Monday, August 3, 2015

Three PBS TV Show Episodes With Adoption Themes for Preschoolers & Early Grade Schoolers

My kids love learning about adoption or seeing families who look like ours.   If you are parenting a preschooler or early grade schooler who was adopted, I recommend these PBS show episodes (click on the graphic for a link to purchase or watch the episodes:

Arthur: Big Brother Binky
In Big Brother Binky, Binky's family adopts a baby girl from China.  Binky goes through many emotions including excitement and frustration, including jealousy (with the adoption process and bonding with his new sister).   This is a wonderful episode to show to children who have or are waiting for an adopted sibling.  Told from the point of view of the sibling.

Dinosaur Train: Dinosaur Big City
Buddy decides he wants to learn more about what it means to be a theropod.  His family, including his parents are siblings, are pteranodons, and they are incredibly supportive of Buddy, accompanying him to a theropod convention.   This episode beautifully demonstrates what transracial adoptive parents should do to support their children.   Told from the point of view of the adoptee.  

Becky (aka Word Girl, a superhero) recounts her adoption story to her dad and brother.  (Jump to minute 5:45 if you wish to see just the adoption segment of this episode.)   Told from the point of view of the adoptee.  

Which episodes would you add to the list?  

1 comment:

  1. We love Dinosaur Train in our house - one of the more recent episodes "I'm a T-Rex" has Buddy going on the train and meeting the T-Rex family for the first time so he finds out he is a T-Rex. We always watch it online, but I think I'll have to get the big city DVD! :)


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