KLRU joins Dell in Powering the Possible!

KLRU Educational Services is thrilled to join the launch of Dell’s Powering the Possible initiative in 2012! Thanks to the generosity of Dell, we have acquired 20 brand-new, sleek Dell XPS 13 Ultrabooks for use in two pilot projects close to the Dell campus, at Walnut Creek and Graham Elementary Schools. We will work with Extend-A-Care staff and their kids to bring the best of our digital media resources to enhance after-school learning opportunities in order to strengthen academic skills through high-quality, trustworthy shows, games, and other activities. Apart from the Dell laptops, another brand-new resource for this project is PBS Learning Media, the user-friendly portal to PBS’ treasure trove of educational content.

www.eackids.org

klru.pbslearningmedia.org

Soar with Reading Book Grant

Soar with Reading, KLRU Explorers, PBS KIDS and Jet Blue logos

This summer, just by visiting SoarwithReading.com, thousands of Americans are placing age-appropriate books in the hands of children who need them, through one simple yet powerful action: sharing the name of their favorite children’s book. Soar with Reading, now in its second year, is a partnership between JetBlue Airways’ (Nasdaq: JBLU) and PBS KIDS. The program is setting the stage for back-to-school reading success through book donations, and free resources for families including an interactive reading list, reading tips and expert advice for keeping kids engaged in literature.

For every title shared on the website, JetBlue is donating an age-appropriate book to a deserving child through partner Barefoot Books. Book donations in the Austin-area have been awarded to Escuelita del Alma in partnership with KLRU-TV. Similar donations are being made to local literacy-focused organizations identified in partnership with PBS member stations in the 71 cities that JetBlue currently serves.

Do your part and help KLRU get books to the kids at Escuelita del Alma by sharing your favorite children’s book! To help, visit: http://bit.ly/jT0VYT.

New Children's Schedule

KLRU is excited to announce the following changes to our schedule for children’s programs, to begin September 3:

Daniel Tiger Neighborhood

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a new show from the Fred Rogers Institute (Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.) Daniel is the grandson of the original Daniel Tiger, and many other relatives from the original show are present in the Land of Make Believe. The show focuses on Daniel’s communications with friends and family, especially when things don’t work out the way he wants them to! [Monday-Friday, 10am and repeats Monday-Friday, 12:30pm and Sundays at 8am.]

Sesame Street characters
Sesame Street will have many new episodes and Elmo will star in a new segment highlighting music and creativity. [Daily at 7am and repeats Sunday at 5am]

Cyberchase characterSciGirl characterWild Kratt brothers
We will have lots more Math and Science content during the after-school times, including new episodes from Cyberchase [Monday-Friday at 1:30-pm], SciGirls [Friday at 4:30pm], and the Wild Kratts [Monday-Friday at 4pm]!

Martha Speaks
In the morning before the start of the school day, kids can get a vocabulary blast from Martha Speaks [Monday-Friday at 6:30am and repeats Monday-Thursday at 5pm]

Signing Time will run Monday through Friday at 1pm to help infants and toddlers communicate with caregivers.

Dino and Tiny from Dinosaur Train
Saturday mornings will have a special 8-9am Train Hour, starring Thomas & Friends and Dinosaur Train.

Go to www.klru.org and click on “Schedule” to see when all KLRU shows appear on all four of our channels!

Sat., Aug. 25: KLRU joins with Whole Foods and PBS Kids in Fantastic Organic!

PBS Parents has recently launched a new website with Whole Foods called Fantastic Organic where you can find collected tips, ideas, recipes, videos and games to encourage you and your family to explore organic produce and foods.

KLRU is joining in the fun, too! Saturday, August 25, the new Whole Foods Market at Arbor Trails in South Austin will have a fun run, an in-store organic scavenger hunt, and our very own Biscuit Brothers! The events start at 8:00 am with the fun run at 8:00 am, then yoga at 10:00 am. The Biscuits take the stage at noon as the scavenger hunt commences. While there, pick up a schedule of our fall PBS Kids lineup, including the debut of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and consider the KLRU Explorers family membership!


KLRU Promotes Use of 2-1-1 for Families in Need

This month, KLRU has been re-airing the original broadcast of Sesame Street’s one-hour special “Growing Hope Against Hunger.” In this show, guest stars Brad and Kimberly Paisley meet Lily, the newest Muppet. Together, they reach out to viewers who may be hungry and those who may be in a position to help others. At the conclusion of the episode, viewers of all ages who may need additional food are directed to call 2-1-1, the call center for local health and human services.

“Growing Hope Against Hunger” will air four more times this month:

  • Monday, August 20th at 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 22nd at 12 noon
  • Friday, August 24th at 12 noon
  • Tuesday, August 28th at 12:30 pm

KLRU 2012 Summer Learning Challenge

Now that it’s REALLY HOT outside, not just HOT, we know kids will be spending more time indoors and screen time will go up. To make sure that kids have access to quality content and quality activities, along with our friends at the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, we’ve started the KRLU Summer Challenge.  To get started, read and download the materials below!

