education services

Stage Show and Activities
12:00 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Literacy Celebration - Everyday Moments are Learning Moments

March 16, 1-3:30pm | Enjoy children's activities, storytelling, and meet your favorite storybook characters: Curious George, Splat the Cat, Library Mouse, Ladybug Girl and Froggy.

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Families
4:33 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

WKAR - PBS Kids Day | What Fun!

Anthony Cepak WKAR

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.

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Making Rough Play Safe
7:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Rough Play, Joyful Chaos

Kittie Butcher and Janet Pletcher

This is another in a series of articles for families from Michigan State University Extension.

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?  Try giving her a chance for rough play. 

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.  But, researchers are finding that this type of very physical interaction between children can be very beneficial as well as enjoyable.

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More kitchen science!
7:00 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Kitchen Chemistry, Part 2

Carrie Shrier

This is the second in a series of Kitchen Chemistry articles with activities you can do with your child at home.

Plant a Seed

Supplies Required: Beans, paper towel, zippered plastic bag, water

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!

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Sunday Sept. 22
10:27 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Free Fun for Families!

Martha, Curious George and Daniel Tiger are coming to town!

WKAR PBS Kids Day | Sunday, Sept. 22, 1-4 p.m. | Capital Area District Library in Downtown Lansing

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Science Fun for Young Children
7:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Kitchen Chemistry, Part 1

Carrie Shrier

This is the first in a series of articles on kitchen activities for kids.

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.

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!

Vinegar Volcanoes

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Families
10:13 am
Tue August 13, 2013

The Purpose of Play

Carrie Shrier, MSU Extension

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.

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?

The Case for Play

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Tips for Families Dealing with Grief
4:35 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Helping Children through Grief and Loss

During times of grief and loss it is hard to understand what feelings and thoughts children may experience.  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.

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It's Math!
1:51 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Matching and Sorting!

Children learn at a WKAR Ready To Learn Workshop.

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).

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Why Play Matters
11:24 am
Thu June 20, 2013

The Purpose of Play

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.

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Find out how to be a member!
11:45 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Kids Club Members: Swing into Spring with Curious George

Swing into Spring with Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat.

Kids' Club Member Event! April 19, Fenner Nature Center

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Families
8:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Choosing a Quality Preschool Program for Your Child

Carrie Shrier

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.

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WKAR Blog
10:26 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Lots to Like for Families!

Denise Walker is WKAR's Teacher Core representative

You may have noticed the new "Family" tab on our web page. We are looking to increase the content we have here on WKAR that is related to families and education.

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Family Fun
11:53 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Literacy Coalition Event Draws Fans

WKAR's Beany Tomber meets a family at the Ready To Learn booth.
w.r.richards WKAR

Combine Curious George, Clifford, storytelling, a stage show and lots of opportunities to pick up information about childhood literacy. These ingredients made the Early Childhood Literacy Event a hit with mid-Michigan families. The event was held Sunday, March 17, at East Lansing's Hannah Community Center.

WKAR was on hand for the well-attended event. Beany Tomber, WKAR's education services coordinator said "People loved the performances, the storytellers, the characters and all the activities. They thought it was an awesome event for families!"

Families
4:55 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

PBS Kids Math Learning Tools -- It All Adds Up!

STEM skills are emphasized on "The Cat in the Hat"

“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.

“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.

Survey Results

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With Curious George and Clifford
8:01 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Mar. 17 | Storybook Characters & Performances -- All Free!

Curious George

1pm-3:30pm Sunday, March 17  - East Lansing Hannah Community Center |  Meet Curious George and Clifford in person at the annual Early Childhood Literacy Coalition Event.

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Family Tips
8:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Resources for Michigan's Military Families from Sesame Street and More

Credit Sesame Street/Facebook Page

This is the third in a series of articles from MSU Extension.

Did you know that there are more than 20,000 military children and youth in the state of Michigan? All branches of the military both active, guard and reserves are represented among Michigan’s military families. Chances are there is a military child or youth in the community or school where you live.

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Families
1:00 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Responsive Parenting: Building a Healthy Relationship in their Early Year

Daniel Tiger and his Mom
Credit Family Communications, Inc.

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.

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Families
12:47 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

My Messy Child is a Scientist!

Sid the Science Kid -- always experimenting!
Credit Jim Henson Company

This is the first in a series of articles for WKAR parents on early childhood development, by Kittie Butcher and Janet Pletcher, MSU Extension.

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.”  Our parents must have been neat-niks or something, because they were always putting a stop to our investigations. 

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Home for the Holidays!
4:14 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

For Kids: Top Holiday Gifts are Downloadable This Year!

