2013 AETN PBS Kids GO! Writers Contest WinnersBig imaginations create big stories, and this year's AETN PBS Kids GO! Writers Contest participants proved that more than ever! After receiving tons of great entries from across the state, we're happy to announce that our judges have made the tough decisions and chose 12 stories named first, second or third place in the K-3 contest. Our first place winners will be submitted to PBS for entry in the national contest shortly - national winners will be announced in July.
AETN Youth Academy Day Camps Open for RegistrationDo you know an 11-14 student who loves films, writing and design? Maybe a 7-10 year-old who would love hands-on experience in researching, recording and reporting findings in an online newspaper? This summer, they can join the AETN Youth Academy for Production Camp June 17-21 or Reading and Writing Camp July 22-26. Students from both camps will join AETN staffers and volunteers to tour the studios and spend a week learning about the behind-the-scences workings of the production and reporting worlds.
Cat in the Hat to visit Fort Smith, Saturday, April 13In partnership with Mercy Clinic Pediatrics, we're proud to announce that the star of "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" will appear at a free event in the Fort Smith Public Library Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Launch Kids Into Space Exploration With "Design Squad"Ever since Neil Armstrong took "one giant leap for mankind," people across the world have dreamed of exploring space for themselves and, lately, we've heard a lot of talk about folks planning their trips to Mars. Space travel isn't just a dream any more! But it IS up to the next generation of engineers to make these solar treks a reality. Help give your future astroengineer a boost with "Design Squad" and NASA's "Mission: Solar System"!
Cat in the Hat to visit Rogers, Saturday, March 23In partnership with Mercy Northwest Arkansas, we're proud to announce that the star of "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" will appear at a free event in the Rogers Public Library Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to noon.
AETN Spring Break Family Fun Days at the Museum of DiscoveryDo you have a little one who loves Dr. Seuss, Cat in the Hat or Clifford the Big Red Dog? Then we have exciting news! This Spring Break, make plans to dress up as your favorite PBS KIDS character and join us and some very special guests for activities and adventures at the Museum of Discovery! Museum visitors will have the chance to meet and take photos with the Cat in the Hat, Thursday, March 21, and with Clifford the Big Red Dog Friday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! New Cat in the Hat Episodes, GamesTwo new episodes and an online game debut in commemoration of Dr. Seuss birthday week. Its his 109th birthday on March 2, and PBS KIDS has new content on-air, online and on mobile. Viewers can join everyones favorite cat in two new episodes of "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" Also, check out the Swirly Whirly Pearl Hunt online game and video content online and on mobile.
Dive Into A Brand-New Adventure With "Dinosaur Train"Everyone's favorite Pteranodon family is taking an undersea adventure Monday, Feb. 18, at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on AETN! Join Buddy and the rest of the gang for a one-hour special featuring four new stores about sea creatures that lived during the "Age of Dinosaurs." All aboooord the "Dinosaur Train: Submarine Adventure" for new lessons about natural science, natural history, paleontology and more!
New "Electric Company" and "Wild Kratts" Math and Science Apps
The new "Electric Company" and "Wild Kratts" math and science apps for 4-8 year-olds rock! The new, free Electric Company app for the iPad allows kids to complete wacky challenges and more as part of the 1st and 2nd grade math and literacy curricula. The Wild Kratts iPhone and iPod touch science-focused app enables kids to explore special creature powers as they learn.
Can you read this? Some third-graders cant. Uh-oh.Can you read this? If so, thank the teachers and caregivers who taught you. Unfortunately, the 70% of students who fail to read proficiently by the end of third grade falter in the later grades and often drop out before earning a high school diploma. The Arkansas Campaign for Grade-level Reading believes that not only do schools need to pay attention to this striking fact and take action, but parents and communities need to, too.
