Saturday, July 9, 2016


PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing eight stories from PBS KIDS’ WORDWORLD series on the new DVD “IT’S TIME FOR SCHOOL.” In addition to going on eight fun-filled adventures with the WordFriends, WORDWORLD fans will find a special bonus book inside this DVD that features 16 pages of activities. The Learning & Activity Book offers families another fun way to teach kids new words and reinforce reading skills. This book, which features coloring pages, word searches, and other activities, will be included within this DVD for a limited time.

IT’S TIME FOR SCHOOL” will be available on DVD July 26, 2016. The DVD run time is approximately 100 minutes and its SRP is $9.99. The “IT’S TIME FOR SCHOOL” DVD includes the stories below.

Shark’s First Day of School
It’s the first day of school for the youngest WordFriends, but Shark is afraid to go. With the help of his good buddy, Duck, and some gentle encouragement from their teacher, Cat, Shark’s fear turns to confidence, and by day’s end he’s at the head of the class.
Build a Word: FLAG

The Best Nest
It’s Duck’s turn at show-and-tell at school, and he wants to bring the thing he loves the best: his nest! But when the nest breaks apart into letters, will Duck be able to retrieve them all in time?
Build a Word: NEST

Sandbox Surprise
Duck and Dog become curious about compound words when they discover the word “sandbox” is made of two words. How many words can they pull apart in WordWorld before chaos breaks loose?
Build a Word: SANDBOX

Duck At Bat
Duck loses the letter “b” to his baseball bat just before the big game is supposed to start. He tries to build other words to hit the ball – MAT, HAT – but soon learns that you need the right letter with the right sound to build the right word…and hit a homer!
Build a Word: BAT

Totally Terrific Duck
Bear is going to paint everyone’s picture today, and Duck wants to look “totally terrific” for his portrait. Not to worry! Frog and Sheep help him build a tie, top hat, and tutu – because if you want to look totally terrific you need the letter “T.” A tie, top hat, and tutu? Now that’s one totally, totally, TOTALLY terrific-looking Duck!
Build a Word: TIE

Tick Tock Space Clock
When a mysterious rocket lands in WordWorld, Duck pledges to help a robot track down a very important clock. He searches all over WordWorld, listening for the special sound that will lead the robot to the clock that will save his home planet.
Build a Word: CLOCK

Dog Wants to Play Ball
Dog wants to play ball, but he’s having trouble communicating with his friends. Pig, Sheep, and Frog each think Dog wants to do what they want to do. When Bear actually takes the time to listen to Dog, Dog gets his wish…and everyone has a ball!
Build a Word: BALL

Welcome Home, Duck
Frog, excited about Duck’s return from a long vacation, makes a “Welcome Home” banner to hang over Duck’s nest. Problem is, the dock connecting Frog’s log to Duck’s nest has broken, so Frog has to find another way across. Frog tries building a sock and a block to replace the dock, but it’s not until he builds a rock that he can land on, halfway across the pond, that he’s able to get across the water to Duck’s nest.
Build a Word: ROCK

WORDWORLD, which won the 2009 Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding children’s animated program, is designed to introduce, support, and foster literacy skills in children ages three to five. Young children explore the colorful, vibrant world of words with the lovable, legible WordFriends – animals whose bodies are made up of the letters that spell the word they represent. In each story, the WordFriends go on adventures and face challenges that can only be resolved with the right word. That word is built letter by letter, sound by sound. Once the word is built it “morphs” to become the spelled item – N-E-S-T becomes a nest!

About WordWorld
“WordWorld” was developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Ready To Learn initiative. Incorporating the latest research into the most effective ways for kids to build reading skills, “WordWorld” produces delightful educational experiences for preschool children, on screen, in print, and online. “WordWorld” is owned by General Word LP.

My Thoughts 

This television show is a ton of fun for preschoolers. It's really unique because all the characters are actually made from the letters that spell their names, which really helps young kids to recognize the words when they see them later. This DVD set includes eight of their fantastic episodes:

“Shark’s First Day of School”
“The Best Nest”
“Sandbox Surprise”
“Duck At Bat”
“Totally Terrific Duck”
“Tick Tock Space Clock”
“Dog Wants to Play Ball”
“Welcome Home, Duck”

My children just love this show and we're looking forward to seeing what they come up with next season.