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Story Notes and Extras

 

A Very Special Thanksgiving

 

written and presented 

by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

for parents, families, teachers and children to share and enjoy

 

 

What would you like everyone to know 

what you are thankful for?

Who do you know that has served their country?

What are two ways to let someone know you are thankful?

 

More Talk and Discover

 

How does being thankful help everyone?

Who do you know that always says “thank you?”

What are you thankful for today?

 

Being A Good Listener

In the story

 

What foods might be coming from the gardens?

What might be simmering on the stove?

What might be waiting in the oven?

 

Honoring Our Veterans

 

What are some of the sacrifices that someone makes 

when they serve their country?

What are some of the sacrifices a family makes 

when someone is serving their country?

How do our Veterans serve us every day?

 

Remembering History

 

What do you know about Paul Revere?

What do you know about George Washington?

What do you know about the siege of Yorktown?

 

Remembering Their Bravery

 

Why did the Marines have to fight the Barbary pirates?

What is “Old Ironsides” official name?

When was the Star Spangled Banner first officially recognized?

 

Remembering Their Courage

 

What are some of the ways woman 

have served their country?

Who was the first women to win the Medal of Honor?

What would you ask Reba Whittle if you were to meet her?

 

Remembering Those That Continued To Serve

 

In what two ways did Wild Bill Donovan serve his country?

In what two ways did Ted Williams serve his country?

In what two ways did John Glenn serve his country? 

 

Proudly They Served For Freedom

Share in class the history of the below athletes

and how they served their country.

 

NHL

Sam LoPresti

The “Kitchener Kids” 

(Milt Schmidt, Woody Dumart, Bobby Bauer)

Hobey Baker

 

MLB

Jackie Robinson

Yogi Bera

Bob Feller

 

NBA

David Robinson

Bernard James

Mark Silliman

 

NFL

Rocky Bieler

“Concrete Charlie” Bednarik

Chad Hennings

 

US Olympians

 

Louis Zamperini

Mal Whitfield

Willis A. Lee

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Story Notes and Extras  

The Ghost That Got Lost In A Pumpkin

 

written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

 

Do you think the ghost knew that they might get stuck 

in the little tiny, weenie pumpkin?

Do you think the ghost likes to sing?

How do you think the ghost will get back from the moon?

 

Being A Good Listener

 

Name two places the ghost liked to find Jack – O – Lanterns?

 

What did the ghost say when he first saw 

the little tiny, winnie Jack – O – Lantern? 

 

What did the dog, the cat and mice say

when they found the mystery ghost?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of a Jack – O – Lantern.

Draw a picture of a cat and a dog

dressed up for Halloween.

Draw a picture of a balloon that can go to the moon.

 

More Talk and Discover

 

How long do you think the ghost will be on the moon?

What do you think the ghost will do on the moon?

What do you like about Halloween?

 

Extra Credit

 

What is your favorite day?

 

Bonus Question

 

Do you think anyone besides the dog, cat and the mice

knew that the ghost had disappeared?

 

Extra, Extra Credit

 

Why might they someday

celebrate Halloween on the moon?

 

And Now A Question For Everyone

 

What would be a good name for a ghost

that had been to the moon?

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Bear

Story Notes and Extras 

 

The Snoring Bear Café

 

written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

 

Why do you think the bear was snoring?

How do you think the bear knew 

where the lucky spots were to go fishing?

Who do you think caught the bigger fish,

Hayden or the bear?

 

More Talk and Discover

 

What kind of fish do you think Hayden liked to catch?

What do you think is the secret of finding a good place to fish?

What do you think the bear was dreaming about 

while he was snoring?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of a bear.

Draw a picture of a fish.

Draw a picture of a bear’s footprints.

 

Being A Good Listener

 

Where did Hayden hear the bear snoring?

How many fish did Hayden and his father catch?

What did people ask when they got to the café?

What else did the people say?

 

Extra Credit

 

Where would you like to go fishing?

 

Extra, Extra Credit

 

What would you like to catch?

Where near your home could you go fishing?

 

Bonus Question

 

What would be a good name for the bear?

 

And now,

2 Questions For Everyone

 

Why is it fun to go fishing?

 

 

What are three safety rules about fishing,

besides to always wear something 

that will properly protect your eyes? 

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Story Notes and Extras

The Milk Run Brothers

and

The Milk Run Song

 

written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

(for parents, family, teachers and children)

 

Who do you think the judges picked as the Milk Run champion?

Which song would you chose to sing?

In what way did the songs in the contest have a “touch of imagination?”

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of a cowbell.

Draw a picture of a bird singing.

Draw a picture of one of the Russellville brothers.

 

More Talk and Discover

 

What are some of the contest held in the winter when the snow begins to fall?

What do you think is the prize for being the “Milk Run” champion?

Why do you think the farmers had the “milk run” event?

 

Being A Good Listener

 

What are one of the rules of the Milk Run contest?

When was the Milk Run contest held?

When the Russellville brothers were performing their song,

how were they moving about?

 

Extra Credit

 

Name three countries where it snows that might have a milk run contest?

 

Bonus Question

 

Name two songbirds you might see some day?

 

Extra Extra Credit

 

What two color you might see on a songbird?

(and which songbirds they might be)

 

Double Bonus Question

 

When do songbirds like to sing?

 

Double Extra Credit

 

Write a song someone could sing in the “milk run” contest

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Story Notes and Extras

 

 Sparky McCloud Goes To An Art Show

 

by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

for parents, children, teachers and friends to enjoy

 

What are some of your favorite colors?

What would you like to see at an art show?

Why do you think Sparky likes paintings?

 

More Talk and Discover

 

What in a painting do you like to see?

What is something you would like to paint?

What is one of your favorite paintings?

 

More Talk, Talk and Discover

 

Why is using your imagination important?

When does an artist use their imagination?

Besides art, what is something that you can use your imagination for?

 

Being a Good Listener

 

What was the first painting that Sparky saw?

Where can art take you?

How was Sparky going to take the paintings home?

 

Learning With Art

 

What is something art can teach you?

 

One Of Sparky’s Favorite Questions

 

Who is someone famous you might see in a painting?

 

The Art of Imagination

 

Draw a car that doesn’t need tires.

Draw a house for a duck.

Draw a picture of a happy moon.

 

The Art of History

 

Draw a picture of a President.

Draw a picture of the flag that Betsy Ross made.

Draw a picture of a covered wagon.

 

The Art of Nature

 

Draw a picture of a flower. 

Draw something that grows on trees.

Draw something that lives in the forest or jungle.

 

 

The Art of Geography

 

Draw something you would see in a foreign country.

Draw something you would see on a river.

Draw something you would see at a National Park.

 

The Art of Fun

 

Where and when will there be there an art show near you?

What are three famous museums you could visit?

What are some other types of art besides paintings?

 

Extra Credit

 

Ask your mother, father, family, friends and teachers who are the artist that they like.

 


Story Notes and Extras 

A Very Merry Christmas

 

written and presented by Sean Hunter

with music by

Country Music Hall of Fame Member

 

Charlie McCoy

 

Talk and Discover

for parents, teachers, families and children to enjoy

 

Why would it be fun to visit a country General Store?

What is something that you might find in a country General Store? 

 

More Talk and Discover

 

If you were a farmer, what would you share with your neighbors?

How do you let someone know that you are grateful 

for their kindness?

What is something that you could make as a gift to give to someone?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of an angel.

Draw a picture of Christmas cookie.

Draw a picture of something that you might see during the winter.

 

Being A Good Listener

 

On what night did everyone go to the General Store?

Where in the General Store did everyone first gather?

What ornaments and gifts were being made?

 

More Talk, Talk and Discover

 

How do you begin to help someone?

Why is it important to help neighbors, friends and family?

Who is someone that has helped you?

 

Bonus Question

 

What might be some of the songs and carols that were sung around

the General Store’s potbelly stove?

 

A Question For Everyone

 

What are some ways that you can help someone?

 

 

A Question For All

 

Why do you think the family that owned the General Store 

were willing to trust that their needs would be met?

 

Other Stories To Enjoy

The Grinch That Stole Christmas
The Night Before Christmas

 

Some Other Ways To Have Fun

 

Make a Ginger Bread House.

Sing some of the traditional Christmas songs with family and friends.

Write a Christmas poem.

 

Sharing The Holiday Spirit

Visit someone in a hospital, or that is sick at home.
Write a note or letter to someone that you haven’t seen for a while.
 Smile.

 

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Story Notes and Extras

 

The Turkey That Wanted To Know What’s Cook’n

 

Written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

for parents, teachers, families, children and friends to enjoy

 

What do you think it was that King Hop A’Tommas smelt cook’n

As he hopped around?

What do you like to smell cook’n?

If you had a garden, what would you grow for Thanksgiving?

 

More Talk, and Discover

 

What is something good to make for Thanksgiving diner?

Who would you invite to celebrate Thanksgiving with you?

Why is it good to be thankful?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of King Hop A’Tommas.

Draw a picture of a pilgrim.

Draw a picture of one of King Hop A’Tommas’s friends.

 

Being Thankful

 

What do you have to be thankful for?

What are some of the blessings that you receive each day?

What are some of the ways your family celebrates Thanksgiving?

 

A Question For Everyone

 

What special two words can you use to let someone know that you are grateful?

 

More Talk, Talk and Discover

 

Why do you think the Pilgrims had a day of Thanksgiving?

What does King Hop A’Tommas have to be thankful for?

What are some of the ways that you can help celebrate Thanksgiving?

 

Being A Good Listener

 

When did King Hop A’Tommas enjoy?

What did King Hop A’Tommas first see cooking in the kitchen?

What were the children grateful for?

 

Extra Credit 

 

How fast can a turkey run?

How fast can a turkey fly?

Where do turkeys sleep?

 

Bonus Question

 

Why is the moth of November a good time to celebrate Thanksgiving? 

 

Extra, Extra Credit

 

What sound do turkeys make when they talk?

 

A Little Bit of Thanksgiving History

 

Where did the Pilgrims celebrate their first Thanksgiving?

In what year did George Washington first declare a national day of Thanksgiving?

When did Abraham Lincoln declare Thanksgiving as a holiday?

 

Thanksgiving Around The World

 

When is Thanksgiving celebrated in Canada?

How is Thanksgiving celebrated in Germany?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Story Notes and Extras 

 

The Happy Little Tooth

written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

(for parents, teachers, children, family and friends to enjoy together)

 

Why do you think the little tooth liked ice cream?

What flavor ice cream do you think a tooth might like?

Where do you think the little tooth first tasted ice cream?

 

More Talk and Discover

 

What else beside ice cream and cup cakes do you think the little tooth likes?

How does someone get a sweet tooth?

Do you think the duck or the frog have a sweet tooth?

 

More Talk, Talk and Discover

 

Name three fruits that a sweet tooth would like?

Name three vegetables that are good for a sweet tooth?

How does sleep help a sweet tooth?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of something in the woods that has a tooth.

Draw a picture of something in the zoo (but not in the woods) that has a tooth.

Draw a picture of something that has a tooth that could be in both the woods and the zoo.

 

Some More Questions

 

What else might a tooth dream about besides ice cream and cup cakes?

How did the little tooth know where the ice cream store was?

Can a tooth smile?

 

and now,

The Mystery Question

 

Who do you think the little tooth belongs to?

 

Being A Good Listener

 

Where did some of the people think the tooth had come from?

Who was watching the little tooth from the sky?

Whoo knew that the little tooth had been dreaming?

 

Extra Credit

 

Does everyone have a sweet tooth?

 

Questions 1,2,3 & 4

 

Why is it important to do a good job brushing your teeth?

When should you brush your teeth?

How often should you get a new toothbrush?

 

Making Teeth Smile

 

When should you visit your dentist?

 

Bonus Question

 

Do you think this story could have happened in some place like Switzerland?

and

What does the Tooth Fairy do with all the teeth?

 

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Story Notes and Extras

  

Cat, Fish and Lucky Jim

 

written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

 

Talk and Discover

(for parents, teachers, children, family and friends)

 

Who do you know that likes to fish?

What is the biggest fish you have seen?

Why do you think Lucky Jim likes to go fishing?

 

More Talk and Discover

 

What do you know about fish?

 

More Talk, Talk and Discover

 

What would be a fun fish to catch?

Where would be a nice place to go fishing?

Who would you like to go fishing with?

 

A Question For Everyone

 

Why do you think all the fish were hiding?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of a cat.

Draw a picture of a fish that cats like.

Draw a picture of Lucky Jim.

 

Being A Good Listener

 

What did the cats ask the bear?

What kind of fish might Lucky Jim catch in a river or stream?

What did the storyteller almost forget to tell you?

 

The Mystery Question

 

How many fish do you think the bear caught?

and

What were some of the clues for the bear

that all the fish were hiding?

 

Being A Good Friend

 

What is special about helping someone?

 

Happy Cats

 

Do you think cats prefer fish soup or fish chowder?

How about a fish fry or fish and chips?

Do Cats ever have fish cakes for birthday parties

and special occasions?

 

Bonus Question

 

How fast can some fish swim?

 

Double Bonus Question

 

Where is there an aquarium that you could visit?

What would you like to learn about fish?

 

Extra Credit

 

Can fish swim backwards?

 

Another Question For Everyone

 

What do you think it would be like to have a job as a fisherman?

 

Lucky Jim’s Favorite Question

 

What is something you do that is fun

and 

some day could be your job?

 

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mermaid

 

Story Notes and Extras

 

A Tale of the Sea

 

written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

 

What would you ask a fish?

 

More Talk and Discover

 

How do some fish get their name?

What do you think might be in some of the treasure chest

besides gold and silver?

Who else might swim around the world besides the fish?

 

Learning With Art

  

Draw a picture of the fish that you think can talk.

Draw a picture of a pirate. 

Draw a picture of a sea horse, and then a sea lion.

 

More Talk, Talk and Discover

 

What kind of fish would you find in the ocean?

What kind of fish would you find in a lake?

What kind of tricks do you think a fish can do?

 

Questions The Fish Might Ask You

 

Where is there an island with palm trees?

How do I get to Staten Island?

What are the names of some of the islands that have their own flags?

 

Just Wondering

 

Are there any underwater museums?

Are there any underwater hotels that the fish could visit?

What might a fish dream about?

 

More Fun With Art

 

Draw a picture of a starfish, lobster, turtle, and seal.  

Draw a picture of a tanker, tug boat, ferry, and freighter.

Draw picture of a submarine.

 

Extra Credit

 

Who were some famous pirates?

 

Bonus Question

 

What kind of whale is in the story Moby Dick?

 

Double Bonus Question

 

What are some famous submarines, and why are they famous?

What famous sunken ships could the fish go looking for?

 

Extra, Extra Credit

 

Where was the first lighthouse in the United States?

Where was the first lighthouse in Canada?

Why is the Lighthouse at Alexandria famous?

 

Questions For Everyone

 

Where in the world might a fish be if the water is warm?

Where might a fish be if the water is cold?

Where do you think is the fishes favorite place to visit?

 

Doing The Math

 

How many miles will a fish travel if they swim around the world?

How many days might it take for a fish (pick one of your choice)

to swim around the world?

 

. More About The World Of Fish

 

How many arms do most star fish have?

How long can a seal dive under water and hold its’ breath?

What percent of their lives do whales spend underwater?

How are a dolphin and porpoise different?

 

More Wondering

 

How deep in the ocean might the fish be when following a submarine?

Where in the world is the ocean the deepest?

Where might the fish see a research vessel?

Where would the fish find underwater mountains?

 

Two More Questions

 

What continent could a fish swim under?

What are three places a fish might go if they were in the Mediterranean Sea?


Books To Enjoy

 

Yertle The Turtle – by Dr. Seuss

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea – by Jules Verne

 

And Now One More Question For Everyone

 

Who do you think was talking to the fish?

 

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Story Notes and Extras

The Kite With Two Blue Eyes

 

written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

 

What do you think a kite likes to look for when it’s up in the sky?

How does the kite know where to go?

Where would you go to fly a kite?

 

More Talk and Discover

 

What else might the kite see in the sky besides 

the moon and the stars?

What would the kite see if it flew over the ocean?

Where would the kite be if it could see a camel or kangaroo?

 

A Very Special Question

 

Have you ever seen a kite do a trick?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of a puppet.

Draw a picture of your favorite cookie.

Draw a picture of something that the kite was hoping to see.

 

Being A Good Listener

 

What were the spiders and caterpillars doing?

What were the policeman and fireman doing?

How many ducks were calling for their mother?

 

Extra Credit

 

Where were kites invented?

 

Extra, Extra Credit

 

Name three types of kites.

 

Bonus Question

 

What American Patriot was famous for flying a kite?

 

Double Bonus Question

 

Where is someplace you could go to see a kite festival?

and

Where would you find a book about kites?

 

 

When Flying A Kite 

 

Before setting your kite into the sky

make sure that the weather conditions are safe.

 

That the sky is clear and there are no rain or storm clouds

within 10 miles of where your are.  Lighting can travel that far

and parts of your kite may attract activity.

 

Stay out of areas with electrical and power lines

where a kite can reach or land,

as well as

in someone’s yard,

in a street with traffic,

or where people are gathered. 

 

Also, you may be in an area where there are restrictions of

how high kites are allowed to fly.

 

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The Cat and the Dog

Story Notes and Extras  

The Cat and the Dog

 

Written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

(for parents, teachers and children to enjoy)

 

Questions From The Cat and The Dog

 

  Why is it good to have fun?

Why is it good to laugh?

What games do you like to play?

 

I Bet You Know

 

How does a dog say “hello?”

Do you know a cat and a dog who are friends?

What are some of the ways a cat says “hello?”

 

More Talk and Discover

 

What do you think a dog and a cat talk about?

Who might be some of the dog and cat’s friends?

What do you think is a good name for a dog?

What is a good name for a cat?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of a circus hat that a dog might wear.

Draw a picture of a wig that a cat might wear.

Draw a picture of a bike that a cat and dog might ride.

 

Being Friends

 

What are 3 ways to be a friend?

Why is being a friend important?

How can friends help each other?

 

3 Friendly Questions

 

What are some of the ways to make new friends?

Where are some of the places you meet and make friends?

What are some ways for friends to have fun?

 

More About Friends

 

Which of your friends smile?

How do you show respect to a friend?

How do you show respect to someone who isn’t a friend?

More About Cats

 

Can cats do tricks?

What do cats like to eat?

What foods should you never give a cat?

What is something that cats don’t like to do?

What is something that kittens like to play with?

What are some “cats” that you might see at a zoo?

 

More About Dogs

 

What are some tricks that dogs can do?

What are some of the ways to take care of a dog?

What foods should you never give a dog?

Are all dogs friendly?

What should you know about a dog before you play with them?

What is something that a puppy needs to learn?

 

Being Good Cats and Dogs

 

What are some of the ways that dogs help people?

What are some breeds of dogs famous for?

How does a cat show love?

 

Library Extras

 

What are some books that you can borrow from the library about dogs?

What are some books that the library has about cats?

What book did Dr. Seuss write about a cat?

What short story did Eric Knight write about a dog that 

became a novel, movie, radio and TV show?

 

Famous Dogs and Famous Cats

 

Who had a dog named “Checkers”?

Beside “Big Mama” Thornton, who are some of the people

 that sang the song, “Hound Dog?”

Who was the first cartoon cat? 

 

Extra Credit

 

What type of cat would you find on the Isle of Man?

What type of dog might you see in Switzerland?

James Herriot wrote many books, what was his everyday job?

 

Being A Good Listener

 

Where did the cat and dog meet?

How did the cat and dog’s friendship begin?

What did the cat teach the dog?

What games did the cat and dog play?

