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ODD SQUAD, a brand-new PBS KIDS program from the Fred Rogers Company aimed at kids ages 5-8 begins today at 7am & 4:30pm. Two young agents, Olive and Otto, are part of Odd Squad, an agency whose mission is to save the day whenever something unusual happens in their town.   As they problem-solve and set things right, a math concept   (more…)

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Thomas, blue tank Engine No. 1  on Thomas & Friends, traveled to Springfield on October 9 when WGBY’S Community Engagement and Education Department hosted Buen Provecho at Gerena Community School. With eyes rolling and steam puffing, Thomas charmed fans and was a special delight to one little boy with autism.  As the child waved and talked to Thomas, even waiting patiently while the busy engine took a rest, his mother shared that her son loved Thomas, who had replaced an earlier fascination with Spider Man, a character who proved too aggressive. She said that her son’s therapist even brought Thomas & Friends materials to use as motivation when they worked together.

Beloved characters like Thomas help children stay enthusiastic about learning, and Thomas & Friends educational materials support 2-5 year olds to develop social-emotional skills and build an early foundation for preschool success. (more…)

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There is so much information available to students searching the Internet these days. Some of it is good, some downright dangerous. How to separate the good from the bad without diminishing the value of the Internet as an information tool? The eSchool News article, 3 ways internet filtering inhibits learning, written by , offers four  practical suggestions.  You’ll find resources (more…)

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86524740A recent article in the New York Times, Helping Kids Take Criticism Constructively (Even When It Isn’t Constructive), gives insightful information about  learning, teaching and practicing how to face the full range of criticism in ways that make children (and all of us) grow rather than inflate or despair.  Citing writers from the Harvard Negotiation Project, Standford University psychologist Carol Dweck and others, Jessica Lahey points out the importance of seeing ourselves as changing rather than static beings, and she details ways we can help young people be resilient and see the way forward (more…)

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Arthur’s 18th season began airing on WGBY last week.  This long-running PBS KIDS’ show is a strong learning tool for home and classroom settings.  Arthur and his friends will continue to have new adventures that explore childhood challenges with heart and humor while teaching problem-solving and pro-social skills.  The fun continues on the ARTHUR website, where kids, parents, caregivers and teachers can access a variety of educational resources,  (more…)

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Every wish you could send quick reminders and more to students or parents? This brief demo of the ed app 101 is by Remind, an ed tech start up company recently reported on in the New York Times.  The company has raised $40 million this year after creating the free app used by 40 percent of teachers in states like Texas and Georgia to link teachers and parents.  (Approximately a million teachers are reported to be using Remind’s software to communicate with 17+ million students.)  The app allows teachers to remind students about things like homework assignments and to send photos, a great way to help cultivate a culture of belonging.   Parents can also (more…)

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In Motherlode, the parent blog found on The New York Times, the recent piece “Simple Student Routines for Back-to-School Success” shares ideas about organization that kids and adults alike can benefit from, especially at the start of a new school year.  The article includes suggestions for families at the end of the day and sleep time that have the potential to create happier mornings as well as good habits that can last a lifetime. (more…)

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