Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Sept. 3rd: A Toddler’s Treat

On Monday, September 3rd,  a new generation of preschoolers will get the chance to experience Make-Believe as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood premieres on PBS Kids  with a special one hour block of two back to back episodes. (check local listings for exact time).

Produced by The Fred Rogers Company, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood follows the adventures of a 4 year old tiger named Daniel Tiger, who is the son of Daniel Striped Tiger from the classic show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Daniel Tiger uses the show to invite children into sharing his experiences in his peaceful yet lively neighborhood. Targeted toward preschoolers aged 2 to 4 and their parents, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood teaches kids fun and practical strategies and skills needed for growing and learning.

“No one knew better than Fred Rogers how to connect with children,” said Bill Isler, President of The Fred Rogers Company. “And, like Fred, Daniel Tiger will visit preschoolers every day. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is an exciting new series with all the right elements to appeal to today’s children and families. It’s well-poised to become a much-loved classic for years to come.”

Daniel starts his day by donning his red sweater, tying his sneakers and inviting his preschool pals at home into the bright and lively Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood features the next generation of the original characters from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Daniel’s best friend is O the Owl, who lives with his Uncle X in the tree next door to Katerina Kittycat, daughter of Henrietta Pussycat. Daniel also loves to visit Prince Wednesday, the youngest member of the royal family headed by King Friday, in his castle; and Miss Elaina, who lives with her parents, Lady Elaine Fairchilde and Music Man Stan, in the Museum-Go-Round. The familiar red trolley “ding dings” its way all around the Neighborhood.

And guess what?  We’re hosting a giveaway! One lucky aMomKnowsBest reader will win a Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood gift pack, complete with a Daniel Tiger luggage tag, crayons, Daniel Tiger printables, backpack and crayons, pencils, stickers, and more…and it’s all courtesy of PBS Kids!  Just leave a comment below telling me why you want to win or what you thought of the show.  We’ll pick a winner by September 6th.  Also, don’t forget to go to the PBS site for more Daniel Tiger interactive fun.

All Aboard ‘The Dinosaur Train’

Ever since my daughter started going to school a few days a week, she’s been more enthusiastic about saying her ABCs.  She loves going around the house and finding things that start with each letter of the alphabet.  The EMMY®-nominated children’s series DINOSAUR TRAIN® will be incorporating the alphabet with its traditional dinosaur facts and stories during a one-hour “Dinosaurs A to Z” special premiering TOMORROW, May 14th on PBS KIDS!

There’s also a  Dinosaurs A to Z Countdown Contest on the new Dinosaur Train’s Twitter and Facebook  pages, where you and your kiddos can answer  fun and educational Dinosaur A to Z trivia questions for a chance to win Dinosaur Train prizes every day!  Don’t forget to check your local listings for tomorrow’s special.  I hope your little ones enjoy it as much as I think mine will!

 

My 5 Favorite Websites for Kids

Being a former teacher of 4th-8th graders, and having technology as an area of focus in my teaching, I always search to find good educational sites for my kids to utilize for their “computer time.”  I look for how easy the site is to navigate, how interesting it is to my kids (and me), and what educational value it provides.  Here are a few sites that I found to have these qualities:

1.  Sesame Street (www.sesamestreet.org)

There are many cute games on this site that are fairly educational.  Both my kids around age 3 loved the sorting game with Zoe.  I was so amazed at their skills.  I had no idea they could even sort by color, size, or shape.  Both my kids also practiced their alphabet letters with Elmo.  They loved pushing a letter on the keyboard and hearing Elmo say it, and then they would watch to see what picture would come up that starts with that letter.  I would also choose a letter for them to find on the keyboard (added difficulty and skill).  There are some games on here “just for fun” too.  I would let them choose one to play with me, then I picked the rest.

2.  IXL (www.ixl.com)

This site is fabulous for grades Pre-K through 8th.  It focuses on math standards and has fun drills/games for kids to work on their math skills.  I love that you first click on the grade level you want, and then you can choose the topic.  It basically breaks the topics down into sections like a textbook, but with interactive ways to practice skills.  As a teacher, I think this is fabulous and would use it in the classroom if I were still teaching (now a stay-at-home mom).  Lastly, you can also click on the State you live in at the bottom of the page, and it will tell you how the site aligns with State math standards.  Very cool!  A+ for this site.

3.  Magic Keys – Children’s Storybooks Online (http://www.magickeys.com/books/index.html)

This site has storybooks for kids to read online from young readers to older readers.  The stories are cute and illustrated.  I especially like the stories with the volume icon on the side of them.  This shows that the story can be read to the kids.  It’s nice for beginning readers because they can follow along and read the words with the reader.  A good site to help improve reading skills, and keeping kids interested in reading (and actually learning about technology as well).

4.  PBS Kids (http://pbskids.org/)

Some of the games on this site are not as educational as others, but you can find some cute games for rhyming, spelling, math skills, and even science content-related games.  The Super Why games are fairly educational, and I really liked the measuring game under the Dinosaur Train games.  Another nice thing about this site, is that it states the learning goals/curriculum areas of study across the top of the screen as you click on each game.  Kids also like this site because they can connect with familiar characters that they see on TV.

5.  Sheppard Software (http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm)

I found this site while searching for a good website for my daughter to practice her States.  It has games for State recognition, State placement, States and Capitals, etc.  This site is good for 1st grade on up!  Adults can even revisit their knowledge of the States if they need some brushing up on their facts.  The site is very basic (not too many bells and whistles), but it’s easy to use and highly educational.  I’m sure we will be using it for years to come!

Obviously, I love the fact there is technology available as a tool for kids to use in their learning, but I also feel that it needs to be used appropriately.  “Computer time” should be limited for kids (just like TV time), and it is most effective when kids are supervised by an adult.  Parents can help kids use the sites correctly, monitor how well kids navigate through the sites, and even use the experience to aid in additional learning for their kids.  “Computer time” can be used as a nice bonding time with kids, and as the kids become more familiar with their favorite parent-approved sites, some freedom can be given as kids use programs like skill drills to reinforce learning.  Have fun!  Use technology as a tool for learning, not a babysitter!

*  What are your favorite sites for kids?

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