 

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The Cookie

Story Notes and Extras

The Cookie 

 

Written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

Music – with Country Music Hall of Fame Member

Charlie McCoy

 

Talk and Discover

(for parents, teachers and families to enjoy with their children)

 

What is your favorite cookie?

What is your favorite Christmas cookie?

What do you think is Santa’s favorite cookie?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of one of Santa’s reindeer.

Draw a picture of a candy cane.

Draw a picture of a Christmas cookie.

 

More Talk and Discover

 

What would you write in a letter to Santa?

What would you want Santa to know about your house?

Why did the children tell Santa about the love that was in their house?

 

More Learning with Art

 

Draw a picture of someone that likes cookies.

Draw a picture of someone that you would like to make cookies for.

Draw a picture of a cookie that is filled with love.

 

More Talk, Talk and Discover

 

How can you tell that there is love in a house?

How would you fill a house with love?

Why is love the greatest gift?

 

Other Stories To Enjoy

The Grinch That Stole Christmas
The Night Before Christmas

 

Helping To Make The Holidays Happy For Everyone

Visit someone in a hospital, or that is sick at home.

Volunteer to help a neighbor in need.
Write a letter to someone that you haven’t seen for a while.
Let everyone see you smile.

 

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The Turkey That Wanted To Know What’s Cook’n

Story Notes and Extras

 

The Turkey That Wanted To Know What’s Cook’n

 

Written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

for parents, teachers, families, children and friends to enjoy together

 

What do you think it was that King Hop A’Tommas first smelt cook’n?

What do you like to smell cook’n?

What is something good to make for Thanksgiving diner?

If you had a garden, what would you grow for Thanksgiving?

 

More Talk and Discover

 

Who would you invite to celebrate Thanksgiving with you?

Why is it good to be thankful?

What do you have to be thankful for?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of King Hop A’Tommas.

Draw a picture of a pilgrim.

Draw a picture of one of King Hop A’Tommas’s friends.

 

More Talk, Talk and Discover

 

On the Pilgrim’s first Thanksgiving, what did they have to be be thankful for?

What does King Hop A’Tommas have to be thankful for?

What are some of the ways your family celebrates Thanksgiving?

 

Extra Credit

 

How fast can a turkey run?

How fast can a turkey fly?

Where do turkeys sleep?

 

Extra, Extra Credit

 

What sound do turkeys make when they talk?

What is something that you could pop or roast

 around a fireplace on Thanksgiving?

Why is the month of November a good time to celebrate Thanksgiving? 

 

Questions For Everyone

 

Where did the Pilgrims celebrate their first Thanksgiving?

In what year did George Washington first declare a national day of Thanksgiving?

When did Abraham Lincoln declare Thanksgiving as a holiday?

 

Bonus Question

 

When is Thanksgiving celebrated in Canada?

 

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Lenny - The Happy Fire Truck

Story Notes and Extras

Lenny - The Happy Fire Truck

written and presented by Sean Hunter

The song “Lenny - The Happy Fire Truck”

recorded with

Hee Ha and Country Music Hall of Fame Member

Charlie McCoy

 

Talk and Discover

(for parents, teachers, children and friends)

What are 3 fire safety rules everyone needs to know?

Name 3 ways to prevent fires in a kitchen.

Name 3 other ways to prevent fires in your home.

If you think you smell smoke, what should you do?

 

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a firefighter.

Draw a picture of something a firefighter uses.

Draw a picture of Lenny.

More Talk and Discover

 

If there is an emergency in your home, where have your parents said is your

family’s safe place to meet (and you won’t be crossing any street)?

In an emergency why is it important not to talk?

What can smoke do?

Questions From Lenny

Why is it important in an emergency to leave everything behind

and not look for pets?

Why is it important in an emergency in your home never to run?

Once you are safely outside what are two important rules of what never to do?

 

More Talk, Talk and Discover

How do you prevent an electrical fire?

In an emergency, who else helps the firefighters?

What do you do if there is smoke or fire while you are in a car?

On a boat?

In the woods or forest?

 

Where To Learn More About Fire Safety

Visit you local fire department and their web site.

October 3rd – 10th, 2016 is National Fire Safety Week

 

♫ Lenny ♫

Don’t Hide – Go Right Outside

Oh! Lenny the fire truck – he’s our friend – he’s job is fire safety and he’s always said

In a fire emergency never hide – If you think you smell smoke go right outside

Time is important so always be quick – It doesn’t take long for a fire to spread

It can happen anytime day or night – So always have a plan to get outside

Now if there’s a fire always be brave – Do what you’re taught and you’re sure to be safe

The smoke may be thick and make you cough – And if it hurts your eyes do not rub

Stay low to the floor and never run – Leave everything behind just where it was

Don’t worry if it’s hot and you hear a lot of noise – Just keep moving on til you get outside

The rescues squad is on their way – So help the firefighters by doing what they say

Follow all the rules that get you outside and never turn around and go back inside

Oh! Lenny the fire truck he’s our friend – His job is fire safety and he’s always said

In a fire emergency never hide – If you think you smell smoke go right outside

Oh! Lenny the fire truck he’s our friend – His job is fire safety and he’s always said

In a fire emergency never hide – follow all the rules and go right outside

In a fire emergency never hide – follow all the rules and go right outside

© - Sean

Direct download: MASTER_-_Lenny_-_2016.mp3
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Why There Wasn't Any Milk at Mr. O'Mally's Store

Story Notes and Extras

Why There Wasn’t Any Milk At Mr. O’Mally’s Store

written and presented by Sean Hunter

Talk and Discover

Why do you think the rooster was reading a book? What book do you think the rooster was reading? Why do you think the rooster liked the book?
What book do you think the rooster will want to read next?

More Talk and Discover

Who do you think reads the most books,
the dog or the cat?
How often do you think the horse and the cow go to the library? What book do you think the rooster suggest everyone should read?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a rooster.
Draw a picture of the Good Farmer John. Draw a picture of Rusty.

More Talk, Talk and Discover

What books do you like to read? Why is it important to read? When is a good time to read?
What can you learn from reading a book?

Extra Credit

Why are books about history interesting? What makes reading fun?
Besides books, what else can someone read?

Books About Animals That Are Always Enjoyed

The Cat In The Hat - Curious George Peter Rabbit - Make Way For Ducklings NationalVelvet - TheBlackStallion All Creatures Great and Small

Making Reading Fun

Act surprised (say Oh!, Ouu, and Ah!). Whisper (sometimes a soft voice is wonderful). Smile, listen and laugh together.

A Question For Everyone

What would be a good name for Farmer John’s rooster?

Direct download: MASTER_-_Why_There_Wasnt_Any_Milk_-_2016.mp3
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Funny Farm

Story Notes and Extras

Funny Farm

musical version

written and presented by SeanHunterwith

Charlie McCoy - acoustic guitar-harmonica (www.charliemccoy.com)
Wanda Vick - fiddle
Mark Burchfield - doghouse bass

Sean Hunter - drum - vocals

Talk And Discover

(an activity for parents,childrenand friends)

Who would you like to meet ontheFunny Farm? What questions would you ask them?
What would be a good day to visit the Funny Farm? How would yougetto the Funny Farm?
Who on the Funny Farm do you think has the most fun? How doyouthink the Funny Farm got its name? Where do you think theFunnyFarm is?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a tractor.
Draw a picture of a barn.
Use your imagination and draw a “Funny Farm” flag.

Some Books About Farms

that you can get at your library

The Little Red Hen The ThreeLittlePigs Charlotte’s Web

More Talk and Discover

Who do you think has been totheFunny Farm? Who do you think would like to go to the FunnyFarm?Who would you ask to go to the “Funny Farm with you? Is theremorethan one Funny Farm?

Bonus Question

What do you think are some oftheFunny Farm’s rules?

Some Books and Stories GoodForBedtime Reading

the stories of Beatrix Potter

the stories of James Herriot

More Fun With Art

Draw a map of the Funny Farm

showing where the barn is, thefarmhouse, the corn field, vegetable garden, chicken coop, pigpen,fields for the sheep and other animals, pumpkin patch,appleorchards, bee hives and anything else that you might bethere.

Art Extra

parents, teachers and olderbrothersand sisters

draw an outline of some of theFunnyFarm animals for younger children to enjoy and color

Having More Fun

Pick a name for each oftheanimals.

The “Funny Farm” was

recorded at Watershed -Nashville,TN
arrangement – Charlie McCoy mixing and editing – Jim Dineen

Direct download: MASTER_-_Funny_Farm_-_2016.mp3
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Mr. Duck Hee

Story Notes and Extras

Mr.Duck Hee 

written and presented by Sean Hunter
 
Talk and Discover

(for parents, teachers, families and friends to enjoy with their children)

Why do you think Mr. Duck Hee likes to sing?
What are some good songs for a duck to sing?
What songs do you like to sing?
What are some good songs to sing on a rainy day?
What does a duck do on a sunny day?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of Mr. Duck Hee.
Draw a picture of some of Mr. Duck Hee’s friends.
Draw a picture of something Mr. Duck Hee might wear.

More Talk and Discover

What is a good name for a duck?

Do ducks walk or waddle?

Do ducks have teeth?

What do you think ducks like to eat?

More Talk, Talk and Discover

What makes you happy?

Where have you seen a duck?

What do you like to do on a rainy day?

 
Books That Everyone Can Enjoy About Ducks 

and that you can get at the library

Make Way For Ducklings – by Robert McCloskey
The Ugly Duckling – by Hans Christian Andersen


Some Famous Ducks

Donald Duck
Daffy Duck
Daisy Duck
Huey, Dewey and Louie

Duck Jokes

Q – What time do ducks get up?
A - At the quack of dawn.

Q - What happened to the duck when he flew upside down?
A - He quacked up

Q – What did the duck say to the detective?
A – I hope we quack this case.

Being A Ducks Friend
- with an adult -

visit the ducks at the zoo
feed the ducks at the communities pond or stream
visit a farm

and
remember that dogs, cats and many other animals aren’t always a ducks friend

Duck Games

Duck, Duck, Goose
Follow The Duck (aka – Follow The Leader)

Ducks That Play Games

Anaheim Ducks
Oregon Ducks
Long Island Ducks

 

Direct download: MASTER_-_Mr._Duck_Hee_-_2016.mp3
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Sparky McCloud Meets an NHL Referee

Sparky McCloud Meets A NHL Referee

by Sean Hunter

Sparky McCloud was about to meet someone special. It was Paul Stewart, one of the NHL’s best referees.

Paul grew up in Boston and at a very early age learned to skate wearing his sister’s white figure skates.

Paul loved hockey and whenever he could he skated and played the game.

Hockey was Paul’s dream. And in college, not only did Paul work extra hard at practice, he took extra jobs working at the ice rink. Sweeping the stands. Painting the seats. And driving the zamboni to make the new ice.

 


But Paul also remembered why he was at school. And faithfully Paul kept his commitment to complete his education.

When Paul had the opportunity to play professional hockey it was the beginning of a long hard journey.

Paul played for many different teams, in many different cities, and was always eager to learn.

Whenever Paul could he would watch other teams practice and play. He would study how other athletes trained and look for more ways to be a better teammate.

Then one night the Quebec Nordiques needed someone immediately who could govern the leagues toughest players.

It was Thanksgiving night and Paul arrived in Boston, ready to play in his first NHL game and face the mighty Boston Bruins.

There was no fiercer team than the Boston Bruins. And quickly their players challenged Paul’s courage. But Paul didn’t fade or fail as he fearlessly battled Stan Jonathan, Al Secord and the legendary champion, Terry O’Reilly.

 


Paul did his job well, and when Paul retired as a player he wanted to continue his career in hockey as a referee.

Quickly, Paul showed his skills and abilities. Paul refereed his first NHL game at Boston Garden. And soon after that, as the whole hockey world watched, Paul flawlessly refereed one of the most important games of the Canada Cup.

Paul continued working hard and each time he put on his referee shirt he wore it with pride, always remembering the reason for the black and white strips.

For a referee there is no gray area in any of his responsibilities.

A referee is given a great trust.

They must always be fair. Apply all rules without variation or omission. And most importantly, at all times, and in all circumstances, ensure the safety of each player.

Then on the morning of February 23rd, 1998 Paul was told that he was seriously ill with cancer.

 

Paul had known many battles but this would be his toughest challenge. And thankfully, with the help of his doctors and the prayers of his family, friends and strangers, Paul survived.

The cancer that Paul faced was cruel. It didn’t know that Paul was someone who had never been selfish. That always found the time to ask a young fan how they were doing in school. And who never hesitated to ask someone in need if there was a way that he could help.

Now when Paul visited children in hospitals he was one of them. He knew what it was like to be in those beds, and to be treated by the doctors and nurses. He knew what it was like to ask and wonder what might be next. But Paul never gave up. Never for one moment did Paul not believe that he would once again walk into his own home, be with his family, and return to the game that had guided his dreams.

 
Paul Stewart was one of Sparky’s heroes. Not because Paul was a professional athlete and a NHL referee, but because Paul had a special love for people.

Paul generously gave back to the community, always trying to find a way to help others succeed, offering hope and providing dignity.

Everyday Paul honored the values that his father and mother had given him.

Never was Paul afraid to do what was right. Paul was grateful for what he had, and thankful that each day he could be a friend.

© Sean Hunter 2003

 

Talk And Discover
an opportunity for coaches, parents and children
to enjoy together

♣ How do you treat someone with dignity and make sure that it is something that is not taken away?

♣ What do you have to be grateful for –
and how do you show your appreciation?

♣ What are some of the ways that you can help others succeed?

♣ What are some of the ways that you can be a role model?

♣ What are some of your dreams?

♣ What dreams do you have for someone else?

♣ What are some of the values that your family has given you?

♣ What are some of the ways that sports helps you to be a better person?

 

Significant Dates for Paul Stewart

Nov 22nd 1979 - played in his first NHL game
March 23rd 1980 - scored first NHL goal
March 27th 1987 - refereed first NHL game
February 22nd 1998 - son McCauley born
February 23rd 1998 - diagnosed with cancer
November 13th 1998 - returned to referee in NHL
February 6th 1999
inducted into Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame
October 1st 2001 - son Maxwell born
March 15th 2003 - refereed 1,000th NHL game

Number worn as NHL referee - 22

graduate of
Groton School
University of Pennsylvania

grandfather - Bill Stewart
played for Chicago White Sox
major league baseball umpire and NHL referee
coached 1938 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champions

Direct download: MASTER_-_R_-_final_-_Sparky_McCloud_-_Meets_A_NHL_Referee.mp3
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The Night Before Christmas

Story Notes and Extras 

 

The Night Before Christmas

by Clement Moore

 

presented by Sean Hunter

with the music of

County Music Hall of Fame member

Charlie McCoy 

 

Talk and Discover

(for parents, teachers, families and friends to enjoy with their children)

 

What do you like about Christmas?

What do you think makes Santa happy?

What would you write in a letter to Santa?

 

More Talk and Discover

 

What are some gifts you could make for someone?

Who would you ask Santa to remember?

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs to sing?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of Santa.

Draw a picture of a Christmas stocking.

Draw a picture of one of Santa’s reindeer.

 

Helping To Make The Holidays Happy For Everyone

 

Visit someone in a hospital, or that is sick at home.

Write a note to someone that you haven’t seen for a while.

Help a neighbor in need.

Let everyone see you smile.

 

Other Stories To Enjoy

 

The Grinch That Stole Christmas

The Polar Express

The Gift of the Magi

 

Enjoying More Of The Christmas Spirit

 

Make a Ginger Bread House.

Write a Christmas poem.

Sing some of the traditional Christmas songs and Hymns.

Direct download: master_-_Night_Before_Christmas_-_2015.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:39pm EST

The Prairie

Story Notes and Extras

The Prairie

written and presented by Sean Hunter

with the music of

Country Music Hall of Fame Member

Charlie McCoy

Talk and Discover

for parents, teachers and families to enjoy with all children

How would you like to be a pioneer?

Why were the pioneers celebrating Thanksgiving?

What did the pioneers have to be grateful for?

What are some of the ways the prairie families probably

spent their long winter days?

Name three reasons you would you like to meet

the O’Rourke family?

More Talk and Discover

How do you celebrate a day of Thanksgiving?

What are some of your family’s Thanksgiving Day traditions?

What are some of the traditions that the pioneers

may have brought to the prairie?

What do you have to be thankful for?

Who is someone that has been good to you?

What do you consider to be a sacrifice?

What are some of the sacrifices that the O’Rourke’s probably made?

What are some of the sacrifices that your parents have made?

What sacrifices did your grandparents have to make?

How can helping others make you grateful?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a pioneer’s wagon.

Something the pioneers would need to take with them on their journey

An animal the pioneers might see as they traveled.

More Talk Talk and Discover

In what ways is life on the prairie today much the same?

In what ways has life on the prairie changed?

More Talk Talk and Discover – part 02

What states make up the American Prairies?

Why are the prairies important?

Why were the railroads important to the prairies?

Where are the Canadian Prairies?

Extra Credit

What is grown on the Canadian Prairies?

From what nations did the people of the Canadian prairie come?

Extra Extra Credit

What major river did the pioneers usually needed to cross

to get to the prairie?

What were some of the animals that were dangerous to the pioneers?

How long could it take for the pioneers to reach the prairies?

A Question For Everyone

How did the American tradition of Thanksgiving begin?

Enjoy the music and joy of Charlie McCoy

The Song Shenandoah

The melody of the song Shenandoah is one of the most memorable in

Western Folk Music. The song is American Traditional, by an

unknown composer from the romantic period of the 19th century,

and certainly was known to and traveled with the prairie pioneers

Direct download: m_-_Thanksgiving_-_2015_-_The_Prairie.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:45am EST

The Night of the Pumpkin Moon

Story Notes and Extras

The Night of the Pumpkin Moon

written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

for parents, teachers, families and children to enjoy

Who do you think are some of the dogs and cats friends

that can see the Pumpkin Moon?

How do you think the pumpkin is chosen to become the new pumpkin moon?

How do you think the pumpkin got into the sky?

Why do you think only the dogs, the cats, and all their friends

are the only ones that can see the Pumpkin Moon?

 

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a pumpkin.

Draw a picture of a Jack-O-Lantern.

Draw a picture with the stars to make the letter W.

 

More Talk and Discover

If you could see the Pumpkin Moon how would you celebrate?

What songs do your think the cats sing when they see the Pumpkin Moon?

What songs would you sing?

What kind of dance do you think the dogs do?

 

More Talk, Talk and Discover

What other colors might some of the new stars be?

If you could see one of the pumpkin stars, who would you make a wish for?

Why is it good to make a nice wish for someone?

Who is someone that you have made a nice wish for?

 

Using Your Imagination

Where do you think the Pumpkin Moon goes when the night has ended?

 

Extra Credit

What are some famous stars in the sky?

 

Extra, Extra Credit

What are three varieties of pumpkins?

 

Having More Fun

With a friend, write a poem about the pumpkin moon.

 

Bonus Question

How long does it take for a pumpkin to grow?

 

Double Bonus Question

How big can a pumpkin grow?

 

Extra Bonus Question

What is the record for the world’s biggest pumpkin?

 

Being Pumpkin Good

Besides pumpkin pie, what is something that you can make to eat

from a pumpkin?

Direct download: MASTER_-_The_Night_of_the_Pumpkin_Moon_-_21_August_2015.mp3
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Kimbalena

Story Notes and Extras 

 Kimbalena

The Little Boat That Liked To Dream

 

written and presented by Sean Hunter

with

the music of Country Music Hall of Fame Member

Charlie McCoy

 

Talk and Discover

for parents, teachers, families and children to enjoy

 

At the library, would you look for a book about 

a little boat or a big boat?

Where would you like to go on a boat?

