Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I Want my PBS
While I write these words, my four children are doing the following: Savannah - school; Sage - school; Haven - eating breakfast before getting ready for school; Ryder - outside in our garage in the car. Now, before you panic--it is a nice cool morning and he isn't locked inside or forgotten about or anything like that. He is busy with a tantrum that has now been going on for nearly 30 minutes. The tantrum is a direct result of Ryder's current obsession: Word World. If you are not familiar with the PBS show Word World, you should be. Ryder loves Word World. He wants to watch it all the time and his eyes light up its mention.
I typically reserve watching the dvd player in the car for those longer road trips, but today when I went out to drive Sage to school, she had already put in one of Ryder's Word World dvds. By the time we returned home, he wasn't ready for it to be over. The result was the aforementioned tantrum. He initially positioned himself at the door to the garage and proceeded to cry and bang his head against the door. He followed that up with opening the door to the garage and moving the tantrum to the inside of the car (Haven had left her door open earlier). He doesn't understand that we will be back in the car in a short fifteen minutes to take Haven to school and he can finish his show then.
But he's no dummy! Word World is a cool and creative show and I approve of it (even though--due to Ryder's obsession--I have its theme song running through my head on an almost continual basis).
Why Word World Rocks:
- each character/animal/object is made from the letters of the word they are (see above picture)
- they talk about letters and words in a fun way
- in every episode they "spell a word" or two or three
- there are fun songs that the kids love
- Ryder, who just turned two, can identify and say many letters (even in the non Word World world) including: B, C, D, E, F, L, M, N, O, P, R, S, W, and Y
So, while I could do without the tantrums, I am glad he enjoys a show that is educational.