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Sid the Science Kid

Sid the Science Kid

Spring 2011 Television
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Network: PBS

Sid the Science Kid and his friends attend the preschool you wish that your children attended. A super-energetic teacher leads a class of four kids, a constant swarm of music and visuals illustrate new concepts, and an in-class science lab is available whenever there's a question. If you want a science primer for your kids, this show is it.

The show covers a wide range of science topics, including weather, simple machines, charts, measurement, and more. The day's topic is presented in a classroom and a contextual setting, which aids understanding. Each episode ends with an infectious song that will stay in your head, and enhance recall of the science concepts.

The acting can be grating, because the adult actors playing kids take some of the authenticity away from what kids are really like. They're nothing if not enthusiastic, though.

Tonight my daughter, who watched the show during her preschool years, called me into her room to see the pulley she had made using a yo-yo swung around a doorknob. The only reason she knows about pulleys is from watching Sid the Science Kid.

Amy Kraft   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Amy Kraft is a freelance writer, producer, and game designer with over ten years of experience making media for children. She writes the blog Media Macaroni and lives in New York City with her husband, daughter and son.

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