Eddy and I really try to raise Rock and X bilingual by speaking to them in Spanish and trying to immerse them with Spanish language TV and music and we are not alone 95% of English dominant Hispanics said it is important for future generations to continue to embrace Spanish but lately Rock has really started to fight it.
We live in a small Connecticut town that is not very diverse and in his preschool class he is the only Hispanic/Latino child so the “cool factor” is not there. Thankfully PBS Kids offers so many educational programs like Oh Noah!, the fun and funny PBS KIDS GO! web series (pbskidsgo.org/noah) formerly known as Noah Comprende, that make it “cool” to know another language. “Research shows that learning a second language can have significant cognitive benefits, so we are excited to offer new content from Oh Noah! to help kids learn Spanish,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President, Children’s Media, PBS.
So I am happy to announce that as of May 3, 2012, when kids visit http://pbskids.org/noah/ they will have the opportunity to move their cursors over objects on the screen to hear the names in Spanish and play a series of arcade-style games that reinforce learning. Additionally, the Oh Noah! website will feature two new exciting and robust character-driven games that encourage replay and retention. The May 3 launch will feature “Curtain Up!,” an open-ended introduction to digital storytelling in which the player creates a whimsical stage narrative by choosing sets, props, actors, music, and a title. “Noah’s Adventure,” which uses board game conventions as a springboard for a journey to places Noah visits in the videos, will debut later in May, along with another new interactive video. Games and videos will continue rolling out in June and throughout fall 2012. Online games featured already on the site will be refreshed with new sets of thematically linked vocabulary words associated with each new video. “Match It,” “You Catch It,” and “Word Race,” incorporate leveling and racing against the clock to encourage replay and repeated vocabulary exposure. “How Do You Say…?” helps kids learn common expressions in Spanish by matching illustrations to the appropriate phrase.
Oh Noah! chronicles the life of Noah a nine-year-old boy who stays with his grandmother in Spanish speaking community and his funny adventures as he tries to communicate with others who do not speak English. New Oh Noah! interactive webisodes include: Hop, Look, and Listen, I say Tomato, Daring Young Man and others like video below.
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Thank you PBS Kids for the “cool” and educational entertainment!
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Disclosure: I am a PBS Kids Ambassador for 2012 but was not required to post this information I wanted to share with you.