Class Offering, Children’s Entertainment Lectures and Syllabus

As part of Greater And Grander’s Public Speaking Engagements, we are provide information below on a new offering.

A College Level class, or series of lectures, on children’s entertainment, provided by our experienced Producers and speakers, each with over a decade of experience in the Film and Television industry.  Below is a synopsis of lecture topics, and proposed syllabus for the college level course.

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Title: Children & Family Entertainment, A Historical Overview

Description: This is an examination and exploration of children and family multimedia entertainment, from the original Nickelodeons to Oculus Rift experiences for children.  We will examine patterns and aesthetics of successful storytelling techniques for viewers from 1 to 16.


  • Review and immerse in patterns and aesthetics of children’s entertainment.
  • Production analysis of children’s entertainment; how does form follow function?
  • How to cover challenging topics for children?


  1. Let your inner child out.
  2. No condescending and no cursing.
  3. No idea is too crazy or too weird.

Required Texts and/or Materials:

  • Jim Henson, The Biography
  • Walt Disney biography
  • Mr. Rogers biographical film, Won’t You Be My Neighbor
  • Children’s Psychology Books
  • The Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell


  1. Nickelodeon machines and what influenced them.  An exploration of the hero’s journey.
  2. Silent Movie Child Actors and Silent Films for Children
  3. Walt Disney Studios, Steamboat Willie, and Mickey Mouse talkies
  4. Bugs, Daffy, and Porky and Morality Plays Examples
  5. Snow White and Seven other animated feature films
  6. The growth of children’s television, and PBS Kids
  7. Successful international children’s narratives
  8. Christian Propaganda Movies
  9. Post-modern deconstruction of children’s entertainment conventions.  AdventureTime, Steven Universe, Pixar, and more.
  10. Children’s narratives in video games
  11. Storytelling in children’s mobile apps
  12. VR and AR, selected children’s examples
  13. Final class presentation.

Literature & Resources


Checklist for Identifying Exemplary Uses (PDF)
The Pennsylvania Digital Media Literacy Project – 2014

NAEYC-FRC Position Statement (PDF)
A joint position statement issued by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College – 2012

Key Messages from the NAEYC-Fred Rogers Center Position Statement (PDF)

A summary of key recommendations from the NAEYC-Fred Rogers Center joint position statement released in March 2012.

Technology in the Lives of Educators and Early Childhood Programs (PDF)
Ellen Wartella, Ph.D., Courtney K. Blackwell, Ed.M., Alexis R. Lauricella, Ph.D., and Michael B. Robb, Ph.D. – 2013

Technology in the Lives of Educators and Early Childhood Programs: Trends in Access, Use, and Professional Development from 2012 to 2014 (PDF)
Courtney K. Blackwell, Ph.D., Ellen Wartella, Ph.D., Alexis R. Lauricella, Ph.D., and Michael B. Robb, Ph.D. – 2015

Carrying Fred Rogers’ Legacy Forward in the Digital Age. Paciga, K.A., Donohue, C.D., Struble Myers, K., Fernandes, R., & Li, J. (2017). Fred Forward Symposium Proceedings, May 14, 2017. Latrobe, PA: Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College.

Blog: How Am I Doing? Exemplary Uses of Technology in Early Learning

Blog: For Infants and Toddlers in the Digital Age, Time with Adults Still Matters Most

Blog: Helping Young Children Develop a Healthy Media Diet


The Fred Rogers Center creates videos that highlight the intersections of child development and media, and the power of human interactions.

Selected Resources

Using Digital Frames to Support Home-School Connections

Creating a Talk Show to Meet Community Members

A Good Fit

Using Technology Tools


Using Technology Tools (PDF)

Talking With Babies


Talking With Babies

Reflecting on the Position Statement 5 Years Later

Five Years After the Position Statement

Technology: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

The Myth of Screen Time

Screen Worried or Screen Wise

To access all of the Fred Rogers Center’s videos, please see us on Vimeo or visit us on our YouTube channel.


The Fred Rogers Center has created mobile apps that recognize the importance of early literacy and healthy social and emotional development for young children, as well as the importance of positive engagement, conversation, and social interaction between parents, teachers, caregivers, and children. Here is the latest offering from the Fred Rogers Early Career Fellows program.


Chroma Kids app iconChromaKids invites young children to become storytellers! Discover an interactive artistic experience for children ages three and older.

ChromaKids ignites fun and excitement in a creative and collaborative exchange of stories. Storytellers are invited to develop a story by creating a picture using drawing tools and stickers. They can record themselves telling a story that goes with the illustration.


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