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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Kindie Rock all-star DAN ZANES is the latest family-friendly musician to get a new musical App via the folks at Mibblio. Dan's WONDER WHEEL App was released for the iPad this week, letting kids experience an interactive version of his 2002 song as they're able to play around with different instruments, adding and subtracting them from the mix and becoming a part of the creative process. Check out a video preview below...

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PBS KIDSAs I've previously mentioned here on THE ROCK FATHER, February 25 will be a big day for fans of DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD, as the first two volumes of the hit PBS KIDS series arrive on DVD with the release of DANIEL'S BIG FEELINGS and LIFE'S LITTLE LESSONS. Now comes word that the week leading up to the release will be jam-packed with new episodes as Daniel's Big Feelings Week kicks-off this Monday, February 17 on PBS KIDS (check local listings for times). Below you'll find all the details and some brand-new clips!

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Sunday, February 02 2014 15:59

Review: ELLA JENKINS - "123s & ABCs"

It's incredible to think of any musical artist being able to release a staggering 34 full-length albums over the course of their career, but in an incredible 56 years of recording for Smithsonian Folkways, that's exactly the number that ELLA JENKINS recently reached, with the release of "123s & ABCs."

The Rock Father is a 2014 PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent) BloggerMARTHA SPEAKS and DINOSAUR TRAIN delight families each weekday on PBS KIDS, and their ongoing series of DVDs allow kids and grownups to enjoy the shows anytime they choose. Now, PBS Distribution and THE ROCK FATHER have teamed-up to offer families a chance to win a DVD 2-pack featuring the latest releases from both! Five lucky readers will each receive MARTHA SPEAKS: PUPPIES! PUPPIES! PUPPIES! and DINOSAUR TRAIN: I LOVE DINOSAURS! Would you like to have these in your collection? Learn more and enter for a chance to win below...

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The Rock Father is a 2014 PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent) BloggerCaillou is a hero here at Rock Father HQ, my oldest daughter's first love... something that's been well-documented here on the site. There's a ton of educational value in the popular series (which airs on both PBS KIDS and Sprout here in the U.S.), and one of the biggest areas that's really hit home for us is the emphasis on Gardening. In fact, there's been an entire series of Caillou Ecology Club products, and last year, I featured one of our own adventures when I posted an entry called "Learning to Compost... Just Like Caillou." Now, just in-time for Spring, PBS Distribution is releasing a new DVD collection, CAILLOU'S GARDEN ADVENTURES, which will hit stores on February 25. Featuring six garden-themed episodes, kids and grownups can learn about water conservation, flowers, planting, and yes, even composting. Check out the details below!

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