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PBS KIDS VIPCan you believe that Back-to-School Season is already here? In just about a month, I'll officially have a kindergartener, and that sorta weirds me out. Five years of parenting already? Alas, my friends at PBS Distribution have scored a coup, partnering with Walmart for their “BACK TO SCHOOL PRESCHOOL PROMOTION,” – designed to entertain children during the summer months when school’s out, but prep them for what lies ahead. Parents can find specially marked (and priced) educational, episodic DVDs from CAILLOU, WORDGIRL, ARTHUR and DANIEL TIGER, each covering the major learning categories taught throughout the academic year such as social skills, reading, math, and science. Here's what you can look for...

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PBS KIDSWe're officially in that lull where Summer Learning needs to be a real focus as we hit the midway mark before it's Back-to-School time. With that in mind, PBS KIDS' ARTHUR is getting in on the action with a brand-new (FREE!) online game called D.W. & BUDS BACKYARD ADVENTURE, available to play right now on PBSKIDS.org. In the game, "little explorers join D.W. and Bud as they embark on an epic backyard adventure - all by using their powers of imagination, collaboration, and problem solving. Maneuver past trap doors, collapsing floors, sliding walls, and other obstacles...including snakes...Collect all of the pieces to rebuild some golden statues that MAY look a little familiar." But that's not all that ARTHUR has in store for summer goodness...

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PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)Last month, while I was attending the PBS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, I, along with the rest of the PBS KIDS crew, took a little "field trip" across the Golden Gate Bridge and up to Corte Madera for a stop at Pottery Barn Kids. Now through July 17, Pottery Barn Kids in partnership with PBS KIDS are holding a Summer Reading Challenge that's designed to "inspire a love of learning and literacy for kids and families throughout the summer months." Children are invited to "take the challenge" by reading 8 books from a specially selected list of 20 children’s books - each chosen based on favorites identified by Pottery Barn Kids customers. To celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge, PBS KIDS, Pottery Barn Kids and THE ROCK FATHER are getting one (1) lucky reader hooked-up with a $25 Pottery Barn Gift Card! Details below...

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PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)My friends at PBS KIDS and SESAME STREET have announced that beginning this Fall, they will introduce a bonus half-hour program on-air and on digital platforms. Starting Monday, September 1, the additional half-hour SESAME STREET program will air on weekday afternoons on PBS stations, complementing the one-hour series that airs weekday mornings (check local listings). For the first time, selected full episodes of the 30-minute show will also be available for free online at pbskids.org/video, on the PBS KIDS Video App and on the PBS KIDS Roku channel.  By offering this bonus half hour of SESAME STREET in an additional timeslot and through a growing number of digital services, PBS KIDS hopes to reach even more children with one of America’s most beloved and educationally powerful children’s series. 

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PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)With Addie starting kindergarten this Fall, learning this summer and building on her vocabulary are very important points for us. MARTHA SPEAKS is a great tool - a show "designed to bolster the oral vocabulary of 4-to7-year-olds, engaging them with humor and imagination." We're right in that sweet spot, and if you have a little one that is, too - then this week, tune into MARTHA SPEAKETH WEEKETH on PBS KIDS (check your local listings) to catch new episodes, and then check out the all-new Martha's Steaks game on the PBS KIDS website for even more learning fun! 

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PBS KIDSOn July 15, PBS Distribution will release a pair of new DVD collections from two of PBS KIDS' biggest hits - CAILLOU and DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD. Pre-orders for both have gone live, and I've got the full details on FUN AND GAMES WITH CAILLOU and DANIEL TRIES SOMETHING NEW, below - right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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