(Excuse the poor quality of the video; wielding a camera and a phone (with an alphabet app) at the same time near a toddler is no easy task.)
While on vacation last weekend Grady surprised me by recognizing the letters on one of those gas station “THANK YOU” trash cans. I didn’t plan on teaching her the alphabet until she turned two in October, so needless to say this was a huge surprise. She already knew basically the whole alphabet, but for the letters she has trouble pronouncing like J, G and W.
The culprit? Super Why. This show on PBS has so few flaws; even I don’t mind watching it. It’s all about books and reading, and Grady loves it. The basic premise is that one of the Super Readers encounters a day-to-day problem (examples: I have no one to play with, I want more toys, I don’t understand what my grandma said) and they find the solution to their problem in a book. My only issue (surprise, surprise) is with the way they present the leading women; Princess Pea and Red are pretty typically limited by their commitment to femininity. But at least they’re presented as very smart, and at least the show has some racial variety among the protagonists.