Inspiring kids of all abilities to be healthier, smarter, and kinder
Philip Brown created Kody’s Kids to inspire preschool, kindergarten, and elementary-age kids from all communities, circumstances, and abilities to read and enhance their lives by learning healthy habits that will enrich and make a positive difference in their school years.
We achieve this by teaming up with volunteer teachers in our Early Reading and Learning Outreach Program and Kody’s Kids Online Classroom channel.
Since our beginning in 2001, we’ve helped thousands of kids, and we are making a difference.
Kody’s Kids is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and relies on donations to fulfill our mission. We appreciate your tax-deductible contribution.
Who is Kody?
Kody’s Kids is named after the organization’s official Ambassador, Kody O’Bear, a 6-foot animated and talking teddy bear who inspires kids to learn and be the best they can be.
Kody O’Bear has been referred to as a role model, mentor, reading ambassador, and by one young student, “My reading hero.”
The Kody O’Bear network was created to inspire students and parents to discover educational and entertaining subjects together. Visit Kody O’Bear’s website for more information, https://www.kodyobear.com.
A study by the American Academy of Pediatrics finds that reading to young children can stimulate brain development and help build language, literacy, and social skills.
Nutrition and Exercise
Proper nutrition early in life helps children develop the ability to learn, communicate, think analytically, and socialize effectively. It can also help prevent certain childhood diseases. In addition, teaching a child to eat healthy foods and exercise regularly can help lead to a healthy lifestyle while avoiding issues like obesity and associated problems.
The sun gives off rays of light that can help and harm us. These are known as ultraviolet (UV) rays. A small amount of UV rays is right for us. It creates vitamin D, which absorbs calcium. Your body needs calcium to build and maintain healthy bones.
UV rays are as damaging to your child’s eyes as they are to their skin. Children have larger pupils and more transparent lenses, so when spending time outdoors, a child will receive 3X’s UV ray exposure as an adult. Proper sunglasses are sunscreen for the eyes!
All skin colors can get sunburned. One bad sunburn in childhood doubles the risk of skin cancer later in life.
Kindness to Others
Kindness and compassion are qualities all parents hope to instill in their kids. But achieving this goal requires more than simply asking your child to do nice things for other people. Authentically kind people are motivated by feelings of empathy.
Empathy is a central component of emotional intelligence. And when taught correctly, empathy can go a long way in preventing bullying. Studies show that empathetic kids have better relationships and perform better in school.
From the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on the subject of Children’s Oral Health:
“Cavities are one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood in the United States. Untreated cavities can cause pain and infections that may lead to eating, speaking, playing, and learning problems.
The good news is that cavities are preventable. For example, fluoride varnish can prevent about one-third (33%) of cavities in the primary (baby) teeth. In addition, children living in communities with fluoridated tap water have fewer cavities than children whose water is not fluoridated. Similarly, children who brush daily with fluoride toothpaste will have fewer cavities.”
Read more from the CDC, https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/basics/childrens-oral-health/index.html.