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|Created by||Don Moody
|Directed by||Olexa Hewryk|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||80|
|Executive producer(s)||Don Moody
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||The Learning Box|
|Original channel||PBS Kids (English)
Discovery Familia (Spanish)
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original run||September 3, 2007 – January 17, 2011|
WordWorld is a children's television series partially funded by the United States Department of Education as part of the Ready to Learn literacy initiative targeted to 3- to 7-year olds. The show airs in 10 languages and 90 countries, including in the United States. The television series, created by Don Moody and Jacqueline Moody, stars Dog and his WordFriends. In each episode, Dog and/or one of his friends embarks on a series of adventures where the only way to save the day is to build or un-build words. The show's novelty is that when a word is built correctly, it morphs into the thing it represents, which gives instant meaning to the word. WordWorld has been translated into popular mobile applications, Internet-based games, magnetic plush and other toys.
WordWorld currently[when?] airs in 90 countries and 10 languages. It premiered September 3, 2007 on PBS Kids and is currently in its third season, with 84 11-minute episodes. WordWorld currently broadcasts on PBS Kids it is produced for WTTW Chicago.
The main focus of the educational television show is literacy, with the shows curriculum being based on the National Reading Panel's 2000 Teaching Children to Read report with input from other groups and experts. The show aims to focus on print awareness, Phonics sensitivity and letter knowledge, Reading comprehension (including vocabulary development) and socio-emotional skills.
WordWorld was developed for television by Don Moody, Olexa Hewryk, and David Lipson. Moody was originally inspired by a study which found that children are likely to pay less attention to words if there is a character on screen at the same time so he founded WordWorld, LLC. According to Moody, WordWorld's use of characters that physically resemble the letters that make up their names may cause children to pay more attention to words. “If children want to look at the character, then the words have to be the character,” he said.
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- Official website
- WordWorld at the Internet Movie Database
- WordWorld at TV.com
- Official PBS Kids WordWorld Website
- episode guide at PBS.org