What are some different types of boats?

Why would boats (and sailors) talk about the weather?

Because of your size – what is something that you can do

that many other people can not?

 

Learning With Art

 

Using your imagination -

Draw a picture of Kimbalena.

Draw a picture of one of Kimbalena’s friends.

Draw a picture of a fish no one has ever seen.

 

More Talk and Discover

 

What are some famous seaports?

What are some countries that a boat can sail to

where the weather is warm most of the year?

Why are dreams good?

What do you think it would be like to live on a boat?

 

Extra Credit

 

How do you think the little boat got her name,

Kimbalena?

 

Ships That Are Now Museums

 

What US Naval ship in Hawaii is now a memorial?

What year was the USS Constitution commissioned?

What year was the USS Nautilus (SSN 571) decommissioned?

In what state is the aircraft carrier Lexington (CV-16) now moored?

In what shipyard was the "Mighty Mo" USS Missouri (BB 63) built?

What was the average size crew aboard the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan?

Of the three ships involved in the Boston Tea Party, what two replicas are at the 

Boston Tea Party Museum?

 

More Talk, Talk, and Discover

 

If you were living during the Middle Ages in Medieval Europe, 

which of the Seven Seas would you like to sail?

What job on a boat would you like to do?

What history of a foreign port would you like to learn?

 

Extra, Extra Credit

 

What was the name of the first US Presidential Yacht?

What is the name of the training vessel used by the US Coast Guard Academy?

In what Province is the Canadian Coast Guard College?

 

More Extra, Extra Credit

 

In what state would you find a tugboat race?

What was the date of the maiden voyage for the passenger liner RMS Queen Mary?

Who was the Captain of the Endurance when it sailed to the South Pole in 1914?

What famous ferry service is in New York City?

 

Bonus Questions

 

What whaling ship is on a US postage stamp?

What was the name of the boat that President John Kennedy commanded?

What was the sister ship to the USS Maine (ACR-1)

 

Other Ideas For Fun And Learning

 

Visit an aquarium.

Read a book from the library.

Build a model boat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct download: Kimbalena.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:27am EST

The Little Bee That Was always Happy

Story Notes and Extras  

The Little Bee That Was Always Happy

 

written and presented by Sean Hunter

with 

the music of Country Music Hall of Fame member

Charlie McCoy

 

Talk and Discover

for parents, teachers, families and children to enjoy

 

Why do you think the little bee was always happy?

Who do you think are some of the little bees friends?

Which flowers do you think the little bee likes to visit? 

What is one of your favorite flowers?

Why do you think bears like honey?

What are some of the ways you can help bees to make honey?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of a flower.

Draw a picture of something the little bee might see when 

he is flying in the meadows.

Draw something in a garden that makes you smile.

 

If You Were A Bee

 

Who would you imagine might be enjoying your honey?

What flowers would you fly around and look for?

Would you go to a spelling, quilting or apple bee?

 

Beeing With The Music

 

When you listen to the story again and the music begins

imagine you can see the little bee,

feel the sunshine and the flowers growing.

When the winter begins, 

the warm weather returns

and again when the little bee is busy

making honey.

 

And of course,

when you think you saw the bear.

 

More Talk and Discover

 

What are some of the pleasures that work (and chores) can bring?

What is something a bee keeper needs to know?

What is something a bee keeper needs to wear?

What would happen if we didn’t have any, or enough bees?

What can you do to protect bees?

 

Fun With Your Imagination

 

If you were a bee, who would you imagine was

enjoying your honey?

What is something interesting the little bee might see when

 he is flying around the fields and flowers?

 

Extra Credit

 

What are three different flavors of honey?

What are four different types of bees?

 

Bonus Question

4

What is a seabee?

 

Eating Honey

 

Never give anything with honey to an infant or 

a baby under the age of 01 year. 

 

Good News

 

Honey never spoils.

 

Honey Is Healthy

 

Regular use of honey can help

relieve and prevent pain in joints,

relief with allergies.

Contains a variety of antioxidants,

helps keep your skin clear,

and a natural choice in the help treating and

prevention of colds and flu.

 

The Best Honey 

 

Raw – unfiltered – locally harvested

(within 50 miles of your home)

 

Charlie McCoy

 

a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame,

cast of Hee Haw 

and the reason Bob Dylan chose to 

record in Nashville 

 

http://countrymusichalloffame.org/artists/artist-detail/charlie-mccoy

https://www.charliemccoy.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_McCoy

 

The music is from Charlie’s CD

Smooth Sailing

the song – “Kyoto By Night”

 

Extra, Extra Credit

 

 

What is the origin of the word bee?

 

Direct download: MASTER_-_Little_Bee.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:51pm EST

A Very Merry Christmas

Story Notes and Extras 

A Very Merry Christmas

 

written and presented by Sean Hunter

with music by

Country Music Hall of Fame Member

 

Charlie McCoy

 

Talk and Discover

for parents, teachers, families and children to enjoy

 

What is something that you might find in a country General Store? 

What is something that you could make as a gift for someone?

Why is it important to help neighbors, friends and family?

What are some ways that you can help someone?

Who is someone that has helped you?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of an angel.

Draw a picture of Christmas cookie.

Draw a picture of something that you might see in the winter.

 

More Talk and Discover

 

How do you begin to help someone?

If you were a farmer, what would you share with your neighbors?

What might be some of the songs that were sung in the

General Store around the potbelly stove?

How do you let someone know that you are grateful 

for their kindness?

Why do you think the family that owned the General Store 

were willing to trust that their needs would be met?

 

Other Stories To Enjoy

The Grinch That Stole Christmas
The Night Before Christmas

 

Some Other Ways To Have Fun

 

Make a Ginger Bread House.

Sing some of the traditional Christmas songs with family and friends.

Write a Christmas poem.

 

Helping To Make The Holidays Happy

 For Everyone

Visit someone in a hospital, or that is sick at home.
Write a note or letter to someone that you haven’t seen for a while.
 Smile.

 

 

Direct download: MASTER_-_A_Very_Merry_Christmas.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:26pm EST

Tom - The Thanksgiving Turkey

Story Notes and Extras 

Tom - The Thanksgiving Turkey

 

written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

for parents, teachers, families and children to enjoy

 

Why is it important to be thankful?

What are your grateful for?

What are some of the blessings of each day?

Why are you proud to be an American?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw something people enjoy on Thanksgiving.

Draw a picture of something you would be happy to share.

Draw a picture of King Hop A’Tommus.

 

More Talk and Discover

Who is someone you are grateful for?

What were some of the needs for the Colonial Patriots?

What are some of the needs that we have today?

Why is a meal a part of the Thanksgiving celebration?

 

Extra Credit

 

What did Babe Ruth have to be thankful for?

What are some blessings that Helen Keller received?

What does Denzel Washington have to be thankful for?

Why was Charles Lindbergh proud to be an American?

How did being grateful help Dr. Martin Luther King with his work?

 

More Thanksgiving History

 

In what city did George Washington present his Thanksgiving proclamation?

When is Thanksgiving celebrated in Canada?

 

Being A Good Host

 

Like the Pilgrims and Indians, what foods would you plan 

for a Thanksgiving dinner and celebration?

 

Links To Share

 

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

 

 HYPERLINK "http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gwhtml/gw004.html" http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gwhtml/gw004.html

 

Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

 

 

 HYPERLINK "http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/thanks.htm" http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/thanks.htm

 

Direct download: MASTER_-_Tom_-_The_Thanksgiving_Turkey.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:06pm EST

Three Happy Frogs

Story Notes and Extras 

Three Happy Frogs

 

written and presented by Sean Hunter

4

Talk and Discover

for parents, teachers, families and children to enjoy

 

What words do you like to spell?

What words in the story are fun to spell?

Why is spelling good?

What do you learn when spelling words?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of a frog.

Draw a picture of one of the words you heard in the story.

Draw a picture of something Zip, Zap and Zoom might spell.

 

Extra Credit

 

What are some words that begin with the 6th letter of the alphabet?

What are some words that begin with the 16th letter of the alphabet?

 

Extra, Extra Credit

 

Take one of the three letter words you have learned to spell,

 then add another letter to make a four letter word.

 

for example – you can add the letter R to the word FOG

 

Bonus

 

What are some words that when spelt backwards

make another word?

 

 

Ways To Play ALPHABET

Around A Table

 

Just begin and have fun,

 

and in a classroom, form a circle

and each person name a letter

until you’ve spelt a word.

 

Just One Rule 

 

Words must be at least three letters,

 

and when you add a letter – you have to know a word 

that letter would help continue to spell.

 

for example – the letters called may be “L” “E” “T.”

 

You can say “word spelt” or continue

and spell words such as “letters” and “lettuce.”

 

 

Having More Fun

 

After a word has been spelt,

have the person that went first use that word in a sentence.

 

How To Practice

To Play ALPHABET

 

Starting with the letter A, make a list of three words

beginning with that letter,

 

Then the next time you practice, make a new list with different words.

 

And to keep improving make a list where each word has four letters. 

 Then a list of words with five letters.

 

Practicing As A Class

 

Everyone pick a different letter,

write down a word beginning with that letter,

and when the teacher says it is your turn,

share that word with the class,

and tell the class the way you think the word is spelt.

 

You’ll be learning more words and improving your vocabulary

 

PS 

 

Some words sound the same but are spelt different.

And no one is a perfect speller.  

So if someone spells a word wrong, that is OK.

 

Help make the correction.

 

Part of the fun of playing ALPHABET

Is learning and helping each other.

 

The Spelling Challenge

 

Spell the name of a State.

A food that is healthy to eat.

An animal that lives on a farm.

An animal in the zoo.

An animal found in the jungle.

 

Ways To Learn New Words

 

Reading.

 

Reading a book. A newspaper.  Magazine

 

Use a dictionary.

 

Look up a word in a Thesaurus.

 

 

Direct download: MASTER_-_Three_Happy_Frogs.mp3
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Sparky McCloud - Celebrates The 4th of July

Story Notes and Extras

Sparky McCloud – Celebrates The 4th of July

 

written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

for parents, teachers, families and children

 

What do you like about parades?

Why do we have parades?

What at a parade makes you cheer?

Why is freedom good?

What have people done to make 

your freedom possible?

What are some freedoms other countries 

don’t have?

 

Learning With Art About America

 

Draw a picture of the Liberty Bell,

the flag Betsy Ross made,

a picture of a famous patriot.

 

Who Were

 

The Sons of Liberty - The Minutemen

The Green Mountain Boys

The Red Coats – Lobster Backs

Hessians – Loyalist -Tories 

Overmountain Men - Whigs

Daughters of the American Revolution

 

More Talk and Discover

 

How many miles would a soldier have to walk 

to get from Philadelphia to Valley Forge?

Boston to Fort Ticonderoga –

Kings Mountain to Yorktown

How many miles could an army march in a day?

How long could each march take?

What were some of the conditions that could make a march difficult?

What does it mean, “proud to be an American?”

 

Talk, Discover and History

 

When the American Revolution began, what was the capital of America?

What was the capital of each state?

What other cities served as America’s capital?

How were some state boundaries different?

 

More Talk, Discover and History

 

When was the Stamp Act signed?

What began the Boston Massacre?

Who were some of the patriots involved in

the Boston Tea Party?

How long did the British occupy NYC?

How long was Philadelphia occupied?

How did Spain, France and the Netherlands 

help the Americans?

 

Talk, Discover and Navy

 

Who were some of the naval leaders in the American Revolution?

How many ships did the American Navy have?

Where were some of the naval battles?

What were some of the names of the American’s ships?

 

Some of the Key Battles

 

Bunker Hill – Quebec - Long Island - Ticonderoga – Saratoga – Trenton and Princeton – Monmouth – Savannah - Charleston - Guilford Courthouse – Cowpens - Yorktown

 

Documents of Freedom

 

Olive Branch Petition

Proclamation of Rebellion

Declaration of Independence

Articles of Confederation

Treaty of Paris

The Bill of Rights

The United States Constitution

 

What is the importance of each document?

When were each signed?

Why are they important today?

 

Remembering Freedom

 

How does voting defend our freedoms?

What are the freedoms that we need to defend?

On what other occasions and parades are the patriots of past and present honored?

 

Extra Credit

 

What inscription is on the Liberty Bell?

Where is the Cradle of Liberty?

Make a list of 10 municipalities named after

American Revolution patriots, soldiers and leaders.  (using 4 different states)

 

Landmarks to Visit

 

Freedom Trail in Boston 

Independence Hall in Philadelphia

Valley Forge

Kings Mountain National Park

 

Some of the Patriots, Soldiers and Leaders  of the American Revolution

 

Paul Revere – Thomas Paine – Samuel Adams –

 

George Washington – Nathan Hale – Benedict Arnold – 

Francis Marion – Barzillai Lew - Nathaniel Greene 

 

John Hancock – John Adams – Thomas Jefferson – Benjamin Franklin – Patrick Henry –

Ethan Allen -

 

Famous Quotes

 

“I have only begun to fight”

“I regret that I only have one life to give for my country”

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”

 

Celebrations

 

 

first parade honoring the 4th o f July was held in Bristol, RI

 

Direct download: MASTER_-_Sparky_-_4th_of_July_1.mp3
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The Duck With The Brush

Story Notes and Extras

The Duck With The Brush

 

written and presented by Sean Hunter

with the art of 

Will Bulla

and a little toot at the end by

Country Music Hall of Fame member

Charlie McCoy

 

Talk and Discover

 

Why do you think Ducky wanted people to eat 

something that is good for their teeth?

Where do you think Ducky went to wave his toothbrush?

Why are your teeth important?

 

 

More Talk and Discover

 

What is something that is good to eat

and also good for your teeth?

What is something you ate today

that is good for your teeth?

What is something that you can eat, 

but is not good for your teeth?

What is something that you think Ducky 

would want you to eat?

What are some other foods that are good for your teeth?

What is something to drink that is good for your teeth?

How should you take care of your toothbrush?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw something that grows on trees, that is good 

for your teeth  (and doesn’t have to be cooked)

Draw something you can eat that’s good for your teeth

and grows in the ground.

Draw something to eat that’s a treat for special occasions.

 

More Talk, Discover and Teeth

 

How many teeth does a Kangaroo have?

What happens if a Kangaroo loses a tooth?

How many teeth does a cat have?

 

Tooth Tips

 

Brush and floss  (twice a day - every day)

When playing sports wear and use guards that protect your teeth and jaw.

Wear seat belts – they also save teeth.

 

Extra Credit

 

Why are some teeth sharp?

Why are some teeth flat?

 

Bonus Questions

 

What are some other animals that don’t have teeth?

What are some animals that grow new teeth if

they loose them?

How much can an elephant’s molar weigh?

What animal has teeth on their tongue?

 

Books With Ducks

 

Make Way For Ducklings

The Ugly Duckling

Make up a name for a book about ducks that you would write –

Ie “The Night The Ducks Went Dancing”

 

And Always Remember 

 

If it’s not good for your teeth,

it’s not good for your body.

And if it’s not good for your body,

it’s not good for your teeth.

 

 

And Having More Fun

Direct download: MASTER_-_The_Duck_With_The_Brush.mp3
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Why There Wasn't Any Milk At Mr, O'Mally's Store

Story Notes and Extras 

Why There Wasn’t Any Milk At Mr. O’Mally’s Store

 

written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

 

What book do you think the rooster was reading?

Why do you think the rooster liked that book?

Who do you think suggested that book to the rooster?

What book do you think the rooster will want to read next?

Could the Good Farm John start a library in the barn?

Who do you think reads the most books,

the dog or the cat?

The horse or the cow?

What books do you like to read?

Why is it important to read?

When is a good time to read?

What can you learn from reading a book?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of a rooster.

Draw a picture of the Good Farmer John.

Draw a picture of Rusty.

 

More Talk and Discover

 

What gives you an appetite to read?

Why are books about history interesting?

What makes reading fun? 

Besides books, what else can someone read?

 

Books About Animals That Are Always Enjoyed

 

The Cat In The Hat  -  Curious George

Peter Rabbit  -  Make Way For Ducklings

National Velvet  -  The Black Stallion

All Creatures Great and Small

 

Ways To Read A Story

 

Whisper (sometimes) as you read.

Act surprised – open your eyes wide.

Smile, listen and laugh together.

 

Extra Credit

 

 

What would be a good name for the Good Farmer John’s rooster?

Direct download: MASTER_-_Mr._OMallys_Store.mp3
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Sparky McCloud Goes to an Art Show

Story Notes and Extras

 Sparky McCloud 

Goes To An Art Show

by Sean Hunter

Talk and Discover

for parents, children, teachers and friends to enjoy

What would you like to see at an art show?

What are some of your favorite colors?

What do you think are some of Sparky’s favorite colors?

Why is using your imagination fun?

What is something art can teach you?

Learning With Art

 

Draw or paint a self portrait.

A picture of someone in your family.

A picture that you would put in an art show.

More Talk and Discover

What in a painting do you like to see?

How can a painting stir a memory?

What are some types of art besides paintings?

The Art of Imagination

Draw a car that doesn’t need tires.

A house for a duck.

A picture of the moon when it’s happy.

The Art of History

Draw a picture of a President.

A picture of the flag that Betsy Ross made.

A picture of a covered wagon.

The Art of Nature

Draw a picture of a flower. 

Something that grows on trees.

Something that lives in the forest or jungle.

The Art of Reading

Draw a picture of “The Cat In The Hat”

of Peter Rabbit

the train engine in “The Little Engine That Could”

The Art of Geography

Draw something you would see in Europe.

Something you would see at the South Pole

Design and paint a sign for a National Park.

The Art of Fun

Where and when will there be there an art show near you?

What are three famous museums you could visit?

Draw something you saw in a painting.

More Talk and Discover

When does an artist use their imagination?

Why is using your imagination important?

Besides art, what is something that you can use your imagination for?

Extra Credit

Who are some of the people or characters that artist have created besides

Mickey Mouse – Superman - Nancy, Sluggo and Aunt Fritzi?

At The Library

Visit your local and school library where there are books to enjoy

about art, artist and their work.

Some Of Sparky’s Favorite’s Artist

Norman Rockwell

Grandma Moses

Richard Jesse Watson

Jerry Pickney

Frederic Remington

Dr. Seuss

Good Questions

Ask your mother, father, family, friends and teachers who are the artist they like.

Direct download: Master_-_Sparky_McCloud_-_Goes_To_An_Art_Show.mp3
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The Christmas Farm

Story Notes and Extras

The Christmas Farm

by Sean Hunter

with music by County Music Hall of Fame member

Charlie McCoy

Talk and Discover

for parents, children, families and teachers to enjoy

Why did the farmers want to help their neighbors?

Why is it important to help neighbors?

What are some other ways that farmers could help each other?

How do you begin to help someone?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a barn 

of a chicken coop  (or a hen house)

of something you would put on a Christmas tree

More Talk and Discover

What do you admire about the family of the Christmas Farm?

If you were a farmer, what would you share with your neighbors?

Other Stories To Enjoy

The Grinch That Stole Christmas
The Night Before Christmas

Helping To Make The Holidays Happy For Everyone

Visit someone in a hospital, or that is sick at home.
Write a note to someone that you haven’t seen for a while.
 Smile.

Help a neighbor in need.

Other Ways To Have Fun

 

Make a Ginger Bread House.

Sing some of the traditional Christmas songs with family and friends.

Write a Christmas poem.

Direct download: 27_-_The_Christmas_Farm.mp3
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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Sean Hunter

with 

a little toot from Country Music Hall of Fame Member

Charlie McCoy

Talk and Discover

for parents, children, teachers and families to enjoy

How do you think Wendy got the idea to make Chocolate Chip Cookies?

Who do you know that has had to move?

