Common Sense Media: 5 bilingual TV shows for preschoolers
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we selected a few of the shows in this blog to celebrate. We have been big fans of Dora the Explorer and recently checked out Nina’s World. Both offer really good messages around diversity, community and curiosity. How are you and your family celebrating Latino culture? – Jennifer Ehehalt, Pittsburgh Regional Manager at Common Sense Media. You can find her on Twitter @Jehehalt.
By Viviana Reveron
If you want your kids to speak both English and Spanish, the following bilingual TV shows can support your efforts by helping preschoolers learn new words and phrases in both languages. The shows also teach gentle, age-appropriate lessons such as cooperation, problem-solving, and the importance of family. The main language of these shows is English, but you can find them dubbed in Spanish with phrases in English, too.
Dora the Explorer, Nickelodeon
Positive messages: Collaboration, communication, curiosity, perseverance.
This show is about a bilingual adventurer who can speak with critters and humans alike. The phrases are repeated constantly, and the series offers good exposure to language, culture, and creativity.
Go, Diego, Go! , Nickelodeon
Positive messages: Cooperation, teamwork.
This spin-off of Dora the Explorer features Dora’s cousin Diego Marquez as an explorer of the Latin American rain forests. In each episode, Diego learns about an animal that is native to Latin America and saves it from a seemingly perilous situation. The show offers exposure to Latin American culture and demonstrates how a community can work together to help others.
Handy Manny, Disney Channel
Positive messages: Respect, teamwork, problem-solving, having a positive attitude.
This sweet, animated series for preschoolers reinforces common Spanish words and phrases and introduces viewers to a few new ones. Characters focus on helping others and always putting the community’s needs before their own.
Nina’s World, Sprout
Positive messages: Problem-solving, cultural diversity, the importance of family.
This animated series celebrates multiculturalism and family in Nina’s close-knit household, where she’s cared for by her parents and her grandmother. Strong themes include solving problems, embracing new experiences, and forging strong relationships that cross cultural boundaries.
Positive messages: Curiosity, friendship, problem-solving.
Pocoyo acts like a typical preschooler — including getting frustrated when he’s not able to do something his friends can. But each story shows how he identifies the problem and works to fix it.