Celebrating the New Year with Live from Lincoln Center, PBS LearningMedia & More

Standing with you on the threshold of a New Year, WGBY provides inspiring programming and educational resources.  In addition to Live from Lincoln Center and PBS LearningMedia, PBS Kids “A Reboot Eve to Remember,” premieres December 29 at 6:30am on WGBY Kids when all of Cyberspace celebrates a fresh start for the new year.  Parents and kids can even plan their own “Reboot Eve” celebration using Continue reading

A Cure for Holiday Stress — Gratitude

Whether at the end of an old year, with the stress and anxiety that holidays can bring, or at the beginning of a new one — and all the time in between — teaching and practicing an attitude of gratitude can be transformative — as suggested in this video from PBS Digital Studios.

PBS LearningMedia has PreK-12 resources to help you nurture gratitude in students.  From its Transformative Teachers collection (and The Dali Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT), a lesson plan for grades 5-8  Continue reading

PBS TeacherLine Holiday Discount

No need to venture into the cold for professional development this winter.  PBS TeacherLine’s self-paced and facilitated courses for PreK – Grade 12 teachers span the range of curriculum — math, science, reading, social studies, instructional strategies and more — and you can take them without leaving home.

With winter enrollment under way, educators are invited to receive 15% off January courses when they use promo code Continue reading

Holiday Support for Children With Incarcerated Parents

WGBY is proud to support @Sesame Street in Communities and @John Legend’s @FreeAmerica as they spread the important message of support for children who cannot be with loved ones over the holidays.

In addition to this behind-the-scenes’ video filmed at Sesame Street studios with John Legend and some of these children, you can see

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PBS KIDS Digital Vice President Gives TED Talk About Screen Time

This recent Ted talk by Vice President of PBS KIDS Digital, Sara DeWitt, is inspired and inspiring.  As she discusses the need to harness the power of technology as a positive in children’s lives and give parents strategies to make the most of screen time at home, she cites examples and studies of PBS KIDS programs like Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, Curious George and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

In her talk, 3 fears about screen time for kids — and why they’re not true,

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The Impact of AIDS and The End of Extreme Poverty

December 1st is World AIDS Day, and you can help students (Grades: 9-12) understand the impact of AIDS in countries like Mozambique, where AIDS-related diseases are emerging as a major cause of death among children.

As you can see in this trailer,  FILMS BYKIDS: Home is Where You Find It introduces students to sixteen-year-old filmmaker Alcides Soares, an AIDS orphan who, along with Vovo, survives on the income from their food stand, earning just 20 cents a day and Continue reading

Remembering What We Have to Be Thankful For

As we learn in this clip All About the Holidays, Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a holiday in 1863, so we would remember to think about what we have to be thankful for (good practice throughout the year).  As students and teachers  approach the holiday, PBS LearningMedia has a cornucopia of preK-12 resources to engage students in Thanksgiving, its stories and its history.

Among the pages of resources that range from understanding early 17th century colonial society to Daniel Tiger’s Thank You song, you’ll find something to capture the spirit of this uniquely American holiday.  Continue reading

Thomas & Friends for Family Night and the Classroom

Parents and educators have shared their appreciation for Thomas & Friends resources in helping children learn.  This week, PBS KIDS Family Night — which offers a fun, educational movie each Friday — premieres Thomas & Friends “Journey Beyond Sodor.”  This new adventure, airing at 7 p.m. Friday on WGBY Kids, shows that friendship is more important than being the favorite engine.

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WGBY Kids Fan Day This Saturday!

WGBY has a legacy of support for early education and an appreciation for the love that young viewers have for trusted PBS Kids content.  To celebrate, we’re hosting WGBY Kids Fan Day this Saturday, November 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., inside the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.

The day promises fun for everyone in the family with favorite PBS Kids shows represented — from Curious George and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood to The Odd Squad, Wild Kratts and more.  For the many children who come in costume, it’s a chance to wear Halloween costumes one more time and to have a free photo taken.  Tickets may be purchased at the door.  To learn more  Continue reading