How could you make someone new feel welcome at your school?

Why do some families have to move?

What is something that you and a new friend could talk about?

When someone moves how can they keep in touch with their old friends?

What do parents have to know about moving?

If you were moving, how could you help your parents?

How can someone help a friend that has to move?

Could Wendy have made chocolate chip cookies before she moved and given them to friends and neighbors when they said “good bye”?

If Wendy had a brother, could he help make the chocolate chip cookies?

At Wendy’s new home, what do you think was the first book 

Wendy borrowed from the library?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of something that you would want to take with you if you had to move.

Draw a picture of something that you couldn’t take with you if you had to move.

Draw a picture of something that would need to be packed very carefully.

More Talk and Discover

What is something boys wonder about when they move to a different community?

What is something girls hope to find when they move to a new community?

What clubs, teams or organizations could someone join 

if they moved to your community?

If you had to move 500 miles north of where you now live, how may the weather be different in December?

If you had to move 500 miles south of where you now live, what might be something you could now grow in a garden?

If you moved from the city to the country, what might be different for you?

If you moved from the country to the city, what would you need to learn?

What countries could someone move to where they might have to speak a different language?

If it is one o’clock now where you live, and you went 600 miles East or West, 

what time would it be?

When moving, will everyone and everything arrive at the same time?

Who should parents meet if you move to a new school and neighborhood?

Safety

What new safety rules might someone need to know when they move?

In a new community, what might be some animals that you had never seen before, 

and 

what would you have to know about those animals?

In a new home, who will you tell about your families safe place to meet if you have to leave your house or apartment in an emergency?

Making Decisions

What is something that you might not be able to take with you when moving

 that you could donate to a charity?

What is something that you might put into a yard sale?

What are some plans that have to be made once a family knows they will be moving?

At a new home, what work might have to be done before and after you move in?

Moving With Pets

Besides a horse, what are some pets that may not be able to move with you?

Where can someone adopt a pet?

What might be some of the rules and regulations regarding pets that you might need to know in a new community?

Helping A New Neighbor

What is something that someone may need to borrow for a short time when they first move into a new community?

What could you tell a new family about going shopping and places to play?

What might be something that someone might need the first day they moved into their new home?

With Pen In Hand

Write a welcome note that you would give to someone that has just moved to your school.

Pretend that you have just moved and write a note telling a neighbor about you and your family.

Write a note to a friend, neighbor, and teacher telling them good bye and how much you appreciated them.

Wendy’s 

Chocolate Chip Chunky Cookies 

Recipe

Makes 16 four inch cookies

1¼ cup of unbleached all purpose flour  (organic)

¾ teaspoon baking power

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon sea salt

¼ cup old fashion rolled oats  (organic)

1 cup dried sour cherries – chopped  (organic)

or

dried cranberries  (organic)

1½ sticks of unsalted butter (made with non-homogenized milk)

(softened)

3/4 cup dark bitter sweet chocolate chips (organic)

1½ cups packed brown sugar  (organic)

01 large egg  (organic – free range)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract  (organic)

Beginning The Fun

in a medium bowl

whisk flour, baking power, baking soda, sea salt

in a second medium bowl

mix oats, cherries or cranberries, chocolate

in a standing mixer or another bowl

beat butter, sugar for about one minute at medium speed until there are no lumps

add egg and vanilla – beat at a medium speed until all is mixed

add bowl of flour mixture and stir until all combined

then gradually add the oats from the second bowl until all combined

divide dough into 16 portions  (about the size of ¼ cup)

roll each portion into a ball – place on stainless steel cookie sheet about 2½ inches apart

with hands – gently press each portion until about 1 inch thickness 

bake in oven at 350 degrees for 09 – 12 minutes 

at 6 minute mark rotate cookie sheets inside oven –

moving cookies on top oven rack to bottom –

and bottom to top

when cookies have a slight golden brown on edges

and center of cookie is still soft -

cookies are ready 

remove

let cool for 02 - 05 minutes

transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely

 then share with all that you can

store cookies in an airtight container –

and best when eaten within 4-5 days

Direct download: Chocolate_Chip_Cookies_-_Boomer.mp3
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A Far Away Sea

Story Notes and Extras 

A Far Away Sea

written and presented by Sean Hunter

Talk and Discover

for parents, children, teachers and friends to enjoy

What would be a good name for a fish that could go quack, quack, quack?

What would be a good name for a turtle that could swim on his back?

What would you talk to a duck about?

What would you talk about with a whale?

What do you think a shark would like to talk about? 

What are some of the other animals that live in the ocean?

How far is the closest ocean to where you live?

What is the closest harbor to where you live?

How do you think the turtle and fish learned to do tricks?

What else might happen that is fun on the Far Away Sea?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a happy, little turtle.

Draw a picture of a whale with two heads.

Draw a picture of a shark with no teeth.

More Talk and Discover

How big can some fish in the ocean be?

What are some of the small fish that you might see in the ocean? 

Are there any fish in the ocean that have legs?

How can you tell if you’ve seen a shark?

 How can you tell there’s a whale in the ocean?

Having More Fun

Draw a picture of a boat that would have a crow’s nest.

Write a poem about the ocean

Write a song about sailing on the sea.

Famous Sea Songs and Poems

My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean

Shenandoah

the rhyme – I Saw A Ship A-Sailing 

Famous Sailing Ships

Mayflower

Pequod

Essex

Flying Cloud

America

HMS Beagle

Bluenose

USS Constitution

USS Constellation

Cutty Sark

Endurance

Discover

Victoria

Wanderer

Extra Credit

Why is each of the above sailing ships famous?

Extra, Extra Credit

What is the difference between an ocean and a sea?

Where is the deepest ocean?

What countries would you pass sailing from England to China?

How long would it take to sail from France to New York?

What countries would you pass sailing from New York to San Francisco?

How long would it take to sail from San Francisco to China?

How long might it take to sail around the world?

What two canals when built shortened a sailing voyage?

Famous Sea Captains

(and what were their ships)

Sir Francis Drake

John Paul Jones

Capt. Nemo

Stories That Have Famous Fish and Sea Creatures

Moby Dick

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

Jonah

Direct download: 01_A_Far_Away_Sea.mp3
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The Dot That Could Hop

Story Notes and Extras

The Dot That Could Hop

written and presented by Sean Hunter

and

enjoy the “little” whistle duet with

Country Music Hall of Fame member

Charlie McCoy

Talk and Discover

(for parents, children, family, friends and teachers to enjoy)

Did you know that there was a dot could hop?

Who do you think was the first to see the dot to hop?

How do you think the dot learned to hop?

What do you think was the first book that the dot hopped in?

What color do you think the dot is?

What color do you think the dot was when he came back from the moon?

What is something that the dot may not have hopped over yet?

Using your imagination, where do you think the dot is now?

Do you think the dot taught any other dots to hop?

Do you think the dot has a favorite book?

Do you think the dot can hop while inside a library?

Can the dot hop when it is dark?

Do you think the dot ever hopped over your home?

Where do you think the dog was when the dot hopped over him?

What might be some of the dot’s other tricks?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of one of the flowers that the dot jumped over.

Make a picture of a fish that is all dots.

Make a picture of a boat or a car where you connect the dots with lines.

More Talk and Discover

Could the dot hop over a football, baseball, and basketball at the same time?

Do you think anything happened to the cat when the dot hopped over him?

Do you think the dot has a name?

Did the dot hop over a full moon or a half moon?

Could the dot hop over a blue moon?

What color truck might the dot have hopped over?

What tiny little bug has polka dots?

Could the dot have been in a church when he hopped over the mouse?

What book will you look in for the dot that could hop?

To Every Child 

    There was a dot that was famous for doing tricks in a book.  The dot could hop from page to page before anyone could look.  The dot was amazing.  This much was true.  And everyone wondered what else the dot could do.

    So the dot hopped over the river, over the pond, over the fish and over the frogs.

It hopped over the birds, over the trees, over the flowers and over the bees.

    It hopped over the cars, over the trucks, over the boat and over the bus.

The dot hopped over the taxi, over the train, over the trolley and over the plane.

    It hopped over the school, over the house, over the barn and over the mouse.

The dot hopped over the cat, over the dog, over the bug, and over the log.

    then over the apple, over the pie, over the cookie and into the sky.

But the dot didn’t stop.  There was more he could do.

    The dot waved “good bye,” and hopped right over the moon.

But don’t go away.  The dot’s already back. That’s one of his tricks. 

        But I know you knew that.

    So look for the dot hat’s cleaver and quick.

            And don’t be surprised if the dot does more tricks.

© - Sean Hunter – 2013

Direct download: 01_The_Dot_That_Could_Hop.mp3
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A Bedtime Story For Dogs

Story Notes And Extras 

 A Bedtime Story For Dogs

written and presented by Sean Hunter

Talk and Discover

for parents, children, family, friends and teachers to enjoy

What stories do you think dogs like to hear read?

What stories do you like to hear read?

Do you think Ruffles would like a story about cars?

Do you think Ruffles likes stories about dolls and bunnies?

Why do you think Ruffles likes to hear stories being read at bedtime?

Do you think that Ruffles has a favorite story?

What would a dog and cat talk about?

Who are some of a dogs first friends?

What are some games that dogs like to play?

What do you think a dog likes to dream about?

How can you tell when a dog is dreaming?

What do you think Ruffles will dream about tonight?

What do you like to dream about?

Do you have to be asleep to dream?

Have any of your dreams ever come true?

What book would you read to Ruffles?

What do you dream of being when you grow up?

 

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of Ruffles.

Draw a picture of one of Ruffles friends.

Draw a picture of a lollipop tree.

More Talk And Discover

Why do dogs like hearing stories being read?

In what ways do some dogs help people?

What toys do dogs like to play with?

In the winter how many dogs are used to pull a dog sled?

How far can a team of dogs pull a dog sled in a day?

How come there are no windows in a doghouse?

Could you have a birthday party for a dog?

What do dogs like to do on Sunday?

Famous Dogs In Stories

That You Can Read About

 At The Library

Rin Tin Tin

Old Yella

Lassie

Fun That You Can Have

Write a story for a dog.

Look for a book in the library that you and Ruffles would like.

Make a list of names that you could give to a puppy?

Questions That A Dog

Might Ask You

(and what would you answer)

Do you go for a walk every day?

How far do you walk when you exercise?

What do you do in school all day?

Do you sit and stay when you are told to? 

What do you like to have for treats?

How do you get a library card?

Extra Credit

In the story, there is no name mentioned for the book

being read to the dog.  What title name would you make up for that story?

Direct download: 01_A_Bedtime_Story_For_Dogs.mp3
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The Cat and the Dog

Story Notes and Extras  

The Cat and the Dog

Written and presented by Sean Hunter

Talk and Discover

(for parents, teachers and children to enjoy)

How does a dog say “hello?”

Do you know a cat and a dog that are friends?

What are some of the ways a cat says “hello?”

What games do you think dogs like to play?

  Why is it good to have fun?

Why is it good to laugh?

What games do you like to play?

Have you ever played checkers?

What kind of dance do you think cats can do? 

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a circus hat that a dog might wear.

Draw a picture of a wig that a cat might wear.

Draw a picture of a bike that a cat and dog might ride.

More Talk and Discover

What do you think a dog and a cat talk about?

Who are some of the dog and cat’s friends?

What do you think is a good name for a dog?

What do you think is a good name for a cat?

What do you think is a good nick name for a dog and a cat?

Being Friends

What are some of the ways to be a friend?

Why is being a friend important?

Why is trust important?

What are some ways for friends to have fun?

How can friends help each other?

What are some of the ways you make new friends?

Where are some of the places you make and meet friends?

What are some of the places you would invite a friend to join you?

More About Friends

Which of your friends smiles?

How do you show respect to a friend?

How do you show respect to anyone?

What makes you happy?

What makes your friends happy?

Why is it important to be happy where you are?

Why is it important to be happy with what you have?

More About Cats

Can cats do tricks?

What do cats like to eat?

What foods should you never give a cat?

What is something that cats don’t like to do?

What is something that kittens like to play with?

What are some “cats” that you might see at a zoo?

More About Dogs

What are some tricks that dogs can do?

What are some of the ways to take care of a dog?

What are the foods that you should never give a dog?

Are all dogs friendly?

What should you know about a dog before you play with them?

What is something that a puppy needs to learn?

Being Good Cats and Dogs

What are some of the ways that dogs help people?

What are some types of dogs famous for?

Who are some famous dogs?

What are some books that you can borrow from the library about dogs?

What are some books that the library has about cats?

What book did Dr. Seuss write about a cat?

What short story did Eric Knight write about a dog that 

became a novel, movie, radio and TV show?

And

 A Little of This and A Little of That 

Who had a dog named “Checkers”?

Where is “Chequers” in England?

Beside “Big Mama” Thornton, who are some of the people that sang, “Hound Dog?”

Who was the first cartoon cat? 

What model car has the same name as a breed of dog?

Extra Credit

What type of cat would you find on the Isle of Man?

What type of dog might you see in Switzerland?

James Herriot wrote many books, what was his everyday job?

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Who have you met while playing?

How do you make friends happy?

Direct download: MASTER_-__Cat_and_the_Dog__story.mp3
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 The Flower That Didn’t Want To Grow

Story Notes and Extras 

 The Flower That Didn’t Want To Grow

Written and presented by Sean Hunter

with

the art of Will Bullas

Talk and Discover


for parents, teachers families and children to enjoy

What is your favorite flower?

What is your favorite color of a flower?

Have you ever seen a flower smile?

Why is it good to grow?

Why do you think the little seed didn’t want to grow?

Who do you know that likes flowers?

What are some of the ways that flowers make people happy?

Why do you like flowers?

What is a good time to give someone flowers?

What are three different flowers that you could put in a bouquet?

What is a name of a flower that begins with D?

What is a name of a flower that begins with R?

Where would you find wild flowers?

What is the state flower of Texas?

What is the state flower of where you live?

What do you think is a pretty flower?

What is a flower that smells pretty?

Using Your Imagination


What do you think is a dogs favorite flower?

What mountains do you think the eagle told the flowers about?

Who are some of the other animals that might talk to the flowers?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a flower you like.

Draw a picture of a flower that you may grow some day.

Draw a picture of a flower that begins with a T.

Draw a picture of a flower that is red.

Draw a picture of a flower that is blue.

Draw a picture of a flower that can grow to be tall.

Draw a picture of what you think the little seed looked like 

when it became a flower.

More Talk and Discover


Where would you find a greenhouse?

How do flowers get their names?

What are some of the flowers that grow in the fall?

Name a flower or plant that grows in the desert?

What are some of the flowers that grow near the ocean

and along the beaches?

What are some of the flowers that you would find in the woods?

How old do scientist think some flowers are?

What are some flowers that are used for medicine?

How many species of flowers are there?

How many varieties are there of some flowers?

The Green Thumb Club


What are some flowers that don’t need a lot of water?

What are some flowers that need to be frequently watered?

What flower might you wait to plant until after the last frost?

What are some flowers that you plant before winter begins

 so they will bloom in the spring?

What are some flowers that you grow from a seed?

Name a flower that you grow from a bulb?

Extra Credit


What flower has a name that is made of two words?

What is a flower with the name “cat” in it?

What is something that has to be grown, pronounced the same as “flower”

but is spelt differently?

What is something with wings that needs flowers to make honey?

What flower is on the Hong Kong flag?

What are some flowers that you would find on a Canadian stamp?

What flowers are on the Austrian Euro coins?

What is the national flower of Scotland?

Why did Scotland chose that flower?

Some Interesting Facts

Broccoli is both a vegetable and flower.

Sunflower stocks were once used for life jackets.

Egyptian soldiers are thought to be the first to collect flowers from other lands.

learn more about Will Bullas and his art

by going to

 HYPERLINK "http://www.willbullas.com" www.willbullas.com

Direct download: M_-_The_Flower_That_Didnt_Want_To_Grow.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:24pm EST

The Jelly Bean Tree

Story Notes and Extras 

The Jelly Bean Tree

written and presented by Sean Hunter

Talk and Discover

(for parents, teachers, children and families to enjoy)

Where do you think you would find a cotton field with a jelly bean tree?

How many people do you think know about the jelly bean tree?

What animals might know about the jelly bean tree?

What color is your favorite jelly bean?

How tall do you think the jelly bean tree can grow?

Which color jelly bean do you think grows the fastest?

Which color jelly beans do you think likes to grow at night?

Which color jelly beans do you think people pick first on a foggy, foggy day?

Who do you think helps Farmer Cotton pick jelly beans?

Does the jelly bean tree need rain and sunshine to grow?

How many jelly beans could you put into a jelly bean bag?

How many jelly beans might be in a jelly bean sandwich?

In what ways might a restaurant use a jelly bean?

How high could a jelly bean from the jelly bean tree jump?

How far could a jelly bean from the jelly bean tree jump?

Can some jelly beans jump further than others?

(if so, which ones?)

Do you think the jelly beans from the jelly bean tree have jumping contest?

What is a good song for the jelly beans to dance too?

Is there a special jelly bean dance?

Do you think a jelly bean has ever been to the moon?

What other tricks do you think Farmer Cotton’s jelly beans can do

 that no one knows about? 

Using Your Imagination

Draw a picture of a jelly bean truck.

Draw a picture of Farmer Cotten.

Draw a picture of the jelly bean tree.

More Talk and Discover

How many jelly beans do you think would be in a one quart jar?

How many jelly beans do you think would be in a tea cup?

If you had 144 jelly beans from the jelly bean tree, how many 

do you think would be red?

If you had 72 jelly beans from the jelly bean tree, how many

 do you think would be blue?

If you had 48 jelly beans from the jelly bean tree, how many

 do you think would be green?

If you had 36 jelly beans from the jelly bean tree, how many 

do you think would be purple?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a jelly bean cookie.

Draw a picture of a jelly bean house.

Draw a picture of a jelly bean in your favorite flavor.

Direct download: Jelly_Bean_Tree.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:27pm EST

Trains, Boats and Planes

Story Notes and Extras 

 Trains, Boats and Planes

written and presented by Sean Hunter

with a special appearance by 

Country Music Hall of Fame member

Charlie McCoy

Talk and Discover

for parents, teachers, children and friends to enjoy together

If you were on a train, boat or plane, where would you like to go?

Who would you like to go with you on an airplane?

Which would you like to be, the captain of a ship, the pilot of an airplane 

or an engineer on a train?

What is something that a pilot of an airplane needs to know?

What is something that a captain of a ship needs to be ready for?

What is something that an engineer of a train looks for?

How does weather effect trains, boats and planes?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a boat that might carrying gold.

Draw a picture of a boat with a paddle wheel

Draw a picture of a train that an elephant and giraffe could ride on.

Draw a picture of an airplane that has an open cockpit.

More Talk and Discover

What was the real name of “Old Ironsides?”

What are some famous seaports?

What are two major seaports in the United States, Europe, and South America?

What is the closest seaport to where you live?

In what country was the first train made?

Who were some of Hollywood’s famous movie stars in the 1950’s?

How long would a trip on a train from California to Chicago take, 

and what states would the train pass through?

What type of wheels did the Wright Brothers use on the first airplane?

What are some famous castles?

How far would you have to travel from your house to a famous castle?

Being Creative

Plan a trip on an airplane from where you live to another country 

and then transfer to a final destination where only a seaplane can land.

Plan a trip on a train that will take at least 24 hours and

will pass through at least one capital city,

Plan a trip on a boat that will take you across the equator.

More Talk, Discover and Fun

Who were some famous sailors of ancient times?

Who were some famous sailors that explored the world?

What do steam engines on trains need for fuel?

How fast can some trains go?

When were diesel engine trains first used?

