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3:08 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Sept. 14 is WKAR PBS Kids Day!

Sunday, September 14, from 1 to 4 PM at the Capital Area District Library.

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Books for Families!
6:15 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

WKAR Supports Summer Learning with Books for Families

WKAR student employees prepare more than 1600 books for distribution to mid-Michigan children and families. The books were a donation from Carson-Dellosa Publishing to PBS KIDS.
Credit Anthony Cepak / WKAR-MSU

WKAR is proud to announce the distribution of free early-learning books to children in mid-Michigan, thanks to a generous donation from Carson-Dellosa Publishing to PBS KIDS.

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4:10 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Double the Learning, Double the Fun All Summer Long with WKAR and PBS KIDS


Fighting The Summer Slump Is Twice as Fun with PBS KIDS!

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Sesame Street Live WKAR Kids Club
1:09 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Sesame Street Live - WKAR Kids Club Event

5:54 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Winners of 'It's Not Okay - Kids Against Bullying' Video Contest Announced

Homer High School Grand Prize winners. (l-r) Bradley, teacher Duane Sitkiewicz, Alex, Tyler.

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.

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.

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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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With Cat in the Hat and Sid the Science Kid
9:02 am
Mon January 6, 2014

WKAR Kids' Club Celebrates 60 Years of WKAR-TV

Wednesday, Jan. 15 | WKAR-TV turns 60 years old in January 2014, and WKAR Kids' Club and Impression 5 Science Center are celebrating!

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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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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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Ideas to Keep Your Child Engaged
7:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

"I Don't Have Anything to Do!"

I don’t have anything to do! 

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!”

But doesn’t it seem like your child has every toy under the sun?  Why not play with those?

There are reasons that may explain why children don’t play with the toys that are available.

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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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Deadline Extended
9:27 am
Mon May 20, 2013

VIDEO CONTEST: It's Not Okay - Kids Against Bullying

WKAR is having a video creation contest to create awareness about bullying and to let your voice be heard.

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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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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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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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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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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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