There’s one thing my 3-yr-old is enjoying since his older brother and sister started school. His TV time. Say what you will about allowing children to watch TV, but we’re a family who likes to relax after a long day or snuggle together early in the morning in our pajamas in front of our favorite show. Granted, I am no advocate of too much TV, but that’s a whole other subject left for another day, another blog post.
My son’s favorite television stations are (you can probably guess) PBS Kids, Nick Jr., and Disney. Sid the Science Kid has overtaken my house, but there’s another fun character he can’t get enough of. Curious George. It kinda makes me giddy, because I loved reading Curious George books as a child. In this technologically advanced era, my son can enjoy Curious George through books, television shows, movies, and computer games on PBSKids.org So, today we’re excited that Curious George Season 5 premieres this Labor Day and it’s got a Spanish twist that I can relate to!
CURIOUS GEORGE the television series is designed to inspire kids to explore science, math, and engineering in the world around them in a fun and entertaining way. Based on the best-selling Curious George books by Margret and H.A. Rey, the daily series on PBS KIDS expands George’s world to include a host of colorful characters and original locales, while maintaining the charm of the beloved books. Each half-hour episode includes two animated stories followed by short live-action pieces showing real kids who are investigating the ideas that George introduces in his stories. The series encourages inquiry and curiosity, promotes hands-on exploration, and shows parents and caregivers how to support children’s science and math-related play.
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Thanks to PBS Kids, we were lucky enough to check out the new series, prior to it’s premiere. I’ve got one word for you. Culture.
Yes, the new season dives into new friends and you’ll find the lovable monkey learning about different cultures, modes of transportation, and even bartering! C’mon you can’t say Spanish series aren’t the hottest on among kids these days, can you?! You’ve got Dora, Diego, Handy Manny, Maya and Miguel, and now Curious George.
In the Season Premiere George and Marco Sound it Out you’ll be introduced to George’s new friend, eight-year-old Marco, who plays in his family’s pan-Latin band, Lobos de Plata. George loves watching Marco’s band perform in Endless Park, so when the bandstand is taken down suddenly, the pair set out on a whirlwind adventure to find the perfect place for the band to play. Throughout the new season, Marco introduces George to unique elements of Hispanic culture like food, music and celebration.
In case you haven’t noticed, I am Hispanic. We don’t speak a WHOLE lot of Spanish in my home, because my husband is white. Yup, he’s the blondest man you’ll ever meet, but together we’re raising a mixed family. I like to call us Spanglish.
So, with shows like Curious George, I get the chance to introduce my children to Hispanic culture and they’ll see it as exciting. Why? Because Curious George thinks it is and so does Momma.
The NEW Season of Curious George debuts on Labor Day, September 6, 2010 on PBS. Check your local stations for times and listing.
Question for Parents: How do you feel about Curious George jumping on the Spanish/Hispanic Bandwagon? Do your children respond well to such shows? Do you think it’s a good platform at introducing Spanish?
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