We have all sorts of exciting news for PBS KIDS fans! From exciting new episodes and movies to brand new shows, big things are coming to AETN this fall.
Kicking off all of the fun in August is a brand new “Dinosaur Train” one-hour special, “Classic in the Jurassic,” on Monday, Aug. 18, at 8 and 11 a.m. In this new prehistoric creature feature, kids can travel through time with the Pteranodon family to an Olympic-style competition with dinosaur teams represent three Mesozoic time periods compete in contests. Even more fun? We’ll be airing new companion episodes throughout the week during “Dinosaur Train” regular timeslots at 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.
And August 18 is a great day for PBS KIDS all the way around, because after you tune in to the “Dinosaur Train: Classic in the Jurassic,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Season 2” premieres at 10 a.m. with its one-hour special, “Meet the New Baby.” As you might guess from the title, this season begins with the arrival of Daniel’s little sister Margaret, and the Tiger family and Daniel explore what it means to be a big brighter and a big helper, too. As the season continues, Daniel and little “tigers” across Arkansas will continue their focus on important issues young children encounter with a new sibling — like feeling left out, learning to share time and attention, and appreciating how fun siblings can be — as well as accompanying strategies that help preschoolers work through their feelings.
In September, as the school year begins and everyone’s schedules change, we and PBS will also be adjusting our daytime schedules to better support our younger viewers! The new AETN PBS KIDS schedule, which keeps the double-stacked episode format we introduced this summer going, will begin Monday, Sept. 1. On top of the all around fun it brings, there’s something we (and we hope you) will be especially excited to see … a new, thirty-minute “Sesame Street” program! This bonus half-hour program will air in the afternoon at (1) p.m., and complement our regular, one-hour episodes of “Sesame Street” that air on weekday mornings at 9 a.m.
And last, but certainly not least, we’ll keep the fun going with our newest show from The Fred Rogers Company in November. “Odd Squad” — which comes to us from the creators of “Adventure Time,”“Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends,“The Electric Company” and “The Backyardigans” — is a live action media property that follows two young government agents — Olive and Otto — who use math skills and collaboration to investigate weird and unusual phenomena. While this show it truly lots of fun of its own, it’s also amazing to see how it cleverly introduces early math concepts, particularly at a time when STEM education is proving to be so important.
Want to learn more about what’s happening with AETN KIDS? Be sure to check out our website, aetn.org/kids, and subscribe to the AETN KIDS Newsletter. In addition to the fun reading, cooking, crafting and family fun tips we send out each month, we’ll also include station news and programming updates so that you can be sure to learn about all the latest PBS KIDS episodes and specials!
“Agri Arkansas” - June 2016
This month, join us to take a look at the Natural State’s global reach. What are the products that Arkansas farmers sell around the world, and how are we expected to fare in a declining export market? We’ll also have an update on a farm-to-fuel initiative in DeWitt and make a visit to the Olde Crow General Store at the junction of Highways 9 and 5 in the latest “Agri Arkansas.”
“A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas” airs June 27
Arkansas is currently ranked fourth in the nation with most people in poverty: one of every five people lives below the poverty line. How does this affect our state and what resources are available to help anyone who is struggling? Find out as we further the conversation about poverty and opportunity in “A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas.”
Turn Up the Heat With Sunday Night Drama
The weather isn’t the only thing heating up this summer! From “Vicious” and “Endeavour” to “Dancing on the Edge” and “The Tunnel,” get ready for new seasons, new series, a special series finale and more! Masterpiece PBS is ready for summer — with plenty of romance, mystery and even murder — and June is just the beginning.
Win an “I Can Readathon!” Event Kit - Facebook Contest
Travel to new places, different times and even new worlds this summer by reading together! You can help the kids in your life fight the summer slump and win a Harper Collins “I Can Read” event kit by entering our I Can Readathon! Facebook Contest June 13-30. Learn how you can enter and host a summer reading party for 20!
PBS KIDS ScratchJr Pine Bluff - Coding for Tomorrow
Through a grant from PBS and the Verizon Foundation, AETN Early Childhood Education has been proud to partner with Pine Bluff School District elementary schools to hold the PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camp. This camp, which directly addresses the Arkansas Department of Education’s goals to integrate computing concepts into the classroom, is revolutionary because it supports critical thought processing with computational thinking and problem solving. Learn five ways that Pine Bluff is laying the groundwork for students to achieve basic computer coding after the jump!