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One year ago bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line.  A new digital project by Boston’s WGBH, Arthur Family Health, has a major section called “Resilience” that can be a timely resource for teachers and parents to talk about images and issues that are flooding the media at this time.  (more…)

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We hope you’re familiar with the long running PBS KIDS program, Arthur, with its warmly drawn settings and even more heartwarming themes.  Now there’s a new Arthur site with games, videos, and resources designed to keep families safe and strong.

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MoveItMerlin_0You can help students make good choices about healthier lifestyles with a new PBS LearningMedia collection from MOVE IT! and Kids in Motion projects, which show teachers how to incorporate movement in the elementary classroom and offers kids exciting wellness activities from calming yoga poses to step-by-step healthy, low-budget after-school snack creation.  (more…)

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indexColorín Colorado, a bilingual site is filled with useful information, strategies, and resources whether for the ESL teacher or content area teacher with one or two English learners in class.  Although many activities have been designed for PreK-3 children, most can be adapted for students through high school, with many strategies applicable to all students, regardless of their primary language. (more…)

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APC - Signature ImageWGBY airs a perennial favorite, Arthur’s Perfect Christmas, on December 10 from 4:30- 5:30pm and on December 25 from 7:00 – 8:00am.  Children and fans of all ages can watch the plans underway for the best holiday season ever as Arthur’s family and friends make preparations for perfect gifts, parties, and traditions for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. But, as things begin to fall apart, Arthur learns that the joy in Christmas is found in the wonderfully messy, imperfect world he lives in.

Curious George A Very Monkey Christmas - 2In Curious George:  A Very Monkey Christmas, George and The Man with the Yellow Hat worry about what to give each other for Christmas and in the process they, too, discover the true spirit of the holidays.  WGBY will air this heartwarming hour-long special again on Saturday, December 14 at 7:00am, and Wednesday, December 25 at 7:00am and 4:00pm.  In addition to the broadcast of the Christmas special, the Curious George website has been transformed into a winter wonderland.  Highlights include:  Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas preview, Present Time, an online Christmas-themed game, and Christmas coloring sheet in the Printables section.

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Daniel 2Everyone’s favorite tiger is back with an all-new app. Based on PBS KIDS’ hit show DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, Daniel Tiger’s Day & Night app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch helps kids learn basic morning and nighttime routines from Daniel Tiger as he gets ready for school in the morning and ready for bed at night.

Designed for children ages 2-4, the app’s songs and games encourage kids to tap into their imaginations as they make believe with Daniel. Kids can set the breakfast table, tie their shoes, and listen to a bedtime story – all with Daniel Tiger!

Additional features include:

  • 8 games about morning and nighttime routines
  • Good Morning and Good Night strategy songs
  • A timer for parents to help with routines

We hope you’ll share Daniel Tiger’s Day & Night app with parents, family, and friends.

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hi_pov-neurotypicalNeurotypical — broadcast on WGBY Monday, July 29, at 10:00pm — is an unprecedented exploration of autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves. Four-year-old Violet, teenaged Nicholas and adult Paula occupy different positions on the autism spectrum, but they are all at pivotal moments in their lives. How they and the people around them work out their perceptual and behavioral differences becomes a remarkable reflection of the “neurotypical” world — the world of the non-autistic — revealing inventive adaptations on each side and an emerging critique of both what it means to be normal and what it means to be human.  Preview.

In addition to the resources you’ll find at the POV:  Documentaries with a point of view website, PBS LearningMedia has the following:

 Susan Levy on Advances in Autism Research:  Dr. Levy says that because the characteristics of autism disorders range so widely, it has been difficult for scientists to pin down causes and develop effective treatments. But, she says she has hope.   (Audio, Grades 7-13+)

Is Autism Genetic or Environmental?  In this video segment from Greater Boston, learn about conflicting theories regarding the cause of autism.  (Video, Grades: 9-12)

Visual Supports:  A fact sheet for understanding visual supports.  (Document with Background Essay & Discussion Questions,  Grades 4-8)

We’d love to hear what you think about the program, this subject or any of these resources.

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exploreSpring is finally here!  PBS KIDS is celebrating the outdoors with some of your favorite PBS KIDS series.  Find fun activities, games and TV schedules that encourage a love of nature at Explore the Outdoors.  On this specialized section of the PBS KIDS website, you’ll find dozens of games that related to learning from the environment and the animals that live there.  Here’s just a sampling of the activities you’ll find there:

  • In the Park with Skits from Martha Speaks
  • Wilson and Ditch’s Junior Ranger Game
  • The Cat In the Hat Knows A lot About That’s Huff-Puff-a-Tron

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Just as adults struggle to understand the devastating explosions at the Boston Marathon, children also need help to deal with the frightening news they see and hear from various sources.  Fred Rogers long ago understood the best ways to nurture healthy young people during good times and bad , and he left a legacy that supports educators and parents today.   Thanks in part to the assistance of UNC-TV, North Carolina’s public television network, and public television station WTVI Charlotte, a  booklet entitled  Helping Children Deal with Tragic Events in the News:  Timeless wisdom from Fred Rogers for parents, caregivers and teachers is available to you.

In it you’ll find information about what children fear at times such as these, how to make them feel more secure, how to talk and listen to them as well as other helpful hints.  The booklet also shares the story Fred Rogers often told about his mother’s words to him as a boy when he watched frightening news:  “My mother would say to me, ’Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’  Teachers have always been among the world’s helpers, and we hope you’ll find this wisdom from Fred Rogers helpful.

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playPBS KIDS has launched PBS Parents Play & Learn, its first app designed specifically for parents to help them build early math and literacy skills for children 4 and under.  The app provides interactive activities to help parents turn everyday tasks into learning opportunities. PBS Parents Play & Learn is available for FREE for iOS, Android, and now on Google Play and on the NOOK Store.

The app provides more than a dozen games parents can play with their kids, each themed around a familiar location, including the grocery store, restaurant or home. The app not only provides games, but gives parents advice on adapting these games in real-life settings and the option to receive push notifications with more tips for building skills. The app divides activities into three stages: baby, toddler and preschool.

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