Small Furry Aliens Beam Down Resources for Teachers and Parents

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Tiny Planets, the educational TV series for preschoolers co-produced by Pepper's Ghost Productions and Sesame Workshop, world-famous creators of Sesame Street, has this month launched the very latest version of their on-line resource for teachers and parents. Teachers and parents can download a lesson plan to further explore the topic off-line, or stay on the web and work through one of the dozens of flash based games that continue the lesson.

The Montessori method doesn't generally believe in television as a learning tool. However, we think the educational, fun learning aspect of Tiny Planets is unique and kids will really benefit from watching the show.

Kingston-upon-Thames, UK (PRWeb) April 11, 2007 -- The Tiny Planets award winning web-site now features lesson plans, interactive stories, games, downloads and even streaming video from the 65 TV shows, each episode of which is specifically aimed at an aspect of the pre-school curriculum. Early years topics covered include maths, science, behaviour, healthy eating, weather and nature, and creativity.

Tiny Planets has become the first show of its kind to be endorsed by Montessori Schools; Barbara Isaacs, Chief Executive of the Montessori Centre International explains: "The Montessori method doesn't generally believe in television as a learning tool. However, we think the educational, fun learning aspect of Tiny Planets is unique and kids will really benefit from watching the show."

That's now something they can do on-line, anytime they like and for free. Once they've seen the episode, teachers and parents can download a lesson plan to further explore the topic off-line, or stay on the web and work through one of the dozens of flash based games that continue the lesson. To further support that, there are hundreds of downloadable and printable sheets to colour and make, read-along stories and interactive click through books to help kids develop on their own, all helped by the site's friendly furry alien hosts, Bing and Bong.

"We think it's a unique approach," says Carl Goodman of Pepper's Ghost Productions. "There's some great material for teachers on the web, but very little of it has the same continuity of theme and focus that the Tiny Planets web site has; there are so many different ways of learning the lessons it has to be unique. It's also a safe, advertising free environment which doesn't require you to log-on or enter any personal details, and all of the content is free, all the time."

Pepper's Ghost invites teachers and parents to take a look at the approach by reviewing just one topic now covered, that of healthy eating. The lesson plan, game, interactive story, video, printable and read-along are all linked to below, as well as an overview of the early learning goals matrix.

Lesson plan: http://www.tinyplanets.com/01-Activities/self/sweet-temptations.html
Game: http://www.tinyplanets.com/03-games/sel-healthy-eating.html
Interactive story: http://www.tinyplanets.com/04-interactive/sel-sweet-temptations.html
Video: http://www.tinyplanets.com/02-video/self/sweet-temptations.html
Printable: http://www.tinyplanets.com/07-downloads/download(2).html
Read-along: http://www.tinyplanets.com/06-stories/self/sweet-temptations/page00.html
Early learning goals: http://www.tinyplanets.com/teachers2.html

About Tiny Planets
Tiny Planets is a co-production between Pepper's Ghost, a UK-based animation company, and Sesame Workshop, world-renowned producers of 'Sesame Street'. Originally conceived as a 'pre-school, pre-science' program, Tiny Planets is a television series where every episode maps to a specific early learning goal.

A wide range of materials to support learning and play activities is provided along with the episodes themselves, featuring the adventures of two small furry friends, Bing & Bong, who set out each day on an new adventure to one of the many Tiny Planets in the tiny universe which surrounds them.

For more information please contact:

Carl Goodman
Pepper's Ghost Productions Limited
Clarendon House
147 London Road
Kingston-upon-Thames
Surrey, KT2 6NH
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)1635 565038
Fax: +44 (0)20 546 4284
http://www.peppersghost.com

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