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It's National Reading Month, and to celebrate, Kindie Rockers KEY WILDE & MR. CLARK are giving readers of THE ROCK FATHER a special treat - a FREE DOWNLOAD of their popular track, "Animal Alphabet." The song has already racked-up over 300,000 views on YouTube, and comes from the duo's fantastic 2013 album, PLEASED TO MEET YOU (available on Amazon and iTunes). You can stream and download the track via the Souncloud Widget below, but do it quick - because on March 25, 2014, this free download offer will be eaten by angry alligators and balancing bears! 

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PBS KIDS VIPHere's a Rock Father fact that most people don't know: In 1987, while in Fifth Grade, I became an award-winning author... a "Young Author," to be exact. After penning a short story called THE LITTLE CHAMP (which I'd later come to find out was a very technically-inaccurate portrayal of a race horse), I got to represent my school at the Illinois Reading Council's Annual Young Authors' Conference at Illinois State University. Fast-forward about 27 years, and I'm a parent, and through my relationship with PBS KIDS, am helping to spread the word about getting other kids writing for the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest. TONIGHT (March 18, 2014), I will be co-hosting the #PBSKIDSWrite Twitter Party, and I'd love it if you could join!

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The Rock Father is a 2014 PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent) BloggerBefore it even made it's debut back in 2012 (and before I became one of the PBS KIDS VIP Bloggers), I was excited about DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD. Continuing the legacy of Fred Rogers, and set within the familiar Neighborhood of Make Believe, the adventures of Daniel and his friends fast became one of the most-watched programs here at Rock Father HQ. With perfectly-sized episodes, each with a valuable lesson for preschoolers, and some of the best music you'll find in children's programming, the show is a hit on several levels, and though I've said this before, I feel I need to say it again: I don't think that there's another show that my kids watch that makes me feel good in the way that DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD does.

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THE ROCK FATHER is a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent) BloggerToday, Theodor Suess Geisel, better-known as DR. SUESS, would've celebrated his 110th birthday. In honor of the iconic author and artist, my friends at PBS KIDS are launching a CAT-EBRATION lead by one of Suess' most-beloved characters. Tomorrow, Monday, March 3, 2014 - THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! will debut an all-new, one-hour special, with additional new episodes rolling out this Tuesday and Wednesday. Check out all the details below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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Sprout Kindness CrewIf you're new to THE ROCK FATHER, you might not know that I've actually written a couple of pieces for the "Parenting" section of Sproutonline, the digital extension of Sprout Channel (you can read them here and here) as a member of their "Kindness Crew." The 24-hour preschool channel has been an important part of our lives for the past four years, so it's always exciting when they have news to share, and today I have just that. Their March programming highlights begin NOW with Oscar Weekend, and wrap-up with the very-appropriate, Music Week. Take a peek at what goodies you and your little ones can enjoy together this month...

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PBS KIDS VIPEarlier this week, I posted an entry about attending the kindergarten open house at the school where my oldest daughter will begin a new era of learning adventures this Fall. Evidently, I wasn't the only one thinking ahead to the next school year - specifically being ready to have a kindergartner in our midst. Just yesterday, PBS KIDS released the results of a "School Readiness Survey," and the results showed concern from parents of children ages 2-6 when it comes to social and emotional skills, along with basic reading and math in terms of getting kids prepped and ready to take that next step. Here's some numbers, along with some tips on school readiness from the PBS KIDS Team...

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