50 Years of Sesame Street — A Force for Good in 150 Countries

Regardless of the grade you may teach, please take a few minutes to watch this joyful Sesame Street Season 50 Anthem that launches a year-long celebration.

Sesame Street is now the longest-running children’s show in American television history.  As a recent press release explains, “Set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement and the war on poverty, Sesame Street was created to answer a simple question:  could television be used to  Continue reading

Special Podcast for Kids — A Day in the Life of a Young Refugee

A special episode produced for kids by FRONTLINE spends one day with Muzamil, a 12-year-old Somali boy growing up in Kenya’s Dadaab Refugee Camp. It began with Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath, whose children are nine and 12 years old.  “’As a journalist and mom, I felt like there was something missing from the media landscape: smart, in-depth current affairs programming that parents could play for their kids,’” she says. “’I thought, ‘This is an area FRONTLINE can explore.'”

Meant to appeal to both adults and the children in their lives, the podcast has producer Bianca Giaever and reporter Roopa Gogineni ask Muzamil questions from American kids about Continue reading

PBS KIDS’ LET’S Go LUNA! Shows Children the World

LET’S GO LUNA! is the newest addition to PBS KIDS’ line up of programs dedicated to teaching and inspiring our youngest viewers.  As The Wall Street Journal reports today in an article entitled In ‘Let’s Go Luna,’ PBS Offers a Global Message, “the new children’s TV series emphasizes appreciation for other cultures . . . ”

Research shows that young children have limited exposure to social studies concepts in school, and LET’S GO LUNA! helps address this gap by encouraging kids ages 4-7 to explore and appreciate cultures worldwide and build global citizenship and social skills.  While LETS GO LUNA! launches tomorrow, November 21, PBS LearningMedia already offers Continue reading

Family Fun & Learning at WGBY Kids Fan Day

This year’s WGBY Kids Fan Day on Saturday, November 3, from 10am — 3pm promises to be the best ever!  Along with PBS KIDs characters that children love  — Curious George, Daniel Tiger & the Springfield Museums’ The Cat in the Hat — families will find PBS Kids-themed activity stations with arts & crafts, interactive games, or musical explorations hosted by community partners.  Free, kid-sized iced cream courtesy of Friendly’s will make the celebration even better.

At WGBY’s Kids tables, we’ll have fun & learning for not only kids but parents and educators with  Continue reading

Summer Fun & Learning with WGBY

Many of these snapshots capture four interns from Springfield’s Putnam Technical-Vocational Academy and one from the University of Massachusetts as they engaged children during WGBY’s 2018 Summer of Fun & Learning.  Throughout the summer, WGBY interns and staff visited Pre-K classrooms at the YMCA and Head Start where we read with children, played PBS KIDS digital games with our mobile media lab and participated in other fun, hands-on learning.

During our weekly visits we were also able to bridge classroom to home with resources from  Continue reading

Researched-Based, Free Family Science Apps from PEEP Family Science

Peep and the Big Wide World, the Emmy Award-winning series that teaches STEM to an early childhood audience, has an all-new series of free digital apps in Spanish and English—along with extensive supports for educators who work directly with families.

Research shows that media can enhance children’s learning—especially when used with an adult and as a springboard for hands-on exploration. The new  Continue reading

Teacher Appreciation Week — For All the Teachers in Our Lives

As we see in this clip,  Eleanor Roosevelt, herself a teacher, recognized the importance of appreciating teachers.  From learning to tie our shoe laces to studying small and large worlds, our lives are enriched by classroom teachers and by the parents, caregivers and others who inspire us with acts of generosity and kindness.

For Teacher Appreciation Week, PBS has a wealth of resources to celebrate the teachers who have touched our lives.  Continue reading

Celebrate Libraries, Including WGBY’s DVD Collection at the Springfield City Library

How many of us remember going to neighborhood libraries, perhaps still going to feed our curiosity or seek individual/ community space?  National Library Week, April 8-14, is a chance to celebrate the importance of libraries in our lives and to nurture students’ appreciation of them.

In addition to this All About the Holidays video Continue reading

Early Elementary STEM Resources from Cyberchase

The current season of Cyberchase, the Emmy award-winning animated math mystery show, offers a whole new collection of early elementary STEM resources.

In case you’ve missed it, the program features a team of curious kids who use their math and problem solving skills to outsmart the villain Hacker in their quest to save Cyberspace.  Live-action For Real segments explore the show’s math topics in every day Continue reading

Fred Roger’s Legacy — Teaching with Love & Imagination

Whether accepting an award before a celebrity-studded audience or demonstrating the art of tying shoe laces to his young viewers, Fred Rogers taught with love and imagination.

As a result, children loved him.  A recent article in the online periodical JSTOR Daily, Long Live Mr. Roger’s Quiet Revolution, tells how in 1969 children across the country sent in dollar bills and pennies totaling $4,000 to keep their favorite neighbor on the air.

Fred Rogers would have been 90 years old on March 20, and to honor him there are plans for Continue reading