Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Disclosure:  I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


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PBS KIDS Series PEG + CAT Helps Kids Build Math and Problem Solving Skills

It is always nice to see PBS Kids add new shows to their lineup, including "Peg + Cat," which debuted this past October 2013.  I was able to watch a few episodes before the show premiered with my girls, and they both loved them, and couldn't wait for more episodes about a little girl names Peg and her trusty sidekick cat.  Usually you don't of educational shows for preschoolers to deal with match, but this is a perfect example of how little ones' minds are like sponges and they are eager to learn anything and everything.  While my girls are busy learning the alphabet, about shapes and colors, they are also learning to count and do simple math thanks in part to this fun educational series, which has already won 3 Emmy Awards -- not bad for a new children's series, right? :-)

Each fun filled episode not only entertains little ones, but also helps them to develop their problem solving and basic math concept skills.  Kids watch as Peg + Cat are presented with a unexpected challenge and have to use problem solving and math logic to solve the problem and save the day.  Sounds like fun, right?  This show really is cute.  I find myself stopping to sit with the girls to watch this show whenever it is on, just to see my girls get excited about helping Peg and her trusty sidekick cat solve problems and save the day.  Being a mom to two girls, I especially love how there are shows like this on television that introduced math and problem solving in a fun way, as it really helps to spark my daughters' interest in math.  Usually math and science is thought to be a boy's strong point in school, but with series like this, girls, too, can flourish when it comes to learning about math concepts and get excited about problem solving, too!

Even if you and your child haven't seen this award-winning, you can still enjoy some of the best episodes, which have already aired on television, thanks to the upcoming DVD release on Sept. 9th, which will feature the following 8 full-length episodes:

The Chicken Problem:
Peg and Cat have to get 100 chickens back in the coop before the farmer sees. 
Primary Learning Goal: Size correspondence
Secondary Learning Goal: The number 100

The Space Creature Problem:
PegCat and Richard must get the 100 chickens away from Big Mouth and back to their spaceship.
Primary Learning Goal: Counting by tens
Secondary Learning Goal: The number 100

The Messy Room Problem:
Peg and Cat sort through the mess in Peg’s room just in time for company to come over and see Cat’s masterpiece, “The Circles.”
Primary Learning Goal: Sorting
Secondary Learning Goal: Shapes

The Golden Pyramid Problem:
Peg the Bold and Brave Sir Cat, Knights of the Round Table, search far and wide to retrieve the Mermaid’s golden pyramids.
Primary Learning Goal: Solid shapes
Secondary Learning Goal: Counting by twos

The Three Bears Problem:
Peg and Cat bring the Three Bears, the Three Little Pigs, and the Three Billy Goats Gruff together to form a super group: “The Electric Eleven.”
Primary Learning Goal: Adding 1
Secondary Learning Goal: Counting to 11

The Giant Problem:
Peg and Cat must attempt a great escape when they think the Giants want to eat them and their 8 fairy tale friends for lunch.
Primary Learning Goal: Combinations that add up to 10
Secondary Learning Goal: Circle

The Dinosaur Problem:
When Peg and Cat get lost riding dinosaurs through a prehistoric forest, they use a diagram to find their way to safety before the Baby T-Rex catches up to them.
Primary Learning Goal: Following diagrams
Secondary Learning Goal: Patterns

The Beethoven Problem:
When Peg and Cat are helping their pal Ludwig Van Beethoven write a symphony, Cat laughs in a certain pattern that gives Beethoven a great idea.
Primary Learning Goal: Patterns
Secondary Learning Goal: Ordinal Numbers

And, with school right around the corner, this new DVD release will be fun to share with the kids, as they get back into the swing of things. :-)


About Peg +Cat:

PEG + CAT is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education through the Ready To Learn Initiative, a program that supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted at preschool and early elementary school children and their families, and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

About PBS KIDS PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs.  Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer-and mobile-device-based browsers.  For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more,  follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Fred Rogers CompanyThe company was founded by Fred Rogers in 1971 as the non-profit producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for PBS.  In the years that followed, it not only created hundreds of episodes of this much-loved program, but also extended Fred’s values and approach to other efforts in promoting children’s social, emotional, and behavioral health and supporting parents, caregivers, teachers and other professionals in their work with children.  The Fred Rogers Company continues to build on Fred’s legacy in innovative ways through a wide variety of media, and engaging new generations of children and families with his timeless wisdom. The company’s highly-rated children’s TV series include Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Peg + Cat. For more information, visit us at www.fredrogers.org.

About CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services. 

About The Ready To Learn Initiative
The Ready To Learn Initiative is a cooperative agreement funded and managed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. It supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted at preschool and early elementary school children and their families. Its general goal is to promote early learning and school readiness, with a particular interest in reaching low-income children. In addition to creating television and other media products, the program supports activities intended to promote national distribution of the programming, effective educational uses of the programming, community-based outreach and research on educational effectiveness. Proceeds from “PEG + CAT: CHICKENS ON THE LOOSE AND OTHER REALLY BIG PROBLEMS” DVD will help support projects that further the goals and objectives of the Ready To Learn Initiative.

About PBS Distribution
PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system and our production partners.

PBS Distribution offers a diverse range of programming to our customers, including Ken Burns’s films, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming. As a multi-channel distributor, PBS Distribution pursues wholesale/retail sales, consumer and educational sales through PBS-branded catalogs and online shops, and international broadcast and video sales. PBS Distribution is also a leader in offering programming through digital platforms including Internet and mobile devices. 

The contents of this release were developed under a grant from the Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. [PR/Award No. U295A100025, CFDA No. 84.295A]

Disclosure:  I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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