Celebrating Juneteenth & Teaching About Slavery

Recently, you may have been hearing about Juneteenth — another word for June 19 — which is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.  As we learn in this All About the Holidays video (and much more!), Juneteenth is now celebrated in communities  across the country since its origins in Texas.

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Virtual Field Trips from NOVA!

 

The following post was written by MaiCherish Harris, Elms College student and intern at WGBY/NEPM.

School closings came with the loss of a very special learning experience:  field trips.  As things open back up, families may be looking for ways to make up for lost time. They may also be looking for ways to keep children engaged over summer break.

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Hero Elementary Blasts onto the PBS KIDS Scene!

As we see in this video clip, Hero Elementary is a school for budding superheroes.  Here kids learn to master their innate powers, like flying and teleportation, while exploring science along the way. The new series, which recently premiered, gives children ages 4 to 7 important tools to help solve problems by encouraging them to think and act like scientists, igniting their natural curiosity.  The show also showcases character and social-emotional concepts such as kindness, empathy, and commitment to working together.

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Virtual Classrooms Made Inviting & Productive

This post was written by MaiCherish Harris, WGBY education intern and student at Elms College:

When schools originally closed, families believed it would only be for a short period of time. That time was extended repeatedly until schools were finally closed for the rest of the year. This was a difficult change for everyone involved.

Even now some educators are unsure how to  Continue reading

Releasing Kids’ Energy Indoors

This post was written by MaiCherish Harris, WGBY Education Intern  studying at Elms College:

While families may now find themselves able to go outdoors in limited ways, there will still be many occasions where they need to stay inside. 

Staying indoors during this difficult time may be one of the most challenging changes for children and families, especially as  Continue reading

Helping Children Develop Emotional Resilience during Coronavirus

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) recently shared a new brief about how to provide a nurturing environment for children and support the development of their emotional resilience.  It also shares ways that non-parents can help friends and family members with children.
The brief addresses what it calls practicing the 3 R’s: Reassurance, Routine, and Regulation and gives practical, intelligent suggestions about issues such as validating children’s feelings when

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Coping Tips for Students When Everything’s Canceled

While we want to do all we can to help students focus on academic learning, we also have to acknowledge the toll that the COVID-19 crisis has had on their social lives and offer them support.

KQED Learn, San Francisco’s PBS station, is a free platform for middle and high school students to tackle big issues and build their media literacy and critical thinking skills in Continue reading

Teacher Appreciation — Fred Rogers Always Loved His Teachers

During Teacher Appreciation Week, we again look to Fred Rogers’ for his wisdom and gratitude in order to express our appreciation to the legions of regional teachers working hard to keep students learning during the COVID-10 pandemic.

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Caring for Each Other with Sesame Street

 

Sesame Street offers fun, caring and intelligent support during the COVID-19 health crisis as families everywhere are creating a “for now normal.”  

Children thrive with structure in their lives, and they learn best through play — even in everyday moments.  Teachers/parents also need support to maintain this structure.  That’s why Sesame Street   Continue reading

EARTH DAY — 22 APRIL 2020

On Earth Day 2020 our shared crisis keeps most of us close to home.  Perhaps now more than ever we need to be resourceful in celebrating our planet and keeping it and ourselves healthy into  the future.

As we inhabit Earth during these uncharted times, we can lift our spirits by appreciating individuals like Rachel Carson who, at great sacrifice,  Continue reading