NEW YORK, NY (January 2008) -- The new Web site MeetMeAtTheCorner.org provides virtual field trips for home schooled children ages 8-12. Directed at more than 2.5 million American children, MeetMeAtTheCorner.org provides virtual educational and informational “tours” of various landmarks from a child’s point of view via video pod cast technology. Each episode offers suggested readings and follow-up activities, including the opportunity for kids to submit their own complementary videos, as well as lesson plans for the home school parent.
MeetMeAtTheCorner.org currently offers 26 three- to four- minute episodes, including New York City historic and cultural landmarks such as visits to Broadway and the Forbes Museum, and a bird watching expedition in Central Park. The site also features interviews with the likes of children’s illustrator Jeff Hopkins and author Dan Gutman.
Developed by award-winning children’s author Donna Guthrie, MeetMeAtTheCorner.org fulfills a need within the home school curriculum that was not being met.
“Many of the materials currently offered to home school parents are quite traditional and make minimal use of the Web. As a supplement, home school parents use their community as their classroom – constantly exploring new and interesting venues. With MeetMeAtTheCorner.org, I am providing a forum for children across the country to share their journeys with their peers via the Internet. I really see MeetMeAtTheCorner.org as being the educational You Tube or (now defunct children’s t.v. show) Zoom for the pre-teen set,” says Guthrie.
Guthrie encourages viewers of the Empire State Building episode to research and report on the tallest building within their own neighborhood. After an installment with children’s author Janet Wong, kids are encouraged to interview and videotape interesting members of their community. MeetMeAtTheCorner.org provides extensive instructions on how to create and submit videos. The site’s creative staff will then edit and upload the segments to the site.
Kim Hennessy, the home school liaison to more than 500 families in Colorado Springs School District #11, say s that MeetMeAtTheCorner.org provides a new resource that is both visual and exciting.
“Many home school Web sites offer ideas and resources, but MeetMeAtTheCorner.org actually provides something to work with. I haven’t seen anything like this before,” says Hennessy.
Charissa Sheptak, a mother of two home schooled children concurs.
“There are a lot of materials out there for classroom use, but not to home schoolers. MeetMeAtTheCorner.org provides kids the opportunity to experience something new that these kids normally wouldn’t be exposed to,” says Sheptak.
For more information, visit MeetMeAtTheCorner.org.
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