Peddlesfoots Educational Holdings LLC is
a company formed in 2004 for the express purpose of providing character
education tools for teachers, parents, and all educators to help create
good character in young children - positive traits and values that are
sadly lacking in our culture today.
The writers have developed an effective early childhood character education curriculum called the Peddlesfoots designed for preschool, kindergarten, and first grades, although older children are also enjoying the Peddlesfoots stories and curriculum as well. The stories and curriculum are centered around a family of rabbits called the Peddlesfoots
who through their varied antics and adventures, learn to make wise
moral choices in the face of many pressures - relatable choices that
our children are having to face each day. The curriculum is
literature-based and introduces nine positive character traits: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, perseverance, citizenship, caring, courage, self-discipline, and fairness.
As Boffen and Mariana Peddlesfoot, and their three young rabbit children, Scuff, Alexa, and Todd learn about values through their exciting, funny, and sometimes touching exploits, so will the children who hear about them through their stories.
In addition to the stories, curriculum has been written for both a classroom setting and a Parent Kit for home use. The Teacher Kit
offers a month-at-a-glance calendar for each month of the school year
to help with organization, along with lots of reproducible activities.
The lessons will reinforce the character traits introduced in the stories with journaling ideas, art projects, puppet skits, and more. The Parent Kit offers many of the same ideas for home to make the learning fun!
In 2006, the Peddlesfoots was chosen
by the Saginaw Intermediate School District as the centerpiece of an
early childhood character instilling project (the T.R.U.E. Initiative),
which received federal support and endorsement when it was selected as
a Partnerships in Character Education Grant winner! This four year
award enabled our curriculum to be distributed to hundreds of
children/families in Saginaw County through distribution of teacher and
parent kits via preschool, kindergarten and first grade classrooms and
through area agencies who work with young children, particularly
children at risk .
The research component of our initiative has shown that
after administering all 3 levels of curriculum - preschool,
kindergarten and first grade - children demonstrated positive growth
and progress in the areas of literacy and improved social/emotional