Sunday, January 24, 2010

Get a "Taste" of Reading with Super WHY!‏

I love PBS children's programing, because let's face it kids like to watch television, and if they are going to be watching something I prefer it to be educational. Do your kids watch Super Why? There is just something about literacy superheros that I find so cool, hmm...must be the reading specialist in me☺

If Super Why and his fellow Super Readers are favorite in your home, you'll be interested to know that not only with they be jumping into the pages of fairytales, but now the energetic friends are also leaping into the pages of other kinds of books to show parents and preschoolers that there are many fun ways to learn to read!Hip Hip Hooray! Super WHY whips up a whole new reading-powered adventure when the Super Readers soar into the pages of a cookbook for the very first time! Super WHY and the Cookbook will premiere January 29 on PBS stations from coast to coast (check local listings).

Whyatt wants to bake his little sister a special birthday cake - but he doesn't know how. So Super Why and his friends soar into a new kind of book - and get the information they need from a rhyming chef with a silly sense of humor as well as a recipe for fun! In the end, Whyatt learns how to create the perfect birthday for Baby Joy.

Here are some awesome tips to help you cook up your very own yummy reading adventure!

Encouraging preschoolers to read recipes, signs and more helps them navigate their world and gives them a real reason to use their new-found literacy skills. Asking questions will expand their creativity as well as reinforce comprehension. It can also inspire them to write their own signs, recipes or stories!
  • Pick out a simple and tasty recipe with your budding Super Reader. Ask them to point out all of the letters and words they already know in the ingredients.
  • Write a grocery list together, sounding out the words as you go along
  • At the supermarket, have your kids help read the signs so you can find the ingredients you need
  • As you cook, read the recipe out loud every step of the way
  • Before serving your delicious treat, create colorful place cards for each member of the family, assisting your preschooler in writing out the names. Have fun – and bon appetite!

Each episode of Super WHY, the award-winning literacy series from Out of the Blue Enterprises, engages young viewers in fun, interactive alphabet and word games, as well as imagination-stimulating spelling, vocabulary and comprehension activities, helping to instill a life-long love of reading all along the way!

I love these simple and fun suggestions to get your kids involved in working with letters and words all day long. The last one, making name cards is a great one for our family as ER has been working on writing her name at preschool. I'm glad I got to learn more about this literacy based show through PBS's Band of Bloggers!

3 Friends Said:

Nichol said...

I'm all for teaching our kids young. We are the ones to teach. I've never heard of Super Why but going to look into it. Looks like a fun show!

Vickie said...

Michaela used to love "Super Why". But it lasted only a year. She nows says she doesn't want to watch any "baby" shows:(

Mama King said...

What a simple idea...writing names on place cards. Terrific! We'll be trying that tomorrow. Sometimes while I'm cooking dinner I have the girls color and decorate "place mats" for each of us. Now I'll be having Lu add all our names. Thanks!

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