TreeSchoolers Ep. 8: Extraordinary Earth

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Rachel & the TreeSchoolers is a family funded sow

  • Delivers a preschool curriculum
  • Teaches emotional intelligence
  • Teaches children HOW to learn
  • Uses signing to support learning
  • Hosted by Rachel Coleman

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  • Ep. 1: A Rainy Day
  • Ep. 2: Incredible Insects
  • Ep. 3: Plants and Flowers
  • Ep. 4: Awesome Animals
  • Ep. 5: The Amazing Human Body
  • Ep. 6 : Happy, Healthy Me
  • Ep. 7 : Scientific Reasoning
  • Ep. 8: Extraordinary Earth

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Why teach science with sign language?

Research shows that signs can help children learn and remember new concepts. That’s why we’ve included a set of supporting signs in each episode of Rachel & the TreeSchoolers.

ASL Signs taught in Rachel & the TreeSchoolers

Ep. 1 A Rainy Day
weather – rain – cloud – lightning – thunder – sun – kind/nice

Ep. 2 Plants and Flowers
air – sun – food – soil – water – wind – rain

Ep. 3 Incredible Insects
A – B – C – D – E – F – G – H – I – J – K – L – M – N – O – P – Q – R – S – T – U – V – W – X – Y – Z

Ep. 4 Awesome Animals
animal – bear – bird – body – bunny/rabbit – camel – cheetah – chicken – chimpanzee – climb – colors – cow – deer – donkey – duck – E – elephant – emu – farm – fish – flower – fly – goat – grasshopper – happy – hawk – help – horse – I – kind – know – lamb/sheep – live – monkey – O – owl – pig – rat – run – share – shark – slow – smart – snake – strong – swim – turkey – turtle – walk – what – where – wolf – you

Ep. 5 The Amazing Human Body
wonder – food – water – air – family – see – hear – taste – smell – touch – legs – hands – talk – arms – feet – muscles – stomach – lungs – breathe – think – brain – body – eyes – ears – nose – tongue – fingers – one – two – three – four – five

Ep. 6 Happy, Healthy Me
body – sick – healthy – sleep – brush teeth – bath – clean – soap – wash hands – drink – water – germs – strong – hungry – grow – exercise – wash hair – floss teeth – safe – take care – wonder – amazing – happy – know – remember – now – me – you – your – friend – rainbow – red – orange – yellow – green – blue – indigo – violet – dance – jump – spin – walk – run – march – bike – hike – swim – shake – freeze – kick

Ep. 7 Scientific Reasoning
science – scientist – magnet – north – south – repel – attract – wonderful – world – answer – questions – find – Scientific Reasoning Cycle – first – second – third – fourth – reflect – ask – plan – predict – hypothesis – act – observe – report – density – particle – particles – molecule – atom – buoyancy – float – sink – water – freeze – ice – liquid – solid – gas – steam – boiling – H2O – whoa – hydrogen – oxygen – air – wind – feel – thank you – gravity – light – sun – warm – help – important – go – friend – share – you – proud – new – work – try – wonderful – experiment – expert

Ep. 8 Extraordinary Earth
Earth – world – continents – North America – South America – Africa – Europe – Asia – Antarctica – Australia – equator – sun – Northern Hemisphere – Southern Hemisphere – winter – spring – summer – fall – seasons – January – February – March – April – May – June – July – August – September – October – November – December – United States of America – islands – mountains – valley – river – earthquake – storm – geode – volcano – lava – gold – silver – diamond – oceans – sand – endangered/danger – metal – salt – gas – rocks – conserve/conservation – reduce – reuse – recycle – take care – litter – glitter – trash/garbage – natural resources


Core concepts taught in Rachel & the TreeSchoolers

Ep. 1 A Rainy Day
Rain interrupts the TreeSchoolers’ plans to play outside. The lightning and thunder scare Abacus Finch. Rachel and the TreeSchoolers show Abacus that understanding something can make it less scary. Along the way, Rachel and her TreeSchooler friends explore questions such as:

  • What is a cloud?
  • Why does it rain?
  • What is lightning?
  • What is thunder?
  • How can we help someone who is afraid feel better?
  • How can I show kindness?

Ep. 2 Plants and Flowers
Rachel and the TreeSchoolers are getting ready for the Flower Fair, but first they need to help Bongo learn more about flowers so he can pick out his favorite for the fair. Along the way they work together to answer questions such as:

  • How do plants grow?
  • What do plants need to live?
  • What is photosynthesis?
  • What are the parts of a plant?
  • How can we work together to learn something new?

Ep. 3 Incredible Insects
Firefly Hue helps the TreeSchoolers learn about all the ways that insects are incredible, but he’s still feeling small. Together Rachel, Hue and their TreeSchooler friends learn about insects and how even small things can have a really important purpose in life. Together, they ask questions like:

  • What makes an insect an insect?
  • What makes insects different than other animals?
  • What are the parts of an insect?
  • Why are insects important?
  • How can small things make a big difference?