Teacher? Parent? Check out AETNs Education GuideTeachers and parents, check out AETNs Education Guide your quick look at our educational resources, including training, resources, professional development, guides, online digital media for the classroom, apps and more! AETNs educational programs and services for teachers and parents leverage the thousands of free resources for all Arkansas children in the classroom, at home and on the go.
Winter Fitness: Warming Up TogetherSnow days aside, when winter weather strikes its easy to want to grab a blanket and cozy up in front of the TV. (I, for instance, want nothing more at this moment than to be snuggled up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate and a bowl of chili.) But after you get yourself and the fam bundled up, outside and playing, we doubt anyone will regret braving the chill. Need more reasons to move everyone from the loveseat to the great outdoors? Read on for information from PBS Parents!
AETN Holiday SpecialsAre you feeling the AETN holiday spirit? Celebrate with your nearest and dearest this year, and be sure to tune in to all sorts of fabulous holiday specials. From kids' Christmas movies to fabulous music specials, we have seasonal treats for everyone!
Come See the AETN Character Tree through Jan. 1Have you and your favorite AETN Kids fans been by to take your picture with the AETN Character Tree, yet? If not, there's still time to come visit all of your characters - from the "Sesame Street" crew to Barney, Clifford the Big Red Dog and more!
Tips For Talking To Kids About Emergencies And Scary NewsSince last Friday, parents, teachers and communities everywhere are mourning the lives lost from a little school in Connecticut. Grief and broken hearts, not just for the families with empty seats at the dinner table now, but also as we personalize the tragedy … "What if it was my child?" or " ... my school?" You can find help on how to talk to your kids and what to say here.
Biz Kid$ contest looking for young entrepreneurs!
Are there kids in your community who want to save the world? If they put that desire into a business plan, they could win big! The hunt is on for Americas most worthy, young social entrepreneurs. Fledgling visionaries can compete for $3,000 and mentoring from a top business expert in the new Biz Kid$ contest, Build Your Social Biz.
AETN and PBS KIDS kicks off Writers contest for K-3 - enter today!AETN and PBS KIDS GO! have kicked off the 2013 PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest in an effort to continue to encourage young children in Grades K-3 across the country to illustrate and write their own stories. Enter today for the Arkansas contest AND the national contest! Find creative writing resources and tools and read last year's Arkansas winners to boost your chances. Entries due April 5.
Curious George Boosts Knowledge in Math and ScienceThe results are official, and the findings couldnt be better Curious George helps teach math and science concepts to preschoolers! A study by the Concord Evaluation Group found that, "watching 'Curious George' episodes resulted in a knowledge boost for the children in the Television Group." Read more to get the full study results and tune in to AETN weekdays at 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to watch.
Infantile Spasms Awareness Week (ISAW)- Dec. 3-9, 2012This blog is not about the first time my child smiled at me. Not about the night he rolled off the couch, and we took him to the ER (all they did was laugh at us). Not about the first time he walked to me. Not about the first time he peed on my husband (hilarious by the way). Talked. Laughed. Cried. Fell. This blog is not about the first year of parenthood. Good night! Who has that much time! No, Im Lauren. Im an education specialist at AETN. And this blog post is about my life and my trip to the world of Infantile Spasms/Infantile Seizures.
Design Squad goodies for AETN Kids Club members - join today!This month's contest gets you all kinds of Design Squad and AETN goodies for the easy, easy price of doing nothing! If you are a member of the AETN Kids club, a random drawing will take place in a very Design Squad-ey way to choose some lucky winners of cool stuff. What could stuff be from Design Squad? Join the free AETN Kids Club today if you haven't already and see! Already a member? Cross your fingers ...
Encouraging Reading and Math Skills in the KitchenIf Sesame Street, Wishbone, Arthur and Word Girl have taught me anything, its that learning should be fun. But how do activities that some kids think of as work make the transition?
Portfolio Day 2012 Finding the Right School For YouSo, you know you want to pursue art in college. Its a big decision, and youve already hurdled one major challenge! But after you know what you want to do, how do you decide where to go? If youre an Arkansas high school student, AETN Portfolio Day is here to help on Saturday, Nov. 10.
