Welcome to Kimbo's Blog!


Welcome to Kimbo's Blog!

Kimbo was founded in 1958 and is based in Long Branch, NJ. Kimbo Educational's award-winning line of over 350 CDs and several DVDs address children's needs for exercise, learning basic concepts and skills, and abundant opportunities to enjoy play and fun. Kimbo recently launched a download site so customers can purchase our music in MP3 format and enjoy their music instantly!

Please enjoy our blog and come back often. We love questions and comments as well!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!


Imagine, the first Thanksgiving celebration in the colonies lasted 3 days!  Today in America we celebrate Thanksgiving on the 4th Thursday in November. 

Thanksgiving has a long history.  President George Washington made a day of thanks.  President Abraham Lincoln issued a Federal proclamation in 1863 making Thanksgiving an annual Holiday, and Federal Legislation was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1941, marking the last Thursday of November, and later the 4th Thursday of November, as a fixed date for the National Holiday.

Long ago in 1621, the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe prompted by a good harvest, shared a meal of roasted meat, cranberries, corn and shellfish.  They played games and sang songs.  Today we still gather to share a feast of food with our family and friends.  The games are different though – today many people turn on their TV and watch football!  The early settlers gave thanks for their bountiful harvest, and they gave thanks for the rain after a long 2-month drought.  They gave thanks for their gifts, as we do today.

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite Holidays.  I have always savored the thought of the traditional foods and the abundance on our tables and in our lives.  I love celebrating with loved ones and going around the table sharing our gratitude for all we have and for each other; it fills my heart with goodness and warmth.  Not everyone has enough though, and each year I am reminded how fortunate I am to be able to share our bounty with those in need.

When you think of Thanksgiving do you see pumpkins, or Pilgrims, or a cornucopia filled with fruits, flowers, and vegetables, or fruit pies, or an annual Thanksgiving Day parade?  What are you grateful for?

Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from the Kimble Family and their employees.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Hero


Veterans Day is a Federal Holiday observed in the United States on November 11 th every year.

We celebrate the dedication and loyalty of our Armed Service Veterans; they protect our freedom. These men and women are our heroes.

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day because that day commemorated the end of World War One. It occurred on the 11 th hour of the 11 th day of the 11 th month. WWI was thought to be the end of all wars when the Armistice was declared, but unfortunately more wars were to follow. So the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor our service people, both living and dead.

Thank you to all our Veterans. We appreciate your sacrifice more than you will ever know.

How will you celebrate Veterans Day? I went to a parade in my City, and waved a little American flag. It was very moving, and I was so proud of everyone who marched and rode in the floats. A High School marching band carried a really huge American flag stretched out between many young people. They waved it back and forth to the patriotic music of our armed forces. It was beautiful.

Later in our Veterans Park, I saw a painting of a young man handing a folded flag to an older person who was receiving it in memory of her fallen son, and I saw a photograph of the word, HERO, with the scars of a Viet Nam Veteran superimposed inside the letters. My husband bears the scars that were used in the photograph.

Encourage your children to make a flag, write a thank you note, read a story, send a care package, and show gratitude to those who serve our country.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Power is back on and we are open...

Kimbo's electricity has been restored! We are open and processing orders. Thank you for your patience during this difficult time. 

Our continued thoughts, prayers and hope go out to everyone affected by hurricane Sandy.

Sincerely,

Kimble Family and Staff

Monday, November 5, 2012

Dear Friends,

The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy was unprecedented. Our local area of Central New Jersey was hit harder than I can recall. Many of our friends are dealing with the loss of their homes & businesses. Fortunately, Kimbo's headquarters were spared by this terrible storm. With that said, we continue to deal with electrical outages and are hoping to be up-and-running sometime this week. 

On behalf of Kimbo, our warmest thoughts, prayers and hope go out to everyone affected by this tragedy. There is a long road to recovery, but I am confident in our ability to rebuild and get back on track. Thank you all for your patience as we will announce when we are fully operational. 

Kind Regards, 

Jim Kimble 
President

Saturday, November 3, 2012

SPRING AHEAD, FALL BEHIND

 
This weekend Daylight Saving Time is being observed on November 4 at 2:00 a.m.  Not every state or territory observes this tradition first mentioned by Ben Franklin and first implemented during the first World War. 
 
Although not required by Federal Law, if a state or territory does observe Daylight Saving Time, the date has to be uniform.
 
The original idea was to save daylight hours.  While there is some controversy about the effectiveness, most states do participate.
 
I always loved "falling behind" and gaining an hour. It felt like a gift.  I find "springing ahead" in March, and losing an hour, more difficult to adjust to.  What I do appreciate most all the time, however, is the reminder to change your smoke detector batteries on these dates. 
 
Here is a list of the dates that Daylight Saving Time will be observed over the next few years:
 
2013:  March 10 - November 3
2014:  March 9  - November 2
2015:  March 8 -  November 1 
 
So, change your smoke detector batteries - it's the safe thing to do.  Run backwards or do a backward somersault or do a handspring forward. Teach a child about time - time to learn, play, exercise, eat right, sleep. 
 
If you are in Arizona or Hawaii, Puerto Rico and some territories, you won't be changing your clock.  If your state follows Daylight Savings Time though, don't forget, as I have, and go somewhere too early!
 
Kimbo's Telling Time Tunes is a great resource to help children learn about time with clever, fun songs such as "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow", "Minute Hand and Hour Hand", "60 Seconds/60 Minutes", "5-10-15-20".  You can listen to short music clips of these songs and more on www.kimboed.com