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PBS "Cat in the Hat" Show Starts Sept. 6

Friday, September 3, 2010

Our family is so excited about the new show on PBS Kids, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! I found out about the show this summer at the EVO'10 Social Media Conference and have been eagerly anticipating its start next Monday (check your local listings for times). This new series is inspired by the books and illustrations by Dr. Seuss but is based on the Beginner Book collection of Science themed books using the Cat in the Hat as the main character.  The show uses Dr. Seuss' style of rhyming to help kids learn about science.  There are episodes like "Is a Camel a Mammal?," "There's No Place Like Space," and "There's a Map on my Lap!" 

My kids have seen the commercials and can't wait for it to start so we got on the PBS website, my favorite website to let my kids learn while playing games. They already have videos, games, printables and parent/teacher tips for the Cat in the Hat episodes.

 (*A side note I learned from Mommy Niri "PBS is the most trusted institution in America followed by “courts of law” [Brigid Sullivan, SVP Interactive and Children’s Media, WGBH Boston].)

My 4 year old, "Conrad" loved the hidden object game "Now you see me, now you don't" and mouse clickable game "Thing 1 and Thing 2's Weather Transformer". He could easily navigate these games without my help.  The Migration Adventure was another game that was a little slow paced. He had a hard time clicking on the rest stops and struggled to make it to the end. Older kids may have more patience for it.  We printed out the color by number worksheet and he did great.

I was surprised to hear my 6-year-old daughter say "I have a hypothesis" during our car trip to Yellowstone this summer.  She kept telling us her hypothesis for how waterfalls were made to how Old Faithfull worked.  Her mind was thinking. She told me she learned the word 'hypothesis' from the PBS show Dinosaur Train. She loves to measure things by the length of her arm using "Non-standard measurement" that she learned from Sid the Science Kid.  I'm surprised by what I learn from these shows too while watching with them and I can't wait to learn more from The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot About That!

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