AETN Digital Subchannels Restored Ahead of ScheduleWere very excited to announce that AETN Create (AETN-2), AETN Plus/World (AETN-3) and the Arkansas Information Reading Service for the Blind (AIRS, AETN-4) audio channel returned to their normal broadcasts today, Nov. 8. Everyone is very proud of the AETN staff and crews who worked quickly and efficiently to complete all of their work well ahead of their projected schedule!
Tricks (and Treats) for a Healthier HalloweenThere's so much to love about Halloween! (The costumes, the pumpkin patch and the brisk afternoon hayrides - we could go on forever.) But how do you walk the fine line between a sugar-induced coma, seasonal fun and being the cranky neighbor who hands out carrot sticks? We have a few ideas …
Teachers! Get free media for the classroom and win prizes!Teachers: Need new material? AETN PBS LearningMedia is your go-to destination for free educational digital resources! 'Like' our Facebook page today for a chance to win prizes for your classroom! Check out the 20,000 free, innovative classroom-ready digital resources available and get instant access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted interactives, videos, images and audio clips.
PBS KIDS programming tops September ratings with 6 showsPBS KIDS receives stellar ratings for the month of September. PBS KIDS preschool programs took the top 6 spots for kids ages 2-5, according to Nielsen NPower national program ratings. CURIOUS GEORGE was #1 for the ninth consecutive month. THOMAS & FRIENDS, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!, SUPER WHY!, DANIEL TIGERS NEIGHBORHOOD and DINOSAUR TRAIN rounded out the top 6 honors.
What Does PBS Mean To You? Tell Us!Right now, PBS is in the process of finding real viewers to feature in their new Be more on-air spots. Have AETN and PBS helped you explore new ideas or new worlds? Inspired life choices? Or helped enrich your or your childrens lives? Tell them (and the world) about it!
High School Art Students - Portfolio Day 2012 Is Here!University art programs are as varied as the students who attend the school, so it's important to find the right program for you. If you're a high school student interested in pursuing a degree in art, be sure to attend AETN's Portfolio Day 2012 on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at network headquarters at 350 S. Donaghey Ave. in Conway.
DesignSquadNation rocks for making stuff work!Like to make stuff, figure out how it works?…maybe Mom or Dad is an engineer and you need to be smarter than they are? DesignSquadNation has you covered. Help Nate solve his cat feeding dilemma and other real world problems - the current question at my house involves maximizing your biking speed. Still cringing over hands vs. no hands …
Nine new "Wild Kratts" episodes air week of Oct. 15Tune in for a creature-packed month this October with "Wild Kratts"! Beginning Mon., Oct. 15, the brothers prowl with lions and cruise the Nile with hippos across nine brand new episodes! And don't miss Weird Kratts Week Oct. 22-26, when we meet a bunch of kooky and spooky animals from across the globe. The Halloween episode is scary and spidery as we explore the secrets of spider silk.
New season of "Arthur" Monday, Oct. 15!The 16th season of "Arthur" stars Monday, Oct. 15 with five new episodes! Meet a new friend (with the gift of gab) a little brother who will drive you crazy too. We are big fans of Arthur at my house. Actually, I should say…my son is the Arthur fan, my daughter prefers D.W. As is typical I suppose when you have a kid of each chromosome…AND don't forget the fun Halloween things to do on the website!
Sesame Street on why Big Bird Needs His HomeIn the last week, youve probably heard a lot of buzz about Big Bird and the threats public television faces. But have you learned why his home on AETN and PBS is so important to Big Birds success? Sesame Workshop posted this blog entry with heart-felt reasons and cold, hard facts to explain why our favorite yellow-feathered friend needs his current home.
