My girls enjoy the programming on PBS Kids on a daily basis. They are known for quality shows that are not only imaginative and appealing, but focus on education. And that is very important to me.
Super Why is a favorite because it combines the magic of super heroes, princesses and reading. I want my girls to be strong readers like their big brother, and this provides basic literacy tools and strategies for pre-readers and early readers alike. Plus it is interactive and gets them excited about reading!
The latest release from PBS Kids hitting stores January 26th is Super Why: The Three Billy Goats Gruff and other FairyTale Adventures.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff and other FairyTale Adventures DVD includes the following four episodes (120 minutes):
“The Three Billy Goats Gruff”
Grandma will not let Red into the kitchen to get some extra special red velvet cake – and it’s making Red really mad! The Super Readers head into the story of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” who really want to cross the troll’s bridge…only this time the troll gets to tell his side of the story. The Super Readers wonder if anyone can make those rude goats behave, and Red figures out what she needs to tell Grandma.
“The Tortoise and the Hare”
Princess Pea and Red are partners in a potato sack race but can’t decide whether to go slow and steady, or fast. The Super Readers fly into the famous race between the tortoise and the hare to help the friends decide on a winning strategy. By the time they have reached the finish line, they’ve learned that winning isn’t always about coming in first.
“The Ugly Duckling”
Princess Pea’s twirls are falling flat and her dance recital is just days away. The Super Readers soar into the story of “The Ugly Duckling,” who’s having just as much trouble learning to swim. With hard work and determination, the Ugly Duckling finally hits his stride and Princess Pea learns that practice makes perfect.
“The Elves and the Shoemaker”
Whyatt has a secret admirer and he wants to know who it is. The Super Readers visit the story “The Elves and the Shoemaker” and discover that the shoemaker is just as curious about his own secret friends. After helping the shoemaker write a note to the elves, Whyatt figures out a way to uncover his own mystery friend.
These episodes feature some of my favorite fairy tales growing up. I'm so glad that my girls are learning these classics as well! They teach great lessons about having good manners, learning new skills, persistence, and teamwork. And I like that there is a focus on good sportsmanship and learning to enjoy games and competition without always having to win.
My five year old enjoys fairy tales and seeing her favorite characters Super Why and Princess Presto. I remind her of our visit to the 2013 National Book Festival in DC where she met these characters in person and had so much fun at the PBS Kids area.
She has grown so much since then; it's hard to believe she'll be going into Kindergarten before we know it! She loves these DVD's and I am glad that she is learning the skills she will need to prepare her for school in such a fun way.
Where to Buy:
Super Why: The Three Billy Goats Gruff and other fairytale adventures is available at shoppbs.org for $12.99.
PBS also provides great resources for parents and extension activities (with age range and skills listed) on their website! Check out these fun activities to correspond with these episodes.
Extension Activities from PBS Kids:
The Three Billy Goats Gruff: Book Making
Tortoise & The Hare: Race Day
The Ugly Duckling: Find the Ugly Duckling
The Elves and the Showmaker: Make an Invitation