March 28, 2010

Peep and the Big Wide World... en español

Peep and the Big Wide World is a site designed to engage early learners in a comprehensive science program, and it is hard to imagine how it could be more engaging! Activities and games are anchored in a daily video about a newly hatched chick named Peep and his adventures in the “big wide world”.

With appealing graphics, dramatic musical accompaniment, and narration by Joan Cusack, the videos are extremely well done. Closed captioning is available for anyone who needs it. The closed captioning also means that the videos provide excellent practice for beginning readers.
I used to say, "Hey, kids, wanna watch Peep?", when I needed to get something important done with no interruptions (usually just dinner). I always thought it was purely entertainment, but turns out it's educational, too. Especially if you choose Closed Captioning, they can read the words as they are being said. Sounds like a good reading program to me!
NOW I come to discover it's in Español, too! (Also click where it says "mas videos" to see more). This is great if you want to brush up on your Spanish, or if you're teaching someone else Español. A nice break from the books, and great practice in training your ear to a foreign language.

The videos are short, approximately 10 minutes long or so, and the humor is even appealing to adults. Check it out next time you need to make a phone call without someone interrupting you a million times. They'll be glued to the screen, I guarantee it. And you can count it as school if you want.

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