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Peg + Cat

Peg + Cat

Spring 2014 Television
Ages: 3 - 5 yrs.
Rating: TVY

The title of this charming PBS show isn't Peg and Cat, it's Peg plus Cat, just one of the subtle suggestions of math throughout the program. The background for every scene of the show is graph paper with faint equations occasionally visible. These are just some of the ways math concepts are interspersed with stories to teach and entertain.

Chatty, funny, Peg (who has no nose), is the star of the show and always manages to get into a predicament that requires problem-solving. Chickens get out of the coop. Beethoven can't finish his symphony. Dinosaurs try to find their way home. The problem isn't always a math problem, but it's always solved using math-based, logical steps that involve counting, division, diagrams, engineering, pattern concepts and more.

Music also plays a role, as Peg often bursts into song while playing the ukulele. One of her favorites: "Problem solved. Problem solved. We solved the problem. Problem solved". A spirited, opera-singing pig often shows up to help out, too. Other non-musical characters make appearances as well, including a boy named Ramone, who appears just when a wheelbarrow or a jet pack or some other handy item is needed.

The segments are 11-minutes long and you'll be amazed and delighted at how much your pre-schooler learns while taking part in Peg's adventurous and special world.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, assistant director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, began her career at The Washington Post and went on to spend more than two decades with USA Today, where she covered pop culture topics. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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