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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood First-Movie Premieres in September @pbskids #PBSKids

My preschooler loves Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood just like her big sister.  The show has been very helpful to my girls with different transitions, from potty training and dealing with a new sibling, to tackling the challenge of food allergies.  {My oldest has met Daniel Tiger at the Library of Congress National Book Festival and at The White House Easter Egg Roll}

We were so excited to hear that Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood has been made into a movie!  It's timely too, since we just moved into a new neighborhood.   

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This September, PBS KIDS will premiere the first-ever movie from the beloved series from Fred Rogers Productions, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, which will explore social/emotional-based school-readiness themes. 

In THE DANIEL TIGER MOVIE: WON’T YOU BE OUR NEIGHBOR?, a new family has moved to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. It’s up to Daniel and his community to welcome the family with open arms, forging new friendships in this much-anticipated movie event. 

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THE DANIEL TIGER MOVIE: WON’T YOU BE OUR NEIGHBOR? will repeat throughout the week of September 17 on PBS KIDS and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream. It will also be available for free on pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video App.

Additionally, two new episodes from DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD will debut throughout the week of September 17, focusing on themes such as making new friends and navigating unfamiliar social situations. 

New two-minute shorts from DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD can now be seen alongside season four episodes on-air. They will debut on the PBS KIDS YouTube channel, PBS KIDS Video app and PBS KIDS Facebook page weekly beginning Saturday, August 25. In each segment, one of the neighbors will open their door and show us around from their unique perspective, allowing preschoolers to develop empathy skills by better understanding the lives and experiences of others.

PBS KIDS offers parent resources with the transition to school, including the Daniel Tiger for Parents app. The free app, available in English and Spanish, gives parents more than three dozen DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD strategy songs on the go, as well as other helpful hints about the important skills children need to be ready for school. Additional back-to-school resources for parents are available on PBS Parents. A new game from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Neighbor Day, will launch on pbskids.org and in the PBS KIDS Games app in September. In this game, kids help Daniel and his friends prepare for a Neighbor Day celebration.

To help educators prepare for another school year to begin, PBS LearningMedia offers thousands of free classroom-ready content, aligned to state and national standards. A new back-to-school collection of resources from DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, KET’s Everyday Learning and more are now available. 

Teachers can also take advantage of the free PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification by KQED at www.kqed.org/certification. This new certification recognizes educators who excel in creating and implementing instruction with media, and provides support to help all teachers accelerate these skills.

Movie and Episode Descriptions 

PBS Kids

Premieres Monday, September 17, Airs September 19-21
A new family is moving into the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, and Daniel wonders if there will be a new friend for him. The Tiger Family welcomes the neighbors and helps them adjust to their new surroundings. Daniel lends an extra hand to help his neighbors make their new place feel like home.

Jodi's First Day at School/Daniel Plays at Jodi's House
Premieres September 18
“Jodi’s First Day at School” - Jodi is nervous on her first day at a new school, so Teacher Harriet explains to Jodi that she can find something or someone she knows to help herself feel better. She spots Daniel Tiger, who is someone she knows! Daniel takes on the duties of “First Day Friend” to help Jodi feel comfortable at her new school.
“Daniel Plays at Jodi’s House” - Daniel goes to Jodi’s house after school. At first, Daniel feels a little nervous because he’s never played at Jodi’s house after school before. Then Daniel finds things he knows—like blueberries—to make himself feel better at Jodi’s house.

A New Friend at School/A New Friend at the Playground
Premieres September 20
“A New Friend at School” - Daniel can’t wait to race the crafty car he made at school with Prince Wednesday! But Prince Wednesday is busy playing with Jodi now. Is Prince Wednesday still Daniel’s friend? Of course he is.
“A New Friend at the Playground” - Daniel and Miss Elaina are playing together at the park. When their new friend Jodi shows up to play, Daniel worries that Miss Elaina likes Jodi more than him, but then Daniel is reminded that they’re all still friend
* Child Trends Data Bank, Early School Readiness

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The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island DVD Plus Recipes & Activities #Sponsored #BoxcarChildren

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If you missed The Boxcar Children Surprise Island one day showing in theaters, you'll be excited to know that it is now available on DVD!  It is a great family-friendly film for ages 3-12 based upon the beloved children's book series.

