"Peg + Cat" premieres with math fun for preschoolers, starting Oct. 7
What does the new season of AETN PBS KIDS hold for you and your family? One thing is sure - a new program, "Peg +Cat," is coming! The hilarious, relatable adventures with plucky Peg and lovable Cat, best friends who work together to solve everyday problems using math and problem solving skills, starts Monday, Oct. 7.
So why are we especially excited about this new program? Beyond the fact that the production company, The Fred Rogers Company, is a longtime partner who recently created "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood," (another program we love) we're glad to see "Peg + Cat" will fill an important learning gap.
Math understanding and skills are essential in childhood development and school-readiness, but national assessments show that, by fourth grade, 60 percent of American students are performing below proficient levels. "Peg + Cat" is a direct answer to the National Research Council's Committee on Early Childhood Mathematics' call highlight the need for, "increased informal programming, curricular resources, software and other media" to help build key math skills.
While that may sound a little more technical that what most preschoolers are looking for, we're here to tell you that the exciting storylines and engaging characters and music "Peg + Cat" provides make discovering how to use math concepts - on top of practicing core skills like cooperation, perseverance and resiliency - a fun, exciting new way to explore the world, both on-screen and off.
Each episode of the show features two, 11-minute stories (and a new song) where the bosom buddies find themselves in the midst of an unexpected math word problem - but it's not just an abstract exercise! It's a messy, funny quandary to solve.
We also love that the adventure exercises go beyond building basic math skills, like adding or subtracting, and also focus on how to think about larger math concepts - and those concepts help form the foundation for math at any level, from kindergarten to calculus! Modeled on Common Core State Standards, this provides a huge leg up for future school learning by introducing foundational concepts like relative size, geometry and algebraic thinking.
But how can you and your preschooler get to know Peg and her furry friend before Monday? For starters, pbskids.org/peg shares the fun with interactive online content - soon to be followed up with tons of additional interactive features, including more games, parent resources and a mobile app, after the series premiere.
For even more fun, take time to meet the voice of Peg, fifth-grader Hayley Faith Negrin, who gives life to our perky heroine!
AETN Day at Mid-America Science Museum
Meet some of your favorite PBS KIDS friends at Hot Springs’ Mid-America Science Museum on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.! We can’t wait to see you at AETN Day for character photos, activities and more.
“Hamilton’s America” Preview Screenings
Don’t throw away your shot to go behind the scenes of Broadway megahit “Hamilton”! This October, join us and our partners at Pulaski Technical College, Hendrix College and the Fayetteville Public Library for special preview screenings of “Hamilton’s America,” then see the broadcast premiere as it kicks off the PBS Arts Fall Festival on Oct. 21.
“Agri Arkansas” - Sept. 2016
This month on “Agri Arkansas,” come with us as we take a look at technology in agriculture. We’ll also pay a visit to an old ball field in Heber Springs that’s been repurposed as a community garden and stop by PaPaw’s Market outside of Vilonia. Watch with us Sunday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m.
This fall, turn up the drama with the return of favorite programs and the premieres of tantalizing new series and specials! Whether you eagerly anticipate learning Ross Poldark’s fate or are looking forward to learning how voters are exerting influence in the 2016 election, we have a collection of gems to look forward to in your September calendar.
AETN Family Day 2016 - PBS KIDS Character Visits
At every AETN Family Day event, you know that your whole crowd can look forward to fun, games and great activities - as well as a few exciting visits from PBS KIDS friends. This year, as part of “Family Day 2016: Peace, Love and AETN,” we’re excited to announce that some very special guests will be joining us — including Walkaround Elmo and Walkaround Cookie Monster of “Sesame Street”!