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Friday Favorite: The Friendship Show (Ruby’s Studio)

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Here’s the thing. I spend a lot of time watching kids shows with my two and four year old. We also spend alot of time reading, but tv is how I get things done- cooking dinner, laundry, getting ready for work, etc. And much of it is okay- but somewhat lacking. However, we recently stumbled upon a unique show to love–The Friendship Show. It is a breath of fresh air in a world full of mediocre animated characters-that-frankly-we-could-care-less-about. It’s reminiscent of Mr. Rogers, but with a refreshingly modern twist (and more crafts). Hostess Ruby is captivating and full of positive messages for the toddler and preschool set.

Here’s a description:

“Emphasizing the “golden rule”: Do to others what you would have them do to you, The Friendship Show explores ways to build empathy and conflict-resolution skills – with the goal of growing and maintaining one of the most valuable things in life: great friendships.  Join lovable host, Ruby, as she welcomes kids into her magical art studio for a day of creativity, fun, and friendship.”

We can’t wait to view “The Safety Show” and “The Feelings Show”. Ruby’s Studio also offers books and more. The Mother Company and its blog is worth checking out as well. Have you stumbled upon good videos for kids? I’d love to hear your suggestions.

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Friday Favorite: Inspiration from author Bill Martin Jr.

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“A blessed thing happened to me. I had a teacher who read to me” -Bill Martin Jr.

It’s been hectic at our house this week, but I found some inspiration from one of my favorite children’s authors, Bill Martin Jr. He and I share Midwest roots; he actually worked in my hometown in Kansas at one point in his life. I was shocked to learn that he couldn’t read well until he went to college….but he was read to by his 5th grade teacher and fell in love with words and stories.

He remembers, “Miss Davis never missed a day reading to us. Reading aloud was an integral part of her ambitions for us kids. When we begged her to continue a reading session, she often complied, knowing (as children do) that a good story refuses to be left alone. It keeps nagging one to continue. That kind of nagging is life’s most pleasant reading instruction”.

“Even when type on a page didn’t make sense to me, I considered myself a reader — because I loved the sound and the cadence of the language, the power of narrative, and the images words concocted in my mind…I don’t write books, I talk them. Of course, words do get set down on paper at some point, but that’s not where I begin. My writing process is talking; I talk a story through many times to see if I’m saying what I mean. I need to hear what I have to say”.

“I wrote Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? on a Long Island Railroad train. I got on the train at the Plandome station, the first stop after Port Washington, and thirty-three minutes later, when we arrived at Penn Station, I had completed Brown Bear. I had the entire story worked out in my head. No one else could share the joy I was feeling about the story until I got to my office; in fact, the person in the seat behind me on the train had glanced at me a few times because I muttered the lines aloud to get the rhythm of the language just right”.

“Brown Bear was a sort of watershed for me. I saw what children were able to do with that story and I became more courageous in creating rhythmic, highly patterned stories”.

Here is an interview from Reading Rockets where he shares how he wrote “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” This is a great example of how lyrical and rhythmic the story is as a read (or sing)-aloud.