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Daniel Tiger Neighbor Day – September 2nd


This September 2nd, Labor Day is also Neighbor Day! Help Daniel Tiger celebrate being a good neighbor with suggestions for fun activities from PBS KIDS including a neighborhood scavenger hunt list and a super duper door sign. PBS Kids will also be putting Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood content and games on iTunes for families to download and enjoy. One great way to say you care is with a special card. Children can make a card on the PBS KIDS website.

Be a Good Neighbor:

  • Have a neighborhood clean-up day – pick up litter, pull weeds, etc. – around the neighborhood or in a local park
  • Help each other with yard work, planting flowers, or making small repairs
  • Volunteer to help at your local animal shelter or soup kitchen

Get to Know Your Neighbors Better:

  • Organize a neighborhood scavenger hunt
  • Have a neighborhood game day:  fly kites, play hopscotch,  jump rope
  • Create a neighborhood time capsule
  • Have a potluck at a park or central location
  • Have a sidewalk chalk art contest
  • Arrange a neighborhood book swap/swap meet

Sesame Street’s 44th Season Starts September 16th!

cookie2Ready, Set…Wait! Sesame Street’s newest season is all about self-regulation — getting a grip on eager impulses and quick emotions. Fun new additions include a segment titled Cookie’s Crumby Pictures and a brand new character, Mando. See below for a more detailed description of what’s to come, courtesy of Sesame Street. Plus, check out Cookie Monster’s hilarious spoof of Icona Pop’s hit song “I Love It.”

Season 44 Curriculum

But don’t get too excited! Season 44’s curriculum focus is all about helping children get a grip on eager impulses and quick emotions. Or in more technical terms: they’ll be training their ability to ‘Self-Regulate’ (e.g. identifying and managing emotions, self-control) and improving their ‘Executive Function’ skills (e.g. working memory, cognitive flexibility). These all-important skills are fundamental to school readiness.

Cookie’s Crumby Pictures

While restraint does not necessarily come easy to Cookie Monster, our hero will help kids master these skills in a new parody-style segment. Cookie bravely attempts to selfregulate his way through a series of blockbuster adventures, including ‘The Spy Who Loved Cookies’ and ‘Cookies of the Carribbean.’ It’s the role of a lifetime!

Hispanic Heritage

Children will be excited to learn about Latin culture as they meet “Mando,” Sesame Street’s newest resident, played by Ismael Cruz Córdova. Mando, a writer from Puerto Rico, will join Maria, Luis, and Muppets Rosita and Ovejita as part of Sesame’s bilingual community.

Gone Readin’ with PBS LearningMedia

300x250 - PBS LearningMedia - Banner - Gone Readin' 2013Hooked on a Good Book: This summer, PBS LearningMedia turns the spotlight on our spectacular collection of resources supporting literacy skills development in grades PreK-12. Educators are invited to visit the new summer literacy collection with featured resources from Martha Speaks, Poetry Everywhere, The Electric Company, and Super WHY! and join PBS for a LIVE webinar with special guests on 7/29.

PBS LearningMedia is a digital content library that offers educators instant-access to over 30,000 FREE resources. The service is designed to enhance teaching and inspire learning by making high-quality, curriculum-targeted content readily available to every classroom in the country. See what PBS LearningMedia has to offer you by creating an account today!

Sesame Street Reaches Out to Children with an Incarcerated Parent

sesamest09 04Sesame Street has just released new online and video content to help young children handle the complex emotions associated with having an incarcerated parent. The new kit titled, “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration” is available in English and Spanish and has multiple components including: a guide for parents and teachers, an “In My Family” storybook, a “How am I Feeling” activity, and much more.

The Sesame Workshop provides more details about the project:

“The number of children with an incarcerated parent has increased nearly 80% in the past 20 years. Nearly 2.7 million children have a parent in state or federal prison, yet few resources exist to support young children and families coping with this life-changing circumstance. Children need to know that it is natural to feel a number of complex emotions – shame, anger, sadness – and that they should feel comfortable talking about them. Meanwhile their care-givers need help maintaining routines and finding ways to talk about incarceration that are age-appropriate for young children.

That’s why Sesame Workshop has created Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration, a new outreach initiative.

This bilingual (English and Spanish), multimedia initiative includes material that can help young children with an incarcerated parent find support, comfort, and reduced levels of anxiety and sadness, as well as provides parents and caregivers with strategies, tips, and age-appropriate language they can use to help communicate with their children about incarceration. Experts who work with children and families affected by incarceration helped Sesame Workshop shape the messages and strategies at the center of the outreach kit. For instance, children with an incarcerated parent need to be reassured that they are still loved by those around them, and that what has happened is not their fault. Or, as Abby Cadabby sings, “You are not alone, we are here for you. We’ll help you through.”

ddLittle Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration is part of a broader initiative designed to build resiliency in young children who are faced with difficult situations. Divorce, incarceration of a parent, and everyday challenging and stressful situations are all subjects Little Children, Big Challenges addresses. The broader initiative grew out of the work Sesame Workshop does to support military families and to help the children of American service-members adjust to the unique challenges and transitions that come with military life.

