Connecting Our Kids to Food and Nature

Why is it important to get our kids outside? Find out this week on Central Texas Gardener when Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, examines nature-deficit disorder and how it impacts our children.

See why this family made a resolution to dump the grass for organic vegetables when their daughter was born.

Visit CTG’s blog for stories of family garden traditions and to add your own!

KLRU Kids Author’s Celebration 11/22

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Join KLRU for a fun-filled event celebrating student authors!

DATE: Friday, November 22
TIME: 4:15-6 p.m.
LOCATION: M Station Learning Center, 2906 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
The event is free and open to the public.

For the last few weeks, KLRU’s Educational Services Department has been working with the students of M Station’s after-school program to create their own autobiographies or original stories. A surprise PBS Kids characters will be on hand to congratulate the young authors for their hard work.

This event is part of an on-going project funded by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Get more details

 

 

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!

Sesame Street’s 44th Season!

SESAME STREET will kick off its 44th season beginning September 16 at 7am daily.

The new season will launch with a funny new segment, “Cookie’s Crumby Pictures.” In each five-minute segment of “Cookie’s Crumby Pictures” children will learn many strategies and activities that promote the self-regulation curriculum. Additionally, Sesame Street viewers will get to watch the new Latino neighbor, “Armando,” played by actor Ismael Cruz Córdova. Other season highlights include new original songs and street stories; new “Elmo the Musical” segments; new animations and, as always, new hilarious spoofs and celebrity appearances!

Daniel Tiger’s Neighbor Day

We’re adding a new meaning to Labor Day for preschoolers: Neighbor Day.  In what we hope will become an annual event, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD will present “Neighbor Day,” a premiere episode, on Monday, September 2 at 10am.  In this full half-hour special episode, Daniel learns how good it feels to be neighborly – and that one kind act can lead to many more.

A new game, “Tea Party,” is now available online. In this new game, children help Daniel set up and play tea party with his friends. The game helps kids practice important skills, such as taking turns and thinking about the needs of others.

September 2013 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy together. In September 2013, two new series premiere that are incredible family viewing opportunities and historic moments for PBS. Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation, explores the world’s birds. Latino Americans is an epic history series just in time for Latino Heritage Month. Finally, NOVA “Secrets of the Viking Sword,” features the feared Ulfberht sword.

Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation
Wednesdays at 7 pm, starting September 4

This series is a breathtaking voyage with the world’s birds, soaring across six continents, witnessing spectacular animal migrations and great natural wonders, swooping down to interact with life-and-death dramas on land and at sea. It employs state-of-the-art technology and sophisticated camera techniques to show the world from the amazing aerial perspective of a bird’s-eye view. This six-part series concludes on October 9th.

Latino Americans (3-part, six-hour series)
Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 pm
starting September 17 – October 1
(Series repeats on Sundays at 1:30 pm)
Latino Americans is an epic history series narrated by Benjamin Bratt that chronicles the lives and experiences of Latinos in the United States from 1500 to the 21st century.  Through its people, politics and culture, Latino Americans tells the story of early settlement, conquest and immigration; of tradition and reinvention; of anguish and celebration; and of the gradual construction of a new American identity from diverse sources that connects and empowers millions of people today.  The series utilizes the accounts of historical figures and events as well as present-day interviews with nearly 100 Latinos—from best-selling authors, entrepreneurs and pop cultural celebrities to political leaders and everyday people, as well as historians and other experts.

NOVA #3913 “Secrets of the Viking Sword”
Wednesday, September 25 at 8 pm (encore presentation)
The Vikings were among the fiercest warriors of all time. Yet only a select few carried the ultimate weapon of their era: the feared Ulfberht sword. Fashioned using a process that would remain unknown to the Vikings’ rivals for centuries, the Ulfberht was a revolutionary high-tech tool as well as a work of art. Considered one of the greatest swords ever made, it remains a fearsome weapon more than a millennium after it last saw battle. But how did Viking sword makers design and build the Ulfberht, and what was its role in history? Now, NOVA uses cutting-edge science and old-fashioned detective work to reconstruct the Ulfberht and finally unravel the mystery of the Viking sword.

 

August Summer Literacy

This is the final two Summer Literacy Theme Weeks where PBS KIDS address the “summer slide” that helps kids build and retain literacy skills. Kids and parents can visit pbskids.org/read for fun literacy-based games.

Remember there is a free PBS KIDS episode available for download every week on the PBS KIDS Raising Readers page on iTunes.

Summer Literacy August Theme Weeks:

  • July 29-August 2: ARTHUR offers a “Sports Week.”
  • August 5-9WORDGIRL presents “What’s Up with WordGirl Week,” with five brand-new episodes kicking off WORDGIRL’s sixth season.
  • August 19-23: WILD KRATTS presents “Reptile Week,” with four new reptile-based episode premieres.

Check out the PBS KIDS Summer Literacy Project!