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Sid the Science Kid
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sid the Science Kid encourages preschoolers' curiosity about the world around them and promotes finding answers through hands-on exploration. Sid and his friends are always excited to learn new things and solve pint-size scientific mysteries like "Why are my shoes shrinking?" and "Why do bananas get mushy?" The show -- which is co-produced by The Jim Henson Company -- introduces kids to the basics of scientific study, but they'll be so busy enjoying the show's use of song, dance, and humor that they may not even realize they're learning.
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What's the story?
SID THE SCIENCE KID introduces kids to the basics of science through the eyes of a young boy named Sid (voiced by Drew Massey), whose insatiable curiosity about the world around him leads to discoveries of all kinds. Each day Sid and his friends tackle a new question that's sure to resonate with their young viewers; episodes have explored why snowmen melt, why leaves fall in autumn, why teeth are different shapes, and more. Under the guidance of his parents, grandmother, and caring teacher Miss Susie (Donna Kimball), Sid uses scientific techniques like observation, measurement, and data collection to discover answers to his many questions.
Is it any good?
This enjoyable educational series fills a gap in preschool programming, which has more often tended to focus on developing kids' readiness for reading and math. With Sid as their guide, kids will be inspired to ask question as a means of discovering new things, and they'll want to make observations and test their own scientific theories. The show's dual settings -- Sid's school and his home -- remind young viewers that the scientific world is all around us, waiting to be explored. With some encouragement from parents, there's no end to the educational opportunities that could be inspired by Sid's curiosity.
And, learning aside, Sid the Science Kid is sure to be a hit with kids because it's got plenty of music, dance, and all-around good fun. Preschoolers will enjoy aspiring comedian Sid's silly antics and the jokes that he and his friends make up (they're always related to the episode's theme). It's so entertaining that parents might find themselves drawn to watch as well -- and those who do may well learn a few things, too.
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Families can talk about the kinds of things that kids like to learn about. Kids: Where do you get your information? What places can you visit to learn more? Which of the scientific methods that Sid learns about on Sid the Science Kid have you used? How do scientists use tools to help them discover things? What tools do you use?
Families can take the opportunity to check out local museums, zoos, and aquariums to inspire their kids' interest in the sciences.
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