PBS LearningMedia call for Teacher Innovator Awards
PBS KIDS Eat Healthy D.W. app discounted to $.99!This app is so great I want to eat it up. The PBS KIDS D.W. ("Arthur") Unicorn Adventure app that encourages kids to eat healthy while they play is discounted to $.99 through Sept. 30! Another game for kids you say? This app is the favorite of my 6-year-old and for good reason (it's also my fave). Fun, colorful, and the 'energy zapper' junk food cracks this Mama UP. One well-spent dollar.
Ark. K-12 showcased films to air Friday, Sept. 21, 28 at 9 p.m.The work of Arkansas's next generation of filmmakers will be showcased in "Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase 2012" airing Fridays, Sept. 21 and 28, at 9. "Student Selects" is an annual event that highlights the state's K-12 students. 15 films will air as part of AETN Arts Fridays, your night for the arts on AETN. Film entries for "Student Selects" 2013 are being accepted.
Join AETN, Clifford the Big Red Dog at Whole Foods on Friday
AETN, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Whole Foods Market in Little Rock are celebrating Fantastic Organic this Friday, September 14, 3-5 p.m. Try some yummy samples, hang out with a cool red dog, and head off on a scavenger hunt to learn how to spot healthy foods and why you should chow down. Grab the kiddies after school and start the weekend early with games, goodies, prizes, samples and more for the entire family!
Kids Eat Smart with Whole Foods® - youre in charge!Want more ideas about what to pack in those school lunches? Tired of pulling your hair out trying to get more greens in your kindergartener? PBS Kids has partnered with Whole Foods Markets® to tell you and your kids why organic matters. Even more important? This partnership is working to help families learn more about healthy eating habits with the Fantastic Organic campaign!
PBS Kids and Whole Foods® Partner for Organic EducationLets be honest, have you ever wondered what all the fuss over organic was about? Why is it important to buy those fruits and veggies instead of your regular grocery store fare? PBS Kids has partnered with Whole Foods Markets® to tell you and your kids why organic matters. Even more important? This partnership is working to help families learn more about healthy eating habits with the Fantastic Organic campaign!
PBS Launches a New Sid the Science Kid Storybook AppIf you have a Sid the Science Kid fan in your house, we have exciting news! PBS Kids has announced that their new storybook app, based on the animated preschool series from the Jim Henson Company, is now available for download in the iTunes store for the iPad, iPhone and iPod.
Mister Rogers and Me documentary airs July 15, 8 p.m.Benjamin Wagner first met "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" creator and star, Fred Rogers, at Rogers summer home on Nantucket, Massachusetts. His mother rented the cottage next door, so Mister Rogers really was his neighbor. Wagner spreads his message of neighborly-ness with "Mister Rogers and Me" Sunday, July 15 at 8 p.m.
Win a family outing with Exploring Arkansas host Chuck DovishEver wondered…hmmm…..what it would be like to hang out with Chuck during one of his grand adventures around the Natural State? Heres your chance to sign up for a chance to take your family to meet him in person and enjoy an outing to one of Arkansass plethora of beautiful vistas, trails, historic places, or parks. Sign up online before April 30!
Watch The National Geographic Bee on June 16 at 5 p.m.Do you know which Bavarian City located on the Danube River was a legislative seat of the Holy Roman Empire from 1663-1806? Watch AETN this Saturday, June 16, at 5 p.m. for the answer to this question and other head-scratchers as you cheer for Arkansan Christian Boekhout in the 2012 National Geographic Bee.
PBS Summer Learning Initiative bridges summer reading gapThis summer, AETN and PBS are launching a summer learning initiative to help kids continue building key literacy skills throughout their summer vacations. To help bridge the gap, AETN is presenting PBS KIDS programming, along with a host of other fun and education content presented across a variety of platforms, to encourage literacy and independent reading.
Mr. Rogers jams some great lessons for all agesCheck out this Mister Rogers remix by Symphony of Sciences John Boswell for PBS Digital Studios of the familiar from our childhood and the hip of today. Cardigans never looked so cool. Tune in to the digital funkalicious shout out to our favorite t.v. neighbor.
