One of the perks of my job is hearing about the effect that our shows have on their viewers. I received this email yesterday from a mom of a (soon to be) 2 year old. It’s comments like these that brighten up the day & put everything in perspective. Thanks for your note Lisa.
We love Super Why. My son, David, will be 2 on January 27th & is already beginning to read. He has known his alphabet since he was about 15 months old. He always sings it to the tune from Super Why as opposed to the traditional ABC song. I was very concerned about making sure the programs my son watched were educational. I turned to PBS as it was a favorite when I was growing up. I grew up on Sesame Street, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and Wishbone. We started just turning PBS on for a few hours in the morning to see what would catch his interest, and it was quickly clear that Super Why would be a favorite.
He now interacts with the show, calling out Super Letters as he sees them, shouting out the characters names as they appear on screen, trying to pick which word to zap into the sentence, etc. He runs to the kitchen to get his letter magnets and match them to the letters on screen. Between your show & these magnets, my son has learned all his letters, upper and lower case, as well as all the sounds that the letters make. As I said, he’s not even 2 yet, and is starting to read. He sounds out short words, and he gets especially excited when he sees a word that he knows on Super Why.
Thank you for this incredibly educational show capable of completely capturing my sons attention for the duration. This show is proof that TV does not have to be a bad thing. When it reinforces what the child is already learning, and encourages interaction, it can be an invaluable tool for education.
A grateful mother,