is an exciting new series for preschoolers on PBS television. Created by Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!) and produced by the renowned Jim Henson Company, the series is now airing daily in half hour blocks (check local listings), with each block divided into a pair of episodes. Every episode features an animated story followed by a live action segment. The eye-popping computer generated animation features a wondrous and whimsical world seen through the eyes of Buddy, a preschool-aged Tyrannosaurus rex. Buddy and his adoptive family of Pteranodons go for adventures on the DINOSAUR TRAIN to meet all kinds of dinosaurs in different time periods and learn about these fascinating creatures. The live action segments that follow are hosted by Scott Sampson (“Dr. Scott”), who interacts with children to present the science behind the stories—not only what we know but how we know it (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaur_Train). These segments also make explicit connections between dinosaurs and animals living today, with the aim of inspiring excitement about nature generally, as well as getting kids outside exploring the natural world. “Based on input from paleontologists, science educators and early childhood education experts, DINOSAUR TRAIN has developed an ambitious and creative curriculum that harnesses children’s enthusiasm for and curiosity about dinosaurs, sparking children’s interest in life science and natural history,” states Lisa Henson. The educational content of DINOSAUR TRAIN is bolstered by a dynamic website (http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain) that builds on the themes of the show to create educational opportunities 3-6 year olds. The website provides parents, teachers, and kids with a variety of learning activities and games for the home or classroom.
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