When did railroad companies begin using electric engines?

What are some famous railroad companies?

What are some famous railroad lines?

From what city in California did the Super Chief begin it’s journey?

What are some of the jobs on a train?

On a train who rides in the caboose?

What is a good name for a fast clipper ship?

Extra Credit

How do you think the schooner got its name?

Where would you find the “Spirit of St. Louis” today?

In which of the Seven Seas is the weather usually warm?

On which continent won’t you find a train?

Who are some famous pirates?

Why was Ernest Shackleton a hero?

In Paris what language do they speak?

In Istanbul what language is spoken?

Where is the closet seaport to Moscow?

Using Your Imagination

Draw a picture of an airplane that can land on the moon.

Draw a picture of a ship that could also be a submarine.

Draw a picture of something that could ferry a train across water.

Books And Songs That Can Be Enjoyed

and that you can get at a library

The Little Engine That Could

Thomas The Tank Engine

Songs 

I’ve Been Working On The Railroad

She’ll Be Conin’ Around The Mountain

Charlie On The MTA

Chattanooga Choo Choo

To Know and Enjoy More About Charlie McCoy

http://countrymusichalloffame.org/full-list-of-inductees/view/charlie-mccoy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_McCoy

www.charliemccoy.com/

Direct download: Trains_new_Boats_and_Planes_6.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:46pm EST

Sparky McCloud Meets A NHL Referee

Sparky McCloud

Meets A NHL Referee

 

written and presented by Sean Hunter

with a “little” whistle from Country Music Hall of Fame member – Charlie McCoy

 

Talk and Discover

an opportunity for parents, coaches, teachers

to share with children and friends

 

What do you admire about someone like Paul Stewart?

Why are teammates important?

In what ways should you treat a teammate like they were

your brother or sister?

How should you treat someone from another team?

How is being on a team like being a part of a family?

In what ways is a referee like a parent?

 

More Talk and Discover

 

Why are rules important in sports?

Why are rules important at home and in a community?

How do you treat someone with dignity?

How do you offer respect?

What are some of the best ways to encourage someone?

What are some of the ways you can be

 a role model at all times?

What are some of the ways to help others succeed?

When (and where) can you volunteer without being asked?

What are some of the values that your family has given you?

What are some of the standards and values that you will give

 to your children?

What are some of the ways sports helps you

 to be a better person?

 

More Talk, Discover and Growing

 

What are some of your goals in school and sports?

What are some of your hopes for everyone in your family?

What extra effort and work might you have to do

to work toward your goals?

Which job is more important – a lawyer or a teacher?

-  a soldier or a doctor?  an electrician or an athlete?

Which should be more important – the job or the person?

As an athlete, what should you say “no” to.

As a student, what should you be doing every day?

 

Continuing To Grow

 

What are some of the ways someone can be selfish?

What problems happen at home, and to a team,

 when someone is selfish?

How should a coach, teacher and parent treat or discipline

someone who is selfish?

What are some of the chores that teach respect and responsibility?

What makes someone a good role model?

Who is someone that can be your mentor?

Why is discipline good?

What is the difference between discipline and self discipline?

What is your definition of success?

In what ways can you be a better teammate?

 

A Question For Everyone

 

What rules do you think Paul Stewart’s parents had

for Paul to follow when he was growing up?

Direct download: 01_Sparky_McCloud_-_Meets_Paul_Stewart.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:03pm EST

Snowball – The Lucky Cat

Story Notes and Extras  

Snowball – The Lucky Cat

An Imagination Story

written and presented by Sean Hunter

with the music of Country Music Hall of Fame member

Charlie McCoy

Talk And Discover

(for parents, teachers, family, friends and children)

Why is Snowball a lucky cat?

Where would you like to spend a whole winter?

What do you like about winter?

In what country do you think this stories Catnip Mountain is?

Do you think that dogs are allowed at Catnip Mountain?

What kind of dogs do you think you would find at a winter mountain?

What are some of the birds that you might find at Catnip Mountain in the winter?

What colors might the birds be?

What other animals might you find in the woods during the winter at Catnip Mountain?

What animals might return to the woods at Catnip Mountain when the weather is warm?

What do you think happens at Catnip Mountain when the weather is warm?

Do you think people go camping and hiking at Catnip Mountain 

in the winter?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a cat that might look like Snowball – The Lucky Cat.

Draw a picture of a sled.

Draw a picture of a sleigh.

Draw a picture of one of Snowball’s friends.

Draw a picture of a snowshoe.

Draw a picture of a snowman.

Draw a  picture of a snowflake

Draw a picture of something you might wear to keep warm in winter?

More Talk and Discover

How many barrels do you think some skaters can jump?

How big do you think some of the barrels are?

How big do you think some of the fish are that are caught at Catnip Mountain pond?

Do you think the fish in Catnip Mountain Pond are bigger in the winter

than they are in the summer?

Do you think there are any penguins at Catnip Mountain pond?

More Talk and Discover

What songs would you sing around a fireplace?

What books would you like to read if you were at the Catnip Mountain Lodge?

What foods might be nice to eat around the fire at Catnip Mountain Lodge?

What are some songs about winter?

What are some books about winter?

More Talk and Discover

What Olympic events could be held at Catnip Mountain?

Who are some famous Olympians that might like to visit Catnip Mountain?

How high would a mountain have to be to reach into the average clouds?

What are the names of some famous castles?

In what countries are some of the most famous castles?

Where in the world does it snow more than 50 inches of snow each year?

On what continents are some of the coldest places in the world?

What are some of the mountains in the world that reach above the clouds?

More Talk and Discover & Music

The first song is John Henry – look up the story of the famous folklore legend.

 What kind of work did John Henry do? 

In the song what does the music make you feel is happening?

What other ideas does the music give you?

What are some other famous American folklore legend stories?

In the second song what instruments do you hear being played?

Which of those instruments are in your school band and orchestra?

Are the voices like an instrument?

Shenandoah is the name of the third song, 

in what century is it thought that the song Shenandoah was written?

What do you think inspired the writing of the song?

Why do you think the song has been popular all these years?

In what states is the Shenandoah Valley?

What songs and music honor or are about the community and area where you live?

~ ~ ~

To know more about Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy

Go to the following links

HYPERLINK "http://countrymusichalloffame.org/full-list-of-inductees/view/charlie-mccoy"http://countrymusichalloffame.org/full-list-of-inductees/view/charlie-mccoy

HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_McCoy"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_McCoy

HYPERLINK "http://www.charliemccoy.com/"www.charliemccoy.com

Direct download: 01_Snowball_-_The_Lucky_Cat.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:22pm EST

One Night When It Snowed

Story Notes and Extras

One Night When It Snowed

Written and presented by Sean Hunter

with 

music by Country Music Hall of Fame member – Charlie McCoy

Talk and Discover

(for parents, teachers, families and friends to enjoy with children)

What would you write in a letter to Santa?

Why is it important to remember the needs of others?

What gifts could you make for someone?

What are some of our favorite Christmas songs to sing?

What songs and hymns do you think Santa was singing?

Who would you ask Santa to do something special for?

How many angels do you think the children heard singing?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of Santa.

Draw a picture of a Christmas manger.

Draw a picture of angels caroling.

Draw a picture of someone who you think is special.

Draw a picture of someone that you think should be remembered.

Other Stories To Enjoy

The Grinch That Stole Christmas
The Night Before Christmas

Helping To Make The Holidays Happy For Everyone

Visit someone in a hospital, or that is sick at home.
Write a note to someone that you haven’t seen for a while.
 Smile.

Help a neighbor in need.

Other Ways To Have Fun

Make a Ginger Bread House.

Sing some of the traditional Christmas songs with family and friends.

Direct download: MASTER_-_One_Night_When_It_Snowed.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:44pm EST

An Uncle's Gift

Story Notes and Extras 

An Uncle’s Gift

written and presented by Sean Hunter

the 1931 LaSalle is one of Duane Allen’s, of the Oak Ridge Boys,

favorite cars

Talk and Discover

an opportunity for parents, children, teachers, and friends to have fun together

What are some of your family Thanksgiving traditions?

What do you like about Thanksgiving”

What do you have to be grateful for?

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving memories?

What are some of the Thanksgiving memories that your grandparents told you about?

Who do you know that has been a Marine?

Who do you know that wants to be a teacher?

How far is it from your house to Bonsall, California?

How many states would you have to travel through from your house to Bonsall, CA?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a car that someone in your family once owned.

Draw a picture of what you think the 1931 LaSalle in the story looked like.

Draw a picture of a turkey.

Draw a picture of pilgrim.

Draw a picture of something that the pilgrims grew.

More Talk and Discover

When was the first Thanksgiving in America?

Where was the first American Thanksgiving celebrated?

What was the reason for having a day of Thanksgiving?

When is Thanksgiving celebrated in Canada?

More Talk and Discover

Why was LaSalle a famous explorer?

Where did LaSalle explore?

Who else are some famous explorers?

What were LaSalle and other explorers looking for when they began their journey?

What cities have been named after explorers?

What rivers have been named after explorers?

Where near you live is there a lake that has been named after an explorer?

What are some of the schools and colleges that have been named after explorers?

Extra Credit

What famous singing group has four members with the last name of

Allen, Bonsall, Sterban and Golden (that were in the story) who enjoy Thanksgiving?

In what famous song is the “Hungry House Café?”

Who wrote that famous song

and 

who else has recorded it?

More Extra Credit

When was the LaSalle first made?

Where was the LaSalle made?

What would a four door passenger LaSalle sedan cost in 1931?

How much would that amount be in today’s dollar?

In what auto museums might you find a LaSalle?

Direct download: MASTER-An_Uncles_Gift_rr_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:43pm EST

What, No Ice Cream !

Story Notes and Extras 

 What! No Ice Cream

written and presented 

by Sean Hunter

Talk and Discover

(for parents, families, teachers and children to enjoy)

What is your favorite ice cream?

Where would you have searched for the missing ice cream?

Why did you think the ice cream had disappeared?

Who would you have asked to help find the ice cream?

Do you think the cats knew where the ice cream was?

How do you think the cats and the cows became friends?

Who else might be friends with the cows?

When is a good time to have ice cream?

When is a good time to say “thank you?”

How do you think the cows made the ice cream disappear?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a cow

Draw a picture of an ice cream cow

Draw a picture of something that an ice cream detective needs.

Draw a picture of a clever cat

Draw a picture of a super dupper ice cream cone.

More Talk and Discover

Who do you know that works hard?

What are some of the jobs that probably are not fun?

What jobs do you know that have to be done outside when it is cold?

Who do you know that should be thanked for the work that they do?

Why is it important to thank someone?

What are some of the ways to thank someone?

When should someone send a thank you note?

Who last week did something that you appreciated?

Who should you thank every day? 

What are some of the other phrases that you can say

to show respect and appreciation?

More Talk and Discover

Why is it important to be patient?

Why is it important to think of others?

What usually happens to people that are selfish?

What usually happens to people that are selfish?

Direct download: 01_WhatNoIceCream.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:59pm EST

The Mouse  And The House That Was Made Of Cheese

Story Notes and Extras

The Mouse
And The House That Was Made Of Cheese

written and presented by Sean Hunter

Talk and Discover
(for parents, teachers, families, friends and children to enjoy)

What is your favorite cheese?
When is a good time to eat cheese?
What is a good food to eat with cheese?
How many types of cheeses do you think there are?
Do all cheeses taste the same?

What kind of cheese do you think the mouse’s house was made of?
Was the roof a different cheese than the floor?
Could the walls be a different cheese than the door?
How long do you think that it took for the mouse to eat his house?

What kind of cheese do you think the mouse would like for breakfast?
What kind of cheese might the mouse like for a snack?
What else could the mouse eat beside cheese?
Should the mouse have gone to work?
How big do you think the cat’s shadow was?
What games could the cat and mouse now play?

More Talk and Discover

What are some foods that are made with cheese?
What are some of the foods that are enjoyed with cheese?
In what shapes are some cheeses sold?
In what soup might you find some cheese?
What kind of cheese could you have in a sandwich?
What kind of cheese could you put in a salad?

What are some foods with the word cheese?
How many letters in the word cheese?
How many of the same letters are in the word cheese?
How many letters in the word mouse?
How many different letters are in the word mouse?
How many letters are in mouse, house and cheese?
How many of the same letters are in the word cheese and mouse?
What is a word that rhymes with mouse?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a mouse.
Draw a picture of a cat.
Draw a picture of a house made of cheese.

More Talk and Discover

What are some famous cheeses?
Why is cheese good for you?
What are some soft cheeses?
What are some hard cheeses?
What other animal milk can be used to make cheese?
What countries do you think make the most cheese?
What countries do you think export the most cheese?
What countries do you think import the most cheese?
What countries do you think eat the most cheese?
Why does Swiss Cheese have holes in it?
When making cheese, how long can it take before a cheese is ready to eat?
On what continent is cheese not made?


Direct download: TheMouse.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:54pm EST

Sparky McCloud and the Blue Sky Bakery

 

 Story Notes and Extras

 

  Sparky McCloud 

 and the Blue Sky Bakery

 

written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

 

Talk and Discover

for parents, teachers, family, children, and friends to enjoy

 

What is your favorite muffin?

When is a good time to have a muffin?

What is something that you like to smell baking?

What is your favorite pie?

What is something that you like to have ice cream with?

What kind of cake is good for a birthday party?

What kind of cake is good for a treat?

What is your favorite bread?

What is a good sandwich to share with a friend?

What is something that you can bake and bring to a picnic?

What is something that is round, you bake, and has a hole in the middle?

What else could the clouds bake?

Where do you think the clouds do their baking?

Do the clouds have a favorite cookie?

What kind of cookie cloud might you see in the sky on a Tuesday?

Can a cloud hide a mountain?

What do clouds do at night?

What do you think are some of Sparky’s chores?

What would be some good chores for you?

Who beside Sparky might be watching the clouds?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of your favorite cookie

A picture of a cookie that you think one of Sparky’s friends would like.

Draw a picture of a cloud that looks like a cookie.

 

More Talk and Discover

 

What is a healthy dinner?

What is a healthy dessert?

Why is it good to be patient?

How do you learn to be patient?

What do dark clouds sometimes mean?

What should you do if you see dark clouds?

How fast can clouds move?

How many types of clouds are there?

What are some of the clouds you might see when it is cold?

What are some of the clouds that you might see when it is warm?

What are some ways that clouds help us?

Why are some clouds white?

Why does a cloud float?

How do clouds help to predict the weather? 

 

Direct download: MASTER_-_Sparky_McCloud_-_and_the_Blue_Sky_Bakery_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:36pm EST

Cowboy and Perry

Story Notes and Extras

Cowboy and Perry

written and presented by Sean Hunter

with music by
 Wylie Gustafson
of
Wylie Gustafson & The Wild West
(Wylie Gustafson—Two Medicine Music/BMI)


and also the voice heard around the world
in the YA-HOO commercials

Talk and Discover
(for parents, teachers, and families to enjoy with their children)

What do you think is Cowboy’s and Perry’s favorite song?
What is your favorite song?
How did Perry learn to yodel?
What songs do you think Cowboy learned from his father?
What songs do you think Cowboy learned from his mother?
What songs would a cowboy sing in a bunkhouse?
How many songs do you think Cowboy can sing in one day?
How many songs do you think Cowboy can sing in a year?
What instrument do you think Cowboy likes to play?
What is a good song for a cowboy to sing around a campfire?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a - cowboy – cowgirl - Perry
cowboy boots - cowboy shirt – cowboy hat
a Chuckwagon – guitar – banjo – ukulele
fiddle / violin – doghouse (upright / acoustic) bass

More Talk and Discover

In what countries would you find cowboys?
What are some of the jobs that cowboys do?
What are some of the jobs that cowgirls do?
What are some of the weather conditions that cowboys work in?
What do the words “round up” and “stampede” mean to a cowboy,
and what is some other cowboy lingo?

What are some famous Cow Towns?
How far could a cattle drive travel in a day?
How long would a cattle drive take on the Chisholm Trail?
In what states are some of the famous stock yards?
What are some of the events that you would see at a rodeo?

Enjoying The Cowboy Spirit

Read some cowboy poetry
Ask your library to recommend some cowboy novels
Find out which museums have famous paintings of cowboys and cowboy life.
What are some favorite and famous cowboy songs?

Famous Cowboys

Charles Goodnight – Oliver Loving

Famous Cowboy Performers

Buffalo Bill Cody -Annie Oakley -Tom Mix - Wild Bill Hickok

Famous Singing Cowboys

Gene Autry – Roy Rogers – Tex Ritter

Famous Fictional Cowboys

Cisco Kid – The Lone Ranger – Tonto – Pecos Bill

Learning More About Cowboys

Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowboy
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
www.nationalcowboymuseum.org
www.CowboyPoetry.com
and for a photo review and teaching ideas
http://www.cowboypoetry.com/photowk.htm

Direct download: M3_-_Cowboy_and_Perry_-_Storytime.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:14pm EST

The Cookie

Story Notes and Extras

The Cookie

 

Written and presented by Sean Hunter

with

music by Country Music Hall of Fame member – Charlie McCoy

 

Talk and Discover

(for parents, teachers and families to enjoy with their children)

 

What is your favorite cookie?

What is your favorite Christmas cookie?

What do you think is Santa’s favorite cookie?

What would you write in a letter to Santa?

What would you want Santa to know about your house?

Why did the children tell Santa about the love that was in their house?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of one of Santa’s reindeer.

Draw a picture of a candy cane.

Draw a picture of a Christmas cookie.

Draw a picture of someone that likes cookies.

Draw a picture of someone that you would like to make cookies for.

Draw a picture of a cookie that is filled with love.

 

More Talk and Discover

 

How can you tell that there is love in a house?

How would you fill a house with love?

Why is love the greatest gift?

 

Other Stories To Enjoy

The Grinch That Stole Christmas
The Night Before Christmas

 

Helping To Make The Holidays Happy For Everyone

Visit someone in a hospital, or that is sick at home.
Write a letter to someone that you haven’t seen for a while.
Let everyone see you smile.

Volunteer to help a neighbor in need.

Direct download: MASTER_-_The_Cookie.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:27pm EST

A Gathering of Friends

Story Notes and Extras
A Gathering of Friends

written and presented by Sean Hunter

Talk and Discover
for parents, teachers, family, friends and children to enjoy

What are some of the animals of the forest that you have seen?
What are some of the other animals that live in the forest?
Where do you think some of the other animals were
when the celebration was being held?
What else do the animals have to be grateful for?
What do you have to be grateful for?
What did you have to be grateful for yesterday?
What did you have to be grateful for last Sunday?
Do you think that the animals on the farm gathered for a celebration of Thanksgiving?
What animals live in the woods and forest near you?
What animals were in the woods and forest when the Pilgrims came to America?


Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a deer.
Draw a picture of something that you and rabbits like to eat?
Draw a picture of a what you are grateful for?

   More Talk and Discover

What would the Pilgrims have been grateful for in 1621?
What would the Pilgrims be grateful for today?
In what ways are you like a Pilgrim?

Direct download: MASTER_-_A_Gathering_of_Friends.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:18pm EST

Danny MeBoy

Story Notes and Extras

Danny MeBoy

written and presented by Sean Hunter

Talk and Discover
for parents, teachers, children, family and friends to enjoy

How many pancakes do you think Danny ate?
How many pancakes do you think Danny wanted to eat?
What do you think is Danny’s favorite pancake?
What is your favorite pancake?
How many pancakes do you think were following Danny?
Do you think any of the pancakes were as big as an elephants ear?
What do you like to have on your pancakes?
Which taste better on pancakes, maple syrup or real whip cream?
In what other countries do they like to eat pancakes?
What are some of the other names for pancakes?
What will Danny dream about next?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a balloon.
Draw a picture of your favorite fruit.
Draw a picture of a honey bee.

