Children and adults alike love Sesame Street. It’s a place where multiethnic, multigenerational, and even multispecies residents live together in harmony. It’s a place where people and Muppets have fun and learn from each other.
Sesame Street premiered in 1969 with a goal of creating a TV program that would make a difference in children’s lives and help them prepare for school. Teaching letters and numbers has been joined by a Spanish word of the day, tips to live and eat healthy and more over the years. The lessons continue every day on this very special street, to the joy of three generations of devoted fans.
Sesame Street airs weekdays at 10 am
WordGirl is an animated series that follows the everyday life and superhero adventures of “WordGirl” as she fights crime and enriches vocabulary usage, all in a day’s work. Disguised as mild-mannered 5th grader, Becky Botsford, WordGirl arrived on planet Earth when she and her monkey sidekick, Captain Huggy Face, crashed their spaceship. In classic superhero form, WordGirl possesses superhero strength with the added benefit of a colossal vocabulary. WordGirl has a family and friends who have no idea of her secret identity. As WordGirl, she battles and prevails over evil (albeit ridiculous and comical) villains.
WordGirl is a funny show that aims to enrich children’s vocabularies. 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 listening and reading comprehension. WordGirl is a superhero who values words and recognizes the power of language to help save the day.
WordGirl airs weekdays at 2:30 pm
Buddy is an adorable preschool age Tyrannosaurus Rex, adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Pteranodon. Mom and Dad take him to their nest to hatch with his new siblings, Tiny, Shiny and Don. The whole family loves to learn all about the different types of dinosaurs, so they board the Dinosaur Train.
Departing from Pteranodon Station, the Dinosaur Train is customized to accommodate all kinds of dinosaurs. Windows are perfect for the long-necked herbivores, and there’s plenty of head room in the Observation Car for the Giganotosaurus. The Dinosaur Train has the ability to visit the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous worlds, while the Train’s Conductor, a knowledgeable Troodon, provides passengers with cool facts about dinosaurs along the way.
Young viewers can join Buddy and his adoptive Pteranodon family on a whimsical voyage through prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes and oceans, as they unearth basic concepts in life science, natural history and paleontology.
Dinosaur Train airs daily at 9:30am
George is the world's most curious monkey! He lives to find new things to discover, touch, spill, and chew. Everything is new to George and worth investigating. Of course, in George's hands — all four of them — investigation often leads to unintended consequences! The Man in the Yellow Hat stays very busy keeping up with George and his friends.
The series encourages children to explore science, engineering, and math in the world around them. And who could be a better guide than a curious monkey? Curious George also shows parents and caregivers how to support science and math literacy in children. These materials offer activities designed to support and extend the learning objectives of the series.
Curious George is based on the well-loved books by Margret and H.A. Rey.
Curious George airs daily at 8 am and weekdays at 5 pm
Meet Curious George Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 am - 3 pm at the Golisano Children's Museum of Naples
Super WHY! is an interactive reading adventure! Storybrook Village is a magical 3-D world hidden behind the bookshelves in a children's library. There you'll meet the four best friends who anchor each episode: Red, from Little Red Riding Hood; Pig from The Three Little Pigs, Princess from The Princess and The Pea, and Whyatt, the curious younger brother of Jack from Jack and The Beanstalk who discovers he has the power to fly inside books to find answers to his questions. Each of these characters is re-imagined as an everyday kid: Red rides roller blades; Pig drives a trike; Princess loves tea parties and dress-up; and Whyatt is the group's natural leader.
Super WHY! is designed to help preschool kids ages 3 to 6 with the critical skills that they need to learn to read (and love to read!). Super WHY! makes reading an empowering adventure by using interactive literacy games that need YOU to play. With Super WHY! reading is power!
Super WHY airs daily @ 9 am on HDTV
Martha Speaks is designed to increase oral vocabulary – the words we use in conversation. Each story helps children understand what words mean when they hear them. The bigger a child’s oral vocabulary, the better she will comprehend words as she learns to read them. There are two kinds of vocabulary words in every episode: explicit words are defined by one of the characters in the show; implicit words are used in the story but not defined. Both types of words are used several times in each show.
This animated series airs on WGCU-TV weekdays at 7:30 am and 3:30 pm. Or go online to http://pbskids.org/martha/ to watch videos, play games or print out fun things to do.