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.
Tens of thousands of Michigan State University students are a few days into the new academic year.
At the university's engineering school, administrators contend with one of MSU's highest transfer and dropout rates. But they're hoping a program that combines class work with non-curricular activities will help more students stick with the major.
Tens of thousands of school teachers are preparing to make their way back to Michigan classrooms. A growing number of them are adding something new to their skill sets. Advocates of “formative assessment” say it’s important to continually track whether students are learning material—not just at test time.
Lansing Public School students return to class on September 4 and many will be looking at significant changes. A system-wide reorganization plan alters how students are grouped together in an effort to boost academic performance in the face of low test scores and declining enrollment.
Michigan will change how it grades schools and teachers when students return to classrooms this fall. The state Department of Education has a waiver from federal rules that will let Michigan try some new things.
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.
Davenport University is announcing plans to create a new campus in downtown Lansing. The private non-profit school will renovate a nine-story building on Grand Avenue.
Davenport University will remodel the 55,000 square foot Grand View Center building in Lansing to accommodate up to two thousand students. The new space will house a number of medical and IT programs and will include hi-tech classrooms and labs.
President Richard Pappas says the location is ideal for its plans to be part of a downtown educational corridor.
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.
Milennials. Digital natives. Generation Z. Many terms describe the young adults who’ve grown up with technology. They carry pocket devices that contain more computational power than was used to put a man on the moon. From kindergarten through college, educators are re-tooling their classes to prepare students for a quickly evolving media world.
Michigan State University is no exception. All semester, five student teams have been competing to design a multimedia campaign that explains the university’s new communications strategy, the “Media Sandbox.” On Saturday, one of those teams will be announced the winner.
Michigan State University often boasts of its status as America’s “pioneer land grant university.” In 1855, MSU was chartered under state law as an agricultural college. The deal included 14,000 acres of state owned land. Seven years later, the Morrill Act granted federally-owned land to the states to build new universities.
The act marked a major shift in American education. Up till then, colleges mainly emphasized the liberal arts. Land grant universities still taught the classics, but also included agriculture, science and engineering.