Wallykazam! is about the power of words. In addition to Wally and his pet dragon Norville, the words are the stars of the show. As they come to life and transform the world around Wally, the magic words are often the catalysts of the action and comedy in the series. As Wally tries to find the right word to move the story forward, preschool viewers are thinking along with him - increasing their phonemic awareness and vocabulary while fostering a love of words and a curiosity about reading.
How do we teach literacy? Blending Moments: With the home viewer's help, Wally reads a magic word by breaking it down into two parts (i.e. "t...op" or "d...ash").
Word Choice Moments: Wally asks the home viewer to help him choose which of the two words fits the magic rule of the day (i.e. "tube or log - which words starts with the /t/ sound?")
Sound Identification Moments: Wally asks the home viewer to help him determine if a word fits the day's phoneme (i.e. "Does 'tuba' start with the /t/ sound?")
Letter Identification Moments: Wally asks the home viewer to help him determine a word that fits the day's letter. (i.e. "Does 'fly' start with 'f'?")
Comprehension Interactions: Moments where Wally asks the home viewer to help him figure out what's going on. For example, he might not be able to see something in the distance ("What is that?") or he may have missed an important plot point ("Where did Norville go?").
Inclusive Moments: Fun asides where Wally checks in with the home viewer. He may invite them along on an adventure, give them an interesting fact about his world, or just share a laugh.
Vocabulary words: Each episode incorporates up to 2 vocabulary words. Wally and other characters use vocabulary words multiple times throughout an episode to drive home comprehension.
Sight Words: Simple, non-magic words that are printed on cards, signs, shirts, etc. Sight words can be part of phrases used onscreen, such as "I love cake". Wally and other characters read the words to the camera, pointing to each word as spoken.