Wednesday, February 5, 2003

Ready To Learn Is Ready To Grow!

This January, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Ready To Learn was pleased to bring you several exciting new children's programs. You've gotten familiar with the spectacularly tiny George and seven monsters of #1234567 Chestnut Street through the Bookworm Bunch, but now that they have their own shows, it's really their time to shine! Plus, 40 years after The Berenstain Bears books first delighted young readers, we're bringing them to the small screen to teach a new generation of learners.

George Shrinks features a young boy named George, who at three inches tall, really understands the challenges and benefits of being small. Facing the world from his particular vantage point, George quickly learns the importance of self-acceptance and the necessity of finding creative ways to overcome obstacles. In addition to teaching children these important lessons in self-esteem and perseverance, George Shrinks also includes an engaging introduction to a wide array of science topics, including biology, botany, entomology, and ecology. Look for George Shrinks on Sundays at 7:30 AM.

George is in good company as he launches his new show with One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, and Seven that crazy bunch known as the Seven Little Monsters. This series, created by well-known children's author Maurice Sendak, examines the dynamic of this extraordinary family and helps to teach children the basic morals and values necessary for establishing positive relationships with others. Seven Little Monsters also introduces children to the basic concepts of letters, numbers, colors, sequences, and directions. See what these kooky creatures have to teach you and your children weekdays at 1:30 PM.

As a special treat, Seven Little Monsters will be airing in conjunction with The Berenstain Bears, a new series based on the series of books famous for its commitment to traditional community values and family life. This series, featuring Mama, Papa, Brother, and Sister bear as they face everyday challenges, helps young viewers to learn about key family roles and relationships through the development of socio-emotional competence. Specifically, The Berenstain Bears encourages children to make thoughtful, informed, and responsible choices and decisions. Be sure to tune into and see what important lessons your family can learn these furry friends from Bear Country.

The launch of these three great new children's programs underscores the importance of the social and emotional growth of young viewers to all of us at PBS and Georgia Public Broadcasting. We hope you continue to rely on us as a safe and valuable source for children's educational programming.