Sesame Workshop would not be able to bring support and comfort to children with incarcerated parents without the help of a number of invaluable partners. BAE Systems, The Prudential Foundation, Department of Veterans Affairs, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the USO, the Military Child Education Coalition, and The Florence V. Burden Foundation were all crucial in making this important initiative a reality.”

New Summer Literacy Materials from PBS!

untitledHelp your child sharpen their reading skills this summer with fun activities and videos from PBS KIDS!

Each week of the summer a new FREE PBS KIDS episode will be available on iTunes. The episodes become available every Tuesday. This week’s episode is Sesame Street, “There’s an App for That.”

Each week has a special theme and activites to go with the free episode. This week there are a bunch of fun Sesame Street worksheets to go with the theme: “Literacy Quest Week.”

Word Recipes worksheet

The Word on the Street is Compliment worksheet

The Word on the Street is Cheer worksheet

Connect the Dots worksheet

For more information on the PBS summer litaracy initiative see our webpage or visit the PBS Parents site.



Martha will Appear at TYTS’ Splash and Dash Event June 2nd!


Photo courtesy of Natalie Maus

WFSU is excited to be a part of the Tallahassee Youth Triathlon Series’ “Splash and Dash” event and party on June 2nd. After the swimming and running races the participants and their families will gather in front of our station to have a party, and we will be there with fun Martha Speaks™ themed activities. Even Martha herself will make an appearance! So, if your children are participating in the races, make sure to stop by and say hi!

WFSU is also thrilled to have volunteers from the Leon County Humane Society coming out to take the Martha fun to the next level. Volunteers will have dogs for children to pet and play with, and will be sharing information about pet adoption. Families will be able to learn more about how they can adopt their very own puppy, just like Helen adopted Martha in the PBS KIDS show Martha Speaks™.

The “Splash and Dash” event will take place at the FSU Morcom Aquatic Center on Pottsdamer Road. The party will be across the street in front of WFSU. The races begin at 8:30.

PBS Teachers Transitioning to PBS LearningMedia

pbs-learningmedia-150x150On June 1st, PBS Teachers will be transitioning to PBS LearningMedia. Start exploring today with information from their site:

On June 1, 2013, the PBS Teachers site will officially transition to PBS LearningMedia – THE destination for PreK-12 educators – now offering over 30,000 FREE, curriculum-aligned digital resources!
PBS LearningMedia provides you with all the resources you love, plus thousands of additional interactive games, videos, and audio clips designed to ignite learning in your classroom.

  • Bookmark the site and create a profile on PBS LearningMedia to begin accessing premier content today.
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New Study Shows the Global Impact of Sesame Street

Courtesy of Sesame Workshop/ITVS

Courtesy of Sesame Workshop/ITVS

Sesame Workshop, the creator and producer of the popular children’s show Sesame Street™, has recently released the results of a study evaluating the effectiveness of Sesame Street™ around the world, and the results are very positive. Overall results showed an 11.6 percentile difference in the areas tested (e.g. cognitive and social skills) between viewers and nonviewers of the show.

According to Sesame Workshop:

“More than 1,000 studies show that Sesame Street reaches children across many countries and cultures in every demographic group, and that preschoolers who watch do significantly better on a whole range of cognitive outcomes —than those who don’t.”

Sesame Workshop believes that the reason for their show’s success is adaption, and keeping their material relevant to a young child’s life and the problems that children face. Recently, for example, Sesame Street™ has added math and science content in response to the national focus on STEM in schools. Sesame Workshop even responded to the growing concern about childhood obesity by having Cookie Monster start eating fruits and vegetables. To learn more about the workshop and its efforts across the globe, see this video.

Sesame Street™ is broadcast (under slightly different names and with country specific content and characters) in over 150 countries around the globe and reaches over 150 million young children. To get a better idea of Sesame’s global reach, see this interactive map. The skills that Sesame Street™ helps young children learn include: literacy and numeracy, emotional well-being, health and wellness, and respect and understanding.

We encourage you to explore the Sesame Workshop website and read about all the amazing things that they are accomplishing, and learn how you can best utilize Sesame Street™ in your home and/or classroom!



Happy Mother’s Day!

PBS Kids and Parents has something to offer kid and mothers on this special occasion. Keep reading for details.

Sid the Science Kid on PBS Kids!Celebrate Mom this week with Sid the Science Kid!
A special video of Sid and his friends sing “My Mom is Cool!”


Mother’s Day Card:
Visit PBS Parents to print out a card for your Super Duper Oooper Shmooper Mom!

Mother’s Day Episode: “Special Mom Day Meal”
Friday, May 10 @ 11:30 am ET
Sid declares that it’s a special Mom Day, so he makes Mom French toast for breakfast.  When Sid smells the French toast and his stomach growls, he wonders if his stomach is trying to talk to him.  When Sid and his friends investigate at school, they discover that the stomach makes noise when it’s getting ready for digestion.

Happy Mother’s Day!