August 22, 2016
After 32 units on Trains and Railroads, we’ve changed our thematic unit to Animals. Four episodes in this unit have been produced and are waiting to be posted to the website. The first 4 episodes feature horses and cats. We’ve introduced animal movement by demonstrating the gaits of horses. We’ll add more when we feature wild animals. We’ve also offered instruction on ramping up sequencing language, beginning English phonics (the word CAT was too hard to resist introducing the short a sound.), and idioms connected to horses and cats. I missed one of my favorite idioms about cats when I wrote my script….”don’t let the cat out of the bag.”
So far, we’ve sequenced the steps in preparing a horse to ride, demonstrated walking, trotting, loping, and galloping. We listed some vocabulary words pertaining to horses and listed idioms and sayings that relate to horses. We feature an organization named Committed Alliance To Strays (C.A.T.S.) in episodes 35 and 36. We interview personnel from that organization and show lots of video of cats and kittens. All 4 of these episodes were enhanced by volunteer field production crews. For the horse segments, my director Denise Ross and her daughter Michelle demonstrated their horse craft, while Gary Mark Roberts and Alex McGlasson used their cameras and audio equipment to capture the great elements that went into the episodes. This same group comprised my studio crew during the taping of these programs. Gary Mark Roberts came out to CATS to help me videotape the interview and the kitten activity. I’m proud of and grateful to my loyal crew.
You’ll get to see the fruit of our labors soon. Keep checking this website, starting with the Home page.