Families http://wkar.org en Neighbors in Action: MY Lansing CAP http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-my-lansing-cap <p></p><p></p><p>It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Mayor’s Young Lansing Coalition and Partnerships, or <a href="http://www.neonlansing.org/my-lansing-cap/" target="_blank">MY Lansing CAP</a>. The coalition, which was officially announced last week, features a broad array of community partners and stakeholders that are coming together to improve the quality of life for Lansing’s young people of color. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:43:58 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 56102 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: MY Lansing CAP Double the Learning, Double the Fun All Summer Long with WKAR and PBS KIDS http://wkar.org/post/double-learning-double-fun-all-summer-long-wkar-and-pbs-kids <p><strong>Fighting The Summer Slump Is Twice as Fun with PBS KIDS!</strong></p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 20:10:19 +0000 editor 54501 at http://wkar.org Double the Learning, Double the Fun All Summer Long with WKAR and PBS KIDS Sesame Street Live - WKAR Kids Club Event http://wkar.org/post/sesame-street-live-wkar-kids-club-event <p></p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 17:09:49 +0000 editor 53562 at http://wkar.org Sesame Street Live - WKAR Kids Club Event Winners of 'It's Not Okay - Kids Against Bullying' Video Contest Announced http://wkar.org/post/winners-its-not-okay-kids-against-bullying-video-contest-announced <p>A team of students from Homer High School has been selected as winner of the "It's Not Okay–Kids Against Bullying Video Contest." The winning entry was announced March 19 at an award ceremony at WKAR on MSU's campus.</p><p>WKAR and area schools held the video creation contest for mid-Michigan teens in an effort to raise awareness about bullying and to let young people's voices be heard on this important topic. Each team produced a 30-second video that shows how one can reach out to help people who need support against bullying.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:54:17 +0000 editor 51328 at http://wkar.org Winners of 'It's Not Okay - Kids Against Bullying' Video Contest Announced Literacy Celebration - Everyday Moments are Learning Moments http://wkar.org/post/literacy-celebration-everyday-moments-are-learning-moments <p><strong>March 16, 1-3:30pm</strong> | Enjoy children's activities, storytelling, and meet your favorite storybook characters: <strong>Curious George</strong>, <strong>Splat the Cat</strong>, <strong>Library Mouse</strong>, <strong>Ladybug Girl</strong> and <strong>Froggy</strong>. Sun, 02 Mar 2014 05:00:00 +0000 editor 50078 at http://wkar.org Literacy Celebration - Everyday Moments are Learning Moments WKAR Kids' Club Celebrates 60 Years of WKAR-TV http://wkar.org/post/wkar-kids-club-celebrates-60-years-wkar-tv <p><strong>Wednesday, Jan. 15</strong> | WKAR-TV turns 60 years old in January 2014, and <strong>WKAR Kids' Club</strong> and <strong>Impression 5 Science Center </strong>are celebrating! Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:02:32 +0000 editor 47588 at http://wkar.org WKAR Kids' Club Celebrates 60 Years of WKAR-TV WKAR - PBS Kids Day | What Fun! http://wkar.org/post/wkar-pbs-kids-day-what-fun <p>It was great to see so many fans and families at WKAR PBS Kids Day this past Sunday when Daniel Tiger, Martha the Dog and Curious George visited the Capital Area District Library for a free day of activities. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:33:28 +0000 42866 at http://wkar.org WKAR - PBS Kids Day | What Fun! Rough Play, Joyful Chaos http://wkar.org/post/rough-play-joyful-chaos <p><em>This is another in a series of articles for families from Michigan State University Extension.</em></p><p>Would you like to engage your child in a type of play that supports a broad range of physical development skills, language skills and social skills?&nbsp; Try giving her a chance for rough play.&nbsp;</p><p>Sometimes called rough-and-tumble play or horseplay, rough play used to be looked down on as the “bad boy” of play for young children.&nbsp; But, researchers are finding that this type of very physical interaction between children can be very beneficial as well as enjoyable.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Kittie Butcher and Janet Pletcher 39926 at http://wkar.org Rough Play, Joyful Chaos Kitchen Chemistry, Part 2 http://wkar.org/post/kitchen-chemistry-part-2 <p style="margin-left:.5in;"><em>This is the second in a series of Kitchen Chemistry articles with activities you can do with your child at home.</em></p><p style="margin-left:.5in;"><strong>Plant a Seed</strong></p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">Supplies Required: Beans, paper towel, zippered plastic bag, water</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">Directions: Place damp paper towel in zippered plastic bag, add beans along the side. Zip shut and tape to a window in a sunny spot. Observe!</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Carrie Shrier 39921 at http://wkar.org Kitchen Chemistry, Part 2 Free Fun for Families! http://wkar.org/post/free-fun-families <p><strong>WKAR PBS Kids Day | Sunday, Sept. 22, 1-4 p.m. | Capital Area District Library in Downtown Lansing</strong></p><p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 14:27:19 +0000 Jeanie Croope 41755 at http://wkar.org Free Fun for Families! Kitchen Chemistry, Part 1 http://wkar.org/post/kitchen-chemistry-part-1 <p><em>This is the first in a series of articles on kitchen activities for kids.</em></p><p>The easiest way to introduce science concepts to children is to answer their questions with “let’s find out” instead of giving them the information they are seeking. Children are naturally curious, with lots of questions about what is happening in the world around them.</p><p>Most home kitchens hold the tools to dozens of fun experiments to expand the imagination of the children in your life. Here are three fun experiments to try at home!