Story time inspiration in Super Why!

November 16, 2010 at 10:41 am Leave a comment

Super Why! produced by Out of the Blue Enterprises; airing on PBS stations, 2010.

Perhaps the only benefit of a long recovery from double pneumonia was watching Super Why! on PBS Kids.  I was immediately inspired to create unique story times using a similar format.

Whyatt starts each episode in the non-fiction stacks of the library.  He has a problem that needs to be solved, so he enters Storybook Village through the library books.  With his Super Reader friends, who meet at the Book Club, they solve the problem by finding a book.  They also use their superpowers and get rewarded.

  • Alpha Pig has Alphabet Power
  • Wonder Red has Word Power
  • Princess Presto has Spelling Power
  • Super Why has the Power to Read

Concepts including letter recognition, phonics and vocabulary are constantly incorporated into the show.  In fact, gross motor activities as responses to questions from the characters helps cement the lessons.  For example, children are asked to stand and draw a letter in the air in response to a challenge.  Every successful solution that Super Why and his friends discover is rewarded with super letters that are later unscrambled to reveal the solution to the problem.  Reading! Literacy! Fun!

I seriously got excited about using this format in library programming.  Whether the public library or in a school setting, the idea of a single problem that is solved by reading books and doing activities would make an outstanding edutaining experience (educational and entertaining!).  Imagine a club where each child has a secret identity and gets excited about reading and problem solving!

Plenty of activities and ideas are available on the Super Why! website (PBS Kids)  Games, activities and a design center are easy for children to use and the kids can earn virtual prizes; parent/teacher resources are also ready to use.


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