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Tonight at 10:00 WGBY airs Independent Lens Happiness, which looks at how television may affect Peyangki, a Bhutanese child, when his remote village is connected to electricity.  How will the images coming from access to 46 television stations for 13 hours every day shape him?  A PBS NewsHour classroom resource looks at how poetry (more…)

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You can again view the recently aired Ice Warriors:  USA Sled Hockey this Saturday, November 15, at 7:30pm on WGBY’s World channel  or at various other times that you’ll find on our website.  In addition to the stories of inspiring athletes that you’ll see, you can find classroom resources (more…)

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In addition to this new PBS series, Navy Seals – Their Untold Story, which airs tonight at 9pm on WGBY, we have many more compelling resources related to veterans.  On Wednesday, November 12, at 8pm, A Call to Action: A Veterans Coming Home Special will be broadcast live from the WGBY studios to tackle difficult issues that face veterans and to provide much needed local resources.  In honor of Veterans Day, PBS LearningMedia has classroom content about the Navy Seals and our country’s veterans. (more…)

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Tonight from 6:30 – 7:30 you can join the webinar Finding Your Roots in the Digital Age with Harvard scholar and PBS host Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  In this live webinar, you’ll see how he uses science to illuminate history and enhance his storytelling about the histories of guests such as the ones you see in this video.  You’ll also learn strategies for integrating classroom-ready social studies and science resources (more…)

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Grandparents often express amazement and pride at the genius of their grandchildren.  In truth, children’s natural intelligence and capacity to learn challenging concepts can often be underestimated, even by educators.  The documentary Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy through Picture Books by Julie Akeret and presented by WGBY, which was in production when we shared it here late in August, is ready to air tonight at 8p.  For those of you unable to watch, the film will be available at WGBY’s website after its premiere. 
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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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On Monday, October 27, and again on Friday, October 31, from 8:00 – 9:00am, WGBY airs Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest and new episodes.  Because active learning begins with curiosity, this No. 1 show among households, kids 2-5, kids 2-11 and moms, provides strong motivation for children to learn science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills with a beloved character.  Throughout the year, PBS KIDS offers resources for the classroom and home (more…)

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