Family Red Carpet Event: Space Racers

KLRU kids can hop on a spaceship to Stardust Space Academy on the new kids series Space Racers premiering on June 6th. With three personified spaceship characters, preschoolers will have fun learning about scientific investigation and observations, technology, the solar system and more!

We’ve got a special preview of the series at the Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane and Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline on June 7th! Family Red Carpet Event: Space Racers Preview  Seats can be reserved with the purchase of a refundable $5 food/beverage voucher. Reserve your family’s tickets now

At the event get a behind-the-scenes look at how each animated character was brought to life, hear how NASA Scientists and Astronauts assisted in the development of the series, plus see four exclusive episodes of Space Racers which will air locally on KLRU Fridays at noon starting June 6th.

Episodes to be shown at the Drafthouse include:
THREE’S A CROWD – Telescopes help us discover things we can’t see otherwise. What will Eagle do when he feels left out of the discovery?
A SIMPLE RE-QUEST – When Hawk meets a friendly old space station in danger, can he and his friends figure out how to save her in time?
TOTAL ECLIPSE – It’s Eagle vs. Starling in a race to the Moon. But does the junior cadet have a chance against bigger, stronger Eagle?
FOLLOW THE WATER – While the Racers investigate water on Mars, Hawk can’t wait for the big “Captain Cosmos” convention!

KLRU and PBS Kids at the Texas Book Festival!

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KLRU Educational Services will be on hand for two events connected to the Texas Book Festival. The first, a joint presentation by the Texas Book Festival, KLRU, and the AISD Department of Communications and Community Engagement is a book reading and signing by the bilingual children’s author Yuyi Morales, who was profiled by PBS and regularly has a spot airing during the PBS Kids block (which you can see here). The book signing will take place at Mathews Elementary, 906 West Lynn, on Friday, October 25, from 4-5 pm.

The second event will be our three-hour appearance at the Texas Book Festival itself, on Sunday, October 27, from 12 noon – 3 pm. We will be at the Children’s Activity Tent (on Colorado St. between 12th & 13th) with our iPads loaded with learning apps and with none other than Clifford the Big Red Dog.

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KLRU’s new Kids lineup begins October 7!

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Download a pdf of the Fall 2013 schedule

KLRU wishes to announce the following changes to the 6:30 am – 5:30 pm (M-F) program lineup:

1. The new series Peg+Cat, an adorable show on early mathematical thinking, will run M-F from 9-9:30 am.

2. In response to popular demand, Sesame Street will now air twice daily, once from 7-8 am, and once from 2-3 pm.

3. Thomas & Friends will now air daily M-F from 11:30 am – noon with lots of new episodes.

4. Signing Time moves to noon – 12:30 pm.

5. From 12:30 – 1 pm, we have different programs each day: Monday is WordWorld, Tuesday is Bob the Builder, Wednesday is Angelina Ballerina, Thursday is Peep and the Big Wide World, and Friday is a new show, Bali.

Now, what gets lost in these changes? Because we have no new episodes for Maya & Miguel or for Barney, and because of a slowdown of production for Electric Company, we have currently dropped them from the daily lineup. We especially feel the loss of Electric Company because it’s popular for older kids, so we are hoping that we can build up a bank of new episodes for airing later in the school year. In the meantime, all of these shows can be accessed online.

If you have questions or comments on the new lineup, please contact Benjamin Kramer, Director of Educational Services. We hope you enjoy these changes!

Smart Screen Time / La Pantalla Inteligente™

Download a printable version of this guide (pdf): Smart Screen Time™ | La Pantalla Inteligente

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With the proliferation of screen-based activities available for and embraced by youth, KLRU Educational Services has developed a set of guidelines for digital media use called “Smart Screen Time / La Pantalla Inteligente™.” In addition to offering quality educational media, KLRU Educational Services staff believe that explicit guidelines for how to use these media has never been more needed – for parents, caretakers, educators, and the children themselves. The guidelines have been incorporated into all of KLRU Educational Services’ messaging and are now appearing on-air and online in a series of explanatory video clips. The guidelines are as follows, with the video clips to follow.

    1. Knowing “smart time” vs. “silly time” - Kids instinctively know when they are viewing or playing media that is cognitively stimulating, and media that is pure entertainment. We believe that there is a role for both in kids’ lives. Adults who provide access to digital media ought to have conversations about the appropriate balance of smart and silly with the children in their care, and help children monitor their own media habits.

    2. When the brain slows down, turn the screen off! - All viewers of digital media have experienced moments when they are neither asleep nor alert, but in some in-between “zombie” zone. For adults, this may be a reasonable break from a long day’s work. For kids, it’s a different matter because this time is neither truly restful, nor is it meaningfully engaging. In short, it’s lost time during a period of rapid brain growth and development. For that reason, it’s important for adults in kids’ lives to turn the screen off and send them to another activity (including sleep!). Kids can become self-monitors of their own zombie states,  and can learn alternatives to drooling in front of a screen.

