New PBS Kids “Measure Up” app

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School’s out for summer and that means endless days at the pool, but with the new PBS KIDS’ education phone application children won’t be falling behind anytime soon.

Thursday June 16, PBS KIDS debuted ‘Measure Up!,’ a free app that is designed to help children build math skills and encourage parents to support their learning. Primarily designed for 3 to 5-year-olds, the app builds on measurement skills that feature games, videos and activities from popular PBS KIDS’ series. In addition, parents and caregivers will be able to track progress and find activities through a companion app with tools.
“Given the overwhelming number of apps available, it’s often difficult for parents to find great educational content for their kids,” said Sara DeWitt, Vice President, PBS KIDS Digital. “’PBS KIDS Measure Up!’ not only helps build math skills in a fun learning environment, it also lets parents track the skills in which their kids excel, and the skills where they may need more practice.”

In PBS KIDS Measure Up!, children can visit a world with characters from PBS KIDS’ series DINOSAUR TRAIN, PEG + CAT and SID THE SCIENCE KID. There, they explore concepts of length, width, capacity and weight while collecting rewards through each game or activity. The app thoughtfully sequences different types of media to ensure kids will build math skills. According to PBS KIDS, each game, video and activity has be rigorously tested to ensure a positive learning experience for children.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s senior vice president for education and children’s content Debra Sanchez says, “This innovative new app demonstrates public media’s ability to engage children through free, high-quality educational programming across all platforms.”

Bringing parents into the learning adventure, ‘PBS KIDS Measure Up!’ connects with a free companion app for adults: the PBS KIDS Super Vision App for parents. PBS KIDS Super Vision provides parents and caregivers with updates on their kids’ progress throughout the Measure Up! app and shares information and recommendations, suggesting related activities that they can do with their children to build on the skills they are developing. Through these features, parents and caregivers can engage in, better understand and guide their children’s learning.

 

Peg + Cat 100th Day of School

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To celebrate this year’s 100th Day of School, several partners held a Peg + Cat 100th Day of School event this past month. Both Foundation Communities: Trails at the Park and Boys & Girls Club East enjoyed playing the Peg + Cat “Peg’s Pizza Place” activity as well as select videos on the number 100.  For the second year, Anita Uphaus Early Childhood Center held a full morning of activities for their Kindergarten classes. The library was filled with centers all themed around the number 100!

Anita Uphaus EC Center
Anita Uphaus EC Center
Boys & Girls Club East
Boys & Girls Club East
Foundation Communities: Trail at the Park
Foundation Communities: Trails at the Park

Odd Squad Saves the World

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The Boys & Girls Club at HACA’s Flores Education & Training Center enjoyed an afternoon watching the ODD SQUAD “Saves The World” premier before its national debut on Monday, January 19th.

Clifford the Big Red Dog stopped by to kick off a fun math puzzle activity before the special. Kids were hard at work trying to be the first to figure out the puzzle before the premiere.  Seventy Kindergartners through 5th graders enjoyed the event and left with a bookmark and a fun pocket-sized math riddle handout.

100th Day of School Celebration

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To celebrate this year’s 100th Day of School, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, hosted a Peg + Cat-themed special event at Uphaus EC Center, Perez Elementary and Widen Elementary on February 5 and February 10, 2014. Through this initiative, KLRU awarded each campus a media lab that included an assortment of educational materials, games, activities, a Kindle Fire to access PBS digital content on, and a PEG + CAT hop-scotch rug. The multimedia content includes video clips, digital and hands-on games and activities, and tools to connect home and school. These resources are available at pbskids.org/learn. In all, over 355 children and 32 adults participated.

These three Dove Springs public school campuses were selected in part because the Onion Creek floods of this winter had affected them and their families. Each campus dedicated time in the library and in the classroom for their 1st grade or Kindergarten classes to rotate through a series of centers themed around the number 100 — jumping 100 times using hula hoops, making bracelets by counting beads by groups of 10, playing a Peg + Cat pizza game, playing the Peg + Cat app, watch Peg + Cat video clips. Each child was also able to share with their family more fun activities by taking home the Peg + Cat activity sheet. All campuses were delighted with the 100th Day Celebration and plan on scheduling it again next school year!

Este año para el Centésimo Día Escolar, KLRU-TV celebro con el Centro de Uphaus, Perez Elementary, y Widen Elementary este pasado 5 y 10 de febrero. A través de este iniciativo, las escuelas participantes recibieron materiales educativos incluyendo juegos, actividades, un Kindle Fire con acceso a recursos digitales de PBS, y una alfombra de la rayuela. Los recursos digitales incluyeron videos, juegos digitales, y otras actividades para conectar el enseñamiento de matemáticas entre el salón y en casa. Estos recursos están disponibles en pbskids.org/learn. Al final se contaron mas de 355 estudiantes y 32 adultos que participaron.

Estas escuelas en el vecindario de Dove Springs fueron seleccionadas en parte por las inundaciones de Onion Creek, que afectaron a los estudiantes y a sus familias. Cada escuela dedico tiempo en la biblioteca y en el salón para los estudiantes del kínder y primer año. Los estudiantes participaron en actividades sobre el numero 100 – brincando 100 veces, construyendo una pulsera de abalorios y contando por 10, participando en un juego de Peg + Cat, usando la aplicación de Peg + Cat para iPad, viendo unos episodios de Peg + Cat, y leyendo juntos. Cada estudiante también se llevo información para seguir aprendiendo sobre el numero 100 con su familia en casa. Las escuelas disfrutaron del Centésimo Día Escolar y planean a celebrar de nuevo al próximo año!

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.

Congratulations to the Theriot Family!

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Once a year, KLRU will send one of our fantastic Explorer families to Washington DC to explore the museums, zoos, and more in our nation’s capitol. This year, we are happy to announce the winner: The Theriot Family of Cedar Park.

Explorer Trip Winner 2013

Theriot Family – KLRU Explorer Trip Winners 2013

Amanda, Leland, Josie & Howard will be travelling this fall – congratulations to them and thanks to all of our Explorers families for their financial support of KLRU-TV.

If you want your family to have a chance to win next year, sign up to be a KLRU Explorer today!

 

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!