Peep and the Big Wide World teaching strategy videos

The Peep and the Big Wide World website now features a series of professional development videos for early childhood educators based in centers and home-based family childcare.  These videos look at each of the six Peep science themes – Color, Sound, Plants, Shadows, Balls/Ramps, and Water — and show educators modeling the following four sets of teaching strategies for each unit.

  1. Science Talk
  2. Individualized Instruction
  3. Learning Environment
  4. Documentation & Reflection

Since 2002 I have worked on the live action segments for the TV show, and had the privilege of working with WGBH on the production of this new professional development series.   Enjoy and please share!  Scroll down for sharing buttons on this post.

Bilingual Science Teaching Strategy Videos

Below are direct links to each of the 72 videos in this teaching strategy section. That’s 6 science units x 4 teaching strategies x 3 (Centers, Family Childcare English, and Family Childcare Spanish). Continue reading → Peep and the Big Wide World teaching strategy videos

Curious George Interstitials

We just wrapped filming the live action segments for the seasons 3 through 5 of the Curious George show (on PBS everywhere). Each animated story is followed by a action segment featuring children engaging with the concept the story explored.  For all seasons to date I was contracted by the company producing the segments to serve as Associate Producer, work on developing the activity concepts, field testing whatever the kids needed to do, and then served as on site educator, art department and mad scientist when filming.  Curious George is a co-production of Universal Studios and WGBH.

Many of our segments produced to date may be viewed on the Curious George website’s video page.

Curious George is an Emmy award-winning animated series based on the popular books by Margret and H.A. Rey. It airs daily on PBS KIDS. Aimed at preschool viewers (ages three to five), the goal of the series is to inspire children to explore science, engineering, and math in the world around them. And what better guide is there for this kind of exploration than the world’s most curious monkey?

Another season with Peep, Quack and Chirp

Recently we also wrapped production on the live action segments for the latest season of Peep and the Big Wide World.  This show featuring three bird characters (Peep, Quack and Chirp) may be seen nationally on TLC, Discovery Kids and locally in Boston on WGBH 2.   Unfortunately none of the segments are available to view online.  To get a sense of what we’ve been working on you can look at this list of “Anywhere Science Activities” from the show’s website. For each of these activities we produced a live action documentary style segment.

The animated series PEEP and the Big Wide World gives wings to the innovative idea of teaching science to preschoolers. Wry and distinctive visual humor, charming plotlines, and lovable characters combine with a comprehensive science program to attract and engage kids three to five years old.