GET READY TO BOOGIE WITH “PEG ROCKS,” A NEW MUSICAL PEG + CAT DVD
Get READY TO BOOGIE with “PEG ROCKS,”
a New MUSICAL PEG + CAT DVD
Available March 3, the New DVD Features 23 Catchy Tunes,
Including “I Do What I Can” and “We’re The Pentagirls!”
Emmy Award-Winning PBS KIDS Series PEG + CAT
Helps Kids Build Math and Problem-Solving Skills
Arlington, Va. – March 4, 2015 – PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing seven stories from PBS KIDS’ popular PEG + CAT series on the new DVD “PEG + CAT:PEG ROCKS,” available starting March 3. Solving problems is even more AWESOME when music is involved! This new toe-tapping DVD features fun-filled musical escapades, including “The Girl Group Problem,” in which Peg’s girl group, the Pentagirls, has its biggest show ever, and “The Mega Mall Problem,” which features Peg and Cat searching the mall for the teens, so they can all enter the Zebra Guy dance contest!
Each PEG + CAT adventure features a story in which Peg and Cat encounter an unexpected challenge that requires them to use math and problem-solving skills in order to save the day. While it teaches specific math lessons, the series also emphasizes resilience and perseverance.
PEG + CAT was created by Billy Aronson (“Rent,” “Postcards from Buster”) and Jennifer Oxley (“Little Bill,” “The Wonder Pets!”) and is a production of The Fred Rogers Company. PEG + CAT, which made its broadcast debut in October 2013, airs daily on PBS KIDS (check local listings).
The “PEG + CAT:PEG ROCKS” DVD (SRP $12.99) has a run time of approximately 85 minutes. In addition to featuring seven rockin’ stories (below), the DVD includes printable activities – pirates + peaches board game, four fantastic flip-books, Cat sock-beanie instructions, and PEG + CAT stick puppets.
“The Big Gig Problem”
Peg and Cat need to round up the missing members of their touring band, the Electric Eleven, in time for their big gig for 100 chickens.
Primary Content: Counting backwards from 11
Secondary Content: Deductive reasoning, the 20s
“The Mega Mall Problem”
Peg and Cat search the enormous Mega Mall for the teens, so they can all enter the Zebra Guy dance contest.
Primary Content: Attributes of objects
Secondary Content: Maps
“I Do What I Can: The Musical!”
Peg and Cat present a Broadway musical about the amazing Ramone, who became a hero by doing 30 great things, five at a time.
Primary Content: Counting to 30 by fives
Secondary Content: Counting to 30 by ones
“The Girl Group Problem”
Peg’s girl group, the Pentagirls, has its biggest show ever, featuring a new hit song about flips, slides and turns.
Primary Content: Flips, slides and turns
Secondary Content: 2D shapes
“The Groovy Sixties Problem”
Peg and Cat help Peg’s hippy Grandmom create a groovy birthday present for Granddad based on his favorite numbers: the sixties.
Primary Content: Counting in the 60s
Secondary Content: Using simple shapes to make complex shapes, counting by tens
“The Magic Uke”
Peg must trek through the Kingdom of Night to reach Cat. To cross the star-shaped steps, Peg needs to find lines of symmetry with the help of a magic ukulele.
Primary Content: Understanding day and night
Secondary Content: Finding lines of symmetry
“The Rocking Out Problem”
When Baby Fox makes a spectacular musical instrument out of junk, Peg and Cat get stuck in it! To get out they must use up, down, around and 3/4 time.
Primary Content: Up, down, over and around
Secondary Content: Musical patterns
PEG + CAT is funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the U.S. Department of Education through the Ready To Learn Initiative, a program that supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted at preschool and early elementary school children and their families.
About PBS KIDS
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About The Fred Rogers Company
The company was founded by Fred Rogers in 1971 as the non-profit producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for PBS. In the years that followed, it not only created hundreds of episodes of this much-loved program, but also extended Fred’s values and approach to other efforts in promoting children’s social, emotional and behavioral health and supporting parents, caregivers, teachers and other professionals in their work with children. The Fred Rogers Company continues to build on Fred’s legacy in innovative ways through a wide variety of media, and engaging new generations of children and families with his timeless wisdom. The company’s highly-rated, award-winning children’s series include Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Peg + Cat and Odd Squad. For more information, visit www.fredrogers.org.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services. For more information, visit us at www.cpb.org.
About The Ready To Learn Initiative
The Ready To Learn Initiative is a cooperative agreement funded and managed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. It supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted at preschool and early elementary school children and their families. Its general goal is to promote early learning and school readiness, with a particular interest in reaching low-income children. In addition to creating television and other media products, the program supports activities intended to promote national distribution of the programming, effective educational uses of the programming, community-based outreach and research on educational effectiveness. Proceeds from “PEG + CAT: PEG ROCKS” DVD will help support projects that further the goals and objectives of the Ready To Learn Initiative.
About PBS Distribution
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