Slim Goodbody a.k.a. the Superhero of Health

33f5bf36f14e78a2610b4d0b5655b03fMeet Slim Goodbody, the “Superhero of Health.”  Created by John Burstein in 1975, the kind of not so exciting character had the impressive power of education.  His goal – to educate kids about anatomy and their bodies through the power of song and skits, all while wearing that super cool, skin tight organ suit.  Exhilarating, right?!  For sure (wink).


Slim went on to appear in guest spots on shows such as Good Morning America and The Today Show, and in 1980 Slim even got his own T.V. show on PBS called Inside Story. Shockingly enough, the show became the channel’s second-highest rated program which led to even more appearances for the Superhero of Health.


Burstein’s secret identity has obviously don’t wonders for the man himself as he is still at it today today, performing around the U.S. and Canada on his National Bodyology Tour.  Yes, the flesh-colored-organ suit is still around, and Mr. Goodbody is as dedicated as ever to educating kids about health, fitness, and human anatomy.  Creepy, yes.  Effective, must be.




Smarten Up with Andrew Wyatt from Miike Snow



Making art is excellent, but creating a masterpiece with the help of a master artist is even better!  The goal of Smarten Up‘s Creative Learning Workshops is to plant the seed for creativity, inspiration, and curiosity.  We want children to walk away from each workshop experience with an object, image, sound, or movement that will expand their impression of the world around them.  Every moment is filled with unexpected possibilities, and we hope to help our students to discover them.

At our workshop on September 22nd, kids around the ages of 6-12 will have the opportunity to record a song with Andrew Wyatt from Miike Snow.  Upon registration, children will be asked to send a sentence or two about their favorite animal.  At the event, the kids will make their own musical instruments (think water bottle maraca, tin can xylophone, shoe box guitar), and hear how their written submissions have been turned into a song.  Then, Wyatt will direct and record the mini-musicians as they sing and play in order to mix a Smarten Up song from the event.  Kids will not only be able to take home their amazing instruments, but they will also get an MP3 to help them remember the workshop forever.
Where: Above Allen at Thompson LES, 190 Allen Street, New York, NY
When: September 22, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:30ish
Tuition: $25
For more info visit, or call 917-297-3764
Space is limited!


Smarten Up: a Learning Company

I’m sure you don’t know this about me, but I am an educator.  I have worked in the classroom and one-on-one with students of all ages and abilities for the last five years.  I am sharing this random bit of information because I have recently launched a learning company with a colleague, and I am eager to spread the word to everyone and anyone that might be interested.

It is called Smarten Up.  Simple enough, right?!  Our goal is to provide each student with a unique learning experience.  To do this we build games, create visuals, and brainstorm activities that are catered to each child’s interest in order to essentially trick kids into becoming more smart.  But, because we believe that intelligence is so much more than getting good grades, at Smarten Up we also offer what we call “Fun” – one-on-one learning experiences that offer children the opportunity to explore their interests and passions with trained professionals.  Whether a kid wants to become the next Martin Scorsese, Tony Hawk, or Coco Chanel, we will find him or her the perfect teacher to inspire creativity, passion, and determination.


Please spread the word …  It’s a good thing to Smarten Up!

This weekend in NYC

This Saturday, May 14, Wave Hill and the Drawing Center will co-host a day of artist-led drawing activities for all ages. The goal of the day is to connect with nature and landscape through drawing. Artists Lisa Sigal and Franklin Evans have come up with a bunch of specially created projects just for the event. Sigal’s activity will apply a grid to the landscape, and visitors will create drawings at different axis points in order to make a special map of the grounds. Evans’ project will highlight different species of trees – Hemlock, White Pine, and Kentucky Yellowwood – in order to create drawings in space. Using colored artist tape, Evans will group together three clusters of trees, each a unique species, located along the Woodland’s main footpath. A workstation at each cluster will provide source materials about each species, pointing to various literary, art historical, industrial, and biological texts and images that refer to these species. After making drawings on their own pieces of tape, visitors will add them to a continuously growing web of drawings on tape stretching throughout the trees.

This is the second year that The Big Draw has been offered in The Bronx, and there is no experience necessary.  This is a special day for children and adults of all ages, and admission is free!


Wave Hill
West 249th Street and Independence Avenue
Bronx, NY  10471
Tel: (718) 549-3200
Fax: (718) 884-8952
Visit Web Site
Sat, May 14, 2011, 11 am – 4 pm

Rain date: Sunday, May 15.

Animals For Sale

Animals For Sale tells the story of an unusual salesman trying to peddle off a series of exotic animals with rather odd habits – an armadillo who comes home tipsy, a bat that stays out too late, and a flamingo who likes to smoke a pipe.





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ABC is a book that shows how fun letters can be.  It is a simple picture book that pairs words in whimsical ways with the help of alliteration.  You will meet an “ant on an apple,” and a “cat in a cage,” and see “some glasses in green grass.”  This playful alphabet book will give young children the opportunity to delight in language and words, or simply appreciate really beautiful pictures!

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Schoolhouse Rock

Learning can be really hard sometimes, and classes are often really boring. That’s why whenever I want to teach a child something new, I always try to present it in the most interactive, engaging, and exciting way possible.  If it happens to have a tune, animation, and easily get stuck in someone’s head, even better.  That is why I love Schoolhouse Rock.

These musical cartoons were originally made for Saturday morning entertainment on ABC.  The topics covered on the show included grammar, science, economics, history/civicsmathematics, and computers. They are still as relevant as ever, and really are incredible learning tools.  So, next time you’re feeling stuck on the multiplication tables, or the difference between a verb and an adverb, let Schoolhouse Rock sort it out for you!

All the Schoolhouse Rock videos are available for purchase on Amazon.