WordWorld

Common Sense Media says

Words come to life in delightful preschool series.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

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.

Positive messages

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.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The series has an extensive toy line that is marketed in mainstream toy stores.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this delightful animated series introduces preschoolers to the shapes and sounds of letters and starts them on the path to literacy 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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about letters and their sounds and how they combine to make words. 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?

TV details

Cast:Crystal Scales, Jeff Bennett, Veronica Taylor
Network:PBS Kids
Genre:Educational
Topics:Numbers and letters
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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Parent of a 3 year old Written byhaloudi April 10, 2010
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3
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My son is 3 and half and he's been watching Word World since he was 2. He loves it!! makes him laugh especially the duck. It helped him a lot in building words, we go around the house sometimes and do the same. Also I use the PBS online games, it is just wonderful tool to teach kids words. the colors, the ideas everything is simple and child appropriate. We don't have cable, and we don't watch a lot of TV, but my child and me don't miss this program.
Parent of a 3 year old Written byFaithsMomma April 14, 2010
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What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 5 and 7 year old Written bysRicker March 26, 2010
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3
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Fun and educational

My boys love this show. They ask for it at least once a week.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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