as someone who grew up on 70s kid TV: I LOVE THIS SHOW!
...and I'm 40 yrs old! I really like to watch with my nieces and nephew, because they're learning to read (2 have been learning and 1 isn't ready yet). From a learning perspective, it helps because the kids have been shown the spelling out and *creation* of a word, so when we're practicing their reading, I can get them to spell & sound out much easier when I remind them of that visual from Word World.
Aesthetically, I like the imagination in the creators. Every new word they build, I wonder what the final product will look like, and am always surprised. My fave has to be dog's HOUSE.... you ever notice that the open windows in the O sorta make the HOUSE into DOGHOUSE?
I also really like the song that Ant & Pig sing in the playground about how 2 friends can say "I like you" just by playing together in the playground.. so true, so simple! And since they can't use the seesaw well, and ant can't reach the swing, they build a slide.
I loved the vintage Electric Company, and this is one of the only shows I've seen that honors that phonics method of showing words being built (remember "sl....ide.... slide; bl....ind....blind; k... ind... kind")
While many kids' shows teach important values in their stories, or teach words, I love that WordWorld teaches within the context of their clever stories and songs. Well worth every kid and grownup watching, as well as its awards!
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