THE MISTER CHRIS AND FRIENDS FAMILY HOUR
When the chaos of the day is done, now it's time to have some fun. Structure may feel like a lost cause right now, with families juggling remote working, at home learning, and waaaaay out of whack sleep and mealtime schedules. Mister Chris And Friends is here to help!
Thursday evenings at 6 PM, grab the fam and snuggle up for the Mister Chris And Friends Family Hour, a half hour episode of learning, exploration, and fun for the entire family!
When the episode wraps, you'll be redirected to the Vermont PBS Facebook page where you'll join Mister Chris Live for 30 minutes of real-time music and calm, live from his Bread & Butter Farm. Tune in to the Vermont PBS Kids Channel, Thursdays at 6 pm.
Mister Chris Moments
In springtime, frogs come out of hibernation, and Mister Chris and his friends are excited to hear the sound of spring peepers! Join Mister Chris to celebrate spring, explore the life of a frog and share a special frog-themed song.
#202: Lost & Found
While preparing for a big, big talent show on the farm, Claire's dog goes missing. She asks Mister Chris and Wishing Well for help, and that leads to a lost-and-found adventure!
It's not always easy to learn something new. Mister Chris tries to help his friend Raphael learn how to whistle and Wishing Well sends the two on a musical adventure highlighted by a Big, Big Concert.
#204: New Friends
A new family has moved to the farm from El Salvador. Meanwhile, Mister Chris and his friends learn about butterfly migration and help the newest members of the community feel welcome.
Mister Chris and his new friend want to make something - but where to begin? Wishing Well leads them on an adventure to discover how things are made and what people love about the things they do.
Mister Chris loves harvest time and hopes the annual tradition will be exactly the same. Special guest Francois Clemmons helps him understand what matters most about traditions - spending time with those you love. They also enjoy a Harvest Concert.
Mister Chris has finished his farm chores, and now he’s ready for an adventure full of music and friends. Join him at the orchard to find out how honeybees turn apple blossoms into apples, then dance at the barn concert! (pilot episode)
Watch extras from this pilot episode including interviews with the kiddos!
Enjoy these two selected audio tracks (mp3) from the show. Download for free!
Honey Bee | Jump Up and Down!
#102: New Song
Mister Chris has written a new song and wants to sing it to his friends, but everyone is too busy with farm chores to listen. He helps them complete their chores so they will have time to attend the big, big concert and hear his new song.
In this episode, we wish with our friend Wishing Well that we could grow bigger…right now! Mister Chris will work with our farmer friend, Christine, to learn more about what a seed needs to grow, including time.
Mister Chris and his friends follow the journey of a raindrop. We travel from the top of a mountain, down a river and to the lake, just like a real raindrop does.
This episode is all about flying! We learn about why we need wind to fly, and what other factors make flight possible. We meet some amazing feathered friends.
It's the annual farm camping trip and all our farm family friends are going camping to spend a night under the stars! We learn about stars and use the new information to write a lullaby. We also meet a painter friend who teaches us more about darkness and light. Then on our camping trip, we sing songs around the campfire.
About the Show
Musician and early childhood educator Chris Dorman stars as Mister Chris, a delightful farmer and performer who makes wishes and leads children on adventures to learn more about how wishes might come true. Along the way, he meets up with friends and finds clues that help him to explore the topic at hand. Each episode is imbued with music and movement, with a strong focus on social and emotional development.
Mister Chris and Friends emphasizes children's experience, expression, and management of emotions and the ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships with others. Mister Chris and Friends invites young children to play, explore, and learn. Multiple Emmy nominated, and 2020 winner.
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