It is no secret that I my kids just adore the educational shows available on PBS Kids, which are made available on DVD by NCircle. One of my their favorites is WordWorld. Our favorite characters are pig, frog, and dog. Sheep is cool, but not nearly as cool as frog. The thing I like about Word World is that it is not just training kids to recognize their letters, but it is teaching them sight reading. And sight reading at it’s best. It is incredibly easy to remember that d-o-g spells dog if that d-o-g looks like a dog. Right? Anyway.
Because Mister has a thing about trains, I was excited to receive Word World- The Train Escapade from NCircle for review.
You Can Never Have Too Many Oo’s: When the two letter O’s in Monkey’s roof blow away in the wind, it’s up to Duck to hunt down the /oo/ sound and fix the roof before it rains. Can Kangaroo and Duck save the day?
Ducks Hiccups: When Duck drinks down a glass of water too quickly, he gets the hiccups for the first time ever! His WordFriends try every trick in the book to help him, but which cure will work?
Achoo!: Pig is allergic to peaches! When Sheep brings Pig a big bag of peaches to make pies, Pig starts sneezing so much that he can’t even tell Sheep what he really needs is a… a… apples.
Get Well Soon Soup: When ant gets sick, Pig tries to take care of him by making his special Get-Well-Soon soup. It has all the letters in the alphabet in it, so Pig can build any word that ant needs to feel better.
The funny thing about this one is that Mister remembers all the tricks that they try in order to get rid of Ducks hiccups. He has wanted to try each of them at some point. And he totally relates to Pig with the allergy to peaches, since he is allergic to peanuts. He knows that he has to ask if things have nuts, and that sometimes people are just trying to be nice by trying to give him something that could make his allergy flare.
The only drawback to this DVD is the catchy tune in the You Can Never Have Too Many Oo’s episode. It will stick in your head. And if it doesn’t, it will stick in your kids heads. And you will find yourself humming it, or listening as they sing it. Over. And. Over. And. Over. LOL.
NCircle’s educational sister site, theyarelearning.com, has a link to really cool WordThings Flashcards that I just love! You can find additional educational activities on PBS’s WordWorld Activities Page.