AETN and LRFF Present the 2012 Student Selects Youth! EventWatch stunning student films or participate in student workshops June 2-3 at the 2012 Student Selects Youth! Event. Held at the Riverdale 10 Cinema, the Student Selects Young Filmmakers Showcase will feature pieces submitted by student filmmakers across the state. Screening will begin at Sunday, June 3, at 1:20 p.m. and close with presentations of THEA Foundation/AETN Scholarships to winners at 3:30 p.m.
12 Arkansas students winners in PBS KIDS GO! Writers ContestAETN received more than 100 entries from students all across Arkansas in this years PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. Stories such as The Horse that has Talent to The Dingo and the Sparrow were two of 12 stories named 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in the K-3 contest. The 1st place winners were submitted to PBS to be entered into the national contest winners will be announced in July.
PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest for K-3: Deadline April 27The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest was launched last year in an effort to continue to encourage young children in Grades K-3 across the country to illustrate and write their own stories. Submit your stories to AETN now until Friday, April 27. Arkansas winners will be finalized by May and sent to PBS KIDS GO! to be entered in the national contest. National winners will be announced this summer.
Cat in the Hat visits the Ft. Smith Convention Center May 5AETN has partnered with Mercy Clinic Children's Services to bring the star of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That to Ft. Smith, Saturday, May 5. Families are invited to meet Cat at the Ft. Smith Convention Center, 800 Rogers Avenue, Exhibit Hall C from 9 a.m. to noon. Take photos, listen to stories, face painting and more! Bring your camera. Admission is Free.
Register for AETN Camp MannersAETN Camp Manners provides a safe, fun, and engaging week-long day camp for participants ages 11-15 July 23-27, 2012
Cat in the Hat visits the Rogers library April 14, 9 a.m.-NoonAETN has partnered with Mercy Clinic Children's Services to bring the star of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That to Rogers, Saturday, April 14. Families are invited to meet Cat at the Rogers library, 711 S. Dixieland Road, from 9 a.m. to noon. Visitors can enjoy photographs with the Cat, screenings of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, story time, face painting and more.
Wild Kratts Backyard Aventures Week premieres April 2-6Kangaroos, Dracos (flying lizards) and other critters join brothers Chris and Martin Kratt every weekday on Wild Kratts to teach our little ones about science in such a fun, cool way. This mama has learned a few things too. Makes me want to travel. Makes my kids excited about science. Win, win. Check out Backyard Adventures Week April 2-6 at 4 p .m.
AETN GO Camp Registration is Now Open!AETN GO Camp provides a safe, fun, and engaging week-long day camp for participants ages 6-10, June 25-29, 2012.
Buddy the T-Rex loves to hang at the Museum for spring break
Attention young filmmakers K-12, enter your film by April 6For its 6th year running, AETNs Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase gives creative, imaginative and film-loving students in grades K-12 the opportunity to showcase their cinematic talents through student-made fiction and non-fiction narratives, documentaries, music videos, and other creative works. Enter to be eligible for scholarships, to be aired on AETN. DEADLINE: April 6.
Cat in the Hat visits Hot Springs March 24 9-11:30 a.m.AETN has partnered with Mercy Clinic Children's Services to bring the star of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That to Hot Springs Saturday, March 24. Families are invited to meet Cat at the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs from 9-11:30 a.m. Admission to the Museum is free during those hours. The Cat will also visit Rogers on April 14 and Ft. Smith on May 5.
Visit Buddy the dinosaur at Museum of Discovery Tuesday, March 20AETN has partnered with the Museum of Discovery to bring Buddy the T. Rex from PBS KIDS hit series Dinosaur Train to the museum during spring break. Meet Buddy Tuesday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Buddy will arrive at the museum courtesy of the Arkansas Trolley Company and will make appearances throughout the day for photos. Dinosaur Train episodes will also be shown.