More Talk and Discover

What do you like to dream about?
What is the fastest car in the world?
Where would Danny meet a giant?
Who could have made the clothes for the giant?
Who are some famous singers?
What song would you sing for a King and a Queen?

Good Ideas

Go to the library and see what books they have about pancakes.

Staying Healthy

Each Day

eat a combination of five fresh fruits and vegetables
and one of the vegetables should be green (dark and leafy if possible)
have servings of whole grains that provides fiber
cheese - yogurt
exercise –
read – it keeps the brain growing
get at least 8 hours of sleep each night –
(sleep between the 7th and 8th hour is when the body most benefits)

drink plenty of water

NO smoking – or drugs

Direct download: 01_Danny_MeBoy.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:43am EST

A Tale of the Sea

Story Notes and Extras

A Tale of the Sea

written and presented by Sean Hunter
the music, “An Angel’s Joy”
 by Country Music Hall of Fame Member – Charlie McCoy

Talk and Discover

Where in the world might the fish be if the water is warm?
Where might the fish be if the water is cold?
What type of fish are found in the ocean?
What type of fish is found in a lake?
How many days do you think it might take for the fish to swim around the world?
Where do you think is the fishes favorite place to visit?
Do you think that the fish has ever seen a walruses?
Do you think that the fish can do any tricks?
Why does it look like some fish can fly?
How do you think the fish had learned how to talk?
If the fish had their own Olympics, what events would the fish have?

As you listened to the music at the end of the story, what did you imagine?

As you listen to the music again, imagine where the fish is, and where he is going.

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of the fish that swam around the world.
Draw a picture of a starfish, lobster, turtle, seal, whale, tanker
tug boat, ferry, freighter
Draw a picture of another type of boat that the fish might see
Draw picture of a submarine, an aircraft carrier, lighthouse
a pirate, a picture of a pirate’s treasure chest.
Draw a picture of a sea horse and sea lion.

Questions The Fish Might Ask You

How did the island of Nantucket get it’s name?
Where would you go to get a ferry to Staten Island?
Where is there an island with palm trees?
What are the names of some of the islands that have their own flags?

More Talk and Discover

How many miles will the fish travel when he swims around the world?
How many arms do most star fish have?
How big can a turtle be?
What color eyes do seals have?
How long can a seal dive under water and hold its’ breath?
How many hearts does an octopus have?
Some octopus have been known to weight 600 pounds – how much
does the average North Pacific Giant Octopus weigh?
What kind of whale is in the story Moby Dick?
What percent of their lives do whales spend underwater?
Dolphins and porpoise may look similar, but how are they different?
How deep in the ocean might the fish be when he was following a submarine?
What are some famous submarines, and why are they famous?
Where might the fish see a research vessel?
Where in the world is the ocean the deepest?
Where would the fish find underwater mountains?
What continent could the fish swim under?
What famous sunken ships could the fish look for?
How many states would the fish pass as he swam along the
 East Coast of the United States, the West Coast, the Gulf of Mexico?
What islands would the fish pass as he swam in the North Atlantic Ocean?
What islands would the fish pass as he swam in the South Pacific Ocean?
What islands would the fish pass as he swam off the coast of China?
What might the fish find in the Mediterranean Ocean?
Who were some of the most famous pirates?
Where were some of the seaports that pirates would hide?
Why is the Lighthouse of Alexandria famous?
Where was the first lighthouse in North America?
Where was the first lighthouse in the United States?
Where was the first lighthouse in Canada?


Reading To Enjoy

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea – by Jules Verne
Captain Courageous – by Rudyard Kipling
Treasure Island – by Robert Lewis Stevenson

For Younger Children

Yertle The Turtle – by Dr. Seuess
McElligots’s Pool – by Dr. Seuess
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile – by Bernard Warber
Babar and Zephir – by Jean De Brunhoff

Direct download: Master_3_-_A_Tale_of_the_Sea.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00am EST

That Frog

Story Notes and Extras 
  That Frog

written and presented
by Sean Hunter

for parents, teachers, children, and families to enjoy

Talk and Discover

Do you think the dog and the cat know where the frog is?
What would a cat and dog do with a frog?
Where do you think the cat and dog go during the day?
Do you think that the frog went for a hop (walk)?
What could be some of the other reasons that the frog is missing?
Who are some of the frog’s friends?
What games could a dog play with a frog?
Where would a cat and a frog go to play?
Do you think that a mom and pop would like a frog as a gift?
How do dads like to relax?
What do mothers like to do for fun?
Is it good to have fun?
How do you think frogs have fun?
What are some of the stories that you have heard about frogs?
What are some good names for a frog?
Where do you think the frog is?
When will the frog return?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a frog
Draw a picture of a cat
Draw a picture of a dog
Draw a picture of a duck
Draw a picture of a hen
Draw a picture of a kangaroo

More Talk and Discover

How far can a frog jump?
Can a frog jump as far as a kangaroo?
How much can a frog weigh?
What is the smallest frog?
What do you think is a frog’s favorite food?
Are all frogs the same color?
Do frogs have teeth?
Do all frogs live in the water?
How long do frogs live?
On what continent will you not find a frog?
Are there any frogs that can sing?
Who are some famous frogs?

Stories To Enjoy That Have Frogs

The Frog Prince  - by the Brothers Grimm
The Celebrated Jumping Frog – by Mark Twain


Special Note

This story is easy for any parent or teacher to play on a guitar.

Just copy the lyrics, strum an open D chord,
follow the rhythm and pauses,
and you’ll have fun.

Direct download: m_-_That_Frog_-_19-20_Mar_10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:29pm EST

The Bank That Gave Away Money

Story Notes and Extras
The Bank That Gave Away Money

written and presented
by Sean Hunter

for parents, teachers, children and families to enjoy

Talk and Discover

What would you do if you had as much money as a bank?
Where would you want to live?
Who would you like to help?
What could you do to help someone?
How could you help someone without them knowing that it was you?
Have you ever needed help?
How do you know when someone needs help?
What might be something that you’ll need help with sometime soon?
Can a smile help someone?
Is listening a way to help someone?
Is it OK to ask for help?
Who are your friends?
How do you stay friends with someone?
How do you know when someone needs a friend?
What are some of the reasons that someone might need a friend?
Would someone need a friend when it’s snowing?
Would someone need a friend when they were in the hospital?
How would you help someone who needed a friend?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a bank.
Draw a picture of something that someone might need.
Draw a picture of flowers blooming.
Draw a picture of Mr. Money Money.
Draw a picture of something that you might give to someone.

More Talk and Discover

If you help someone, do they then need to help you?
Why are people sometimes mean?
How can you be someone’s friend when they’re new at your school?
What are some of the ways to be a friend to someone on your team?
Do dogs and cats need friends?
What are some of the animals that are not good friends?
What are some of the organizations that help people when
the weather or fire has destroyed their home?
What do people need when there has been a tragedy?
What are some types of tragedies?
How old do you need to be to help someone?
How old do you need to be to be a friend?
What does the word volunteer mean?
Where and when can you volunteer?

Direct download: master_-_Mr._Money_Money_-_25_Feb_10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:22pm EST

Sparky McCloud Meets A NHL Referee Story Notes and Extras
Sparky McCloud Meets A NHL Referee

Talk and Discover
an opportunity for parents, coaches, teachers and children
to enjoy together

Why do you think Paul Stewart liked school?
What are some of the reason to have a good education?
What do you like about school?
What do you like about sports?
Why are teammates important?
In what ways should you treat a teammate like they were your brother or sister?
In what ways should you treat someone from another team
 like they were your brother or sister?
How is being on a team like being a part of a family?
How is a referee is some ways like a parent?
What do you admire about someone like Paul Stewart?
Who are your teammates in school?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of an ice skate.
Draw a picture of a referee’s shirt.
Draw a picture of someone who would be a good referee.

More Talk and Discover

Why do you think rules are important in sports?
How do you treat someone with dignity
and make sure that it is something that is not taken away?
What are some of the ways that you can make someone feel better?
What can you say to someone to encourage them?
What are some of the ways that you can be a role model in
school – in sports – in your community - and at home?
What are some of the ways that you can help others succeed?
What are some ways that you can volunteer without being asked?
What are some of the values that your family has given you?
What are some of the values that you will have to give to your children?
What are some of the ways that sports helps you to be a better person?

And For Extra Credit

Name 10 famous hockey players.
Who are some famous hockey teams and
what are some famous moments in hockey?
What other famous skaters have worn white figure skates?
In what countries is ice hockey popular?
Where in the United States is hockey popular?

Significant Dates for Paul Stewart

Nov 22nd 1979 - played in his first NHL game
March 23rd 1980 - scored first NHL goal
March 27th 1987 - refereed first NHL game
February 22nd 1998 - son McCauley born
February 23rd 1998 - diagnosed with cancer
November 13th 1998 - returned to referee in NHL
February 6th 1999
inducted into Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame
October 1st 2001 - son Maxwell born
March 15th 2003 - refereed 1,000th NHL game

Number worn as NHL referee - 22

graduate of
Groton School
University of Pennsylvania

grandfather - Bill Stewart
played for Chicago White Sox
major league baseball umpire and NHL referee
coached 1938 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champions

Direct download: m_Stewy_pod_-_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:50pm EST

The Cookie Jar Story Notes and Extras
The Cookie Jar

Written and presented by Sean Hunter
with music by Country Music Hall of Fame member – Charlie McCoy

Talk and Discover
(for parents, teachers and families to enjoy with their children)

What else do you think could have been in Grandmother’s cookie jar?
Why did Grandmother use a cookie jar?
How did Grandmother know what everyone would like?
When do you think Grandmother found the time to make each gift?
What else could Grandfather have made as gifts?
What are some gifts that you could make?
What are some gifts that you have made or baked?
Why was the letter the most cherished gift?
Who would you send a letter of love to?
What would you write in a letter of love?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of something that may have been in Grandmother’s cookie jar.
Draw a picture of a Christmas cookie.
Draw a picture of some of the ornaments that may have been on
Grandmother and Grandfather’s Christmas tree.
Draw a picture of someone who you think is special.
Draw a picture of someone special that lived a long time ago.
Draw a picture of someone special that you’d like to make a gift for.

Other Stories To Enjoy

The Grinch That Stole Christmas
The Night Before Christmas
Various writings of Cowboy Christmas poetry

Helping To Make The Holidays Happy For Everyone

Visit someone in a hospital, or that is sick at home.
Write a note to someone that you haven’t seen for a while.
Let everyone see you smile.
Help a neighbor in need.

Other Ways To Have Fun

Make a Ginger Bread House.
Make a snowman
(and if you don’t have any snow – be creative – just like Grandmother and Grandfather)

Direct download: Final_Master_-_The_Cookie_Jar.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:18pm EST

The Prairie Story Notes and Extras

The Prairie
written and presented by Sean Hunter
with
Country Music Hall of Fame Member
Charlie McCoy

Talk and Discover
for parents, teachers and families to enjoy with all children


How would you like to be a pioneer?
How long do you think it took some of the pioneers to reach the prairie?
What do you think pioneers talked about around a campfire?
How do you think the prairie farmers spent their long winter days?
What do you think were some of the chores for children on the prairie?
Where do you think the children went to school?
What books do you think the children used when they were learning to read?
What might have been some of the games that the prairie children played?
What are some of the wild animals that the pioneers needed to be careful of?
What are some of the wild animals that were dangerous to the prairie farmers?
What are some of the traditions that the pioneers may have brought with them?
What are some your families traditions?
What do you like about Thanksgiving Day?
How do you celebrate a day of Thanksgiving?
What are some of your family’s Thanksgiving Day traditions?
What are some of the songs or hymns the prairie farmers probably sang?
What do you have to be thankful for?
What do you have to be thankful for each day?
Who is someone that has been good to you?
What do you consider to be a sacrifice?
What are some of the sacrifices that your parents have made?
What are some of the sacrifices that your grandparents have made?
What are some of the sacrifices that some people in your community have made?
How can you be thankful and help others?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a buffalo
prairie dog
an elk
antelope
Golden Eagle
field of wildflowers
bobcat
cougar
grizzly bear
black bear
wolf
a pioneers wagon

More Talk and Discover

Where are the Canadian Prairies?
What is grown on the Canadian Prairies?
From what nations did the people of the Canadian prairie come?
What states are the American Prairies?
How were the railroads important to the prairies?
How has life changed for the prairie farmers?

Extra Credit

What animals that pioneers might be traveling with
would bears and mountain lions try to attack?
Why was the wolf considered to be one of the
most dangerous animals by the pioneers?
What major river usually needed to be crossed
to reach the American Prairies?

More Extra Credit

How cold does it get on the prairie during the winter?
How hot does it get during the summer?

Sod Homes
http://www.autrynationalcenter.org/explore/exhibits/sod/daily.html

The Song Shenandoah

The melody of the song Shenandoah is one of the most memorable in
Western Folk Music.  The song is American Traditional, by an
unknown composer from the romantic period of the 19th century,
and certainly was known to and traveled with the prairie pioneers.

Enjoy the song, and the music and joy of Charlie McCoy.

And as You Listen
to the song Shenandoah, try to imagine yourself being out on the prairie and feeling
a soft, gentle breeze.  Seeing the mountains in the distance.  Hearing the birds
call to one and other, and then seeing a prairie dog surface nearby.  Imagine that the sun
has followed you all day.  The wild flowers are gently swaying, and their colors are
rich and vibrant, as they have been everyday.  And somehow the silence of the moment reminds you of a smooth flowing river that you crossed, and that others too will be crossing to reach the prairie.  Then you see a buffalo and an elk.  And as you look, just beyond the horizon you see something else moving, and then you realize that it is someone coming.  You don’t know who, but whoever they are, they will be a friend.

And when they reach you, there will be a smile and they will say,
“I thought I heard you singing a song.”


Some Historical Background of the American Thanksgiving

The Indian Squanto
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squanto

The Mayflower
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayflower

The Mayflower Compact
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayflower_Compact

Text of the Mayflower Compact
http://www.pilgrimhall.org/compact.htm

George Washington’s Proclamation
http://www.earlyamerica.com/earlyamerica/firsts/thanksgiving/

Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation
http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/source/sb2/sb2w.htm

Direct download: Prairie_Jim_Jim.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:57pm EST

JJ – The Owl Whoo Didn’t Want To Leave The Library JJ – The Owl Whoo Didn’t Want To Leave The Library
    
Story Notes and Extras

Written and presented by Sean Hunter

Talk And Discover

Whoo at the library has helped you find a good book to read?
What do you like about the library that’s near your house?
What are three books that you have enjoyed?
What are three books that you have picked out yourself?
What are three books you have told your friends about?
What are some of the books that you want to read again?
How many books do you think are in the library?
How often do you use your library card?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of an owl.
Draw a picture of a Book Mobile
Draw a picture of a librarian
Draw a picture of a library
Draw a picture of a library card
Draw a picture of JJ reading

Some of the Books That JJ Has Enjoyed

Good Night Moon
Three Little Pigs
The Cat in the Hat
Little Red Hen
Jack and the Beanstalk
Curious George
The Little Engine That Could
Thomas The Tank
The Tail of Peter Rabbit
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Blueberries For Sal
Tom Thumb
Snow White
Black Beauty
Cinderella
Little Red Ridding Hood
Sleeping Beauty
Make Way for Ducklings
The Ugly Duckling
Puss In Boots
Winnie the Pooh
Aesop Fables
Fox in Socks
Pinocchio

More Talk and Discover

Which of the books that JJ has read have you read?
What do you remember about those stories?
What was your favorite part?
Whoo were your favorite characters?


Some of the Books that JJ Enjoyed As He Got Older

Robin Hood
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland
Hansel and Gretel
Chronicles of Narnia
Hedi

Stories That JJ Will Always Enjoy

20 Thousand Leagues Under The Sea
Treasure Island
Little Women
Anne of Green Gables

And Subjects That JJ Will Always Read And Find At The Library

Biography
Autobiography
Geography
Science
Poems
Plays

Direct download: JJ_02.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:07pm EST

Man In The Moon

Story Notes and Extras

 

Man In The Moon 

 

written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

for parents, teachers, families and children to enjoy

 

Did you know that The Man In The Moon made green cheese?

Have you ever seen any green cheese?

Have you ever seen any green cheese at a party?

Do you think we could send a rocket ship to get some green cheese?

How long would it take a rocket ship to get to the moon?

Would the angels help bring the cheese to the rocket ship?

Has the Man In The Moon ever winked at you?

What is your favorite kind of cheese?

What is your favorite kind of cheese for lunch?

Have you ever had a cheese that is blue?

Have you ever had a cheese that is orange?

Why is cheese good for you?

What do you think the Man In The Moon does during the day?

Does the Man In The Moon ever have a vacation?

What day of the week do you think the cheese is made?

Do the stars stir the cheese during the day or at night?

How many hours – or days – does it take to stir the cheese?

Do they make green cheese while there is a full moon?

Do they make green cheese when there is a new moon?

Do astronauts get to have any green cheese?

Can the Man In The Moon hear the angels singing?

Who do you think asked the Man In The Moon to make the cheese?

What other foods are green?

Do you think that there is a green cheese cake?

What are some foods that you like that are green?

Where is the closest cheese festival to your home?

 

Just Thinking

 

If a cow eats grass – why isn’t the milk already green?

 

Learning with Art

 

Draw a picture of a cow.

Draw a picture of a star.

Draw a picture of an angel.

Draw a picture of a food that can be red or green.

Mixing Colors

The Primary Colors are - Red – Blue – Yellow

A Secondary Colors can be made by mixing two Primary Colors

Mix yellow and red – and you get orange

Mix red and blue – and you get purple

Mix blue and  yellow  - and you get green

Mix red with green (blue and yellow) and you get brown

Black, White and Gray are Neutral Colors

Mix red, blue and yellow - and you get black

Mix black, red. Green and blue - and you get white

Mix black and white – and you get gray

Mix red and white – and you get pink

 

More Talk And Discover

 

What is a gift that you can give that is always free?

What jobs do you have that are important?

 

Famous Cheeses

(each from a different country)

 

Comtu - Belgium

Halloumi - Cyprus

 Danablu - Denmark

Chedder – England

Juustoleipa – Finland and Sweden

Roquefort – France

Munster - Germany

 Feta – Greece

Gouda - Holland

 Parmensan – Italy

Jarlsberg – Norway

Gruyere - Switzerland

Colby – United States

 

Some Healthy Ideas

 

What types of salads could you put cheese in?

What type of sandwiches could you add some cheese to?

What fruits are good with cheese?

How can you use cheese for breakfast?

How can you use cheese for lunch?

How can you use cheese for a snack?

How can you use cheese for dinner?

How can you use cheese for dessert?

What kind of cheese would you serve a guest?

 

Did You Know

 

There are more than 200 varieties of cheese made in the United States.

There are over 1,400 types of cheeses in the world.

(and some reports say that there are over 2,000)

Over 9 billion pounds of cheese is made in the United States each year.

The most popular cheese in the United States is mozzarella.

Cheese was one of the provisions that the Pilgrams took on the Mayflower for their 66 day journey.

 

 

Direct download: ManInTheMoon_new_05.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:35pm EST

The Little Bird That Wanted To Talk The Little Bird That Wanted To Talk

written and presented by Sean Hunter

Talk and Discover

What are some of the birds that you might see in the woods?
What are some birds that might be at a park?
What were some of the birds that were up early this morning?
Where do some birds go when it is cold?
What do some birds do when it is hot?
What colors were the birds that you saw today?
Were the birds hard to see?
Could you hear the birds singing?
What do some birds like to eat?
What do the birds that live near the ocean often eat?
What do some birds do when it is raining?
What are some birds that you might see at a zoo?
What are some of the colors of bird eggs?
What are some of the jobs that birds have?
What do birds use to build a nest?
How fast can some birds fly?
How high do some birds fly?
How far are some birds able to travel?
What are some of the birds that have very good eye sight?
What are some of the birds that you see in the summer?
What are some of the birds that you might see in the winter?

