It's going to be a pretty sweet day in the neighborhood when an all-new Valentine's Day episode of DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD debuts on PBS KIDS this Monday, February 9th (check local listings for times). "It's Love Day" and "Daniel's Love Day Surprise" are the two adventures in the new episode, both of which will help reinforce Fred Rogers' "enduring messages of love and acceptance." Check out a preview below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...
Grab your little Chuggineers! CHUGGINGTON: TURBO CHARGED CHUGGER is coming to DVD on February 10, 2015 and THE ROCK FATHER and Anchor Bay Entertainment are giving readers a chance to win! Featuring six turbo-charged episodes, plus a special free custom activity book with colorful stickers from Bendon Publishing, the latest traintastic CHUGGINGTON DVD is just the ticket for Valentine’s Day fun for preschoolers from coast to coast! Currently airing it's fourth season on Disney Junior, Ludorum's CHUGGINGTON helps reinforce social readiness skills for preschoolers, and has become a Global hit with families.
This week, WWE and First Book formally announced the launch of their 2015 WrestleMania Reading Challenge, giving students ages 4-18 the chance to win a trip to WrestleMania 31 on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Now through Sunday, February 22, students can register for the WrestleMania Reading Challenge at WWEReadingSuperstar.com. Through WWE’s partnership with First Book’s digital reading initiative, We Give Books, children between the ages of 4-12 can select a WWE Superstar Reading Buddy and read digital books to participate, while teens ages 13-18 can select a WWE Superstar Pen Pal, read a book and write an essay.
With two girls and a variety of musical instruments available here at Rock Father HQ, the looming question has become "which will they want to learn properly first?" We've got a full fleet of guitars (both toy and real), a full-size drum kit, a children's piano, and our latest addition, the CASIO CTK-2400 portable keyboard. When Casio sent me a review unit at the tail end of National Piano Month this past September, I was eager to jump in myself as I've long been a "dabbler" when it comes to the keys - instruments that closely coincide with the notes of a guitar (my instrument of choice), so it makes a lot of sense that some killer guitarists like Zakk Wylde and Eddie Van Halen are also fantastic pianists as well. When teaching kids, there's also something that was noted by THE AQUABATS' drummer Ricky Fitness when I interviewed him here on the site last year - keyboards are percussive as well, and he calls piano "the gateway instrument." After having the CASIO in the house for about a month, I've deemed it a great addition to the "Music for Beginners" section of my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER.
As of today, kids can meet the ODD SQUAD and start getting a jump on those math skills. Previewed this past May at the PBS Annual Meeting in San Francisco (I was there) ODD SQUAD will premiere November 26 on PBS stations, but families can now enjoy six full-length 11-minute “Case Files” from the series, as well as many additional clips that include profiles of the agents, agent training videos, recruitment videos and more, are now available for free on pbskids.org, the PBS KIDS Video App, and PBS KIDS on Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire. In addition, two games and parent resources are now available on the series’ website.
The second season of POPPY CAT kicks-off tomorrow on Sprout, and with a seasonally-spiced theme, a preview of "Halloween Woods" lands here on THE ROCK FATHER for Day 24 of my annual 31 Days of Halloween. We checked out an advance of the episode this week (it's super-cute), and you could say that it was sort of inspiring for us, as the girls requested that Daddy draw them a Poppy Cat... so I did, entirely out of crayon...