Empowering Students to be Safe & Savvy Digital Citizens

Many students returning to the classroom this week are likely to have spent hours online over the summer — playing games, watching videos and possibly much more.  While parents and caregivers may try to oversee children’s navigation of the digital world, it’s essential that students are taught how to be safe, responsible digital citizens.

Cultivating digital citizenship can be tricky, but PBS LearningMedia has engaging resources to Continue reading

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

WGBY Family Fan Fair Celebrates PBS KIDS

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On Saturday, February 25th, from 10:00am – 3:00pm, WGBY celebrates PBS KIDS programs and characters at Springfield’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  In addition to taking part in many activities, children can meet PBS KIDS characters Curious George, Buddy from Dinosaur Train, Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat and Michelangelo of The Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Children who come dressed in a PBS KIDS-inspired costume or a favorite PBS KIDS character can be entered to win an Continue reading

Gifts with Wings & Other Helpful Hints for Supporting Children Through the Winter Holidays

“The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self . . . Whatever you really love to do . . . love that in front of children.  That’s going to be a far more important gift than anything you could ever give them wrapped up in a box with ribbons. . . The last thing . . .  you have to be is perfect at it.  It’s the spirit that gives that kind of gift its wings.”   Fred Rogers

As at Thanksgiving, we think Fred Rogers can help support students, teachers, and parents over the winter holiday season. Continue reading

Thomas & Friends For the Holidays and Year Round, Including Resources for the ASD Classroom

PBS KIDS has discovered that among Thomas & Friends many fans, children on the autistic spectrum love this program from Great Britain, which had its first broadcast in 1984.  (We’ve posted how an autistic child in our region has been helped by Thomas resources in school. Just search Thomas & Friends here on our homepage.)

Over this holiday season, WGBY is airing seasonal episodes of Thomas & Friends, including these 5 new ones beginning on December 12.   In addition to Thomas & Friends classroom resources from Thomas episodes, you’ll find a wide range of tips and activities for incorporating Thomas into an Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) classroom at Continue reading

PBS KIDS Halloween Programming & Teaching Resources

As you can see in this video clip, kids are in for delightfully spooky treats this Halloween season.  WGBY will premiere Halloween-themed movies and episodes and broadcast encore programming.  There will also be plenty of free PBS KIDS apps and hands-on activities, including pumpkin-carving templates with favorite PBS KIDS characters.

This fall, PBS will also offer PreK-12 teachers an easy way to integrate Halloween themes into their instruction with a range of curriculum-aligned videos, lesson plans and games. Continue reading