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Between the Lions is an award-winning PBS television series that premiered in April 2000. It's designed to foster the literacy skills of its viewers, while playfully demonstrating the joys of reading. Each show aims to give kids three to seven years old some of the experiences they need in order to become successful readers.
Our "mane" characters, lion cubs Lionel (age 7) and Leona (age 4) serve as role models for younger viewers. Cleo and Theo are playful, understanding, and literary parents, who eagerly demonstrate the power and pleasure of literacy.
The lions are joined by a cast of characters who play specific roles in reinforcing the literacy curriculum. The two knights in Gawain's Word rush headlong toward each other to give our viewers a crash course in how sounds are put together to make words. This is just one example of how Between the Lions addresses phonemic awareness. Cliff Hanger, the star of a continuing adventure series, showcases key words and sounds, and his recurring refrain, "Can't hold on much longer," provides repeated text. Reading experts tell us that repeated reading helps build fluency; the recurring Cliff Hanger segments are just one example of how we address this literacy goal.
We screened Between The Lions episode 10 Three More Little Pigs and The Ant And The Grasshopper. Between The Lions is an educational series aimed at children 3-7. What I love is the educational factor.Between The Lions help children learn the fundamentals of reading along with acquiring a love for reading. The show uses a read along feature so your child can follow along reading the words to the story on the T.V as the story is read aloud.
In the Between The Lions season opener characters Lionel, Leona and the Wolf try their hand at writing a sequel to the classic Three Little Pigs. In The Ant And The Grasshopper Leona learns the classic lesson of time for work and time for play.
This was the first time my daughter had watched Between the Lions. She was engaged the whole time and I really loved the fact that my 6y/o son also enjoyed it. This is perfect for him since he has embarked on his journey with reading, in school this year.
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