Charles has written dozens of educational scripts for ABC Mouse covering every area of curriculum, from science to music to language arts. He has also worked as an editor and curriculum designer for Roam and Ramble Media, a mentor for the Fullerton School District, and a TEDx presentation designer.
These screenshots are from a script written for ABC Mouse. Scripts written to meet curriculum goals are especially challenging. Content, entertainment, and retention have to be balanced. Too much content and you lose the child's interest; too much entertainment, and you lose the educational value. Too much repetition is boring; not enough, and the learning won't stick.
Charles' daughter, Nara, wrote a fantasy novel when she was 11, and the sequel when she was 13. These novels won many indie-industry awards, and led to an invitation to do a TEDx presentation. Charles provided visual support for the TEDx Talk which Nara called, "Medusa's Guide to Novel Writing."
Charles is also working with daughter to create a short story curriculum for middle schoolers. It's more important than ever for children to learn how to tell their own stories—fiction and creative non-fiction—and to appreciate the very different stories others have to tell.
Education extends beyond curriculum. Charles is developing a graphic novel based on his mother's experiences as a child in Hiroshima during WWII. Illustrated by Erich Owen, the graphic novel will mesh history, personal experiences, Shinto beliefs and Japanese mythology into a story of love, loss, and forgiveness,