Monday, November 24, 2014

PBS KIDS returns to my DVR with Odd Squad

I hate to admit it, but as my kids got older, they began to drift away from PBS KIDS. This saddened me, because even though I'm staring down 40, I could watch Sesame Street all the live long day. The animated shows geared toward the younger set are no longer viewing material in my house these days, but with a new show on the horizon, I'm looking forward to seeing PBS KIDS on the DVR once again.

Tune in (or set that handy dandy DVR) on Wednesday, 11/26, for the special one-hour premiere of the new live-action show Odd Squad, with two back-to-back episodes. As soon as I read the description, my seven-year-old math-loving son came to mind.
ODD SQUAD, a live-action media property designed to help kids ages 5-8 learn math, premieres Wednesday, November 26, 2014, on PBS KIDS. The show focuses on two young agents, Olive and Otto, who are part of the Odd Squad, an agency whose mission is to save the day whenever something unusual happens in their town. A math concept is embedded in each of their cases, as Olive and Otto work together to problem-solve and correct the oddity du jour in each episode.
Actually, I'm hoping that both my son and my eight-year-old daughter will become fans. The idea of solving cases sounds like it will draw them in, and any reinforcement of math concepts they're learning in school will be a bonus all around!

I'm not sure you should mess with the purple-shoed girl... she looks like she means business!

My kids, especially my son, truly do enjoy exploring math concepts, especially through computer games. They have a handful of sites that they've been introduced to at school and log on at home to play. Because PBS KIDS does a great job of connecting their shows to online content that allows children to apply what they've learned and explore some more, I'm confident in the quality of their online media. Two games are available now, and I'm thinking they'll enter the rotation of the kids' online games over this week's school break.

More from the officials:
The ODD SQUAD television series is part of a multiplatform media experience that will include interactive content online and on mobile. With ODD SQUAD’s digital content, kids will have the opportunity to solve cases and stop oddness, just like Olive and Otto and the rest of the Odd Squad. The show’s interactive features will include games, parent resources, mobile apps and more.

From the video clips on the show's site, I predict that the silly factor will appeal to my kids and others, and the "Mathroom" character/setting is one thing I am positive will crack my kids up. Remember those "fortune tellers" we used to make out of folded paper? It's a tradition that lives on, as someone at school recently showed them to my kids, and they could hardly believe it when I showed them that I knew how to make them! Well, that folded paper contraption appears here, too, and it's a neat combination of an old school concept and new technology come to life.

Though we have the DVR set, since the kids are out of school on Wednesday, we may be watching live. Just like when they were younger, I'll be happy knowing that the content of their television viewing will be educational as well as entertaining when they're watching PBS KIDS. I'm betting on Odd Squad for a win with my kids!

Happy viewing,