We live in Southern California and I learned early on in my twenties that not continuing with my Spanish after high school was a big mistake! As I searched for jobs after graduating college I couldn’t even apply to more than half because I wasn’t bilingual. Caucasians are in the minority in Southern California and the reality is, you almost half to be bilingual to get a job in many fields. Even if it isn’t required, it’s always beneficial.
This is something I now think about with my kids. I would think that it would be more of a focus with children’s programming but I haven’t seen much aside from Dora and Diego, both of whom my kids watched and adored and picked up some Spanish from.
We were recently introduced to Peep and the Big Wide World for the first time. I watched it with my one year old when my five and six year olds were at school because I thought it might be too young for them. Wrong! They came home and wanted to watch it too and sat through the whole DVD we got.
The thing I liked about Peep was it was so simplistic yet my kids were thoroughly entertained! It just made me realize how overdone things are these days when it really doesn’t need to be that complicated. Kids like basics and they like simple. Peep and his peeps are just enjoying the little things in life and don’t make it more difficult than it needs to be.
The first episode on the DVD Reflection Affection was so cute and showed the joy, curiosity and imagination that were enjoyed just through something as simple as a reflection in a mirror. They took one thing and had tons of fun with it. What a great thing to show to my kids!
My five year old daughter liked Peep Deep in the Big Muddy the best because of course, it was about mud. Paige will make mud when there isn’t mud because she loves it so much. She was positively giddy over the amount of mud in this episode. Like I said, it really is the simple things in life that can and should bring pleasure to kids. What a great lesson for grown ups as well!
In addition to the fun show and DVD’s, Peep and the Big Wide World has a lot of resources available through their website.
About the Website
With the newly expanded PEEP website, families can log on to play games or watch videos, and also find related PEEP content like books, live-action videos, and activities. And Spanish- and English-speaking families will find a dual-language website that is unique in children’s media. Resources will be available in both English and Spanish, and designed so that visitors to the site can switch between languages whenever they desire.
I love that you will have the option to switch between languages! What an amazing resource that’s fun for the kids while they are learning!
I am really impressed with Peep and the Big Wide World but I shouldn’t be surprised since it comes from PBS kids! Another win for them!
About The Show
The animated series Peep and the Big Wide World gives wings to the innovative idea of teaching science to preschoolers. Wry and distinctive visual humor, charming plotlines, and lovable characters combine with a comprehensive science program to attract and engage kids three to five years old.
Set in and around a pond, a bush, and a tin can, the show follows a newly hatched chicken named Peep, and his friends Chirp and Quack (a robin and a duck), on their daily adventures. Surrounding them is a large urban park — a place of great wonder and mystery, a place they are forever eager to explore, a place they call “the big wide world.”
Each half-hour episode contains two stories which highlight specific science concepts, plus two live-action shorts presenting real kids playing and experimenting with these concepts in their own big wide worlds.
Peep and the Big Wide World is a funny, engaging series that celebrates being curious, being adventurous, and, for at least one character, being a duck.
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