04 Jul 2012

Push Away The Screen And READ! {Super Why Live Review}

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In my house, my motto has always been everything in moderation. I think that this is just is just good for most things in life. Kids need downtime/ rest time, just as they need active play time too!

When it comes to kids—parents and caregivers should not only set a good example, they need to set rules that limit kids’ computer time, TV watching, and video game playing to reduce how much time is spent in front of a screen, according to the We Can! (We Can! stands for Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight.) Research by the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation has shown that setting rules about media use is a challenge for many parents/caregivers.

I recently found out that the LIVE version of the PBS show Super Why will be coming to town at the Straz Center in Tampa on July 27th! Because this is one show that my kids LOVE to watch (we like the “power if reading”) I decided to do a reading challenge in our house with the prize being tickets to the live show! The my kids are super excited to get reading so they can go to the first ever Super Why Live Show! With summer upon us, one of the ways we are pushing away the screen is by going to the library! We agreed to read at least 1 book a day, us to them or them to us) and we would track the days until the show on a chart! For my 2 year old, we are always reading books and she likes the stickers on her chart too!

In addition to us reading we are also using the shows and the Super Why Reading Camp curriculum ideas that can be found here! Each day at Reading Camp, children transform into one of the SUPER WHY characters and take part in reading-based, branded SUPER WHY crafts, games, and songs that practice the targeted early literacy skill of the day: Monday–letter identification, Tuesday—rhyming with word families, Wednesday—letter sounds and spelling, and Thursday—vocabulary and comprehension. On Friday, families are invited to join the campers in celebrating the accomplishments of the week. WOW! I was so impressed and had no idea that the Super Why program came with such great added value to really extend the “power of reading” beyond the show!

I am also so impressed with the printables that they have available for parents too!

I can’t wait to take my kids to see the Super Why Live Tour with the kids! I will be going with all 3 kids (ages 7,6 and 2) and they are SUPER excited too! We will be sure to tell you how it was!

Take a peak at their behind the scenes videos too!

You can purchase tickets here and also receive $5 off tickets (select seats) when using the code WHYATT in the Ticketmaster promo box.

Hope you enjoy the show! I can’t wait!

Disclaimer: I wrote this post while participating in blogger program and received complimentary tickets to Super Why Live at the Straz Center in Tampa, FL to facilitate my future review and for participating. All opinions are my own as always.


If the Super Why Live tour is coming to your city, you shouldn’t miss it! Because we had been working on reading over the past few weeks, my 3 year old COULD NOT WAIT so see the live show! She was so excited to see the characters and I couldna’t wait to see her reaction!

The show had so many great elements to keep kids engaged throughout the entire show. The set was half digital and half live. I loved this element as it was a gat backdrop for the kids to follow along with th storyline.

The characters were so identical to the shows characters and all my daughter wanted do was wave and say, “Hi.”

I loved the confetti that came out into the audience too! They did “surprise” Shelby, but she LOVED seeing thm fall!

The music was AWESOME! Created new for the show, the music really did set the tone for a fun and up beat show! The kids loved the music!

The “you’ve got the power” and “you can make any dreams come true” themes, I love. I love empowering children and teaching them about what they can do if they believe in themselves. The “power to read” theme really related well to my 6 year old daughter. She is still learning to read and for her, installing confidence in what is doing is so important!

I am really enjoying working on reading with my daughters using the online tools that PBS has for the Super Why series.

If you are a parent and are looking for a way to get your kids excited about racing, I would highly recommend integrating the Super Why ideas into your plan. And… If Super Why Live is coming to your town, don’t miss it!

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