Tune In to 'Meet Me at the Great Tree' January - April

Original Educational TV Program for Kids Premiering on Fox-53 on January 11, 2010

Jan 06, 2010, 13:56 ET from National Network of Digital Schools

MIDLAND, Pa., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Network of Digital Schools (NNDS) is proud to announce the premiere of its original television program for kids, "Meet Me at the Great Tree," will first air Monday, January 11, on WPGH Fox-53. The show will air Monday through Friday from 8:00 a. m. - 8:30 a. m. for seven weeks of original programming, which will repeat and play again through mid-April.

"In Midland, we have always been committed to creating innovative learning opportunities for young people in our community and across Pennsylvania," said Kellie Hamilton, director of elementary curriculum for Lincoln Interactive. "'Meet Me at the Great Tree' combines our educational expertise and creative talent to produce an educational and entertaining learning experience for young children to enjoy at home each morning."

"Meet Me at the Great Tree" is an educational program designed for young children, aged three to six years old. Each week, the show's host, Miss Palomine, and her sidekick, Socrates the Squirrel, focus on an overarching theme, such as "Making Friends," "All about Me," or "Hobbies."

Click here to see a preview of the show - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFMO1VwUQHY.

Miss Palomine and Socrates the Squirrel tell stories, play games, make recipes, and learn a "Word of the Day," along with other fun activities, to illustrate that week's theme. They are visited often by their friends from the community of Midlandia, a fictional town that is inspired by Midland, Pennsylvania. The Midlandians, including Harvest the Farmer and Dewey the Librarian, are compassionate, hard-working citizens who come to life from the Lincoln Interactive's elementary curriculum, Little Lincoln.

NNDS is the exclusive provider of Lincoln Interactive, a series of more than 250 cutting-edge, engaging courses for elementary, middle and high school students designed to maximize academic success by using interactive videos, games, 3-D graphics, avatars, social rooms, hands-on manipulatives, learning objects, language labs, and flash animation to bring academic lessons to life. The Lincoln Interactive curriculum is offered in a diverse group of 200 traditional brick and mortar public, parochial, private, charter and cyber charter schools from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Connecticut, West Virginia, Michigan, Florida, Kansas, Colorado, Missouri, New Mexico, Arizona and Georgia.

Lincoln Interactive is the premier curriculum offering at the PA Cyber Charter School. It is also offered directly to families who home-school their children. For more information on how students can learn more from Lincoln Interactive, please visit here: http://www.lincolninteractive.com/

"As a parent, I choose television programs for my children very carefully. It is important that programs be educational as well as entertaining," said Noreen Lockman of Penn Hills. "Based on my experience with Lincoln Interactive curriculum, which my first grader uses at PA Cyber, I am looking forward to giving my younger child a similar learning opportunity at age four."

An example of one of these learning opportunities is "Meet Me at the Great Tree's" "Letter of the Week," using the Little Lincoln Letter Characters, which were created to help children identify and recognize letter sounds and to provide a visual representation of the letter. Carmen Cookie, Adam Apple, Tom Tree, and other Lincoln Letter Characters all have their own songs and music videos.

SOURCE National Network of Digital Schools