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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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!"
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.