Nearly all PBS Kids apps are just $.99 for Android and Kindle devices, including:
And Peg + Cat has a new app for iPad – The Tree Problem. $2.99
And as always, go to klrukids.org for hundreds of episodes, games, activities, and links to other powerful learning resources!
KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In August 2014, we have the following lined up:
Wednesday, August 6, 7pm: The My Wild Affair series continues in August with “The Seal Who Came Home.” The true story of Andre, a two-day-old wild harbor seal who, in 1961, was rescued from certain death by Harry Goodridge, an arborist from Rockport, Maine. Over the next 25 years, Andre and Harry established a friendship that brought Andre into the world of humans without Andre’s ever having to sacrifice his wildness. The human world gave Andre shelter during the harsh New England winter, but staying wild at heart meant Andre had the know-how to make the 200-mile swim home to Rockport. This interspecies friendship weathered every kind of challenge, including, at the end, Andre’s blindness.
Wednesday, August 13, 7pm: NATURE’s Snow Monkeys. We are bringing this very popular episode back in the heat of summer to give us all a break and remind us that the cold weather brings challenges, too.
Wednesday, August 20, 7pm: My Wild Affair wraps up with an overview of the extraordinary stories and connections between undomesticated animals and human beings.
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
Be a part of future KLRU kids events by signing up as a KLRU Explorer.
When: March 30, 2013, 9 – 11 a.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek and Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Click here to go the Alamo Drafthouse reservation site.
ALL AGES ARE WELCOME, BUT CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT. PLEASE RESERVE ONLY THE SEATS YOU EXPECT TO USE, AND RESERVE ENOUGH SEATS FOR ALL ATTENDEES, REGARDLESS OF AGE. ALL UNCLAIMED SEATS WILL BE RELEASED TO THE WAITING LIST AT 9:30 AM.
9:00 Doors open, guest check in, red carpet photos and lobby activities
9:30 Movie starts. Fidgety guests are welcome in the lobby for activities during the show.
11:00 Event ends
The PBS Kids Summer Learning Initative connects watching of PBS Kids programs with reading and other activities. Kids who participate can return to the HEB after August 17 to pick up a certificate that they can show to their new teachers!
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.
PBS KIDS is monkeying around this holiday season. On Wednesday, Nov. 23, 8 am to noon, KLRU will feature the broadcast premiere of the original Curious George movie, which will air as part of the Curious George Holiday Spectacular. A three-movie on-air event that is sure to be a new family tradition, the Holiday Spectacular kicks off with Curious George, featuring the voices of Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore and Dick Van Dyke, as well as the music of Jack Johnson, followed by Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey and Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas. The Curious George Holiday Spectacular will also air on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 6 am to 10 am.
Photo, from left to right: Maury Sullivan, KLRU’s VP of Community Engagement; Bill Stotesbery, KLRU’s CEO and President; Carl E. Erhart, Verizon’s President [Southwest Region]; Helen Soto Knaggs, Verizon’s Director of External Affairs
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, Announces $15,000 Grant from Verizon Foundation
Grant to support PBS Raising Readers, a project to help teach literacy using public media in our schools
KLRU announced today that it has received a $15,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation in support of local implementation of the PBS Kids Raising Readers program, a national partnership with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that surrounds children ages 2 to 8 with research-based literacy content. Funded by a Ready To Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education, from 2005 to 2010 Raising Readers developed an innovative blend of media across all platforms – TV, online, mobile, and more – and related community engagement activities designed to help young children learn to read.
“KLRU is first and foremost, an educational organization,” said Bill Stotesbery, CEO and GM of KLRU. “Through the generosity of the Verizon Foundation and other foundations we are able to help bridge the gap for young children entering school, using PBS’ award-winning programs such as Super Why and Between the Lions.”
Raising Readers helps empower parents and caregivers to create language–rich environments by teaching strategies that build early literacy skills anytime, anywhere – strategies that incorporate PBS children’s media. In Central Texas, KLRU’s workshops assist low-income families with children between the from birth to eight-years-old, some of whom have English as a second language at home. In the 2010-11 school year, the program is partnering with educational nonprofits and Austin-area schools to serve thousands of parents, caregivers and children through workshops and events.
“Providing educational resources to help students develop a strong foundation for success in the classroom is a key priority for the Verizon Foundation,” said Carl E. Erhart, Central Region President for Verizon Communications. “We are proud to support initiatives such as KLRU’s Raising Readers and the effort to help Austin-area school districts develop young minds.’’