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Read these with your kids today!Get ready for awesome adventures and reading fun as you celebrate Dr. Seuss birthday March 2 and explore science with the Cat in the Hat-a-Thon! Watch the 2-hour marathon, grab some Seussical books, cook up a green breakfast, and learn how to keep our planet healthy with the Lorax! Tune in Friday, March 2 at 1 p.m. on AETN and on AETN Plus at 4 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday.
Cat in the Hat-a-Thon Friday at 7 and 1 celebrates Dr. SeussTune in to AETN for the Cat in the Hat-A-Thon, a two-hour event premiering on PBS KIDS March 2 at 7 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. The Cat in the Hat-A-Thon celebrates the National Education Associations Read Across America initiative, an annual motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
Martha Speaks season premiere Monday with Mad Men?
Martha Speaks kicks off its fourth season on Monday, February 20 with an action-packed two-part episode guest starring real-life Hollywood coupleJon Hamm (Mad Men) and Jennifer Westfeldt (Friends with Kids) - and their real-life dog, Cora. Tune in Monday at 6:30 a.m. or at 2:30 p.m. Part I features a a case of mistaken identity and Part II has Martha meeting circus dogs who look just like Cora.
Cat in the Hat events in Arkansas, March 2 marathonTune into AETN for the Cat in the Hat-A-Thon, a two-hour event premiering on PBS KIDS March 2. AETN will host screenings of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! and a visit from the Cat costume character in Little Rock, El Dorado and Jonesboro Feb. 20-24. The Cat in the Hat-A-Thon celebrates the National Education Associations Read Across America initiative to celebrate reading.
'Sid the Science Kid' Technology & Engineering week Dec. 5-9
Join Sid the Science kid every day this week at 12:30 p.m. for Technology & Engineering Week. Sid and his friends meet all kinds of scientists in a new week of episodes celebrating technology and engineering. Explore computers, investigate flight, and learn how to engineer a solution during Technology & Engineering Week premiering Dec. 5-9. Know an engineer? Pass it on.
AETN kicks off the holiday season with PBS broadcast premiere of Curious George movie November 23
Movie airs as part of CURIOUS GEORGE Holiday Spectacular, a special on-air event that promises to be a new holiday family tradition.
The Cat in the Hat vs. Alaskan Grizzly in Fight Club you make the call
The Cat in the Hat vs. Alaskan Grizzly in Fight Club you make the call. We dont give our kids enough credit. Kids get it. They can understand, learn and love BOTH PBS Kids shows AND Nature. I got a double dose of bears this week. Im not a particular lover of the bear (polar, grizzly, animated or otherwise) but anything having to do with animals or nature at my house is a hit.
Season 2 of The Electric Company wins GOLD in the 2011 Parents' Choice Awards!
Electric Company did it! The Parents' Choice Foundation announced their Spring 2011 Television Awards, and The Electric Company earned The Parents' Choice Gold Award!
Raise a Reader this Summer
Sign up for the iVillage PBS KIDS Summer Reading Community Challenge to get six weeks of daily reading tips! Join "Super Why" producer Angela C. Santomero and special guest coaches for advice on helping your kids build literacy skills all summer long.
AETN's "Dinosaur Train" Train Day Contest
The contest is now closed. Winners will be announced Monday, May 9. Winners will be notified by email Monday. If you do not receive an email, you have not been chosen, but your prize pack will be arriving by mail! Thanks for entering, and stay tuned for more great programming and events from AETN!
PBS Launches New Spanish Language and Music Web Series on PBSKidsGO.org
Spanish language and music learning come to PBS Kids GO! through two new animated children's web series, "Chuck Vanderchuck's 'Something Something' Explosion" and "Noah Comprende", demonstrating PBS's continued commitment to offer engaging and educational media for children across all platforms.
Family Day 2011
Thank you to all the parents for coming to this year's Family Day at the Jones Center in Springdale. This was one of the best Family Days yet! We hope you had a great time. Below are some pictures of this year's event.
