Getting your child involve in extracurricular activities can affect their academic performance in school. It also helps kids with time management, relieving stress, and builds self-confidence. Extracurricular activities such as basketball, choir, and chess clubs have been proven to have positive impacts on kids’ success in and outside the classroom! It is also another way to stay active and in shape. “When parents promote fitness as an important family value, preschoolers are more likely to remain active throughout childhood—even as many of their peers turn to television shows and computer games,” says Michelle May, who is an advisor to the American Academy of Family Physicians’. Exercising can be very boring if done the wrong way. Here are some tips to make things more interesting. 1.) The key to making exercise more interesting is finding something you enjoy doing so it forces you to do it. 2.) Make it a family event by blasting your favorite music and dancing with your kids, 3.)Play video games with your kids that requires moving around, 4.)Make a deal with yourself and kids to watch your favorite PBS show as a reward after working out. Following these tips will make you well on your way to living a more active life! Check out your favorite PBS shows here.
THOMAS AND FRIENDS TO THE RESCUE themed shows will be held on March 17-21st including two brand new episodes! Thomas and friends have proven to be a sufficient resource that attracts huge number of kids! The new Thomas sites launched on August with 1.5 million total streams that month, and have been averaging over 1 million per month since. The total streams for all mobile platforms combined have averaged 10.6 million per month. Still can’t get enough of Thomas and friends? Check out the two new games Many Moods and Engine Repair.You can also catch cool new episodes and old episodes of Thomas and Friends.
Tune in to PBS KIDS on February 10th for All New Episodes of Curious George! Curious George is an animated television series that promotes hands-on exploration, and explains various concepts in math and science. Season 8 premieres with ALL NEW Episodes with special celebrity guest Carol Burnett! Get your family and friends together for this exciting event to Join George on his adventure with Carol Burnett to the toy factory, where he learns all about engineering and how his toys work. Check your local listings here to see when Curious George is on in your town. There will also be two Curious George activities being offered on the DiscoverE’s website.
Are you in desperate need of some good old-fashioned quality time with your kids? There’s nothing more bonding than sitting down at your kitchen table and letting those creative juices flow. A fun way to spend time with your kids is to sit down and make puppets with them. Peg+ Cat is a popular show on PBS KIDS that kids love. Peg + Cat inspires preschool children to see math as exciting, accessible and fun. The show teaches measurement, shapes, and patterns, and a wide range of fundamental pre-math skills. To spice things up a bit you can make Peg + Cat puppet sticks. Don’t know where to start? PBS Parents provides you with sources that walk you through the process step by step. Click here for more information.
“Eating healthier food” is on most people’s lists for starting the new year off right, and many want to spend less time eating out and more time cooking with their families. Crafting dishes that appeal to young and relatively critical eaters can be especially tough. If you don’t know where to turn, look no further than PBS Parents–providing you with top notch resources for the holidays, homeschooling, hat making, and everything in between–and now with Kitchen Explorers. Kitchen Explorers is the place to go for delicious and easy recipes the whole family will love!
Recipes are sorted into 6 categories (breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, birthdays, picky eaters and snacks) to make your quest for the perfect dish go smoothly. If Ham and Broccoli Noodle Casserole or Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Scones don’t make your mouth water, then there are plenty of other delicious options to choose from.
You can even let your kids play with their food, if it doubles as their math homework! Intrigued? Read more here.
There are so many fun ways to help your little ones beat the winter blues! Why not send them off on an imaginative journey to Adventure Camp with Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers, right from the comfort of your own living room? Make sure to tune in on January 20th, 2014 for the premiere of this exciting new special! The episodes will be shown both at 9 am and 2:30 pm on the 20th.
To help you get excited about the special premiere, enjoy this coloring sheet and maze activity sheet. Make sure to check WFSU’s programming schedule for more information about when Dinosaur Train is shown.
The last few weeks before winter break can be tedious, as both students and teachers count down the days till their well-deserved holiday. Make the wait fun with awesome holiday projects from Design Squad Nation.
If things aren’t festive enough in your classroom, start the party with a homemade confetti launcher! You can see a how-to video here and a detailed description of how to make the confetti cannon here.
For some festive and slightly devious holiday merriment, have your students hack a recordable greeting card and turn it into a mini sound system.
If aren’t feeling quite as ambitious, pop-up holiday cards are a fun and easy project the whole class will enjoy.
Happy Holidays from WFSU!
Get your class excited about engineering this fall with fun projects from Design Squad Nation! Children can make their own bristle bots from a toothbrush head and a pager motor, and even design mazes for the bots to run around. Then there is the classic egg drop, where students can test the durability of their egg-protecting structure. Find step-by-step instructions for the egg structure activity here, as well as a how-to video.
This fall PBS KIDS will premiere new episodes of Martha Speaks and Arthur starting November 11, 2013. They will also be debuting a new collection of free digital storybooks. Special guest voice actors, Alan Cumming (MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!; The Good Wife) and Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live), will help kick off the new episode premieres! Make sure to tune in and enjoy the fun!
The new episodes are:
11/11 #507 “Stanley Saves the Day/Milo Goes for Gold” *NEW*
11/12 #506 “Mouse Patrol/The Big Knockover” *NEW*
11/13 #504 “My Mother the Dog/Martha’s Must-Have” *NEW*
11/14 #508 “The Return of Ralph/Little Bo’s Sheep” *NEW*
11/15 #507 “Stanley Saves the Day/Milo Goes for Gold”
11/11 #1701 “Show Off/Dog’s Best Friend” *NEW*
11/12 #1702 “Adventures in Budylon/Ladonna Compson: Party Animal” *NEW*
11/13 #1703 “Molina’s Mulligan/Buster Bombs” *NEW*
11/14 #1704 “Opposites Distract/Just the Ticket” *NEW*
11/15 #1705 “All Thumbs/Kidonia” *NEW*
“Digital media is increasingly present in kids’ formal and informal educational settings, becoming as common as pencils and notebooks were to their parents. Yet in many American classrooms and homes, these high-tech tools are severely limited or forbidden. Teachers and parents wonder: What are students doing with these technologies?”
Do you have questions about your child’s use of digital media, or why it is important? PBS Parents has the answers! Have a look at this article, Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century, then take some time to explore the other fabulous resources including video interviews with media use experts, a list of schools and programs utilizing digital media, discussion guides, and more.
This is a wonderful resource to share with parents and fellow educators, so spread the word!