A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Early literacy lessons in word identification and the concept of spelling are cleverly integrated into the show with each character and object built out of its letters. Also each episode involves a "build a word" segment where the characters make a big deal about spelling a word that will help solve a problem.
The series encourages preschoolers' recognition of letters, letter sounds, and simple words while characters also demonstrate positive social traits like friendship, honesty, and cooperation.
Positive Role Models
Each character has strong positive traits, though some are sillier than others. Even when a character makes a mistake, he or she learns from it.
Violence & Scariness
Some very basic mishaps, like a character falling or missing a bus.
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Products & Purchases
The series has an extensive toy line that is marketed in mainstream toy stores.
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.
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.
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