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In honor of El Día de los Niños on April 30, "OH NOAH!" will launch expanded offerings for parents teaching their children a second language. Included in the expanded offerings are "Lost and Found," a new language learning game, short videos and highlight reels, as well as a new 11-minute video, "Making a Splash."
The interactive website, aimed at kids ages 4-7, will also be mobile-friendly for both smartphones and tablets.
The Emmy award-nominated digital series, which launched in 2011, is about a little boy named Noah who visits his abuelita in a community where hardly anyone speaks English. Noah has to learn to speak Spanish, and like many bilingual kids, he makes new friends and experiences all kinds of mix-ups along the way to becoming bilingual. His chipper attitude, and his pet mouse Pequeño, always help him bounce back from mistakes and misunderstandings.
"Children's identification with Noah and his mishaps provide motivation – the most important factor for success in learning a new language," said Mariana Swick, OH NOAH! bilingual education advisor, in a news release about the new offerings.
According to recent studies from the Pew Research Center, although 87 percent of Latino adults said in a 2011 survey that Latino immigrants need to learn English to succeed, 95 percent said it's important for future generations to speak Spanish, too. In 2013, Spanish was the most spoken non-English language in the U.S., thanks to 35.8 million Hispanics and 2.6 million non-Hispanics, including bilinguals.
OH NOAH! videos are also available on the PBS KIDS Video App, which is available for mobile devices as well as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TC and Chromecast. Parents can download a printable family activity guide for the series and other resources on the PBS Parents website.