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Parents need to know that this delightful series for preschoolers reinforces math skills like counting, measuring, and spatial relations. The show’s interactive format will keep kids engaged and excited about helping the characters solve the problems they encounter, and they’ll sharpen other skills like shape recognition and color identification along the way.
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When trouble strikes in Umi City, kids are quick to enlist the help of mini superheroes Milli (voiced by Sophia Fox), Geo (Ethan Kempner), and their robot Bot (Donovan Patton). The spunky group solves all kinds of problems for their friends with their mastery of mathematics, and their adventures take them all over, above, and below the colorful city they call home.
Is it any good?
Created by the braintrust that forever changed kids’ programming with Blue's Clues, TEAM UMIZOOMI entices kids with its vibrant visual appeal and colorful characters who embody the energy and spirit of preschoolers. The show’s now-familiar interactive format encourages kids to puzzle through questions themselves and take pride in themselves when they answer correctly.
Beyond offering exceptional educational content for youngsters, the show also is unique in its deliberate focus on a math curriculum. Many shows reinforce basic counting and number recognition skills, but Team Umizoomi takes the content to another level by introducing more complex concepts like spatial relation, measurement, and geometry -- and all at a level that preschoolers will have little trouble grasping.
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Families can discuss the role that math plays in solving everyday problems. How did Milli and Geo’s knowledge of numbers help them work through the challenge of the day? When do you use numbers on a regular basis?
Kids: Milli, Geo, and Bot each have special skills they can use. What are some of your special talents? How do you work to improve those skills? How helpful do you find them?
The show also draws attention to the shapes and colors that make up the world around us. Parents and kids can make a game out of identifying shapes and colors they see outside. Did this show teach you anything about colors, shapes, and numbers?
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