Beat the Back-to-School Blues with New Fun-Filled Tot-a-Doodle-Do! "School" DVD, Packaged with Craft Project

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Young leaners meet a real school teacher, make a healthy snack and bop to the music in Tot-A-Doodle-Do! "School" DVD, one of three new titles in the series, which fosters creativity, encouragesimagination, and teaches manners.

Parents and children can beat the back-to-school blues with the release of the new Tot-a-Doodle Do! “School” DVD, available nationwide August 22, 2006.

“School” is one of three new titles in the live-action Tot-a-Doodle-Do! DVD series. Each title focuses on a particular theme – involving things children see and know from everyday life – and engages them in a variety of activities that enhance fine and gross motor skills, communication and cognitive reasoning skills and socialization. Other titles include “Animals” and “Transportation.”

Tot-a-Doodle Do! “School” will excite young learners about their classrooms as they meet a kindergarten teacher, make pinwheel sandwiches and sing and dance to “School Day” and “I Like to Go to School.”

DVDs come with the craft project shown on the individual DVD so viewers can make the craft at home while watching the segment. Tot-a-Doodle-Do! DVDs with the craft will retail for $19.95. DVDs without the craft retail for $14.95. Tot-a-Doodle-Do! is recommended for ages 3-7.

In each Tot-a-Doodle-Do! DVD hosts Alia, Penny and Molly Manners and The Tot Crew -- a diverse group of children -- introduce young viewers to six fun, easy-to-follow, do-it-yourself- at-home segments. The Tot Crew includes special needs children and Picture Communication Symbols, which encourages non-verbal and special needs children to participate in their own way.

In “Crafty Kids,” The Crew presents a simple craft project that can be done with basic supplies found in any art cache. “Imagination Station” lets creativity flow and helps strengthen attention and memory skills. “On Our Block” introduces different people in the world who affect children’s lives. “Hop N Bop” gets kids dancing and moving to the music and singing original, toe-tapping songs. “Super Snack” teaches about healthy noshing as the Crew makes a nutritious, delicious treat. And “Molly Manners,” a delightful puppet character, instructs kids about manners through a fun, interactive method of role-playing.

In Tot-a-Doodle-Do! “Animals,” viewers will make a mask out of paper plates, act out the different sounds and movements of animals, meet an Assistance Dog Trainer and learn how to behave at the zoo and around pets in the neighborhood. Young pilots will thrill as they meet a real airline pilot in Tot-a-Doodle-Do! “Transportation,” and then make a cardboard train, pretend to be different vehicles, and learn the proper way to act while traveling.

Tot-a-Doodle-Do! has received excellent reviews from parents, educators, child psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and pediatricians. Initial titles in the series released last year were “Family & Friends,” “The Body” and “Music.” For more information about Tot-A-Doodle-Do! or to order products, call toll free 1-866-816-4997.

About Tot-a-Doodle-Do!

Creator and Producer, Heidi Heller Niehart founded Tot-a-Doodle-Do! after envisioning a television program that would incorporate follow-along activities for children and their parents or caregivers. As founder and principal of For Immediate Release, Inc., a promotional marketing and events staffing agency, Heidi has over 15 years of experience in public relations, marketing and event planning. She has developed marketing campaigns for Body Glove and Gold’s Gym Licensees, Cox Communications, Starbucks (Passage Events), Hershey’s (Field Source), and worked with many other marketing agencies throughout the country. With her industry connections and solid track record, Heidi has combined her passion for educational children’s programs with her marketing expertise to launch a series of television programs for children to develop important fine and gross motor skills, communication, cognitive skills and socialization. In addition to being a business owner and mother of three, Heidi is a published author and former syndicated columnist. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Santa Barbara, a certificate from the George Washington University, Washington Representative Program, and was a G.E. Foundation Scholar at the American Women’s Economic Development Center, Washington, D.C.

Co-Producer Penny L. Cohen, a licensed and certified speech and language pathologist, brings her knowledge of child development and love of music to the creation of each Tot-a-Doodle-Do television program. Working in her private practice in La Jolla, Penny specializes in treating children and adults with articulation, voice, stuttering, tongue thrust, accent reduction, language and social communication disorders. She utilizes music, arts and crafts and creative dramatics in her therapy sessions. Born in Montreal, Canada, Penny began acting and singing at a very young age. While still in high school at the age of 15, she took the responsibility of running music and drama programs for various summer camps as well as after school theatre programs at private schools. Playing the guitar and singing, Penny has entertained children of all ages for over 25 years.

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