Here’s a timely video for teaching the little folk about the multiple holidays that are celebrated this time of year. Plans are under way in Elwood City for the best holiday ever! Arthur Read, the world’s most famous aardvark, and his friends are making preparations for the perfect holiday season to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. But Arthur and his friends discover that holiday joy isn’t found in the artificial vision of “perfect”, but in the wonderfully messy imperfect world they live in. Borrow this delightful and informative DVD (Arthur’s Perfect Christmas), by clicking here.
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Produced by WGBH in Boston, Martha Speaks is a fantastic PBS Kids program that takes its name from a beloved dog, Martha, who can talk. Why? Because she eats alphabet soup! And with so many letters in her head, Martha effectively teaches children new vocabulary words, some of which will astonish you.
At the start of the holiday season, children will immediately warm to the family-themed MARTHA’S THANKSGIVING, a special episode where Martha searches for her long-lost canine family as her owner, Helen, has an extended family coming together for Thanksgiving. The program airs on WGBY this Monday, November 25, and again on Thanksgiving Day at 6:30am, a time that usually finds kids ready to start their day!
Parents and teachers don’t have to rise early to discover the great learning resources that accompany Martha Speaks. At the Martha Speaks Parent and Teacher’s website, you’ll find expert research and activities as well as curriculum for Martha Speaks Reading Buddies and Martha Speaks Read Aloud Book Club — all great resources that support students oral vocabulary growth.
The following resources can help engage students over this Halloween season of ghouls, ghosts and all things slimy. For our youngest trick or treaters, you can also visit PBS Kids to find videos and activities from favorite characters such as Curious George, Clifford, and Arthur who will be among those celebrating this creepy, fun time!
Halloween Spooky Science Special (Grades PreK-1): Investigate spooky animals, conduct a slimy science experiment, and listen to a song about Halloween parades!
Worm Slime! (Grades 1-3) :Learn all about the characteristics of worms and what makes up their slimy structure! Students learn that worms have tiny hairs, a head with no eyes or ears, are covered in slime, and can have over 100 segments!
PBS NewsHour Presents: The Zombie Autopsies (Grades 8-12): Inspired by Dr. Steven C. Scholzman’s “The Zombie Autopsies,” this series of lessons uses the undead to teach the living about the brain.
Big Kid Caillou – Caillou learns a lesson about the importance of not hiding who you really are; Caillou’s Glasses — Caillou learns the importance of good vision after playing with a pair of pretend glasses; Caillou’s Dance Party — Caillou learns there’s more than one way to do things; Helping Mrs. Howard — Caillou learns that friendship is often the best form of help; Caillou’s Fun Run — Caillou learns that winning isn’t everything in a race; The New Girl — Caillou welcomes a new girl at preschool after remembering what it was like to be “the new kid.”
Borrow “Big Kid Caillou” for a month by clicking here.
Everyone’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.
On June 17, the last day of school for Springfield Public Schools, WGBY held its last Bark About Books kick offs in 7 Springfield schools. All graduating kindergarteners in these schools – over 575 of them — received a Martha Speaks bag & book. Almost 400 hundred families are enrolled in the summer reading program, designed to help stem the “summer slide” when children can lose important skills they and their teachers work hard to acquire during the school year.
Bark About Books kick offs have been a wonderful time to talk and read with these beautiful, enthusiastic children and to impress upon families the importance of reading and talking together throughout the summer. The children express their love of PBS Kids programs such as Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog, and when they see the Martha plush, they call out her name and often say “I love Martha.” Such beloved characters can be strong motivation for learning!
Students enrolled in the program are mailed 5 books over the summer as a way to encourage family reading. Thanks to WGBY’s partnership with WGBH in Boston, who receives funding from the Krueger Foundation, Bark About Books has served nearly 1000 Springfield kindergarteners over the past 3 years.
We’d appreciate hearing from you about the “summer slide” and school calendars that interrupt student learning for over two months each summer.
Word Girl makes it fun to teach new words to preK-2 learners. In this recently released DVD, Miss Power, along with her sidekick, Colonial Giggle Cheeks, is new in town. Is she a friend or a foe? She uses mean words against others and is certified bully! Will Word Girl be able to defeat Miss Power without sinking to her level and save the city?
Bonus: “A World Without Wordgirl.” The video introduces 16 new vocabulary words. You can borrow “The Rise of Miss Power” (I.D. 2255) for a month by clicking here .
Spring 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
PBS 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.