Save Public Television
Make Your (Book)Mark!
Nothing's better than a good summer read, and I've got just the craft to keep your kid's nose in a book! All you need are a few simple supplies, a little bit of time, and you and your child can create paper clip page markers.
Keeping Your Parental Cool
Pediatricians recommend parents communicate a feeling of calm and confidence to a sick or injured child. "Kids learn coping skills from their parents. A child needs a parent who is in control and nurturing," says Dr. Kathie Teets Grimm, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Children's Advocacy Center of Manhattan.
But some parents find it hard to keep their cool. Caring for an ill or injured child can provoke feelings of great anxiety and helplessness, especially because children experience pain and illness so intensely. "The parent's dilemma is caused by the fact that we can't make things better as fast as our children would like us to. And as quickly as we would like to, as well," comments Susanna Neumann, Ph.D., a psychologist consultant with Rockefeller University in New York City.
Exploring Science with Kids
Helping children engage in the world of science can be daunting. Many parents feel they dont know enough about science to help their children at all. Those who do know the world of science may be confused about how to help young children learn about complex concepts. A common question from adults is, How can I explain such a hard concept in a simple enough way for my child to understand?
How to Create a Literate Home - First Grader and Reader & Writer
A "literate home" for children at this stage contains several kinds of materials, helps children to establish a reading habit, and helps them to establish systems and tools for reading and writing independently. By the end of first grade, most children know how to read. By the end of third grade, most children can read smoothly and fluently. At this age, your child uses writing both to communicate his thoughts and feelings and to deepen his understanding of what he reads. Therefore, a "literate home" at this stage is one is which there are many reading and writing materials available and children are encouraged to make reading and writing a habit.
Why Parents Don't Need to Have All the Answers
They say that knowledge is power. I'd suggest that recognizing when you don't know something is pretty important, too, and knowing how to find out is where the real power lies. In our ever-changing world, with more and more information to locate, sift through, evaluate, and apply to solve problems and make decisions, knowing when you don't know, and understanding what to do about it, is just as important as knowing "facts." After all, when I was in elementary school, it was a fact that Pluto was the ninth planet, and we all know how that turned out!
Cooking with Kids
Cooking together can be a delicious learning experience for children and their parents. Kids can explore new foods, learn about nutrition, and develop math and reading skills as they measure and read directions. These simple guidelines are designed to help you make cooking safe and fun, and to entice your children into trying something new!
TV, movies, videogames and the Internet often show people in an overly simple way, giving an inaccurate idea of what they are allowed to say and do and how important or unimportant they are. This often takes the form of stereotypes - recognizable but inaccurate views of one group of people by another. Some common stereotypes show women as weak and certain ethnic groups as lazy or scheming. Challenge your child to question what she sees and hears, so she develops an eye for sexism, racism and other prejudices in mainstream media portrayals.
AETN Family Day 2010
AETN Family Day 2010 was amazing. We are so happy that so many of you decided to attend and help us make this one of the best Family Days yet! We hope you had a great time. Below are some pictures of this year's AETN Family Day.
TV Viewer's Guide: Preschoolers
Television for preschoolers is like chocolate it's a delicious pleasure in small portions. But consuming too much can lead to a lifetime of bad habits. How can you make healthy viewing choices for your child?
Consider what experts aim for when making a first-rate TV show for preschoolers. Despite simple appearances, researchers, educators and producers rely on a great deal of expertise when figuring out how to teach preschoolers while they entertain them. Although there's no single recipe for producing a successful program, here's a quick list of what those in the know put into a high-quality television series and why you might want to look for these elements, too.
Helping Girls Get Active
One of the best ways to help your daughter have a positive image of her body is to encourage her to use that body -- to get active, make a mess, learn a sport. This way, she can learn to see herself as strong, resilient and competent -- not just as "thin" or "pretty."