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Timothy Goes to School

PBS (ended 2001)


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Timothy Goes to School

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Timothy Goes to School explores the experiences and feelings of children in kindergarten. Based on a series of children's books by acclaimed author/illustrator Rosemary Wells, the charming animated television program aims to assuage kid's fears about starting kindergarten. Chronicling the comedic adventures of a bright young raccoon named Timothy and classmates such as Nora the boisterous mouse, Fritz the curious skunk, Lilly the forgetful fox, and Yoko the violin-playing cat, the warmhearted series shows that while school can be a lot of work, it can also be a lot of fun. This series teaches youngsters how to behave in school and having a positive attitude - feeling good in school and learning more about the world. A raccoon named Timothy starts kindergarten, and meets many new people and many new friends. He helps others with their challenges and they would help Timothy on something he is struggling on. Yoko, a Japanese cat who is one of Timothy's best friends, is a very talented violin player Fritz the skunk is another one of Timothy's friends who wants to discover new things, leaving a mess behind. Charles is a shy little mouse while Nora is a loud little mouse. Claude is a smart raccoon who thinks he is better than everyone else, Lilly is a forgetful fox, Grace is a wonderful cat dancer, and Doris is a beaver who loves different kinds of paintings than everyone else. The learning components of the school comes from Mrs. Jenkins who taught everyone to get along, helps whenever someone is needed, sings to make all the students happy and Mrs. Appleberry who is student teacher. Henry is the custodian of the school, as well as the school-bus driver, and many of the students consider him a friend. Timothy Goes to School was first released to the U.S. September 30, 2000 as part of an umbrella package called PBSKids Bookworm Bunch. The series was packaged in a three-hour block along with George Shrinks, Corduroy, Elliot Moose, Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse, and Seven Little Monsters. PBS trimmed the three-hour block to a two-hour version, discarding Corduroy and Elliot Moose in late September 2001. PBSKids Bookworm Bunch aired for the last time on Labor Day weekend 2004, and all PBS rights to Timothy Goes to School went with it. Some of the other programs remain today as full length programs on PBSKids, while others are now a part of NBC's Qubo block. Timothy later aired on both TLC and Discovery Kids. About the Author of Timothy Goes to School: One of America's most important and prominent author/illustrators, Rosemary Wells has crafted the words and pictures of more than 50 books for children, including Shy Charles, Noisy Nora and the popular Max and Ruby series, which has also been adapted as a television program. Her keen understanding of children is the hallmark of her story-telling. By engaging young readers on their own level and timing, Wells connects and creates a safe place for kids to learn, grow and feel good about themselves and their special world. Currently, Timothy Goes to School does not air on any U.S. network. It was dropped from Discovery Kids in 2006, though it's possible it may resurface at some point in the future. Two DVD releases are available. For those viewing in Canada, the program can be seen on the Knowledge Network in 15 minute blocks at 5 P.M. weekdays. It can also be seen on Treehouse TV at various times. Check listings in other markets.moreless
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  • Nelvana teaches us the basics of Kindergarden.

    Timothy goes to school is an adaptation of the Timothy goes to school books, it is about a Young Raccoon named timothy and his friends in Hilltop School. I will go over the characters first, We have Timothy himself, Yoko, A Japanese Cat, Nora, A noisy Mouse, Lilly, A forgetful Fox, Frank 1 and 2, twin dogs who enjoy being together, Doris, a never and the tallest in the class, Fritz, a skunk who enjoys science, Claude, A Raccoon who is a show off, Grace, an upper class cat who is quick tempered, and Juanita, a cat and the newest member of hilltop school who only appeared in the last episode. Then we have the Teacher, Mrs Jankins, Henry the school bus driver, etc. i say this show has good educational value and thats a good reason why i like it, Each episode is a standalone, and each episode is 11 minutes long. There are no downsides to this show, despite Jack, Noras Brother being quite annoying sometimes, but its better than george The Brat from Peppa Pig, overall, this Nelvana cartoon gets a 9/10 with the title of Amazing!moreless
  • This show is really good

    This show is really good
  • This show is so cool

    I love this show its very educational and it teaches people all new lessions about friendship.The main character is so nice and his friends are so nice aswell.If something goes wrong for me i watch this show to help me with my problem!Love the show and they should do a comeback except they can be in 1st or 2nd grade.
  • This is a really good show that should be brought back.

    This is a great show with really good characters. I like the way the characters have a lot of depth for their personalities (especially for a kids show). I also like the way the show makes you really fell sorry, mad or happy at the characters. The show has good humor and the storylines are really good. The way friendships and rivalry’s are portrayed on this show is also very well done. The theme song is probably the best I’ve ever heard. Timothy Goes to School is an excellent show that deserved more than 26 episodes and should be brought back.moreless
  • My personal favorite as a child. Each episode is an adventure, focusing on different children in a classroom full of fun, friendship and love.

    Timothy Goes to School is about a group of students (animals) and their adventures going to Kindergarten at Hilltop School.

    This show is extremely believeable. Even though the cast is animals, this show is filled with fun, friendship and love. Each episode has a classic lesson, teaching us the importance of respect and friendship.

    I used to enjoy singing along to their 'anthem'. It was hard to choose a favorite character when almost each of them posessed a heart of gold.

    The songs in the show are catchy, upbeat and easy to clap to.

    Though the title of the show implies that Timothy is the main character, he isn't. Most of the episodes *are* based on him.

    "It's a brand new day so come on and play in the world thats waiting for you it's about to begin, so come on in. There's so much to do at school. And you can do anything if you try, with friends like Timothy by your side. It's a new adventure. It's a brand new day. Anything can happen, when Timothy goes to school" (anthem: when we laugh and we play. Welcome to this brand new day").moreless