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Super Why!

A new favorite television show of Brynne's is "Super Why!" on PBS. With DVR, Netflix, and oodles of cartoon choices, we have not been avid PBS watchers for a while. The other day Brynne happened upon "Super Why!" and now tapes it two times a day and watches it.

And this is a show that I am happy to let her watch!

On the show, one of the characters (Super Readers) is presented with a problem. In one episode, one's brother is going away to college and he is going to miss him. The book that is used to help solve his problem is "The City Mouse and the Country Mouse".

"When we have a question, we look ... in a book."

According to Wikipedia, "The goal of the Super Readers is to follow the storyline [of a book] to solve the problem [at hand]. As they progress through the events of the story, they encounter obstacles, which can be solved by applying their literacy skills to change the story (for instance, changing the prince in "The Frog Prince" back into a frog because the princess liked him more that way). As they overcome these obstacles, they are rewarded with red glittery "Super Letters". These Super Letters are then uploaded into the Super Duper Computer, eventually forming the word(s) that make up the solution to the "super big problem." The viewer is encouraged to look for Super Letters throughout the story, and to identify them when they appear."

There's even an "App for that" for purchase that allows you to "play four original games that help build literacy skills."

So, on a day like yesterday, when we are having a non-school school day, watching a couple of "Super Why!" episodes makes t.v. time worthwhile!


  1. We love Super Why! Another good one is Word World, but now that my son is reading well that one doesn't hold his attention as much.

    Sid the Science Kid is good too :)

  2. When we were still watching TV, my youngest loved Super Why!, Word World and Wild Kratt Brothers! All great shows (IMO)! We have many episodes of each (with Magic School Bus) recorded for those occasional times we watch TV now.


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