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Nov 01, 2021 2021-11-01

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PBS Preschool Series Promoting Diversity and Critical Thinking

Created by actor, writer, and TV icon Sonia Manzano (beloved by generations as “Maria” on Sesame Street) and inspired by her own childhood, the new PBS Kids series, Alma’s Way, centers on six-year-old Alma Rivera, a proud, confident Puerto Rican girl. Alma lives in the Bronx, with her family, among a diverse group of close-knit friends and community members. Infused with Sonia’s humor and grounded in critical thinking and social–emotional learning, the series gives children the tools to discover the confidence to think for themselves, find their own answers, and recognize and respect the unique perspectives of others. In every episode, Alma speaks directly to young viewers in asides during “Think Through moments, in which she stops, thinks, and processes. She models optimism and determination, showing that if she puts her mind to a problem, she can figure it out. Each episode of Alma’s Way also showcases different aspects of Latino cultures through language, food, music, and customs. Children will see how other families are both alike and different from their own. Music is the “backbeat” of the series and includes traditional Puerto Rican styles such as plena, bomba, and salsa along with other Latino genres—for example, Cuban son and Colombian cumbia.

Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Cultural Awareness Social-Emotional Learning 21st Century Themes

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