PBS highlights one show each week during the summertime. KLRU starts from here and asks kids to do the following:

WATCH - Here are the shows for each week, and the times they air

June 4-8: Wild Kratts, Zach Attack Week 4:00 pm
June 11-15: WordGirl, Tobey's Robot Summer 3:30 pm
June 18-22: Arthur, Baby Kate Adventure Week 3:00 pm
June 25-29: Curious George, Monkey Business Week 8:00 am
July 2-6: Super Why! Royal Reading Week 9:00 am
July 9-13: The Electric Company Prankster Planet Week 4:30 pm
July 16-20: Dinosaur Train Gone Fishing Week 9:30 am
July 23-27: Martha Speaks Dog Daze Week 2:30 pm
July 30-August 3: The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That Creepy Crawley Week 8:30 am
August 6-10: Sid the Science Kid Get Up and Move Week 10:00 am

READ – We want kids to read at least 15 minutes a day, or 75 minutes a week. To track progress you can download a chart here or download Scholastic’s Reading Timer for iPhone, iPad, or Android devices.

DO - Whether your kids are completing pages in the packet or playing PBS games online or on mobile devices, they are learning!

Click here to download an activity packet for ages 4-7.

Click here to download an activity packet for ages 6-10.

Click here to download a Reading Progress Chart.

For online games, go to:

PBS Kids (ages 2-5)
PBS Kids Go! (ages 4-8)
PBS Kids It's My Life (ages 8-12)
PBS Kids Mobile for all mobile downloads (all ages)

PLAY - Not just video games! Get off the couch and go swimming, ride a bike, and run around. Kids should be active at least one hour a day, 365 days a year.

And when you’ve done all of these things, after August 13th you will be able to download a certificate that you can complete and show to your child’s teacher in the new school year.

ARTHUR “Baby Kate Adventure Week”

Arthur and D.W. look at baby Kate sleeping in her cribThis summer, PBS KIDS’ summer learning initiative helps kids continue building key literacy skills throughout summer vacation with themed weeks.

Starting June 18 at 3 p.m. on KLRU

ARTHUR
Baby Kate Adventure Week

Fifteen – Parts 1 & 2 – June 18
How much can Arthur and his friends do in 15 minutes? Arthur tries to race home to find his report and get back to school before class starts. George gets his shot to win big bucks for his school on the radio show “15 minutes of Fame.” Kate and Pal try to defeat the “Red Claw” and their mission of getting kids to play with cats by eliminating all imaginary friends. Can they all accomplish these missions impossible before the clock counts all the way down? Only time will tell!

Around the World in 11-Minutes/Muffy and the Big Bad Blog – June 19
Pal, Baby Kate, Amigo, and Mei Lin enthusiastically accept Nemo’s dare to travel around the world and make it back in 11 minutes. After all, there’s a prized pork chop and a lot of pride on the line! Adventuring by plane, hot-air balloon and motor scooters, the gang encounters many obstacles along the way – mostly because of Nemo’s meddling! – but giddily experience the joys of global expedition.

Muffy discovers that web blogging is a great way to keep her readers up to date with her every move…whether they’re interested or not! But then she goes too far and publicizes a disagreement with Francine. Can Muffy learn that some things really are better left private?

Paradise Lost/The Pride of Lakewood – June 20
Baby Kate is growing up! She’s started saying her first words. But strangely enough, the more words she learns, the less she seems to understand their dog, Pal. The two head off to the Children’s Zoo in search of the Dolly Llama for an explanation, and to see if they can reverse the process. Along the way, they learn that growing up is inevitable and maybe it isn’t so bad.

To boost school pride, Arthur and his classmates form the Lakewood Pride Committee, which immediately and fervently adds members, distributes buttons and creates special chants. But Brain and Sue Ellen, feeling pressured, decide they don’t want to join – and are accused of not loving their school. Can they prove that they’re proud of Lakewood Elementary even if they’re not part of this new group?

The Blackout/Mei Lin Takes a Stand – June 21
It’s the hottest day in Elwood City, when a total blackout leaves its residents without any electricity. Will Arthur and DW survive without AC and TV? Luckily, the Molina family steps in to teach the Reads a lesson on how to keep cool and have fun as a community even under the toughest of weather conditions!

Binky’s baby sister Mei-Lin isn’t keen on learning to walk and would rather stick to crawling. But then Baby Kate and Pal’s flea friends, brothers Sale and Pepe, return to Elwood City and share a tale of a little princess in the land of “Hanzan-Niis” who learns to walk in order to save her beloved court jester. Will Mei Lin be inspired to take a stand or continue to stumble?

Baby Kate and the Imaginary Mystery/Strangers on a Train – June 22
Nadine, D.W.’s imaginary friend is missing! Baby Kate, Pal, Amigo, and Nemo are all on the case and won’t give up until this mystery is solved – even if some fur gets ruffled along the way! Could the Tibbles be hiding Nadine? Or is the solution to the mystery closer to home?

Sue Ellen can’t wait to travel on an old-fashioned train with her mom. It will be just like those black and white movies! But once onboard, Sue Ellen discovers that the train is not as spectacular as she had hoped – until she finds a mysterious diary on board. Could it belong to the ghost of the “Crown City Star”??