Ep. 4 Awesome Animals
There’s a talent show at the TreeSchool, but Penny isn’t sure what her talent is! As Rachel helps the TreeSchoolers learn about all of the awesome things animals can do, Penny discovers what makes her truly special. In this episode Rachel helps the TreeSchoolers explore questions such as:

  • What is an animal?
  • What do animals need to live?
  • How do animals move?
  • Where do animals live?
  • What do animals eat?

Ep. 5 The Amazing Human Body
Convinced that they’ve never met a human, the TreeSchoolers set out to discover what human bodies do and how they work, inside and out. As they learn about what makes humans special, they start to wonder: Could their friend Rachel actually be…a human? This episode explores questions such as:

  • How do our bodies work?
  • What’s inside our bodies?
  • How do our bodies move?
  • How do we use our senses?
  • What makes humans special?

Ep. 6 Happy, Healthy Me
Abigail Finch has an important recital coming up, but she’s feeling sick! The TreeSchoolers set out to learn why bodies sometimes get sick and what we can do to keep our bodies strong and healthy. Will Abigail get better in time for the recital? Happy, Healthy Me explores questions such as:

  • What can we do to take care of our bodies?
  • Where do healthy foods come from?
  • Why do we need sleep and exercise?
  • Why do we need to drink water?
  • How can we listen to our bodies?
  • Why do we need to stay clean?
  • How do bodies get sick?

Ep. 7 Scientific Reasoning
It’s time for the Science Fair! This episode explores the properties of air, light, and water and the steps of the Scientific Reasoning Cycle:

  • Reflect and Ask
  • Plan and Predict
  • Act and Observe
  • Report and Reflect

Ep. 8 Extraordinary Earth
When Chroma Chameleon discovers that her cousin’s habitat is endangered, the TreeSchoolers naturally want to help. With Rachel’s guidance, they discover that there are lots of things they can do to take care of our Earth! Along the way, they learn about

  • Months of the year
  • Seasons of the year
  • Geological formations
  • Natural resources
  • The seven continents
  • Conservation and recycling
  • Being an everyday hero

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Why TreeSchoolers?

Today’s children’s programming is light on education, heavy on advertising. Unfortunately, selling trumps teaching.

FACTOnly 1 in 8 kid’s educational programs meet high quality standards (1)

FACTOnly 1 in 4 were classified as minimally educational (2)

FACTAdvertisers spend $12 billion a year on ads targeting children (3)

FACT – TV execs told us that Rachel & the TreeSchoolers is “just too educational for children’s television”


What is Rachel & the TreeSchoolers?

Rachel & the TreeSchoolers incorporates the best elements of Schoolhouse Rock, Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street to deliver a well-rounded preschool curriculum for ages 2-6. This new series:

  • CORIlets your child go to preschool with Rachel from Signing Time!
  • actively engages children in learning
  • teaches values like kindness, teamwork and sharing

How is it different from Signing Time?

The goal of Signing Time is to introduce ASL vocabulary to children. The goal of Rachel & the TreeSchoolers is to build on the proven teaching methods used in Signing Time to deliver a preschool curriculum. You’ll notice that in the TreeSchoolers shows, Rachel uses signs to support the teaching of key concepts. Funded by you!

Why is it funded by parents and teachers?

The TV studios we approached about Rachel & theTreeSchoolers turned us down because the show was “too educational for children’s television” (their words). We disagreed – and we knew our Signing Time families felt the same way. So we took the project directly to them through a Kickstarter campaign. In 30 days, nearly 2,400 people pledged $218,000 to fund a total of 6 episodes. You’ll see many of those supporters’ kids in the shows! Episodes 4, 5 and 6 are scheduled for release in 2014.

TreeSchooler Activity Guides

 

TreeSchoolers in the Classroom

Rachel and the TreeSchoolers is a great resource for your classroom or child care center! In fact, we’ve created a free PDF Activity Guide for each of the episodes to make it easy for you to bring the TreeSchooler experience to life in your classroom. Each guide is packed with activities, games, flash cards, and other printables. You can feel confident about using Rachel & the TreeSchoolers in your classroom because it:

  • is based on a comprehensive educational framework developed by Emily Swan, Ph.D.
  • uses whole body learning that engages children in multi-sensory learning
  • uses the CORI method of learning which teaches children to learn HOW to learn
  • uses layered learning approach where multiple concepts are taught simultaneously – mirroring how learning happens in real life. For example, in Episode 2, the song 5 Spring Flowers teaches counting from 1-5 – forward and backwards, which is the foundational skill for adding and subtracting. It teaches colors and feelings as well.

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Who is Rachel Coleman? 

Rachel Coleman

Rachel Coleman is the Emmy-nominated host of Signing Time. In TreeSchoolers, she plays the part of the preschool teacher. She’s like Mary Poppins meets Mr. Rogers – able to connect with and teach children of all ages. She’s created original songs that help children remember concepts for the rest of their lives (think School House Rock).

Who are the TreeSchoolers?

treeschoolers simon treeschoolers penny treeschoolers abacus finch treeschoolers bongo treeschoolers chroma chameleon treeschoolers isaac newt treeschoolers abigail nightengale treeschoolers tomas treeschoolers firefly hue

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