What are some of the birds that can talk?
What are some of the birds that can sing?
What are some of the birds that swim in very cold water?
What are some of the birds that can not fly?
What are some of the birds that have a color in their name?
Where does the largest bird in the world live?
What is the smallest bird in the world?
Which birds have long necks?
Which birds have long legs?
Why do some birds have different colored feathers?
What do you think is the prettiest bird?
What is your favorite bird?
What are some birds that would be good pets?
What are some dangers that birds often face?
What is the official bird of the state where you live?
What is something that you know about that bird?
What is the national bird of the United States?
Why do you think that bird was chosen?
What is the national bird of a country that begins with “C”
What are some of the characteristics of that bird?
When is the first day of Spring?

Being A Baseball Announcer

What does a baseball announcer need to know?
How do you think a baseball announcer learns their job?
What does a baseball announcer need to practice?
What are some of the baseball teams that are named after birds?

More Talk and Discover

What other jobs could the little red bird choose where he would need to talk?
What jobs do you think it would be fun to have?
What kind of job do you think you would like?
What job would you like to have so that you could work with birds?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a little red bird
Draw a picture of a birds friend
Draw a picture of a bird that has a long tail
Draw a picture of a bird flying
Draw a picture of a bird that likes to sing
Draw a picture of a bird with big wings
Draw a picture of a bird house
Draw a picture of a bird bath
Draw a picture of a bird’s nest
Draw a picture of a bird egg

More Fun

Who in baseball wore the number 8?
Who in the Baseball Hall of Fame played first base?
Who was a famous home run hitter in the American League?
Who are two pitchers in the American League that won the Cy Young Award?
Who are two players in the National League that were Rookie of the Year?
What team in the National League is closest to your home?
What team in the American League is closest to your grandmothers home?
What team in the National League was the first to win the World Series?
How many players in the American League won the Golden Glove Award last year?    
What are some of the numbers of ballplayers that are retired?
Who in each league had the best batting average last year?
Who in each league was the regular season MVP two years ago?
In what city will the next All- Star Game be?
What teams this year qualified for the College World Series?

Direct download: Little_Bird_01.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:37am EST

The Secret of the Golden Coin

Story Notes and Extras

The Secret of the Golden Coin

written and presented by Sean Hunter

Talk and Discover
for parents, teachers, families and children to enjoy

What would you do if you had a golden coin?
Who would you help?
Why would you help them?
How would you help them?
Who else could help you help someone?
Why do you think the Leprechaun helped only strangers?
How did the Leprechaun know who to help?
Where do you think the Leprechaun lives?
Why do you think no one can find the Leprechaun?
How do people learn to be kind?
How do people learn to have patience?
What are some of the ways to be a good citizen?
Who is your role model as a good citizen?
What can make you happy?
Why is it good to share?
What happens to people that are selfish?
What do the words love, peace and faithfulness mean to you?
What do people who show love, peace, and faithfulness enjoy?
What are some of the ways that we all can bring others joy?
How do you become someone’s friend?
How do you stay someone’s friend?
How do you share a friend?
How do you share a friendship?
What are some ways that you can volunteer to help someone?
Why are volunteers important?
Who do you know that volunteers?
What was the secret of the golden coin?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a milk truck
Draw a picture of a farmer plowing
Draw a picture of a fisherman’s boat
Draw the shape of Ireland
Draw a picture of a leprechaun
Draw a picture of a “golden” coin

More Talk and Discover

What is Ireland famous for?
How many Leprechaun’s do you think there are in Ireland?
What other names is Ireland sometimes called?
What are some Irish songs?
What are some Irish dances?
What are some Irish foods?
What is the Capitol city of Ireland?
What is the largest city in Ireland?
How many people live in Ireland?
What sports do they play in Ireland?
What are the names of some of the castles in Ireland?
What cities and towns would you visit if you went to Ireland?

Direct download: TheSecretoftheGoldenCoin_01.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:48pm EST

Sparky McCloud - Drawings In The Sand

Story Notes and Extras

Sparky McCloud
Drawings In The Sand


written and presented by Sean Hunter

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a turtle
a seagull - a seashell - a sail boat
a fish that is almost as big as Sparky
a fish that likes to swim fast
a fish that no one may ever have seen
draw a picture of a lighthouse
draw a picture of something that you might find or see at a beach
draw a picture of something that Sparky might find on the beach tomorrow

Talk and Discover
about dogs

How do you think Sparky got his name?
What do you think is a good name for a dog?
Who do you think are some of Sparky’s friends?
What kind of dog do you think Sparky might be?
What do dogs like to do for fun?
What do you like to do for fun?
What kind of work do some dogs do?
What kind of dogs like to go hunting?
What kind of dogs can run fast?
Who are some of the dogs that have lived in the White House -
or with a King or Queen?

Talk and Discover
about beaches

What beach do you think Sparky might have been at?
What beach do you think Sparky may like to visit?
What games can you play at the beach?
What would you bring with you to the beach?
What beach would you like to go to?
Who would you ask to go with you to the beach?
What is something you never do at a beach alone? (hint-go swimming)

Famous Beaches

Old Orchard Beach – Maine
Hampton Beach – New Hampshire
Chatham Lighthouse Beach – Cape Cod, MA
Narragansett Beach – Rhode Island
Hammonasset Beach – Connecticut
Jones Beach – New York
Cape May – New Jersey
Bethany Beach – Delaware
Ocean City - Maryland
Virginia Beach – Virginia
Outer Banks - North Carolina
Hilton Head - South Carolina
Stewart Beach - Georgia
Daytona Beach – Florida
Dauphin Island - Alabama
Tupelo - Mississippi
Holly Beach - Louisiana
South Padre - Texas
Huntington Beach - California
Cannon Beach - Oregon
Pacific Beach - Washington
Monti Bay - Alaska
Lumaha Beach - Hawaii
Boqueron Beach - Puerto Rico
Haputo Beach - Guam
Magens Bay Beach – St. Thomas – U.S. Virgin Islands
Elbow Beach - Bermuda
Plage des Salines – Martinique
Bahamas
Mexico
Copacabana – Brazil
Brighton Beach – England
La Concha Beach - Spain
St. Tropez – French Riviera – France
Rimini Beach - Italy
Psarou Beach- Greece
Camps Bay – South Africa
Kerala Beaches - India
Cable Beach - Australia
Matavai Bay - Tahiti

More Talk and Discover

Why are some of these beaches famous?
What is another famous beach in each state or country in the above list?
What other beaches could be on the list of nice and famous beaches?
What is something famous that may have happened near some of the above beaches?
(such as the first plane to fly or where a movie was made)
How did some of the beaches get their name?
What body of water is each beach on?
Why is the sand at some beaches different colors?
What would the water temperature be at some of the beaches in the winter?
What would the temperature be at some of the beaches in the summer?
What are some of the beaches that you would like to go to?
When would you like to go to one of the beaches?

Other Famous Dogs

Rin Tin Tin
Old Yella
Lassie

Books About Dogs To Enjoy
(original version)

101 Dalmatians – Dodie Smith
The Incredible Journey – Shelia Bumford
Where The Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls

and ask you local librarian to recommend some others

Books With Beaches To Enjoy
(original version)

Swiss Family Robinson – Johann Wyss
Peter Pan – James Barrie
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea – Jules Vern

and ask you local librarian to recommend some others

Direct download: Sparky_McCloud.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:44pm EST

The Christmas Guest

The Christmas Guest

Presented by “Grandpa Jones”
written by Helen Steiner Rice

Story Notes and Extras

In the spirit of the holidays, take the time
and opportunity to share this story with your family, friends, and children of all ages.

Talk and Discover

What are some of the ways that you can make someone feel welcome?
What are some of the ways that you can make someone feel loved?
What is something that people like on a cold day?
What is something that makes you feel better?
What is something you can share with someone that’s hungry?
What is something good that you wish for someone?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of something that you can make as a gift.
Draw a picture of something that you would cook for a guest in your home.
Draw a picture of someone that you hope will visit you.

Helping To Make The Holidays Happy For Everyone

Visit someone in a hospital, or that is sick at home.
Write a note to someone that you haven’t seen for a while.
Let everyone see you smile.

Other Stories To Enjoy

The Polar Express
The Grinch That Stole Christmas
The Night Before Christmas

Having More Fun

Draw a picture of “Grandpa Jones.” (be sure to put a mustache on Grandpa)
Draw a picture of “Grandpa Jones” or “Santa” playing the banjo.
Draw a picture of “Grandpa Jones” going “hee-haw!”

Grandpa Jones
Member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, famed banjo and “old time” country and gospel music singer, the affable Louis Marshall “Grandpa” Jones (1913-1998) was born in the farming community of Niagara in Henderson Country, Kentucky. Grandpa spent his teenage years in Akron, Ohio, where he began singing country music on a local radio show. In 1935 Grandpa moved to Boston, Massachusetts, working at radio station WBZ (AM) where musician/songwriter Bradley Kincaid gave him the nickname "Grandpa" because of his early morning off-stage grumpiness. Grandpa liked the name and decided to create a stage persona based around it.
Known for his spry wit and humor, and vaudevillian style, Grandpa entertained audiences of all ages, was a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and a longtime favorite on the one of TV’s most popular shows, Hee Haw.
In 1978 Grandpa Jones was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and more of his life can be read in his autobiography, “Everybody’s Grandpa: Fifty Years Behind The Mike.”

“The Christmas Guest” was written by
Helen Steiner Rice


Helen Steiner Rice (1900 - 1981) was born in Lorain, Ohio and is a widely recognized writer of religious and inspirational poetry.
Mrs. Rice became a successful businesswoman and lecturer after her husband died in 1932, and found great joy in writing verse for a prominent greeting card company. Helen’s poems received wide exposure in the 1960’s and she became known as “America’s inspirational poet laureate.”
Helen Steiner Rice’s books of inspirational poetry have now sold nearly seven million copies, and the Helen Steiner Rice Foundation continues her charitable work.
www.helensteinerrice.com
 

Direct download: ChristmasGuest_SH08_edit.02_01.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:39pm EST

Happy Bear

Happy Bear

Written and presented by Sean Hunter

Story Notes and Extras
for parents, teachers and children

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a bear smiling.
Draw a picture of something that might make a bear smile.
Draw a picture of something that makes you smile.
Draw a picture of a bear picking berries.
Draw a picture of a bear dancing.
Draw a picture of a bear sleeping.
Draw a picture of where a bear lives in the winter.
Draw a picture of a tree that a bear might climb.
Draw a picture of something that a bear might play with.
Draw a picture of something that a bear might do in a circus.
Draw a picture of something that a bear might do in a zoo.
Draw a picture of something that you and a bear might like for dinner.


Talk and Discover

What makes you smile?
Who do you think smiles a lot?
When’s a good time to smile?
Have you ever felt a smile wiggle through your fingers?
Has a smile ever tickled your toes?
Have you ever felt a smile wiggle through your ears?
How long does it take for a smile to reach the tip of your nose?
When should you say “please?”
Why should you say “thank you?”
Can you say “hello” in French?
German?
Italian?
Spanish?
What are some other words that might make someone smile?

Teddy Bears

What’s a good name for a Teddy Bear
What do Teddy Bears like to talk about?
What do you think Teddy Bear’s dream about?

Books With Bears

Goldilocks and The Three Bears

Other Famous Bears

Winnie-the Pooh
Smokey “The” Bear
Yogi Bear (and Boo Boo)

Teams Named After Bears

The Chicago Bears
Chicago Cubs
Boston Bruins
Memphis Grizzlies

Famous Bears (from the NFL Chicago Bears)
George Halas - Water Payton - Mike Ditka - Gale Sayers
Dick Butkus - Mike Singletary - “Red” Grange - “The Galloping Ghost."

Famous Bears (from the MLB Chicago Cubs)
Earnie Banks - Billy Williams - Hack Wilson
Jack “Hey Hey” Brickhouse - Ferguson Jenkins

Famous Bears (from the NHL Boston Bruins)

Bobby Orr - Milt Schmidt - Gerry Cheevers - Jean Ratelle
Willie O’Rea - Woody Dumart - Derek Sanderson - Cam Neely
Ray Bourque - Paul Stewart - Charlie Jacobs - Joe Thornton
Rick Middleton - Terry O’Reily - Brad Park - Tommy Williams

Famous Bears (from the NBA Memphis Grizzlies)
Paul Gasol - Hubie Brown - Jerry West

Songs About Bears

The Bear Went Over The Mountain
The Teddy Bear’s Picnic

What You Should Know

Never feed a bear.
If you are going camping or hiking in the woods
– read first about what to do if you should meet a bear.

Other Ideas

Visit someone who isn’t feeling well – that will help them to smile
Write a friend a letter – that is always appreciated

Questions To Learn With

Are there any bears in the sky? (Ursa Major and Ursa Minor)
What breed of bear is the state animal of Louisiana, New Mexico and West Virginia?
What breed of bear is the state animal of Montana and California?
What state has a bear on it’s state flag?
What three continents are bears not found?
What do most bears like to do in the winter?
What is the name of the home where a bear lives?
How much can a bear weight?
What are baby bears called?
How fast can a bear run?
Why do bears stand on their hind legs?
How far can a polar bear swim?
How many black bears are estimated to be in North America?
How many black bears are estimated to be in the United States?
What is the average lifespan of brown grizzly bear?
How tall is a panda bear?
 

Direct download: Happy_Bear.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:59pm EST

Memories With Mother Goose Story Notes and Extras
Memories With Mother Goose

presented by Sean Hunter
recorded with Bob Pascarella

Mother Goose rhymes are a time honored tradition
 and one of the first ways that children
have learned to talk, have fun and learn to read.

Enjoy the recorded presentation and Story Notes.

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a cow jumping over the moon.
Draw a picture of where Mary went to school.
Draw a picture of the sheep waiting for Mary.
Draw a picture of the sun drying up all the rain.
Draw a picture of a pony.
Draw a picture of someone riding on a pony.
Draw a picture of Yankee Doodle.
Draw a picture of a teddy bear.
Draw a picture of a teddy bear saying his prayers.

Talk and Discover
for parents, teachers, children and friends

Why did Diddle Diddle Dumpling My Son John go to bed wearing one shoe?
What letter would you put on a pie?
Who do you know whose name begins with that letter?
What do you like to eat that’s hot?
What do you like to eat for lunch that’s cold?
What do you like to wear that’s made of wool?
Where are you when it’s 8 o’clock at night?
Where are you when it’s 8 o’clock in the morning?
What song would you sing for a King?
Who does the moon see that you want to see?
Why did the mouse run up the clock?
How did the owl get to be so smart?
What kind of pudding do you think the cat ran away with?
What do you know that is made of gold?
If a dog was a captain of a ship, what would he say when the ship began to move?
Where did the little dog go whose ears were short and tail was long?
What are some other names for two little birds beside Peter and Paul?
How far do you think the robin went when he flew away from the pussycat?

Other Ideas to Enjoy

Sing some of the Mother Goose rhymes
Go to one of the Mother Goose reading events at your local library


More Talk and Discover

What is your favorite Mother Goose rhyme?
Who do you think would also like the Mother Goose rhymes?

Direct download: SeanHunter8-29-08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:14pm EST

The Happy Song Symphony - Opry Style

Story Notes and Extras
The Happy Song Symphony - Opry Style


written by Sean Hunter

Charlie McCoy – Harmonica and Chest Bones (hockey goalie’s chest protector)
Billy Linneman – Dog House Bass
Joe Edwards – Fiddle and Guitar
Sean Hunter - Narration
Recorded Watershed Studios – Nashville, TN
Jim Dineen – engineer

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of an animal that goes oink, oink
of an animal that goes bow wow
an animal that goes meow
an animal that goes hee ha
an animal that goes honk honk
an animal that goes moo moo
Draw a picture of you singing
Draw a picture of a singer wearing a cowboy hat
Draw a picture of a singer wearing cowboy boots

Talk and Discover


How many animals walked onto the Opry stage?
Who was your favorite singer in “The Happy Song Symphony – Opry Style?”
Who do you think taught the animals to sing?
Where do you think that they practiced?
Who do you think wrote the song?
What famous country song would you like to hear someone sing at the Opry?
What would you wear to the Opry?
Who would you like to meet if you went to the Opry?
Who would you ask to go to the Opry with you?
What do you think made the Opry so famous?
What song would you sing if you were on the Opry stage?

Having Fun


● visit your library and listen to some country and western music
● ask the librarian to recommend some books to read about country singers
● learn about the instruments that are played in country and bluegrass bands

● write a song that you would like to sing


A Brief History of the Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry began in Nashville, TN in 1925 and is one of the most famous shows in the world. Some of the greatest performers have appeared on the Opry, and each week the Opry is broadcast live on its’ original radio station, WSM – 650 AM.

The success and popularity of the Opry has inspired many TV shows. Many movies have been made about many of the stars that have appeared on the Opry. The music of the Opry has brought joy and happiness to people everywhere, of all ages, and many of the stars and their music will remain timeless and never be forgotten.

Styles of Music Played on the Opry


Country
Bluegrass
Gospel
Western Swing

Famous “Opry” Singers


Eddy Arnold
Johnny Cash
Patsy Cline
Skeeter Davis
Buck Owens
Tammy Wynette (First Lady of Country Music)
Kitty Wells (Queen of Country Music)
Dottie West
Hank Williams
Faron Young

Famous Songs Sung on the Opry

“Elvira”
“Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning”
“Angels Among Us”
“Crazy”
“Your Cheatin’ Heart”

Legends That Have Been On The Opry


Elvis Presley
Dottie Rambo (undisputed Queen of Gospel Music)
Minnie Pearl
Uncle Dave Macon

Opry Stars That You’ll Often Hear On The Radio

Alabama
Glen Campbell
Rosanne Cash
Charlie Daniels
Vince Gill
Tom T. Hall
Emmylou Harris
George Jones
Alison Krauss
Brenda Lee
Loretta Lynn
Martine McBride
Ronnie Milsap
Lorrie Morgan
Willie Nelson
Dolly Parton
Charlie Pride
Marty Robbins
Kenny Rogers
Connie Smith
George Strait
Marty Stuart
The Oak Ridge Boys
Randy Travis
Josh Turner

Websites to Enjoy

Ryman Auditorium - www.ryman.com
Country Music Hall of Fame - www.countrymusichalloffame.com
Opry broadcast - www.wsmonline.com
Midnight Jamboree - www.etrecordshop.com
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame - www.nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com


Other Ideas That Are Fun

● look up - Grammy Awards
● Dove Awards
● read some of the biographies of country music singers and songwriters
● look up where some of the country music singers and songwriters were born

Direct download: 01_The_Happy_Song_Symphony_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:13pm EST

A Floating Cow Story Notes and Extras
    
A Floating Cow
written and presented by Sean Hunter

an opportunity for parents, teachers, friends and children to have fun together

Learning With Art
(for home and school projects)

Draw a picture of a Floating Cow.
Draw a picture of something that a Floating Cow likes.
Draw a picture of Little Johnny Merry Berry.
Draw a picture of the Judge.

Talk and Discover

How do you think the Floating Cow learned to float?
Does a Floating Cow have their own airport?
Where do you think the Floating Cow sleeps?
Do you think the Floating Cow eats anything special?
What do you think would be a good name for the “Floating Cow??
Do you think the Floating Cow has taught any of his friends how to float?
How high do you think the Floating Cow can float?
Do you think that the Floating Cow listens to moo-sic?
Does the Floating Cow go to the moo-vies?

