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The folks over at PBS Kids have just announced their annual PBS KIDS GO! Writing Contest for kids in grades K-3. This creative writing adventure encourages children from around the country to embrace the power of storytelling utlizing their own words and illustrations. Fun fact? As a fifth grader, The Rock Father once took part in a similar contest - becoming the winning writer to represent his school at the Illinois Young Author's Conference at Illinois State University. Yes, I just spoke of myself in the third-person. Check out the full details on the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest below, and then get your little ones writing!

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With the Holiday Season fast-approaching (or already here, depending who you talk to), PBS has a stellar lineup of programming as always, and for PBS KIDS (regular viewing here at Rock Father HQ), there's something for all the little ones. The full lineup of new shows and returning favorites has been revealed, and I've got all of them for you below. The Holiday Season starts later this month and runs through New Years for PBS KIDS...

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It was nearly 24 hours ago that Barack Obama was declared the winner in yesterday's Presidential Election, thus securing his position as the 44th President of The United States for four more years. Aside from a tweet and a Facebook status update, I didn't post anything regarding the election, because let's face it - posting about the election on election day is just adding to a sea of words that are likely to be lost in the shuffle. My children did take part in the voting process, but I've waited until now to share it here. For my 3-year-old, Addie, her opinion of the democratic process has now been shaped by a boy named Daniel Tiger.

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THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! has been a staple of PBS KIDS' programming since 2010, and this month, the famous Cat from the world of Dr. Seuss is getting festive with the release of THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT CHRISTMAS! Just-released on DVD by NCircle Entertainment, PBS KIDS hit The Rock Father with details on it's television premiere and multi-platform fun. 

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With all the recent political rumblings about the funding of PBS, the importance and value of public broadcasting has been the subject of much discussion. As I've noted many times here in the past, the educational programming of PBS KIDS is a daily staple here in The Rock Father house. While I grew up on SESAME STREET, my daughters are learning not only from the familiar characters that inhabit the 'Street, but also from PBS KIDS fixtures like CAILLOU, SUPER WHY!, WORDWORLD, and my 3-year-old's new favorite show (practically an obsession), DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD. They're far from alone, as September ratings are out and reveal that six of the top ten shows among youngsters ages 2-5 are on PBS KIDS.

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It's no secret that we enjoy a lot of programming from PBS Kids here at Rock Father HQ, so it should come as no surprise to other families with preschool-aged children that WordWorld is viewed on a frequent basis. For those that haven't yet seen WordWorld, it's a show in which words literally come alive as "WordFriends" - characters whose bodies spell the word they are. Throughout each episode, spelling and reading are taught through the thoughtful placement of various objects in the environment that are also comprised of words. Like most good shows, WordWorld has a Halloween edition, and it's been a fixture in our 31 Days of Halloween since last year.

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