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN - SURPRISE ISLAND, the highly-anticipated movie adaption of the popular children’s book of the same name, stars Golden Globe®-winning actor Martin Sheen (The West Wing) as James Alden, Oscar®-winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) as Dr. Moore, Dane DeHaan (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) as the mysterious Joe, Joey King (Independence Day: Resurgence) as Jesse Alden, Carter Sand (Frozen) as Benny Alden, Gil Birmingham (Twilight) as Lonan Browning, Griffin Gluck (Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life) as Henry Alden, Stephen Stanton (Star Wars Rebels) as Capt. Daniel and Talitha Bateman (Love, Simon) as Violet. 

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN - SURPRISE ISLAND follows the adventures of the orphaned Boxcar Children as they spend an entire summer living on their Grandfather’s small, nearly uninhabited island. There they meet Joe, who is friendly and helpful, and inexplicably living on their island. Does their new friend have a secret?

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN - SURPRISE ISLAND is fun for the whole family, and is Dove approved for all ages. It is directed by Dan Chuba and Mark DippĂ©, and is produced by Legacy Classics and co-produced by Shout! Factory, Albert Whitman & Company and Blueberry Pictures. THE BOXCAR CHILDREN - SURPRISE ISLAND is the first of three new animated features to be adapted from the “The Boxcar Children” book series, as part of a partnership between Shout! Kids and Legacy Classics.

“The Boxcar Children” by Gertrude Chandler Warner is one of the best-selling children’s book series of all time. Having just marked its 75th anniversary, over 70 million books have sold world-wide. There are 150 books in the series, and over 1 million kids read the books in schools across North America every year. 

Imagine being on an uninhabited island.  No technology; no tv., no cell phone, no tablet.  What would you do?  How would you keep busy?  You meet a mysterious friend living on the island.  What secrets is he hiding? 

This film gets your kids to think about what it is like to depend on your imagination and curiosity.  My two daughters couldn't imagine living without their gadgets like the Boxcar Children.  It's hard for me as an adult to remember what it was like sometimes.  But it's good to be unplugged and rely on your creativity to find ways to entertain yourself.    Plus, who wouldn't want the opportunity to explore such a fun island?   Fishing, swimming, watching the wildlife...sounds fun right?

I can't really compare the movie to the books, since it's been a very long time since I read them and my girls have yet to start reading them.  

But the film is entertaining, and will hopefully encourage an interest in reading the books!  {And maybe even give your kids the travel bug}  

Activities To Do at Home

Check out these fun activities you can do with your kids after watching the film.

Thirty-One Gifts Get Creative #Giveaway

Getting organized is not always an easy task.  I love bins and baskets and other great storage items to help me sort through the chaos.  With two young girls and lots of crafts and art supplies, I need all the help I can get!

Thirty-One Gifts is one of my favorite companies and I am excited about their latest portable storage line to get your crafts organized! 

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Welcome to the Thirty-One Gifts GET CREATIVE Giveaway!

Are you a crafter looking for a way to store your projects? Then the new Get Creative portable storage line from Thirty-One Gifts was designed with you in mind. From knitting to scrapbooking and paper crafts these new products are designed for fashion and function! Take a look at the Get Creative line below and enter for a chance to win! 

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ONE entrant will be selected from the entry form to win a Thirty-One Gifts Get Creative Prize Package. Open for entry in the US only and must be 18+ from 08/13/18 at 12:01 a.m. ET thru 08/31/18 at 11:59 p.m. ET. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. A winner will be chosen after/around August 31, 2018. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to notification email to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected.

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Tuesday #Giveaway Linky 8/14

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We are on a countdown to back to school:  just two weeks for us!  Can you believe it?  You'll love these great giveaways for back-to-school and more.

Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

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Steam Lab For Kids Science #Giveaway #BacktoSchool #BTS18 @SMGurusNetwork @CraftyZoo

It's hard to believe, but August is flying by and we are in full Back to School mode!   Our kids will be going back to school in just a few weeks, so we have some great items in our Back to School Gift Guide for you to check out. 

Steam Lab for Kids Science Giveaway @SMGURUSNETWORK #BTS18 @CRAFTYZOO

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You can check out some fantastic Back to School stuff for all ages and ranges in our Back to School Gift Guide! We have so many great products for students, teachers and parents!

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