To Watch this Week: Princess Tiana, Dora’s Nochebuena, and Signing Time

by Melanie Edwards on December 9, 2009 · 4 comments

in preschoolers

There are many new TV shows and movies coming up that are age-appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers. I wanted to share a few that are showing this week you may want to check out.


This Friday, Disney’s The Princess and the Frog opens nationwide. In case you didn’t know, Princess Tiana is Disney’s first African-American heroine.

My baby girl has been anxiously waiting for the movie to open and has been seeing the commercials and trailers for months now. The only way we could help her understand how long she had to wait was to tell her it wouldn’t be out until her birthday. So, now that she knows her birthday is around the corner, when she sees Princess Tiana on TV, in the stores, or wherever, she asks, “That movie comes on my birthday, right?” Guess where we’ll probably be on Friday?

Dora Christmas Carol Adventure

This past Sunday, a new Dora special, Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure, premiered on Nickelodeon. In this episode, Swiper tries to swipe the Christmas star from Dora’s Nochebuena party and winds up on Santa’s naughty list. I love that it’s a Nochebuena party (Christmas Eve), since that is when a majority of Latinos have the family get-together and dinner, not on Christmas day. If you missed it, you can catch it again this Sunday, December 13, at 7 p.m. (ET) on Nick Jr.

Signing Time

Nick Jr. will premiere Signing Time, a music series dedicated to teaching sign language to preschoolers, today, Wednesday, December 9. Signing Time teaches American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary-building signs that are useful in daily life. This is one of those in-between shows that play throughout the day and I’m told the first one is scheduled for after the 1 pm ET show. I plan to catch a few of these to help baby girl learn some more signs. Ok, really, it’s to help me learn some since she already learns many at school and is often teaching them to me.

Enjoy the shows this week and let me know what you and your kids think after watching them!

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carrie at December 10, 2009 at 11:19 am

Melanie, thanks for the heads up on the Dora Nochebuena. I forgot to tape it the first time, but more fabulously, my 6-year-old has taught herself to sign the alphabet. She is fascinated and she will love, love, love the Signing Time show, I am sure.

Y claro que si, we’ll be going to see Princess and the Frog. I saw a long preview at Blogalicious in Atlanta and it looks just awesome.



2 Melanie (ModernMami) December 13, 2009 at 10:13 pm

@Carrie at, Did you see it yet? We went on Friday night and it was pretty good!


3 Asianmommy December 11, 2009 at 12:17 am

How exciting! I love those Signing Time videos. We got them when my kids were really small. It was so much fun!


4 Melanie (ModernMami) December 13, 2009 at 10:13 pm

@Asianmommy, I’m hoping I can catch more of them so baby girl can learn more signing.


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