If you're the parent of a Wake County kindergartner, you've probably heard of Letterland, a popular method to teach young children phonics and is used across Wake's system and many others.
The program features Letterlander characters that represent each of the letters. There's Clever Cat, Harry Hat Man, Red Robot and so on. When I was "interviewed" by my daughter's Wake County kindergarten class, one of the most critical questions was "Who is your favorite Letterlander?" (My answer, of course, was "Kicking King.")
It's designed for kids ages 3 to 8 (my daughter also did it in preschool) and offers a motivational framework to help kids hone their early reading skills. They love it! And they'll really love seeing the characters in person next month when they make their annual pilgrimage to Tweetsie Railroad in May.
Letterland will be at Tweetsie from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 3 to May 5 and May 10 to May 12. Several characters will be there. Park attendees also can ride Talking Tess¹s train, visit Eddy Elephant¹s Gem Mine, take a spin on Firefighter Fred¹s Ferris Wheel and participant in other activities. Letterland has been coming to Tweetsie since 2007.
Letterland fills up quickly. Advance reservations are required. School groups receive a special Letterland rate of $22 for children ages 3 to 12 and $38 for children age 13 and up. Golden Rail Season Pass holders can bring their pass for free admission. Daily admission to Tweetsie Railroad is $44 for adults and $28 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free.
Tweetsie Railroad's website has more information. It's about 3.5 hours from Raleigh.
Letterland characters also will be making appearances at Pullen Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 14. More details to come on that.