AETN Early Education

AETN offers Early Education resources to Pre-K to 4 educators, students, parents and families.

Early education prepares children for success in school and life. AETN focuses on the value of early childhood education including parental involvement and school readiness geared to PreK-4. AETN offers families, educators and students the tools and resources necessary to enhance the learning environment and impact early learners so that they grow and succeed.

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Play together, grow together. Sesame Street toolkits provide opportunities to build closeness and confidence, make learning fun, and keep your child's world safe and secure.

Educator Resources

For resources including activities, downloads and other online tools, visit aetn.org/educators/resources.

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PBS KIDS ScratchJr.
Coding to Learn

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With PBS KIDS ScratchJr, kids can create their own interactive stories and games featuring their favorite PBS KIDS characters from "Wild Kratts," "Nature Cat," "WordGirl" and "Peg + Cat". By snapping together colorful programming blocks, children can make characters move, jump, dance and sing. In the process, kids will learn to solve problems, design projects and develop thinking skills that are foundational for later academic success.

This page offers a collection of activities and resources for parents, educators and caregivers that can be used alongside the PBS KIDS ScratchJr app. Each activity focuses on a different PBS KIDS show and is designed to engage children by giving them the opportunity to create their own projects featuring characters they know and love.

With PBS KIDS ScratchJr, children don't just learn to code, they code to learn.

For more great resources, including activities, how-to videos and a self-paced interactive educator workshop, visit PBS KIDS ScratchJr. AETN PBS LearningMedia offers a great collection of supplemental resources, as well as lesson plans, printouts, videos and programs for teaching coding.

For the ADE-approved professional development course, "PBS KIDS ScratchJr: Coding for Early Childhood," visit ArkansasIDEAS, and learn how you can develop your very own PBS KIDS ScratchJr Coding Camp.

Guiding Children Successfully

In this AETN course, Family Life Specialist Dr. Wally Goddard discusses three ways to successfully motivate children. Goddard describes what motivation is, the problems with certain types of motivation, and how to effectively motivate children. Watch Now

In this AETN course, Family Life Specialist Dr. Wally Goddard shares with educators how high-self esteem has become more detrimental than helpful to children. Instead, he believes we should help children use their gifts. In this episode, Goddard explains three ways he believes we can achieve this. First, teachers must focus on a child's strengths because every person has a gift. Second, it is necessary to teach children that no one has every gift. Third, we all need to use our gift to help others through some kind of service. Ultimately, by using our gift to help others, our gifts will help make the world a better place and individuals' self-esteem will be raised. Watch Now

This AETN course instructs teachers and parents how to work as partners to assist children. Three main points for parent and teacher cooperation are discussed and illustrated by host and Family Life Specialist, Dr. Wally Goddard. Strategies for teachers and for parents, that can help children succeed in school, are described. Negotiation skills and handling hostilities are also among the topics discussed. Watch Now

Children in a Changing Climate: The Importance of Childcare Providers in Disasters

"Children in a Changing Climate: The Importance of Childcare Providers in Disasters"

Did you know that every day 69 million children spend part of the day separated from their parents, yet 21 states and Washington, D.C., don’t require schools and childcare providers to have basic emergency plans? (Source:SaveTheChildren.org Disaster Report). Dr. Lori Peek with the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis for Colorado State University, presents "Children in a Changing Climate: The Importance of Childcare Providers in Disasters."

Dr. Peek's presentation is part of the Resilient Children/Resilient Communities Initiative a partnership between the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and Save the Children, funded by a grant fromGSK. Washington County in Arkansas, one of the pilot communities, has united key players, such as Northwest Arkansas Child Care Aware, the Washington County Department of Emergency Management, and many local non-profits, government agencies and childcare providers, to discuss child-focused emergency planning and community resilience.

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