PBS To Roll Out PreK Literacy Tools This Fall
PBS Kids is launching two new literacy programs for preschool beginning in early September--Super WHY! and WordWorld--as part of its Ready To Learn initiative for kids aged 2 to 8. The goal of the initiative, aimed especially toward students from low-income families, is to provide the tools young learners will need to acquire reading skills.
The Ready To Learn initiative's component programs use a research-based framework to approach reading fundamentals, including phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension, according to PBS. Super WHY! is an animated preschool series that includes interactive reading activities and games. WordWorld is a series based around the WordFriends characters.
Additional programs for young learners will be rolled out over the next few months, including a 32-week multi-media preschool curriculum, online professional development for day care providers, and a literacy website. It's also exploring the use of mobile devices for the delivery of literacy programs.
Super WHY! and WordWorld launch Sept. 3.
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