My kids can pretty much watch tv when they want during the day assuing of course their lessons and chores are done. This is honestly because of their choice in what they watch. 95% of what my kids watch are educational tv shows and most of those are from PBS. Super Why is one of their favorites (mine too!) just after Wild Kratts of course.
Super Why is a fantastic show that helps kids learn to read or get ready to learn to read. My daughter is going to be 5 in September and has been singing the “I really love to spell” song for the past year. She didn’t even realize she was spelling until this year.
Super Why: Cinderella and other Fairytale Adventures is a great DVD filled with 5 episodes involving fairytale characters. Yes 5 episodes. Not 2 but 4 episodes and one bonus one! There is Cinderella: The Prince’s Side of the Story, Snow White, The Prince and the Pauper, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and Bonus Feature includes…
That alone is a great value! Add to that the educational value and the fact that the show doesn’t get annoying very easily and you have a very worth it purchase. You can even explore some extras on the DVD! They also have shirts with Super Why on them! My daughter was SUPER excited to get these! She hugged them…for awhile…
The show is about a group of friends called “Super Readers” who help each other and other friends solve problems by going into a book and helping a storybook character solve their problem which is usually pretty similar.
Whyatt (love the spelling of that) is the unofficial leader of the group. He along with Little Red Riding Hood, Princess Pea, and Alpha Pig each have super powers that are related to reading. Whyatt’s power is actually the power to read. Alpha Pig has Alphabet power, Princess Pea has Spelling Power and Little Red has Word Power.
Not every power is needed in every episode but at least 2 or sometimes 3 are and they change for each episode which is nice. The problems they solve are those that real life kids would have to face as well. For example in Cinderella Little Red and Little Boy Blue are making music together when he just runs off leaving Red to wonder how to get him to come back and finish their song.
The Super Readers go to their book club (club house) and let everyone know what the problem is. They always look in a book to solve problems and Princess Pea has the power to help them find the right book to help them. She says her special chant “Peas and Carrots, Carrots and Peas, Book come out , please please please!” and a book flies off the shelf onto their book holder.
In this case it was Cinderella and after you help Whyatt read the title everyone enters the book and changes into their Super Reader outfits! You (the viewer) have the power to Help which is very important and my daughter takes it very seriously…sometimes.
Once they are in the book they do follow the story as it was written BUT they have the power to change the story to have an even happier ending. I won’t spoil it for you but THIS Cinderella story is not about the princess…it’s from the Prince’s point of view! I do love when they do that sort of thing.
The whole time they are in the book they are also looking for letter clues to help them discover the word that will help them with their problem. They get these when they help someone in the book. Each problem in the book requires a special power of one of the Super Readers.
The Prince needs Alpha Pig’s help to follow an alphabet path that will lead him to Cinderella and later he needs the help of Princess Pea’s Spelling Power so he can talk to some mice. Again, I’m not going to spoil it for you. My daughter LOVED the Cinderella episode and the Snow White ones. Those were her favorites she said. I liked the Boy who Cried Wolf though.
She likes to get her little star wand and pretend she is Princess Pea when she watches. That is until is “helping” another character. She sings all the songs and usually sings the “spell song” even when she isn’t watching. It is super cute and of course educational which is awesome.
She knows her alphabet and her phonics really well but when Red does her song for her words and Princess Pea does her spelling song those are the points my daughter is learning. She is now reading words like Pin, Win, In, and Cat, Hat, Mat and she is super excited when she does.
When she reads Pin she starts going “in, pin, win, wonderrific your terrific…” and that one is pretty catchy. I love the songs though. They are catchy and of course educational. They help kids learn words or spelling and they don’t annoy me the way some tv shows songs can. I mean they get stuck in your head, don’t get me wrong, but that is not always a bad thing….she isn’t the only one that randomly sings Red’s song…
If you are looking for a DVD that is fun, educational, not annoying and has catchy songs then you should get Super Why: Cinderella and other fairytale adventures. It is worth every penny.
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