    3. Talk throughout the day, including during screen time - Studies have shown that dialogue can enhance the learning outcomes of using educational digital media. Look no further than our own characters to see role models for our kids – our characters use sophisticated vocabulary, ask good questions, and seek solution pathways for desired information. In short, they are all “smart” chatterboxes! Adults can ask kids for narrative summaries of show episodes, or to describe strategies they are using to advance in games.

    4. Watch and play on screens together - This is corollary of guideline #3. Whereas dialogue about kids’ viewing or playing is great, an even stronger learning experience occurs when adults and kids engage together with educational media. KLRU Educational Services selects PBS evening programs each month for “Family Choice” viewing, when we encourage generations to sit, watch, and discuss together. This idea can be extended to our programming throughout the day, and to game-playing online and on mobile media. One caution: current research suggests that all screen time stop 90 minutes before a child’s bedtime. It appears that the blue/light white from LCD screens can signal the brain to wake up, making bedtime a more difficult proposition.

    5. Read both at home and at school – every day! As proud as we are of the educational quality of our media, KLRU Educational Services recognizes that reading remains the most efficient, effective method of acquiring new information, building vocabulary, and experiencing new worlds of learning. In fact, a good number of our programs and games explicitly steer children to reading experiences. Most children still need adults to bridge the gap from screen to text, and to help them locate appropriate reading materials. This cannot solely occur in school – children who practice literacy as a desired activity during out-of-school time have markedly better learning outcomes that endure throughout their lives (International Reading Association, 1998). We know our job is done when kids instinctively and enthusiastically turn from our media to books as a logical next step in their learning lives.

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La Pantalla Inteligente™

Con la abundancia de pantallas utilizadas por nuestros jóvenes, KLRU Educational Services ha desarrollado un conjunto de reglas sobre el medio digital llamado “La Pantalla Inteligente.” Además de ofrecer un medio educacional de gran calidad, el personal de KLRU Educational Services cree se necesitan estas reglas para padres, cuidadores, educadores, y los mismos niños sobre el uso de estos medios.

1. Tiempo listo versus Tiempo bobo – Desde una edad muy joven, los niños saben cuando están mirando un programa o jugando un juego que les ayuda a aprender o que es puro entretenimiento. Nosostros creemos que hay un rol para los dos en la vida de los jóvenes. Los adultos que les proveen aceso a media digital a los niños deberían charlar con ellos sobre un balanceo apropriado de “listo” y “bobo,” y ayudar a los niños a reconocer sus propios hábitos y ajustarlos si es necesario.

2. ¡Cuando se apaga el cerebro, se apaga la pantalla! – Para los adultos al mirar la tele puede ser un momento razonable para un descanso después de un largo día de trabajo. Pero para los niños puede ser una pérdida de tiempo. Es por eso que es importante que los adultos sugieran y animen a los niños a realizar otras actividades, incluyendo dormir, en lugar de babear frente a una pantalla por largos periodos.

3. Hablemos durante el día, incluyendo los tiempos de pantalla – Estudios han demostrado que el diálogo mejora los resultados de los medios digitales educacionales. Los personajes que estrellan en nuestros programas son modelos de compartimiento para nuestros niños. Estos personajes usan vocabulario sofisticado, hacen buenas preguntas, y buscan diferentes soluciones. ¡En resumen, todas son <<cotorros inteligentes>>! Los adultos pueden preguntar a los niños por breves resúmenes de los episodios que han visto, o que describan las estrategias que están utilizando para avanzar en un juego.

4. Miremos y juguemos juntos la pantalla – Aunque el diálogo sobre lo que los niños miran y juegan es bueno, la experiencia educacional puede ser aún más fuerte si los adultos y niños se vieran involucrados en medios educacionales. KLRU Educational Services selecciona programas nocturnos de PBS cada mes para momentos familiares donde los animamos a sentarse, mirar, y discutir juntos. Esta idea se extiende para toda nuestra programación durante el día, incluyendo juegos en línea y medios móvil.

5. Lee en casa y la escuela – ¡Todos los días! Aunque estamos orgullosos de la calidad educacional de nuestros medios, KLRU Educational Services reconoce que leer sigue siendo el método más efectivo de adquirir nueva información y vocabulario. De hecho un buen número de programas y juegos dirigen los niños explícitamente a leer. La mayoría de los niños aún necesitan que los adultos les ayuden a localizar materiales apropiados para leer. Esto no puede suceder solo en la escuela ya que los niños que practican el alfabetismo como una actividad deseada fuera de la escuela tienen mejores resultados de aprendizaje (International Reading Association, 1998). Cuando los niños pueden cambiar de los medios digitales a un libro como un paso lógico en sus vidas de aprendizaje, nuestro trabajo esta completo.

