Curious George Swings into Spring Special Airs March 30th!


  One week from today, Curious George kicks off the start of spring with the one-hour “Curious George Swings into Spring” special, followed by two new episode premieres later in the week.   In these new adventures, George does everything from mending a broken costume for Chinese New Year to exploring the great Amazon!  One of my favorite things about Curious George is how he teaches our kids about the world around them!  And all of this is done by not speaking - pretty remarkable really!  Check out our interview with the Executive Producer, Dorothea Gillim, who also is the creator of the beloved WordGirl! She said in our interview that " it is interesting working on a show where the main character doesn’t speak, but  the experience has been great and a real challenge."   Building on the series’ curricular focus, the episodes integrate science, … [Read more...]

Teaching Children How to Write a Short Story

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    Mrs. P's  4th annual Be-A-Famous Writer Contest opens for submissions starting September 1st.  Kathy Kinney of the Drew Carey Show who starred as Mimi heads up Mrs. P and provides wonderful storytelling via You Tube. The winners in the two age groups (4-8 years of age and 9-13 years of age)  will have their story professionally illustrated and made into a hard-cover book!  To learn more about how to enter this year’s contest go to:  Below are some suggestions to help your child start working on their short story. Start by reading short stories to your children or students.  By doing this you are showing them what a short story is and helps them to start thinking about what type of story they would like to write. Spend about 15 minutes and brainstorm different ideas about the character and plots for their story.  Have them write down three of their … [Read more...]

In the Spotlight with Edson Hendricks: The Genius Behind the Internet


    One of the many things I enjoy about my work is the opportunity to speak to folk who are attempting to change the world or in this case - did change the world!  I corresponded with Edson Hendricks this week to talk more about his It's Cool To Be Clever Book and App that was written by Leanne Jones.  The story is about Mr. Hendricks life and how he overcame years of bullying by fellow classmates to go on to become one of our most important computer scientists.  Because he was bullied so much at school, he said he would go inside himself and create this whole other world of mechanical beings.  This other world helped him when he built the formula which would be the foundation for the internet.  We asked him some questions about what it was like being the victim of bullying.  Mr. Hendricks also provides tips for parents or children having to deal with this situation … [Read more...]

Literacy: Ways to Teach Children How to Read

Originally posted by Melissa Northway on Mom It Forward: Now looking back on my childhood, I realize I was fortunate that our house was filled with many types of books. My favorite time in school was the designated half-hour of reading in our Homeroom Class. Some students hated this time meant for reading, but it was the period I most looked forward to throughout the day. I don’t think it is an accident that coming from a family of readers, I in turn, absolutely love to read. I enjoy Young Adult (YA) Books, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and even Middle Grade (MG) Books! My husband does think I am (a bit) silly for reading MG and YA Books, but the good ones have interesting characters and storylines such as The Ember Series by Jeanne DuPrau and The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Research has found that the most … [Read more...]