</p><p><strong>Vinegar Volcanoes</strong></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Carrie Shrier 39920 at http://wkar.org Kitchen Chemistry, Part 1 The Purpose of Play http://wkar.org/post/purpose-play <p>Childhood educator Maria Montessori said, “Play is a child’s work,” basing her entire philosophy about preschool education and caring for children around this concept.</p><p>In today’s world of full-day Kindergarten, and increased academic expectations for children, parents may wonder, is play still as relevant and important as it once was?</p><p><strong>The Case for Play</strong></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 14:13:32 +0000 Carrie Shrier 37921 at http://wkar.org The Purpose of Play "I Don't Have Anything to Do!" http://wkar.org/post/i-dont-have-anything-do <p>I don’t have anything to do!&nbsp;</p><p>It’s summer – and the children are home from school. After even a few days of “freedom,” moms and dads everywhere start hearing the familiar, high-pitched whine of summer. No, it’s not the 17-year cicadas. It’s our children declaiming loudly “I don’t have anything to do!”</p><p>But doesn’t it seem like your child has every toy under the sun?&nbsp; Why not play with those?</p><p>There are reasons that may explain why children don’t play with the toys that are available.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Kittie Butcher and Janet Pletcher 39883 at http://wkar.org "I Don't Have Anything to Do!" Helping Children through Grief and Loss http://wkar.org/post/helping-children-through-grief-and-loss <p>During times of grief and loss it is hard to understand what feelings and thoughts children may experience.&nbsp; If the loss is significant it may be hard for adults to focus specifically on children because they are trying to cope with their own emotions.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:35:59 +0000 Kendra Moyses 39880 at http://wkar.org Helping Children through Grief and Loss Matching and Sorting! http://wkar.org/post/matching-and-sorting-0 <p>Adults “match and sort” every time we do laundry. Children start learning this process during infancy, when they begin to notice which sounds they make bring an adult running to them (sounds that aren’t so effective).</p><p></p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 17:51:19 +0000 Angela Harris 37924 at http://wkar.org Matching and Sorting! The Purpose of Play http://wkar.org/post/purpose-play-0 <p>Childhood educator Maria Montessori said, “Play is a child’s work,” basing her entire philosophy about preschool education and caring for children around this concept.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:24:59 +0000 Carrie Shrier 37922 at http://wkar.org The Purpose of Play VIDEO CONTEST: It's Not Okay - Kids Against Bullying http://wkar.org/post/video-contest-its-not-okay-kids-against-bullying <p>WKAR is having a video creation contest to create awareness about bullying and to let your voice be heard. Mon, 20 May 2013 13:27:29 +0000 36129 at http://wkar.org VIDEO CONTEST: It's Not Okay - Kids Against Bullying Choosing a Quality Preschool Program for Your Child http://wkar.org/post/choosing-quality-preschool-program-your-child <p><em>This is the fourth in a series of articles on family and education-related issues written by MSU Extension. Today we hear from Carrie Shrier.</em> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Carrie Shrier 32599 at http://wkar.org Choosing a Quality Preschool Program for Your Child PBS Kids Math Learning Tools -- It All Adds Up! http://wkar.org/post/pbs-kids-math-learning-tools-it-all-adds <p>“It All Adds Up,” is an effort to help WKAR-area families build kids’ math skills. Through this effort, WKAR aims to boost math learning at home – and everywhere – by providing PBS KIDS resources for parents.</p><p>“It All Adds Up” is an awareness effort designed to expand the impact of Ready To Learn, a cooperative initiative between CPB and PBS, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, to support the development of early math and literacy skills in children ages 2-8 from low-income families.</p><p><strong>Survey Results</strong></p><p></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:55:28 +0000 Jeanie Croope 32512 at http://wkar.org PBS Kids Math Learning Tools -- It All Adds Up! Responsive Parenting: Building a Healthy Relationship in their Early Year http://wkar.org/post/responsive-parenting-building-healthy-relationship-their-early-year <p><em>Early childhood specialists suggest that a building a healthy relationship with your child can help your child grow in all areas of development. This is part of a series of article from MSU Extension staff Kittie Butcher and Janet Pletcher.</em></p><p></p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Kittie Butcher & Janet Pletcher 30836 at http://wkar.org Responsive Parenting: Building a Healthy Relationship in their Early Year My Messy Child is a Scientist! http://wkar.org/post/my-messy-child-scientist <p><em>This is the first in a series of articles for WKAR parents on early childhood development, by Kittie Butcher and Janet Pletcher, MSU Extension.</em></p><p>We can’t tell you how many times we were told, as children “What a mess you’re making! Stop fooling around with that and clean up this mess.”&nbsp; Our parents must have been neat-niks or something, because they were always putting a stop to our investigations.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:47:42 +0000 Kittie Butcher & Janet Pletcher 30828 at http://wkar.org My Messy Child is a Scientist! Susi's Station Notes: Education Services at WKAR http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-education-services-wkar <p>I have two kids – they’re 8 and 11, and like every kid, they want to watch TV. You’d think, given that both my husband and I have spent our careers in television, that this would be fine with us, but that’s not always the case.<br> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 18:01:54 +0000 Susi Elkins 19808 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: Education Services at WKAR