Like many families, we learned Noggin, “It’s like preschool on television,” recently became Nick Jr. when we switched it on one morning.
A parent introduced us to Noggin three years ago, and I liked what I saw. The channel for the preschool set had learning breaks between offerings. Moose A. Moose and Zee tested little ones knowledge of colors, shapes, and the alphabet. There were no commercials, and the channel went off the air around dinnertime.
Since then, we have watched Bill Cosby’s “Little Bill,” “The Backyardigans,” and “Ni Hao, Kai-Lan.” No matter what is on, there is always a moral to the story, some lesson to learn. Most programs are laced with messages about why children should eat their vegetables, respect others, and take care of the environment. It has been fun to watch stories told through the eyes of “Little Bear,” “Franklin,” and “Olivia,” while wondering what in the heck is going on with “Yo Gabba Gabba!” and “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!” (If anyone knows what those two are about, please school me.)
So far, Nick Jr. hasn’t made any changes. We will continue watching, as long as channel remains commercial free and continues to feature an eclectic — and diverse — mix of programming.