New apps for kids are Super Duper!

In its annual holiday survey of parents of 2 to 10-year-olds, PBS KIDS found that the leading trend in gifts for kids this year will be downloadable such as apps, games, e-books and digital music. Fifty-eight percent  of parents reported that they will “most likely” or “definitely” be purchasing downloadable gifts this season. Of these parents, more than half (55 percent) plan to spend more or the same as last year on downloads.

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WKAR Blog
5:17 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

WKAR and Willow Elementary Host Family Fun Workshop

WKAR and Willow Elementary School in Lansing will host a Raising Readers Family Fun Workshop on Tuesday, November 27. Registration and light supper will be from 6-6:20 p.m. The program will follow at 6:20 p.m. and conclude at 7:30 p.m.

Raising Readers workshops offer parents the opportunity to have fun with their children while learning new ways to build reading skills. Workshops are targeted to families and children 4-6 years, but siblings are welcome to attend also.

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WKAR Blog
2:30 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Ready To Learn Receives GM Grant

Bill Reed and Greg Pratt present WKAR's Deb Dunham with a $5,000 check.

WKAR’s Ready To Learn Service was presented with a $5,000 grant from the General Motors Foundation with the help of GM Lansing Plants.

The gift was accepted by Deb Dunham of WKAR from Greg Pratt, assistant plant manager and Bill Reed, UAW Local 602 president at General Motors’ Delta Township Assembly Plant.

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Online and On-Air!
10:54 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Wild Kratts Offers New Online Content

Fun with bees!

PBS KIDS series Wild Kratts will feature new science-focused episodes and online content this month. The popular series will feature new episodes this week, followed by four more premieres during “Weird Kratts Week,” October 22-26, and a new spidery Halloween episode on October 31. Wild Kratts airs Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m.

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Free Workshop for Families!
3:17 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Nov. 8 | Raising Readers Workshop

Kids learn the love of reading at Raising Readers Workshops.

WKAR hosts a Raising Readers Family Fun Workshop on Thursday, November 8, at Sycamore Elementary in Holt.

Families will learn new ways to build children's reading skills while interacting with their child. Although the workshop is targeted to families and children 4-6 years old, siblings are welcome to attend also. Each child will receive a free book to take home.

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WKAR In Our Community
11:13 am
Mon July 30, 2012

'Peep' Visits Lansing JazzFest!

Peep will be at Lansing JazzFest Friday, 5:30-7:30p and Saturday 2-5p

WKAR heads to Lansing JazzFest on August 3-4 in Lansing's Old Town.  "Peep," the enchanting title character of the children's series Peep and the Big Wide World, will be on hand to greet the kids near the Kidz Beat tent and the MICA stage.

"Peep" will appear on Friday, August 3 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, August 4, "Peep" will appear from 2-5 p.m.

Look for our Street Team and have them take your child's photo with Peep! We'll be posting them on our WKAR Facebook page!

Free Offer!
4:19 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Free Educational Offer!

Order this free literacy booklet with games for kids!

One of the programming services we take great pride in sharing with you at WKAR is our educational programming. Our children's shows teach so many things — science and math concepts, life skills like sharing and cooperating and literacy skills.
 
I have two kids of my own and I know that our children's programming is not only educational, but it's lots of fun, too. Kids learn best when they are having fun and our programs do exactly that — teach valuable lessons in a delightful way.
 

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Families
2:01 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Education Services at WKAR

Ready To Learn families engage in fun activities.

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.

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Events
5:11 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

In Our Community - at the Zoo!

Connie Montague and her grandchildren at Potter Park Zoo.
w.r. richards/WKAR

WKAR celebrated International Migratory Bird Day at Potter Park Zoo on Saturday, June 2, as part of the annual Be a Tourist in Your Own Town event.

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TV Made in Michigan
10:55 am
Wed May 9, 2012

"LRN 101" Comes to WKAR-TV

WKAR-TV will begin airing episodes of "LRN 101," Saturdays at 11 a.m. on WKAR-TV, beginning May 12. The new series highlights the varied educational resources available throughout the Greater Lansing region. "LRN 101" is produced in Lansing as part of the Keep Learning initiative, a non-profit organization committed to promoting education in mid-Michigan.

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WKAR Hosts Educational Conference
4:21 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

"Picturing America" Conference for Teachers

The Lansing School District and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are pleased to invite area teachers to apply for participation in a NEH Picturing America Conference entitled “Mid-Michigan’s Legacy as the Arsenal of Democracy” in May, 2012.    

Facilitated by the Lansing School District, this second conference (the first identical conference in March was fully enrolled) will be hosted by WKAR at the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University, May 10 through May 12, 2012.

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