A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that WordWorld is a delightful animated series that introduces preschoolers to the shapes and sounds of letters and starts them on the path to literacy. It does this by showing how those letters combine to form words. Characters frequently spell words aloud as the letters appear on the screen, and as kids become more familiar with the alphabet, they'll be encouraged to do the same. Simple storylines and vibrant characters will excite youngsters' imaginations and entertain them as they learn.
What's the story?
WORDWORLD is set in a colorful land where everything has a name and where the places, objects, and inhabitants are formed out of the individual letters in those names. Whether it's a barn, a train, a bridge, or a duck, one glance at everything that appears on screen shows kids which letters make up its name. Each episode follows the daily adventures of the seven main characters (called WordFriends) who live in WordWorld. Preschoolers watch as Sheep, Frog, Bear, Dog, Pig, Ant, and Cat read and spell their way through the minor mishaps that occur around them.
Is it any good?
This unique series is designed to change the way preschoolers build the skills they need for future literacy. In one segment, for example, the friends happen upon an egg that's fallen from its tree. Sheep soon discovers that the egg is surprisingly restless and refuses to stay in one place for long. The group brainstorms ideas about how to make it more comfortable, and Frog suggests building a nest. He gathers the components he needs to spell the word, and when the N, E, S, and T come together, they morph into a cozy bed for the tired egg.
The show is perfectly suited for preschoolers' learning level, and it will entertain them as it reinforces their knowledge of letters, sounds, and simple words. With its imaginative design and with the various font styles used to create the letter-based objects, the WordWorld package is delightful enough to draw in parents almost as readily as kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about letters and their sounds and how they combine to make words. How does WordWorld help teach these letters and sounds? Parents can test their preschoolers' recognition of letters as you read books and draw, and they can encourage their kids' interest in words by reading to them, telling stories, and singing songs.
Kids: What letters are in your name? Can you write them? What sound does each letter make? What other words can you spell?
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