The original Blue’s Clues series launched in September 1996, just a few years after I was born and I remember watching the show and loving the theme song! So when I got the chance to talk to the new Blue’s Clue’s host Josh, I was naturally excited! I didn’t expect to feel like a dinosaur though! Lol Am I REALLY this old now? Sigh! But either way, the new show and our talk, also made me extremely proud.
When talking with the new Blue’s Clues host I learned that the new Blue’s Clues and You show will teach children ASL.
For those of you that may not know, ASL stands for American Sign Language, and I think this is AWESOME!
When I asked Josh why he thought it was important for kids to learn ASL, he mentioned that representation is what’s important. Being Asian American means he grew up not really seeing himself represented on TV much, so to be able to give that to others now, to be able to include those that are hearing impaired is WHY he acts. Not for the fame, or the glory, but to make others feel included!
And I think certain “disabilities” are often over looked, like those who are hearing impaired. So for Blue’s Clues to make this more apparent, is awesome!
Josh also mentioned that Steve also did this in the show as well, something I don’t even remember, so I think it’s great that kids will have a word of the day/week they can practice, that will help them feel closer to others.
My cousin grew up hard of hearing, and I have a friend who’s daughter wears hearing aids. To think that more kids without disabilities will be able to communicate with her, because they’ll have this knowledge just from watching a show on Television is amazing!
Josh also mentioned that Blue’s Clues will help kids build their confidence and prepare them for school.
Which is incredibly important of course!
During our talk, the new Blue’s Clues host went on to talk about how watching a tv show where an adult stops and waits for kids to answer their questions will help improve their confidence. Just like Josh, I too was scared to answer questions in school in fear of being wrong, or laughed at.
But with the new Blue’s Clues, kids can answer questions, and “even if they get it wrong, the next time they watch the episode, they’ll get it right and they’ll understand why they got it right. And that way, they’re not afraid to make a mistake because we’re not just asking them random questions, we’re asking them to use critical thinking.” Josh believes that this will help kids be unafraid to answer questions in school as well.
After our talk, I felt extremely proud to be able to witness a new generation fall in love with a show I once loved.
Although Josh couldn’t pick which version he loved the most, I think this new version is awesome! Too bad my little one is way past the age for it. Lol
But I’m sure if I EVER have another in the future, she’ll be happy to watch it and learn the ASL words right along with me. Lol I LOVED watching Switched at Birth because of the ASL and I’ve always wanted to learn. So this may be my chance! Quick someone have a kid so I can babysit! Lol
Oh and guess what? I’m not the only one that’s proud of this new show!
Beloved puppy Blue (and Josh) will skidoo into season two because Nickelodeon green-lighted an additional 20 episodes!
Guess this show isn’t going away any time soon.
Blue’s Clues & You! will continue to air weekdays at 11 a.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon. And original short-form content and full-length episodes of Blue’s Clues & You! are available now on NickJr.com and the Nick Jr. App. Episodes are also available on Nick Jr. On Demand and Download-To-Own services.
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