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StationBreak March 2013

Read Across America Celebrates Reading and Literacy This Month

Every year, the National Education Association (NEA) helps foster literacy in America through Read Across America. This annual motivation and awareness program calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. "Grab your Hat and Read with the Cat" is the 2013 catchphrase of NEA's Read Across America celebration, and more than 50 million parents, children and teachers are expected to participate.

"The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!"

Cat in the HatOn Friday, March 1, two back-to-back episodes of "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That" will premiere at 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., repeating at 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

New episodes include:

"Rumbly Tumbly"
Nick's hungry tummy is rumbling! But why do stomachs make noises when they're hungry? A super shrunken trip into Thing One's stomach will show the answer! Viewers learn how chewing and stomach juices help to break down food, and the tummy sounds are actually the stomach working.

"Planet Name Game"
Nick and Sally have run out of things to name in the garden. Good thing Cat needs help putting his model of the solar system back together they can help him name the planets! Off in the Space-a-ma-racer they go on a whirlwind trip around the universe, learning the names of the seven planets as they go.

"Top of the Sky"
Sally, Nick and Cat are playing with their toy rocket. Using the Cat's "Whoa-Look-At-It-Go-Launcher," he shoots the rocket up, up, and up! But, now they need to go find it. Off to the top of the sky! They keep going higher until they're in space! They meet Audrey the Astronaut who explains that there is no top to the sky. The sky turns into space and space goes on forever!

"Jiggle Bones"
Nick and Sally are wiggling and jiggling like the jelly mold in front of them. But, they can't quite wiggle the same way. How come? "Bones of course!," announces the Cat. Bones keep their bodies from being wiggly and jiggly. But, why do they need bones? A visit to Dr. Giggles will answer that question! They learn about the big strong bones for standing and walking, the small bones for bending and moving, and the all-important bones that help protect squishy bits!

Resources

Seussville.com:
The official site of Dr. Seuss and the Cat in the Hat featuring games, printable activities, resources, retail opportunities and more. Seussville.com

The National Education Association
The NEA's official Read Across America site is a wealth of resources and background information: nea.org/grants/886.htm

PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS features online games and guides to the show with printable activities and more! This year they are launching a new game: "Swirly Whirly Pearl Hunt." The Swirly Whirly Ocean is filled with aquatic creatures of all colors, shapes and sizes, and players can catch a ride on the Thingamajigger to travel deeper and deeper through silly, Seussian schools of fish. The Swirly Whirly Pearl is waiting somewhere far below, along with the chance to create a personalized school of mix-and-match sea creatures. pbskids.org/catinthehat

PBS Teachers
PBS Teachers has education guides and curriculum outlines for using Cat in the Hat in the classroom. pbsteachers.org/catinthehat

PBS Parents
PBS Parents is the go-to source for parental activities and exploration guides for family fun and adventure. pbsparents.org/catinthehat

Professional development

The Teaching Reading K-2 Workshop available on the ArkansasIDEAS portal introduces innovative research-based principles, teaching practices, and classroom activities designed to stimulate teaching. Each of the eight workshop sessions examines a critical issue of early literacy. These sessions are designed to enhance the way educators teach K-2 students to read and write.

The eight video programs follow Professor Jeanne R. Paratore of Boston University and 12 K-2 teachers as they work through the major issues of teaching reading. Teachers become the student as they watch the lectures, classroom videos, and discussions, and complete a range of activities that can be used to improve classroom-reading instruction.

Take the course now!

AETN Kids Camp is coming soon!

AETN will offer two activity camps for youth this summer:

For more information contact Karen Walker at kwalker@aetn.org.

AETN Family Fun Day Flyer

AETN Spring Break Family Day at the Museum of Discovery

Join AETN at the Museum of Discovery for spring break adventures and activities March 21-22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Thursday, March 21, visitors can meet and have photos made with The Cat In The Hat. On Friday, March 22, Clifford The Big Red Dog will be at the museum for story time and pictures. Both characters will be there Wednesday, March 20, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a member's only evening. Visitors are encouraged to dress as their favorite PBS character to celebrate spring break! The museum will be open its normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, email Dan Koops at dkoops@aetn.org.

Don't forget the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest

AETN is accepting entries for the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest through Friday, April 5! Designed to promote the advancement of children's literacy skills through hands-on, active learning, the contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations. To download forms and brainstorming activity sheets, visit aetn.org/writerscontest.

Visit aetn.org/kids for everything AETN and PBS KIDS for students, teachers and parents.