A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that HooplaKidz is a Youtube series featuring videos that teach early learners literacy skills involving letters, numbers, colors, and rhyming. Some of the videos show human and animal characters acting out the lyrics to familiar songs and rhymes like "The Wheels on the Bus" and "Five Little Monkeys." Others teach more directly by identifying colors, spelling words, and counting objects, for example. While the videos are fairly short in length, the series often presents them in compilations that run longer than an hour at a time, so limiting kids' screen time may take some strategy.
What's the story?
HOOPLAKIDZ offers educational videos that teach pre-reading skills like numbers sense, colors, and letter recognition through rhymes, stories, songs, and instructive segments. Many of the videos involve a young character named Annie and her monkey friend, Mango, and dog, Ben. Others use familiar objects like soccer balls and lollipops to teach the learning concepts. Memory and matching games also challenge kids' critical thinking skills while keeping their interest with lively music and coordinating rhythms.
Is it any good?
These celebrated videos entertain through songs, rhymes, and coordinated animation that puts visuals to the lyrics. They are presented in lengthy formats, compiling numerous different videos into collections that run longer than an hour apiece. This can be challenging for parents trying to limit screen time as there's no natural break between the videos, but the shorts themselves are fun to watch and to sing along with.
In addition to the musical videos, HooplaKidz offers content that teaches early literacy skills in a more direct way, reinforcing kids' grasp of colors, counting, letter shapes and sounds, and even simple spelling. Parents will find them very repetitive, but for learning purposes, it's an effective tool.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about reading and why it is important. What books do you and your kids like to read together? How does reading (or being read to) inspire your imagination?
Do your kids like to sing? What songs are their favorites? Were any of the songs in this series new to them?
Why is it important to take part in activities that don't involve screens? When you are online, why should you make sure your parents know which sites you visit?
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