March 1-March 7 is World Folk Tales and Fables Week. Most educators could tell you that a child's school career will encounter folk tales, fables and fairy tales continuously. These stories vary from culture to culture but often have similar morals, themes and characters which makes them prime for classroom use, particularly in reading and writing. Children who are familiar with folk and fairy tales as well as folk tales possess an important background knowledge of classic stories, their basic elements and story structure.
The Arthur "All Kids Can" Character Search started on February 1st and runs through March 31st, 2009. Children between the ages of 6-12 are invited to send in their idea for a character for the Arthur show, a new friend to join the gang in Elwood City! Producers will be looking for a new character who shows that children come in all shapes, sizes and with different abilities.