A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series encourages preschoolers to learn about their world and express themselves through games, crafts, and stories. Learning is central to the show's weekly themes, and kids are exposed to preschool-level concepts like letters, numbers, days of the week, and colors.
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Viewers are repeatedly encouraged to visit the show's Web site, SproutOnline.com, where they can create submissions for the show and play games.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this live morning show for preschoolers stars Sprout's signature chicken puppet, Chica, and a crew of energetic human hosts and special guests. Part of a three-hour programming block, it includes educational segments in between episodes of Sprout shows like Super Wings and Ruff-Ruff, Tweet, and Dave. The hosts incorporate important skills like counting, letter recognition, and color identification into their animated dialogue, encouraging kids to chime in. Viewers at home can submit birthday greetings, weather reports, and comments, which are then featured on the show.
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The fact that the show airs live enhances the hosts' abilities to both connect with and teach preschoolers as well, allowing them to reference current holidays and other events and to receive and respond to email submissions in a timely manner. From birthday greetings for young fans to weather reports from kids all over the country, the series incorporates real-life Sproutlets at every turn, even applauding do-gooders with a "Good Egg" award for extra efforts at home or school. Plus, parents will enjoy the celebrity guests including folks like Jon Hamm and Michelle Obama, sharing their unique perspectives on preschool themes.
Mixed in with all of this educational content are abbreviated versions of kids' favorite Sprout shows. The constant back-and-forth between these episodes and the live segments provides plenty of stopping points for parents who want to limit their children's TV intake, so don't be turned off by the show's three-hour "runtime."
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