Kindness, Empathy and the Importance of Practicing Mindfulness

                                                                 “Manners are kindnesses.” Audrey Hepburn

Actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn’s definition of manners came from her mother.  Learning about kindness, empathy and resilience are among the most important lessons we can teach as parents, educators and citizens.

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RARE Creatures & Endangered Species: A Free Family Event/Resources

WGBY invites you to a free afternoon of family fun and learning on July 8 at Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center.  The event includes advance screenings of an upcoming, new three-part series of RARE: Creatures of the Photo Ark, in which viewers will discover the diversity, beauty and value of thousands of species at risk of extinction and Continue reading

Happy July 4th, Our 241st Birthday

 

A CAPITOL FOURTH, our national Independence Day celebration, kicks off our country’s 241st birthday on Sunday, July 2.  From 8:00 – 9:30pm, WGBY will broadcast the all-star musical broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. With 20 cameras around the city, viewers have a great seat for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation!

To learn and teach about the history of America’s birthday and discover Continue reading

PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Nights — Starting Tonight!

If this teaser from Odd Squad:  The Movie makes you smile, then you’ll want to tune in to WGBY’s Kids channel tonight — for the start of our Friday night family movies or themed programming from 7:00-9:00pm.

Produced by The Fred Rogers Co., Odd Squad is on a mission to save the day using math. Continue reading

Newtown: From Grief, A Chance to Teach & Learn More Mindfully

 

Premiering tonight at 9pm on WGBY, the new documentary Newtown from Independent Lens tells the aftermath of December 14, 2012, when 26 died at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

One teacher at PBS Teachers’ Lounge writes, Newtown is the documentary that no one wants to watch, but everyone needs to watch.”  PBS LearningMedia has developed a collection of videos and lesson plans for grades

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Autism Awareness

As we mark Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, you’ll find awesome resources from PBS to engage children across the autism spectrum.

Sesame Street And Autism:  See Amazing in All Children recently announced its expanded commitment to the autism community with all-new educational resources that will culminate in a special episode of Sesame Street that welcomes Julia, our new Muppet friend with autism, to the famed neighborhood.  The “Meet Julia” episode Continue reading

Teaching Character

Whatever grade or subject matter, we teach character not only by curriculum but by the relationships we cultivate with and between students.  If we’re impatient and authoritative, students can be intimidated or rebellious.  When we’re kind and flexible, they can grow individually and together.

Of course, the content of their studies contributes to the content of their characters, Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Mr. Rogers — We Love You, too!

“I don’t think anyone can grow unless he’s loved exactly as he is now, appreciated for what he is rather than what he will be.”  Fred Rogers

Yesterday was Mr. Roger’s birthday.  In this song, he does what he does so well — spreads the importance of being loved and cherished.  (You might want to play this video for children in or out of the classroom on their birthdays or non-birthdays:)

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Cyberchase Step It Up! for 4 Springfield Schools & Resources for All Grades 2-5

As this clip shows, Cyberchase teaches kids to use their heads when it comes to taking care of their bodies. (Watch more Cyberchase and you’ll see how mathematics fits into the equation:)

Math meets movement in Springfield this month as WGBY leads local students in the Cyberchase Step It Up! program.  Because our bodies and minds are interconnected, we’re grateful to  Continue reading