wallykazam! curriculum

Find out about the skills your child will be learning while watching the show

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.

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Wallykazam! is Nickelodeon's first literacy show made exclusively for preschoolers that embeds the curriculum into a rich narrative story and also uses interactivity to focus in on the curriculum.

In Wallykazam! the phonics drive the action and is often the course of the comedy.

Wallykazam! supports phonics skills including phonological awareness, letter knowledge and letter sound correspondence.

We introduce new vocabulary, show high frequency words on screen ('sight words'), and model questions that help children understand the story.
  • The vocabularly words are often essential to the resolution of the story to help children see the power words hold.
  • Many of the vocabulary words are "giant words". Children love to learn really big words because it makes them feel big!
  • The words are repeated in the story multiple times and often times in other stories, too, to boost learning of the word across contexts.

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.
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