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PBS KIDS Oh Noah is designed to teach Spanish to children ages six to eight through animated videos with embedded games that help build vocabulary.  While many of us can intrinsically appreciate the benefits of bilingualism, an article last month in the NY Times blog Well, entitled “The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals,” went beyond looking at some of the obvious advantages of being bilingual, such as being able to experience more diverse conversations and experiences.

The article referenced two recent studies that “demonstrate that multilingual exposure improves not only children’s cognitive skills but also their social abilities.”  Resources for bilingual education (more…)

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As we reflect on the season and anticipate a brand New Year, WGBY’s Community Engagement and Education Department is grateful for the chance to make an impact on communities in our region.

This blog is one way we’re able to reach out to you every weekday with inspiring WGBY/PBS resources that support lifelong learning.

We send you warm wishes for the holiday season and think you’ll enjoy this (more…)

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On any given day across America, approximately 660,000 drivers use cell phones or manipulate electronic devices.  Nationwide, more than 1,300 people are injured every day on the nation’s highways as a result of a distracted driving crash.  Who better to lead a first-of-its-kind project to turn the tide on texting and driving — “Game Over: Empowering Kids to Prevent Distracted Driving” — than Ruff Ruffman: Humble Media Genius, who has generated 40 million video streams since its launch last year and won a Parent’s Choice Gold Award?

The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Governor’s Highway Safety Program and WGBH created this initiative to encourage kids to become better passengers and to play an active role in helping parents keep their eyes on the road.  In addition to the resources shown in this video, you’ll find (more…)

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While your days can start early and end late — and perhaps because they do — you need to hear stories of others who face difficulty with bravery and even humor.  (You might even listen to this 17-minute talk as you get ready for school in the morning.)

Sakena Yocoobi tells her story with humility, subtle humor, and conviction.  Even though she was able to leave Afghanistan, get an education and become a professor in the U. S., and bring her family here, she was not satisfied.  She returned to her native land and, as founder and executive director of the Afghan Institute of Learning, now provides teacher training to Afghan women as well as education for girls and boys throughout the country.

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You’ve likely heard of the “summer slide,” when many children during the summer break can lose up to two months of learning while away from formal education.  WGBY and @Overstock are supporting literacy in our community this summer by distributing books to children in need.  Now until August 15th, you can help support this mission (more…)

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As healthy as this homemade ice cream from Jaime Oliver for PBS Parents looks, we need educate ourselves and students about the consequences of sugar consumption.  Since Sunday was “National Ice Cream Day” and — if there’s ever a time to give into the temptation of a sweet treat, perhaps it’s ice cream, PBS LearningMedia can help with the celebration, tying the sweet treat to education and science.  At the same time, other PBS resources can offer important insights into sugar’s dangers.
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I hope this Sesame Street clip made you smile as it did me.  Truth be told, few children at school may feel as sad as Burt about losing something.  I once stumbled across my son’s winter jacket in piles of lost and found items lining the hallway where my classroom was located  and, not only was my son not sad (or angry) at the lost, but he seemed not to have even noticed its loss.   A recent NY Times article, “Lost and Found Yields Trove of Treasures at End of School Year,” considers the absence of logic in items traditionally found but rarely claimed by school’s end and the useful purpose many of these “spoils” (more…)

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