Valentine’s Day TV Specials- Word Girl & Clifford

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The Emmy Award-winning WordGirl airs Mon.-Fri. on PBS KIDS GO! (Check local listings). Whenever there is trouble in The City, mild-mannered fifth-grader Becky Botsford transforms into WordGirl and springs into action, using super strength and amazing vocabulary to stop quirky villains in their tracks. Designed to enrich children’s vocabulary, instill a love of language, and foster better reading comprehension, WordGirl is in its third season on PBS KIDS GO!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8
ON PBS KIDS GO!

“CHERISH IS THE WORD”

All the kids at school are making valentines to share with their special friends. But when Victoria Best (voiced by special guest Kristen Schaal) runs off with all of the cards, will she ruin Valentine’s Day for everyone? It’s up to WordGirl to swoop in and save the day!

Vocabulary Words: Flee, Cherish

“GRANNY’S INTUITION”

Granny May seems to have figured out who’s been committing the latest crime sprees sweeping the city.  But WordGirl has a hunch that this villain hasn’t changed her ways.

Vocabulary Words: Intuition, Charming

Follow Clifford and his owner, Emily Elizabeth, as they help friends on everyday adventures that teach life lessons through Clifford’s Big Ideas.  An award-winning, top-rated series on PBS KIDS, Clifford The Big Red Dog airs Mon.-Fri. (Check local listings).  This year, PBS KIDS shares the love with “Clifford’s Big Valentine Celebration” – a three-day marathon of themed episodes from the series Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Clifford’s Puppy Days.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10

“BIG HEARTED T-BONE”

T-Bone offers to watch Cleo’s niece KiKi so she can get some rest.  But his honorable intentions are challenged when his friend Mimi comes to town.  T-Bone must choose between responsibility and fun.

“CLEO’S VALENTINE SURPRISE”

With some help from K.C., Cleo goes overboard preparing a special gift for Clifford and T-Bone.  When she doesn’t get a big gift in return, Cleo learns to recognize the joy in giving.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11

“VALENTINE SCHMALENTINE”

Clifford and Daffodil get competitive over who can make Emily Elizabeth the best Valentine’s Day gift.  In the end, they realize she would love whatever they give her, because she loves them.

“SWEETHEARTS DANCE”

Emily Elizabeth’s excitement about the Father-Daughter/Mother-Son dance at the Community Center turns to anxiety when she realizes she and her dad must dance together in front of a crowd.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14

“Clifford’s Big Heart”

Clifford works hard to try to make Emily the perfect Valentine to show her how much he loves her.  In the end, he learns that it’s his presence, not presents, that means the most to Emily Elizabeth.

“CLEO’S VALENTINE SURPRISE”

With some help from K.C., Cleo goes overboard preparing a special gift for Clifford and T-Bone.  When she doesn’t get a big gift in return, Cleo learns to recognize the joy in giving.

A Few Thoughts on Word Girl

My boys love Word Girl.  That’s right Word Girl is not especially for girls.  World Girl is a vocabulary super hero and my eldest son (6) loves the show.  My eldest also has a natural affinity for words, so Word Girl is a good fit for him.  His vocabulary has always been very good.  Once after a storm our backyard was covered with branches and he exclaimed, “What a calamity!”. He was only 3 years old at the time.   Anyway back to Word Girl, I love the fact that my kids may be getting some relaxing TV time, but they are also LEARNING.  World Girl uses words that expand a child’s vocabulary.  Notice that the summaries above include the words that are focused on in that particular episode.  Flee, cherish, intuition, and charming are the words used in the Valentine specials.  My eldest loved the episode “Granny’s Intuition”.  I asked him why and he respond that he like it best because it had a candy dish.  A typical six year old who loves candy, even seeing it on TV:)

A Few Thoughts on Clifford

My three year old loves Clifford the Big Red Dog.  My six year old would claim that he doesn’t, but he really does.  If Clifford is on you can bet he will be watching and laughing.  If I’m reading a Clifford book he will protest, but will also sit down and hang off my every word.  Perhaps when you’re six it isn’t cool to like Clifford, but you still do anyway.  We had the opportunity to watch “Clifford’s Big Heart” recently and I love the message from this episode.  Sharing yourself and your time is so much more important than any gift you could possibly give.  I remember feeling that way as a child.  I loved the time that they spent with me just talking or playing a game more than any gift they gave.  I don’t think my children understand this concept yet, but I’m glad that Clifford can help explain it to them.

If your family needs a good Valentine’s Day TV special I recommend these episodes from Word Girl or Clifford.

I received the videos to pre-screen, however my opinions are my own.


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