The Electric Company aims to entertain children between the ages of 6 and 9 while simultaneously teaching four crucial areas of literacy that are challenging for struggling readers: Decoding-Children will increase their ability to manipulate sounds in spoken words and map those words to print; Vocabulary-Children will expand the amount of words (vocabulary) that they use and understand; Comprehension of Connected Text-Children will learn strategies that good readers use to understand connected text (phrases and sentences); Motivation-Children will be motivated to read connected text and express themselves using text.
Georgia Read More is a literacy program created by the Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Public Broadcasting, aimed at encouraging children to read. The program presents a video series of children's story books read by Georgian celebrities, authors and politicians, including President Jimmy Carter, Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz and country singer Travis Tritt among others. Each book is presented in English, Spanish and subtitled versions.
HEY WORDY! delights children by combining education and entertainment to teach kids foreign words, phrases, and cultures through live action, animation, original songs, & magic. HEY WORDY! is Blue’s Clues meets Dr. Seuss with a foreign language learning twist. Dabblebee Dunn, the host of HEY WORDY!, is a quirky wizard, fun-loving inventor, and wordsmith. He inhabits a world up in the clouds where we encounter crazy contraptions, magical adventures, and whimsical animated characters. HEY WORDY! is designed to keep your children’s attention while teaching them useful words and phrases from around the world.
Irasshai teaches Japanese language and culture skills to high school and college students and adult learners and professionals. The 138 Irasshai video lessons are introduced Dr. Tim Cook, an Emmy award-winning instructor. The lessons take students on a personal journey where Japanese is spoken. Sometimes it’s predictable – inside a Japanese home or a Tokyo office building. Sometimes it’s less so – a sushi bar in Atlanta, a fishing hole in the Appalachians. The website includes online video lessons and supplemental materials and activities. Textbook, workbooks and teachers' guides are available from Booksurge.com and Amazon.com.
The goal of Martha Speaks is to increase oral vocabulary, the words we use when we talk. The shows are not trying to teach kids how to read. They are designed to help kids understand what words mean when they hear them; words like retrieve, sprout, and crave. Vocabulary is one thing that predicts if children will be good readers. Once they are in school and they see these words, children will need to know what they mean.
The Maya & Miguel television show supports English language acquisition in a variety of ways. The program shows its characters using natural, conversational language, and then reinforces the meaning of the dialogue with images and animation. Presenting new vocabulary to English language learners is also an important feature of the series. Each episode focuses on at least three vocabulary words, which are repeated throughout an episode. In addition, Maya & Miguel shows children that knowing and learning more than one language can be positive.
PBS KIDS VIDEO features more than 1,000 videos from top PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! television series. Included are videos from Curious George, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Dinosaur Train, SUPER WHY!, Sesame Street, Wild Kratts, and many more. Videos are searchable by title and topic.
Catchy original songs, charming illustrations and a loving relationship between parent and child are hallmarks of the Readeez experience. A Readee is a short video that semi-magically teaches reading. The secret? The words you hear are the words you see. Readeez teach phonics and sight words in a natural, memorable, enjoyable way. They're learning disguised as smiling!
SALSA is Georgia Public Broadcasting's award-winning Spanish language series for young learners in kindergarten through the third grade. Puppets in familiar stories, digital graphics and animation teach the language. There are 42 video lessons in the Salsa series. There are also fun interactive Salsa games for students to play. Instructors do not need to be certified to teach a foreign language or be familiar with Spanish in order to use Salsa. It can be used in the classroom and homeschools and by anyone interested in teaching young children to speak Spanish. Each video lesson is preceded by a staff development component that acquaints the instructor with the content and the objectives of the lesson, reviews all vocabulary words and demonstrates the correct pronunciation of all Spanish words included in the lesson. Play online at GPBKids.org.
Since its debut in 1969, Sesame Street has been grounded on a comprehensive whole-child curriculum that supports preschoolers' cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Sesame Street helps children: develop early language and literacy skills such as letter knowledge, vocabulary, and reading and writing fundamentals; think things through and reason effectively through observation, asking questions, problem solving, and understanding other people's perspectives; gain a deeper understanding of early mathematical concepts and language such as numbers, counting, addition, subtraction, geometric shapes, and patterns; label and express their feelings; cope constructively with their feelings and empathize with others; form positive relationships as they play, cooperate, and resolve conflicts; develop an appreciation and love for nature, and learn simple ways of showing care and stewardship for the environment; create and appreciate various forms of art such as visual art, music, and dance; incorporate healthy habits in their everyday lives by eating healthy foods, staying physically active, and practicing good hygiene; appreciate cultural diversity and children with various abilities.
Super WHY! is a preschool series designed to help kids ages 3 to 6 with the critical skills that they need to learn to read (and love to read!) as recommended by the National Reading Panel (alphabet skills, word families, spelling, comprehension and vocabulary). In every episode, one of the friends encounters a problem with another Storybrook Village character. Super Readers lead the viewer on an engaging reading adventure. They talk to fictional characters from the story, play reading games and activities to overcome obstacles, search for Super Letters, and practice such key skills as letter identification, word decoding, spelling, vocabulary and comprehension.
WordGirl is a funny show that aims to enrich children’s vocabularies and close the gap between those who don’t grow up in language rich environments and those who do. Having a large and varied vocabulary is empowering. Being able to select appropriate words enables kids to speak more articulately and write more clearly. Understanding the meaning of words is essential to aural and reading comprehension. WordGirl provides the model of a superhero who values words and recognizes the power of language to help save the day.