In honor of El DÃa de los NiÃ±os, PBS KIDS and WNET have added new content from the bilingual web series Oh Noah! onto the PBS LearningMedia website.
New educational content, such as animated videos and games that introduce the Spanish language in a fun and engaging way have been added to the Oh Noah! website for PBS Kids. The content comes in celebration of El DÃa de los NiÃ±os, a day to honor and celebrate children. The new content includes a new game called "Lost and Found" which immerses children in the Spanish language, as well as an 11-minute video called "Making a Splash." All content is available on the website as well as on mobile and tablet devices.
"Many parents are looking for tools to help their kids learn a second language, and research shows that developing a second language at a young age can have significant cognitive benefits; PBS KIDS is excited to offer families new content from OH NOAH! to help meet this need," said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children's Media, PBS. "Digital properties like OH NOAH! are among PBS KIDS' many resources that further our commitment to helping children learn and grow through curriculum-based media across platforms."
The Oh Noah! website, originally launched in 2011, is aimed at children aged 4 through 7, featuring a child named Noah, who is staying with his grandmother in a town where almost no one speaks English. The Emmy Award-nominated web series is produced by THIRTEEN for WNET and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
"OH NOAH! provides children and their parents with a delightful variety of ways to learn Spanish together with Noah, who is a charming and funny role model," says Sandra Sheppard, Executive Producer and Director of Children's and Educational Media, WNET. "He's joined on his adventures by his pet mouse — and fan favorite — PequeÃ±o and an expanded cast of characters, including his new best friend Nell."
Working in partnership with WNET, the National Latino Children's Institute (NLCI) is hard at work ensuring Oh Noah! content is made available at events throughout the country. Oh Noah! is currently set to participate in NCLR's Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo in Kansas City, July 11-14.
The Center for Applied Linguistics described a number of benefits to early language learning, including an improved understanding of the child's own native language, a positive effect on intellectual growth, increasing a child's mental development, allowing for a greater ability to think, and a better ability to listen and learn a new language.
"The educational foundation of OH NOAH! is based on the idea that kids learn language best in context," says Mariana Swick, bilingual education advisor for OH NOAH!. "Children's identification with Noah and his mishaps provide motivation — the most important factor for success in learning a new language."