WordWorld

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WordWorld
Wordworldlogo11211.jpg
Logo
GenreEducational
Comedy
Created byDon Moody
Jacqueline Moody
Peter Schnelder
Gary Friedman
Directed byOlexa Hewryk
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes80
Production
Executive producer(s)Don Moody
Jacqueline Moody
Olexa Hewryk
Sue Hollenberg
Producer(s)Sue Hollenberg
Alia Nakashima
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)The Learning Box
Broadcast
Original channelPBS Kids
Picture format1080i (HDTV)[citation needed]
Original runSeptember 3, 2007 – January 17, 2011
External links
Website
 
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WordWorld
Wordworldlogo11211.jpg
Logo
GenreEducational
Comedy
Created byDon Moody
Jacqueline Moody
Peter Schnelder
Gary Friedman
Directed byOlexa Hewryk
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes80
Production
Executive producer(s)Don Moody
Jacqueline Moody
Olexa Hewryk
Sue Hollenberg
Producer(s)Sue Hollenberg
Alia Nakashima
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)The Learning Box
Broadcast
Original channelPBS Kids
Picture format1080i (HDTV)[citation needed]
Original runSeptember 3, 2007 – January 17, 2011
External links
Website

WordWorld is a half-hour children's television series[1] partially funded by the United States Department of Education as part of the Ready to Learn literacy initiative. The show airs in 10 languages and 90 countries, including in the United States. The television series, created by Don Moody and Jacqueline Moody, stars Dog and his WordFriends. In each episode, Dog and/or one of his friends embarks on a series of adventures where the only way to save the day is to build or un-build words. The show's novelty is that when a word is built correctly, it morphs into the thing it represents, which gives instant meaning to the word. WordWorld has been translated into popular mobile applications, Internet-based games, magnetic plush and other toys.

WordWorld currently[when?] airs in 90 countries and 10 languages. It premiered September 3, 2007 on PBS Kids and ended on January 17, 2011, with 84 11-minute episodes. The series also airs on the Spanish network Discovery Familia. Outside of the U.S., it ran on Discovery Kids in Latin America until 2012. On, October 7, 2013, the series got removed from the TV schedule due from the new series Peg + Cat.

Educational content[edit]

The main focus of the educational television show is literacy, with the shows curriculum being based on the National Reading Panel's 2000 Teaching Children to Read report with input from other groups and experts. The show aims to focus on print awareness, Phonics sensitivity and letter knowledge, Reading comprehension (including vocabulary development) and socio-emotional skills.[2]

WordWorld was developed for television by Don Moody, Olexa Hewryk, and David Lipson. Moody was originally inspired by a study which found that children are likely to pay less attention to words if there is a character on screen at the same time so he founded WordWorld, LLC.[3] According to Moody, WordWorld's use of characters that physically resemble the letters that make up their names may cause children to pay more attention to words. “If children want to look at the character, then the words have to be the character,” he said.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WordWorld Takes an Emmy". License! Global Weekly E-news. Advanstar Communications. 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  2. ^ "WordWorld's Research and Curriculum". About the Program / Parents & Teachers. PBSKids. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  3. ^ a b Jensen, Elizabeth (2007-09-02). "A New Heroine’s Fighting Words". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 

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