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Dinosaurs Teach Preschoolers the Importance of Science

Jim Henson’s Company has done it again, creating a new mean of education for children. PBS Kids debuted “Dinosaur Train,” a half-hour program that follows raptors, T-Rex and other dinosaurs through the world of science and natural history. Not only will your little ones love the dinosaur cast, but they will learn the importance of such subjects as seasons and ocean life.

Check your local listings for air times.

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Space Activities and Facts for Kids

Looking for more activities for at home or school?

First School offers a variety of Space activities and links to help you share the excitement and wonder of outer space with your children. From fun facts to online games and coloring templates, First School provides everything you need for a successful introduction to space.

Click here and spend the afternoon refreshing your knowledge and picking out the best activities for your children.

Waiting for Superman

Yesterday, Oprah dedicated the entire hour to one movie.  A movie that Oprah, Davis Guggenheim (the director), Bill Gates and many others are hoping will, “revolutionize America’s schools.”

I first heard of “Waiting for Superman” on Twitter,  I watched the same trailer was just moved to tears. How could this be going on in our country? Will it be any better when I send my little girl to school in 5 years?

I had to do something. It just so happens that I have a great tool to help take a stand.  I own a an early childhood education entertainment business.  At Sara Hickman’s Top Secret Science we go to schools and perform entertaining and educational math and science events.  After watching the trailer for “Waiting for Superman” it hit me.  I live in Cincinnati, Ohio and there are plenty of low income schools right here in my area. I am going to take my events to these schools.

I sat down with my leadership team and we made a game plan.  “Early Risers” have a goal to get the children excited about learning math and science and get it started early.  By reaching our goal we hope to remind the teachers how fun teaching and learning can be.  When children are having fun while learning it is a win/win for everyone involved.

Next, what are we going to do.  Low income schools will receive 3 events per year for children PreK to 2nd Grade. The teachers will also receive follow up activities for after “Early Risers” leaves.  The schools pay nothing for these services.

For more information on Early Risers go to www.sarahickmanstopsecretscience.com

Stay tuned for more about the movement.  If you want to read about Waiting for Superman, Monday’s Oprah episode or Bill Gates opinions on the topic click on the links below.

Waiting for Superman

Oprah

Bill Gates

The Cat in the Hat is Back!

The Cat in the Hat returned to television over Labor Day to teach children the importance and fun in learning science.

In 1957 Theodor Geisel, or “Dr. Seuss,” created The Cat in the Hat to assist children with literacy, but today his legacy lives on with “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!” to explore the natural science world.

Martin Short is the voice of The Cat who touches on subjects such as how bees make honey, how being slow helps a sloth and why birds migrate in winter.

The Cat in the Hat has been present in print every year since 1957 delighting and educating generations in fun rhyming stories and even made television appearances in a variety of cartoon specials.

After Geisel’s death in 1991 The Cat’s legacy lived on, but never starred in an animated series. Geisel’s widow, Audrey Geisel told The New York Times there have been a variety of proposals over the years, “but it never felt just right until now.”

Kate Klimo, vice president for Random house (who also worked alongside Geisel towards the end of his career), added, “He wanted to take the Cat and deploy him to teach kids science literacy.”

In 1998 the Learning Library series appeared with The Cat teaching Earth-oriented subject matter which influenced the children’s program.

The only difference between the show and books are the show is only in rhyme at the end of every lesson.

Check your local PBS listings for “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That!”