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Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures

Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures

Spring 2012 Television
Ages: 2 - 6 yrs.
Rating: TV Y

Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures debuted on PBS Kids in 2008, and for viewers aged 2 to 6, the program can help ease the fears of school-bound children by painting a rosy picture of what to expect.

As young Betsy finds out, kindergarten is filled with fun and new friends but it also means accepting more responsibility for academics and for your actions. Some sequences focus on school-ready skills such as letter, color and number identification. Between lessons, Betsy and her classmates also learn about navigating tricky social situations. In the episode "Show & Tell," Betsy confronts her anxiety about revealing something personal during Show & Tell. With the help of her teacher, she realizes everyone has something special to say about his or her own life. In "Betsy Buys a Vowel," she discovers she can master a new skill if she sets her mind to it and studies hard.

Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures is a fun treat, though the writers could do better at including fewer stereotypical characters (i.e. The Blonde Mean Girl, The Nerdy Boy with Thick Glasses, etc.). It's a minor note, however, because overall, Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures is a cheerful half-hour that offers useful take-away messages for pre-schoolers who will soon be heading off to "big kid" school.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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