PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC Collection in PBS LearningMedia

The new PBS KIDS series, PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC, will have its broadcast premiere on WGBY this Monday, February 19. Based on the best-selling HarperCollins Pinkalicious book series by Victoria Kann, the programs will encourage children to explore the arts and spark creativity, covering areas such as music, dance and visual arts.

As Executive Producer Dorothea Gillim notes, “Research shows that participating in the arts strengthens children’s cognitive and emotional skills, and leads to higher academic performance.” Building on the animated series, PBS LearningMedia now has a new  Continue reading

Lorraine Hansberry’s Powerful Play “A Raisin in the Sun”

Anyone who has taught (or simply watched) “A Raisin in the Sun” knows its power to convey the sorrows of social injustice and the hope of a new day.  On Friday, January 19, at 9pm, WGBY premieres American Masters’ Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, which explores the inner life and works of the activist, playwright and author of “A Raisin in the Sun,” Lorraine Hansberry.

You’ll find resources about the play and playwright  Continue reading

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

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.

Resources for classroom and parents can also be found at Continue reading

The Vietnam War — Only On PBS

WGBY premieres Ken Burns and Lynn Novick new documentary series, Vietnam, this Sunday, September 17, at 8pm.  While a 10-part series might seem daunting to some, David Bianculli’s, NPR’s Fresh Air film critic, calls it a “brilliantly structured documentary series,” noting its powerful use of music such as “Led Zeppelin’s ‘Dazed and Confused’ [which] isn’t just a rock song; it’s a battlefield debriefing.”

As Ken Burns himself remarks in this trailer, the film could only have been made only on PBS.  And even before classroom resources Continue reading

Teaching Tolerance In the Classroom

Recent events in Charlottesville may have you thinking about what more you can do to help students become tolerant and fair-minded adults.  At least as important as your subject matter is the classroom environment you create, one with patience, understanding and love — fertile ground for growing just citizens.

Regardless of age level, the following sites offer resources for both Continue reading