Kody’s Kids Early Learning Program

Goal: To encourage reading, thinking, learning, and enjoyment of healthy activities.

Early education has a positive impact on a child’s achievements in later school years. For some children, acquiring basic learning or healthy living skills can be difficult. Recognizing this, the Kody’s Kids Early Learning Program was created to help children develop a passion for learning and for developing a healthy lifestyle.

The Early Learning Program team, comprised of several volunteer school teachers and our own Kody O’Bear, visit and inspire children of preschool, kindergarten, and elementary age from all backgrounds to learn the importance of reading, healthy habits, and kindness to others. Healthy habits include the importance of proper nutrition, physical activity, oral hygiene, and sun safety.

The main character in the program is Kody O’Bear, a 6-foot tall, live teddy bear who talks and assists teachers in getting the children excited about learning. Kody O’Bear speaks to the children about visiting libraries and traveling the world through books, recognizing words, and the joy of having good manners.

The Kody’s Kids Early Learning Program uses the guide developed by the Delaware Early Learning Foundations for School Success as a template for its curriculum.

The Kody’s Kids Early Learning Program is evaluated by the classroom teachers and school directors, along with our volunteer teachers, to determine the effectiveness of the program and to recommend improvements.

Reading with Kody O’Bear

In our effort to reach as many children as possible we created the Reading with Kody O’Bear Video-Disc packet for use in a classroom or for those children who are homebound or hospitalized.

The packet contains a video-disc showing Kody O’Bear and a guest reading a storybook and worksheets that enhance the story.