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What is the View, Do, Read Model? To get the most from the TV you and your children watch, create a Ready To Learn learning triangle. A learning triangle is TV that teaches + storybooks + activities — all related to one theme or skill. The learning triangle can follow any order, at any time!

September 2014 — Back to school with Arthur!

By Krysanne Bryan, Educational Programs and Services Intern
Welcome back September! Summer was a fun break but as the weather changes, so do routines. It's time for children to get back to school and for parents to get back to their school oriented schedules. Piano lessons, soccer practices and dance classes are only a few of the activities children can jump into during the school year. Add that to homework and studying and they've got themselves a full plate. It's important to remember that just because summer is gone, we don't have to take the fun out of September. Even though the weeks are more for work now than for play, we should still take the weekend to relax and wind down. Balance is key. It is okay to learn new things, but never forget that learning can be fun and easy too.


What better way to start the school year than by learning with old friends? This month, two of our favorite childhood shows are premiering never before seen episodes to kick off their new seasons! Sesame Street began its 45th season at the end of August and Arthur's 18th season will begin on September 22nd. Not only will your child be embarking on new adventures in school, but they'll be able to enrich their learning experience at home with their favorite characters! Your child can have fun and learn with the Sesame Street gang weekdays at 10am and Saturdays at 6am, and with Arthur and his friends in Elmwood City weekdays at 4 and 4:30pm on WHYY.


The changing of the seasons is something that should be embraced. As summer ends, we will see changes in weather and in nature. The air will get cooler, and the leaves will shift colors. If children need a break, there's no better place to relax than in nature, and we live in a place that can help you do just that. With places like the Morris Arboretum and Bartram's Garden, the whole family can experience the beauty of nature. If you just feel like being outside, maybe a trip to the Mann Music Center is in store, especially if you're content to lie in the grass and listen to beautiful music. Below are a list of great spots in Philadelphia where you and your children can enjoy being outside and getting in touch with the outdoors.

Morris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118
P: (215) 247-5777
Bartram's Garden
54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19143
P: (215) 729-5281
Silver Lake Nature Center
1306 Bath Road
Bristol, PA 19007
P: (215) 785-1177
Camden Children's Garden
3 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ 08103
P: (856) 365-TREE
Clemente Park and Playground
1800 Wallace St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
P: (215) 685-2760
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
1635 River Road
New Hope, PA 18938
P: 15) 862-2924

Go online to to look for more fun outdoor spots!


  • Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat! by Rob Scotton
    It's Splat the Cat's first day back to school!

  • Back-to-School Rules by Laurie B. Friedman
    Percy has 10 rules that will help anyone survive school. The only question is, do they work?

  • This School Year Will Be the BEST! by Kay Winters
    On the first day of school, children are asked to share what they are looking forward to for the upcoming school year. One thing is for sure, it's bound to be a good one.

  • How Nature Works: 100 Ways Parents & Kids Can Share the Secrets of Nature by David Burnie
    This book is an introduction to nature that parents and children can share.

  • Great Big Book of Children's Games: Over 450 Indoor & Outdoor Games for Kids, Ages 3-14 by Debra Wise
    Another way to enjoy nature is to play games!!! Take this book outside and let the fun begin.

  • Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 Great Things To Do In Nature Before You Grow Up by Stacy Tornio
    This book acts as a guide to getting involved in nature. This hands on approach shows children the wonders of the outdoors and how much can be had when you embrace all that nature has to offer.

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