Why did the Floating Cow want Little Johnny to behave?
Do you think that the Floating Cow was Little Johnny’s friend?
Do you think that Little Johnny had any friends in school?
What is a good way to make friends?
What is something at a friend might tell you?
What is something that a Floating Cow might tell you?
What is something that a friend might do for you?
Who are some of your friends?
Do you think the Floating Cow has ever seen a cowboy or cowgirl?
What else do you think a Floating Cow has seen when they were floating in the air?

Famous Cow Tales

Mrs. Murphy’s Cow and the Great Chicago Fire

Friends of the Floating Cow
(that you can read about)

Babe, the Blue Ox
The Little Red Hen
The Three Little Pigs

Cow Jokes

Q – What does a farmer use to count the cows?
A- a cow-culator

Q – What happens if a cow laughs to hard
A- they cow-lapse

Q – What does a cow like to do in the morning?
A – wake up in a happy mooo-d

Famous Cows

Elsie

Names of Cows

Dolly  -  Daisy  -  Maggie  -  Maisy   
Betsy  -  Bessy  -  Buttercup  - Nel
Heidi  -  Pixie  -  Bella  -  Lilly
Clarabelle  -  Lulu  -  Rosie  -  Nel  

What Are Some Names That You Would Call A Cow?

What Are Some Of The Foods That Are Made With Milk?

(hint)

ice cream would be one of them

What Is Your Favorite Flavor Of Ice Cream?

What Is Your Favorite Food?
and
Have You Seen A Cow Today?

Direct download: A_Floating_Cow.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:25pm EST

Funny Farm Story Notes and Extras
Funny Farm
musical version
written and presented by Sean Hunter
 
acoustic guitar - harmonica -Charlie McCoy
(www.charliemccoy.com)
fiddle - Wanda Vick
doghouse bass - Mark Burchfield
drum - vocals - Sean Hunter

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a farmer and a scarecrow
Draw a picture of a weather vane on top of a barn
Draw a map of the Funny Farm
(showing where the barn is, the farm house,
the corn field, vegetable garden, chicken coop,
pig pen, fields for the sheep and other animals,
pumpkin patch, apple orchards, bee hives
and anything else
that you think you would find on a farm)

Who On A Farm Should

drive the tractor
pull the plow
plant the corn
milk the cows
chow the wood
and
paint the barn

More Fun With Art
 
Draw a picture of – the donkey going oink oink
 a bull going meow
a turkey going quack
 a goose going bow wow
 an owl whistling
a rooster playing the horn
and
a picture of the sun smiling
(because everyone is happy on the Funny, Funny Farm)  

What are some of your own ideas that you might draw?

Note:
Parents and teachers can draw an outline of some of the Funny Farm animals
 for younger children to color

Talk And Discover
 (an activity for parents, children and friends)

What would be a good day to visit the Funny Farm?
How would you get there?
Would you need to ride in a “funny car? or a “funny bus? to get to the Funny Farm??

Draw a picture of a “funny car? and a “funny bus.?

Who would you take with you to visit the “Funny Farm??
Who else do you think would like to visit the Funny Farm?
Do you think that the Funny Farm is funny every day?
What would be the funniest day to visit the Funny Farm?
Could they have a parade at the “Funny Farm??
What would a “Funny Farm? parade be like?
Where on the Funny Farm could they have a picnic?
What would you bring to a Funny Farm picnic?
What songs would you sing at a “Funny Farm? picnic?
What songs would you sing on the way to the Funny Farm?
Does the “Funny Farm? have a cuckoo clock?
Is there more than one Funny Farm?

Some Books About Farms
that you can get at your library

The Little Red Hen
The Three Little Pigs
Charlotte’s Web

Some Funny Farm Jokes

Who on the Funny Farm goes to bed with their shoes on?
the horse, of course

What runs all the way around the pasture but never moves?
a fence

How did the chicken learn to tell jokes?
he read a yoke book

Some Books and Stories
Good For Bedtime Reading

the stories of Beatrix Potter
the stories of James Herriot

The “Funny Farm?  was
recorded at Watershed - Nashville, TN  
arrangement – Charlie McCoy   mixing and editing – Jim Dineen

Direct download: FFD-3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:11pm EST

Mr. Duck Hee

Story Notes and Extras


Mr. Duck Hee

written and presented by Sean Hunter

Having Fun With Children
For Parents and Teachers

Learning With Art
draw a picture of Mr. Duck Hee
draw a picture of some of Mr. Duck Hee’s friends
draw a picture of Mr. Duck Hee looking for a puddle

Talk and Discover
What do you think is Mr. Duck Hee’s favorite food?
What are some good songs for a duck to sing?
What songs do you like to sing?
What are some good songs to sing on a rainy day?
What does a duck do on a sunny day?

Reading For Everyone
Stories About Ducks That You Can Get At The Library

Make Way For Ducklings – by Robert McCloskey
The Ugly Duckling – by Hans Christian Andersen

Duck Facts

Ducks wash their face at least 2 or 3 times a day.
A duck’s feathers are waterproof.
A ducks feet never get cold.

Some Famous Ducks

Donald Duck
Daffy Duck
Daisy Duck
Huey, Dewey and Louie

Duck Jokes

Q – What time do ducks get up?
A - At the quack of dawn.

Q - What happened to the duck when he flew upside down?
A - He quacked up

Q – What did the detective say to the duck?
A – I hope we quack this case.

Q – What did the duck say when the clerk at the supermarket asked to be paid??
A – Put everything on my bill.

Being A Ducks Friend
- with an adult -

visit the ducks at the zoo
feed the ducks at the communities pond or stream
visit a farm
remember that dogs, cats and many other animals aren’t always a ducks friend

Duck Games

Duck, Duck, Goose
Follow The Duck (aka – Follow The Leader)

Ducks That Play Games

Anaheim Ducks
Oregon Ducks
Long Island Ducks
 

Direct download: DuckHee.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:39pm EST

How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

Story Notes and Extras
How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss


In the spirit of Dr. Seuss,
celebrate the holidays in the way that the good Dr. had most likely envisioned
by taking the time and opportunity
to share this story with your family, friends and children of all ages.


For Parents and Teachers

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of the Grinch with his friends
(hint – there shouldn’t be anyone else in the picture)
then
Draw a picture of the Grinch with his friends after he brought back the “roast beast?
Draw a picture of some of the toys that Grinch brought back to the Whos
Draw a picture of something that you could make as a gift

Imagining What The Who’s Might Do To Make Someone Else’s Christmas Happier

They would send them kind greetings by writing a note
Sing them a song
Visit them – especially if they were in the hospital or sick in bed
Bake them some cookies

and of course – the Grinch with the new heart would probably have some ideas too.
What would they be?

Direct download: grinch2.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:30pm EST

For Lenny – The Happy Fire Truck

Story Notes and Extras

For Lenny – The Happy Fire Truck

Written and presented by Sean Hunter

Lenny is a very special story – for it was inspired by a visit to a children’s hospital in New York, where on the third floor there is a real fire truck for the children to play on and enjoy. With the encouragement of Pat Lafontaine this story was then written.

October is Fire Prevention Month and the hope is that all families will take the time to review with all their children the rules of fire safety by reading and reviewing the material being offered by their local fire department and on the web sites of community and national Fire Organizations.


Learning With Art

for home and school projects

draw a picture of a fire truck
draw a picture of a fire fighter
draw a picture of a forest ranger
draw a picture of a fire dog
give the dog a name
If the dog could talk – what are some of the safety rules that the dog would tell you about.

Some of the important fire safety rules.

In any emergency – the most important rule is to get out of the house immediately,
let your parents or baby sitter warn everyone else.

Never run or panic. Take nothing with you. Leave all toys, dolls and games where they are, and call 911 once you are out of the house and out of danger.

It is always the firefighters job to find out where the smoke, fire or smell of gas
is coming from.

Always keep a kitchen clean – and follow all kitchen and cooking safety rules.

Never leave the house with any candles burning or a space heater on.

And keep all clothing, paper and anything soft from touching anything that is able to become hot.

And three other very important rules.

Always know where to find in your home a fire extinguisher, a fire escape, and two doors that can be used in an emergency.

Never play with matches

And test all smoke detectors regularly and replace their batteries every six months.

Direct download: 01Lenny.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:58pm EST

Hop  Hop

Story Notes and Extras

Hop Hop The Kangaroo

 written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

Below are some ideas and ways for parents, teachers and families

to continue having fun with Hop Hop.
 

Learning With Art
 

Draw a picture of Hop Hop The Kangaroo.

Draw a picture of Jumping Jack.

Draw a picture of Hop Hop jumping over the world’s biggest bowl of ice cream.

Draw a picture of you jumping over the world’s biggest bowl of ice cream.

Talk and Discover

For Parents and Teachers


What songs do you think Hop Hop likes to sing?

(hint-one song would be Waltzing Matilda)

What do you think is Hop Hop’s favorite color?

What other animals are good at jumping?

What exercises do you think Hop Hop likes to do?

What do you think Hop Hop ate that helped to make him big and strong?

What should you eat to become big and strong?

What do you think Hop Hop likes to read?

How many times a week do you think Hop Hop goes to the library?

What else would Hop Hop be good at doing?

What time do you think Hop Hop goes to bed at night?

What do you think are some of Hop Hop’s chores are at home?

In the Olympic Games – what are some of the contest where there is jumping?

 

Having Fun

 

What games do you think Hop Hop likes to play?

What are some good games that you and Hop Hop could play together?

What games do you think Hop Hop likes to play on a rainy day?

If Hop Hop was in a band, what musical instrument do you think Hop Hop would play?

If Hop Hop played football, what position do you think he would play?

 

Reading For Everyone

 

Stories about some of Hop Hop’s friends

 

Youth

 

If I Ran The Zoo – by Dr. Seuss

Peter Rabbit – by Beatrix Potter

Curious George – by Margret Rey

 

Young Adults

 

Black Stallion – by Walter Farley

 

Adults

authors from Hop Hop’s home in Australia

 

Thorn Birds – by Colleen McCullough

Tim – by Colleen McCullough

The Breaker – by Kit Denton (Breaker Morant)

Scapegoats of the Empire – by George Witton (Breaker Morant)

Direct download: 01HopHop.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:47pm EST

Toot Toot, Honk Honk and Beep Beep
Story Notes and Extras
for teachers, parents and children



Talk and Discover

Which friends are you always happy to see?
Which of your friends haven’t you seen in a while?
How do you meet some of your friends?
Where do you and some of your friends go?
What is someplace that you would like to go with your family?

Talking Cars

What are 10 names of cars?
What is your favorite name of a car?
What are good colors for a car?
What is your favorite color for a car?
What is your favorite color for a truck?
What is your favorite color for a sports car?

Designing Cars

Draw a picture of a fancy sports car.
Draw a picture of a pick up truck.
Draw a picture of a good car for a family.
Draw a picture of a car with a rumble seat.
Draw a picture of a car that some day might fly.

Knowing About Cars

What is something that a mechanic does to a car?
Name something on a car that begins with a B.
Name something on a car that begins with an E.
Name something on a car that begins with a D.
Name something on a car that begins with a S.
What is something on a car that needs to be kept clean?
What is something on a car that needs a lot of air?

Famous Cars In Movies

Austin Martin DB5 – James Bond 007
1968 Dodge Charger 400 and Mustang 350 GT – Bullitt
The General Lee – 1969 Dodge Charger R/T - The Dukes Of Hazzard
DeLorean – Back To The Future
The Batmobile
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Songs About Cars

The Little Old Lady From Pasadena - Jan and Dean
Fun, Fun, Fun - Beach Boys
Hey Little Cobra - Rip Cords
Little GTO - Ronny and the Daytonas

Famous Muscle Cars

Pontiac GTO
Oldsmobile 442
Plymouth Road Runner
Chevelle Super Sport
Pontiac Firebird

Famous Car Races

LeMans
Indianapolis 500
Daytona 500

Famous Car Museums

There are many wonderful automotive museums throughout the world. Visit your local library or search on the internet to read about the ones that you might like to visit.

A Novel Idea

Tell a story about one of the cars that you drew a picture of.
Write a story about one of the cars that you have ridden in.

Other Ideas

Make a list of all the different cars that have been manufactured in
England, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, and Sweden.
Make a list of the cars manufactured in the United States in the 1930’s.
Make a list of cars manufactured in the United States that are no longer made.
Make a list of the names of US made cars and do it by manufacture.
Make a list of famous people from the automotive world.
Make a list of famous people from the racing world.
Be creative - design a hood ornament for a car

Other Questions

What is the difference between a roadster and a cabriolet?
How many cars have been made with just 3 wheels?
Which Of These Cars Would You Like To Ride In?

1956 T-Bird or 1966 Cobra 427
1959 Corvette or 2001 Corvette Z06
1956 Mercedes Benz 300SL or Jaguar XKE
1957 BMW 507 or 1990 BMW Z1
your choice of a Ferrari or Lamborghini Countach
Lotus Formula 1 or 2007 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet
1993 Rolls Royce Corniche or 1949 Land Rover Series 1

Cars That Someone You Know May Have Owned

1956 Buick Roadmaster convertible
1975 Cadillac Eldorado convertible
1947 Chevrolet Sedan
1936 Ford Phaeton
1968 Mustang convertible
1961 4 door Lincoln Continental
1982 Sciracco
1939 Plymouth convertible
1950 Jeepster
1940 Cadillac V 16 limousine
WV Beatle
1960 Studebaker Lark Regal
1958 Chevrolet 4 door
Chrysler New Yorker
Hudson Hornet
Ford Falcon
Rambler
1964 T-Bird convertible
1963 Oldsmobile F-85
1952 Willys Station Wagon
1955 Sunbeam Alpine Roadster
1954 Ford Courier
1963 Mini
Nash Metropolitan
1955 Ford Fairlane Sunliner
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner
Karmann Ghia
1947 Chrysler Town and Country
1969 327 Camaro convertible
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1972 Camaro 396 SS
VW Bus
1957 Ford Ranchero
1970 El Camino
Jeep FC-150
Ford Bronco
1964 Scout
Ford F-100
1957 Cheverolet Side Step
Jeep 4 x 4
Ford F-150
Willys M-38
 



What Rules Do You Know About Cars?

What Are Some Of The Ways To Take Care Of A Car?

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Story Notes and Extras

T.T. Rabbit written and presented by Sean Hunter

Enjoy the story of T.T. Rabbit – and I hope that you have the opportunity to enjoy all types of ice skating.

Learning With Art

♦ Draw a picture of someone ice skating

♦ Draw a picture of a pair of ice skates

♦ Draw a picture of T.T. Rabbit

♦ Draw a picture of yourself ice skating

♦ Draw a picture of yourself ice skating with someone

♦ Draw a picture of a snowman

♦ Draw a picture of a snowman ice skating

♦ Draw a picture of a snowman playing hockey


Some Famous Ice Skaters

Torval and Dean

Peggy Fleming and

Tina Noyes

Janet Lynn

Sarah Huges

Kristi Yamaguchi

Sonja Henie

Bobby Orr

Pat LaFontaine

Wayne Gretzky

Paul Henderson

Bobby Hull

Tom Johnson

Eric Heiden

Bonnie Blair

Gaetan Boucher

Eric Flaim

Dan Jansen

Hans Brinker

T.T. Rabbit


Famous Paintings of Skating


Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddin

by Sir Henry Raeburn


Skater

by Gilbert Stuart


Boy Skating – Gramps Skating

by Normand Rockwell


Famous Art Work About Ice Skating

Number Four

by sculptor Armand LaMontagne

various ice sculptures done at winter festivals


Famous Moments In Skating

USA beating USSR at Lake Placid

USA winning the Gold Medal at Squaw Valley

USA Women winning first Gold Medal awarded in Olympic Ice Hockey


Famous People involved with Skating

Snooks Kelley

Paul Stewart

Lord Stanley

Some Place Famous to Ice Skating

Rockerfeller Center – New York City

St. Moritz – Switzerland

Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado

The Canals of Holland


Talk and Discover

For Parents and Teachers


♦ How do you think that T.T. Rabbit learned to ice skate?

♦ Who do you think taught T.T. Rabbit to skate?

♦ What do you think T.T. Rabbit does when he’s not ice skating?

♦ Do you think that T.T. Rabbit knows how to dance?

♦ Do you think that T.T. Rabbit can dance on skates?

♦ What do you think that T.T. Rabbit does when it’s too warm to ice skate?

♦ What do you think T.T. Rabbit does to take care of his ice skates?

♦ How high do you think T.T. Rabbit can jump when he’s skating?

♦ What are some of the safety rules when ice skating?

♦ What other sports are played on ice?

♦ What other sports are played outside in the winter?

♦ What would you ask T.T. Rabbit if you were able to meet him?


Reading For Everyone


♦ Look in your local library for a biography of different figure skaters, hockey players and speed skaters


♦ read and enjoy and the web sites of the

NHL

Olympics

US Olympians

Canadian Olympians

Hockey Hall of Fame

US Hockey Hall of Fame

College Hockey

Beanpot

Direct download: 01T.T.Rabbit.mp3
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Story Notes and Extras

Danny – The Fisherman That Caught Footballs
written and presented by Sean Hunter

    Enjoy “Danny – The Fisherman That Caught Footballs? presented as an “old fashion? radio show.  Much of the story reflects many of  the moments of Super Bowl XVI which was played between the Cincinnati Bengals and the San Francisco 49ers.  The game received one of the highest TV ratings ever, is considered to be one of the most memorable games of the decade, and in that game Dan Ross of the Cincinnati Bengals set a Super Bowl record that has yet to be broken.

        Enjoy the story, and enjoy the following activities and moments with your children.

        
Activities that Parents, Teachers and Children Can Share
after listening to the story

Learning With Art
 
 
♦  Draw a picture of Danny at the beach fishing.

♦  Draw a picture of some of the fish that Danny caught.

♦  Draw a picture of some of the fish that Danny didn’t catch.

♦  Draw a picture of the Coach.

♦  Draw a picture of Danny running with the football.

♦  Draw Danny learning how to play football.

♦  Draw a picture of the band marching.

♦  Draw a picture of the cheerleaders.

♦  Draw a picture of some of Danny’s friends.

♦  Draw a picture of Danny


Talk and Discover for Parents and Teachers
 
Ask some of the questions now – and save some for another time

♦  How do football players get ready for a game?

♦  What rules do football players need to know?

♦  Do football players have to do homework?

♦  Where do you think Danny did his homework?

♦  What do you think was Danny's favorite book to read?

♦  How often do you think that Danny read the newspaper?

♦  How many times a week do you think that Danny went to the library?

♦  What instruments do you think were in the band that was marching and playing all the favorite songs?

♦  What do we need to remember when we’re playing a game?

♦  Who do you think are some of Danny’s friends?

♦  What other sports do you think Danny liked to play?

♦  What would you ask Danny if you were able to meet him?
 
 
Other Books To Read

Youth

Tom Thumb – Illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson
(questions that can be asked afterward)
How could Tom Thumb be part of a football team?
(answers)
Tom Thumb could be the coach, maybe the team doctor, broadcast the game, sell tickets,
be the team reporter, etc.

Young Adults

Reggie White – Minister of Defense

Adults

Vince Lombardi - When Pride Still Mattered – by David Maraniss

this podcast from the Boomer Esiason site may be downloaded and shared without violating any present laws

print this page out and share with a teacher and any children in the hospital or at home recovering
www.cfstorytime.com and www.esiason.org
Direct download: 01Danny.mp3
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