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The Cat in the Hat “Fabulous Animals Week”

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From April 15-19, The Cat in the Hat shows kids some amazing animals, including three premiere episodes April 15-17.

Babies / Fast – Monday, April 15 at 8:30 am & 2 pm
Babies – Sally is looking after some baby hamsters, but how can she and Nick hold them right? Well, different animals hold their babies different ways.
Fast – It’s a race to the treehouse, but Nick and Sally wish they could go as fast as an airplane! How about a peregrine? asks The Cat. What’s that? The fastest creature in the world!

Little Lemmings / Keep The Beat — Tuesday, April 16 at 8:30 am & 2 pm
Little Lemmings – It’s cold outside, but Nick and Sally want to keep playing. Is there a way to stay warm out in the cold? Cat’s friend Lars the Lemming will know! He lives in the Wundra-Bundra-Tundra. It’s cold out, but with Lars’ fur coat, he doesn’t even notice!
Keep the Beat – Nick and Sally have been running around the backyard and now their chests are thumpity thumping! The Cat explains that that is their hearts boom boom booming! But why? wonders Sally.

Gorillas In The Nest / Tale Of A Dragon — Wednesday, April 17 at 8:30 am & 2 pm
Gorillas in the Nest – Sally and Nick have made a sleepover tent on the floor. But it’s not very comfortable. The Cat’s friend Gordon the Gorilla knows how to make a comfortable bed.
Tale of a Dragon – Dragons don’t really exist, but Cat knows some lizard friends who are oh-so like dragons! They can show Nick and Sally how to pretend to be dragons.

Dinosaur Train “Dancing with Dinosaurs Week”

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Monday-Friday, April 8-12 at 9:30 am

In a week of encore episodes, kids can enjoy the most musical moments of DINOSAUR TRAIN for a week of dance-tastic adventures. Buddy, Shiny, Tiny and Don explore ponds, gardens, oceans and more in “That’s Not a Dinosaur/Tiny’s Garden,” “Remember the Alamosaurus/Sunrise, Sunset,” “Elmer Elasmosaurus/Dinosaur Block Party,” “Junior Conductor Jamboree/Troodon Train Day” and “Buddy Explores the Tyrannosaurs/Rainy Day Fight.” They sing and dance as they encourage kids to get outside, get into nature and make their own discoveries.

Sid Movie Was a Hit!

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Thanks to all the families that joined us for the Sid the Science Kid Movie Premiere at Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek and Slaughter locations on Saturday.

Before the movie, we had fun playing catapult games in the lobby, posing for photos with Sid, and meeting Clifford the Big Red Dog!

See photos from both locations: Sid the Science Kid Movie Premiere | March 30, 2013

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WILD KRATTS “Rainforest Week”

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In a week of episodes set in the rainforest, three new WILD KRATTS episodes featuring rainforest creatures premiere on April 1-3.

Monday, April 1, 4pm
Bugs Or Monkeys? – A miniaturized Martin wants to check out insects in the rainforest, but Chris wants to investigate the world of the Spider monkey. Chris wins when he puts “mini” Martin in his pack back and heads off through the treetops.

Tuesday, April 2, 4pm
Shadow: The Black Jaguar – Martin and Chris are trying to decide on their next wild cat adventure when they learn that Zach Varmitech has decided to “catnap” a Black Jaguar to use as a symbol for his new spybots.

Wednesday, April 3, 4pm
Rainforest Stew – When Chris and Martin go in search of an obscure rainforest creature to add to their Life Lists, the Wild Kratts becomes embroiled in the complex relationships of a tropical rainforest.

Thursday, April 4, 4pm
Walk On The Wetside – When Chris and Martin locate an amazing water-walking Basilisk lizard in Costa Rica, they try to replicate its actions in order to learn how this rare lizard is able to walk on water. They discover that by using its wide feet, churning its legs to create water pockets and keeping up a certain speed, the Basilisk is able to run on water in order to escape from predators. And when Donita Donata begins capturing basilisks, Martin and Chris us their new water walking powers to rescue these rare lizards.

Friday, April 5, 4pm
Kerhonk – When Martin’s and Chris’ Creature Power Suits unexpectedly get jammed in Proboscis monkey mode and the top monkey of the troop is injured protecting a youngster from a crocodile, the Kratt brothers find themselves stepping into the injured monkey’s role. While Aviva nurses the monkey back to health, Chris and Martin must keep the troop together and soon discover the important communication function of the proboscis monkeys strangest feature – his huge, droopy, bulbous nose! They uncover some of the different methods animals utilize to communicate important information to each other.