may be more exciting to kids than the day you have planned...) with episodes of popular shows like Caillou and Jay Jay the Jet Plane. The songs are catchy and teach good lessons about things like helping out, washing your hands, and waiting your turn.

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What's the story?

MUSICAL MORNINGS brings Coo, a cuckoo bird living in the Sprout clock, into preschoolers' homes to talk and sing about morning activities like eating breakfast and getting dressed. Coo's songs are accompanied by those of music therapist Elizabeth Balzano, who sings about about daily activities like playing in the park. The songs are reminiscent of the music on Sesame Street , as they're accompanied by videos of real kids participating in the activity. Coo also introduces short episodes of preschool-targeted shows like Caillou and Dragon Tales (just one cartoon is shown at a time, rather than the usual 20-30 minute multiple-cartoon episodes).

Is it any good?

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Coo is a fun, eye-catching "digital puppet" developed by the Jim Henson Company. Both her songs and Balzano's are catchy and easy to sing, with little reminders about good behavior -- it's easy to imagine singing them with your kids while heading to the park or helping them dressed.

The format -- short cartoons surrounded by music and other characters -- is also appealing, offering an easy way to show just a little TV at a time.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what they learned from each segment. For example, why is it important to help out or wait your turn? Families can also discuss the kids who are shown playing and getting ready for their day. Which kids are doing the right things, and which ones aren't? How do you think those parents feel about having their kids on TV crying because they have to leave the park? What should they do?

TV details

Cast:Elizabeth Balzano
Network:Sprout
Genre:Kids Musical TV
Topics:Music and sing-along
TV rating:TV-Y

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