SHE-LOGY: Children’s animated series with a female leading character
I have long accepted that TV is inevitable in our household. I used to ban these screens from the first child. But as long as the technologies are there, it is nearly impossible to shut them out entirely from television and tablets. And then I find out that my daughter is learning more than what I am teaching her, so I made my peace with this setup. And since we’re letting her watch, it might as well be shows where she’s really learning something. Some of them I actually enjoy watching with her because I am learning, too. Special mention to Wild Kratts, an animals show that teaches biology, zoology and ecology. This show, to me, is Animal Planet but more fun.
I’d like to feature 3 girls who are the leading characters of their self-titled children’s animated series.
PEG of Peg + Cat. This is my most favorite among the shows my daughter watches. The show teaches mathematics and problem solving strategies. I love the catchy tune which Peg plays from her ukulele. “Problem solved. The problem is solved. We solved the problem. Problem solved!” I love the color palette and the illustration, and the fact that it is drawn on graph paper. I love Peg because she’s a really smart and cool girl. What I love the most: it is a show about a girl and math!
KAI-LAN of Ni Hao, Kai-Lan. It’s a show that teaches Mandarin (like how Dora teaches Spanish, by repetition and demonstration), Chinese culture, and problem-solving. I love that the Grandpa (Ye-ye) is the major character, and it teaches the kids to love their grandparents. I love that my daughter learns to say Ni-hao within the first minutes that she watched it, and without my interference. I love that I am learning, too. In fact, it teaches me Mandarin more effectively than my previous Mandarin class. I love how this show helps me to get my kids to appreciate our family’s Chinese heritage. I love Kai-Lan because she’s playful and adventurous and shows leadership among her friends.
DORA of Dora the Explorer. My daughter hasn’t really gotten (read: obsessed) to Dora yet, but we’ve watched a few clips of the show. What I love about the show: it promotes a love for exploring, for travel and adventure (and for an expat mom, that means a lot!). It also teaches Spanish. It involves maps, puzzles, and interactive games. Among other things, it teaches determination particularly in solving riddles and puzzles.
SHE-LOGY is a blog project open to everyone who is interested to celebrate women this whole month of March. If you’re reading this, I extend that invitation to you to contribute post/s about the women you’d like to honor. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for reading this.