6th Annual Feria Para Aprender 2012 (Learning Fair)

6th Annual Feria Para Aprender 2012 (Learning Fair)
Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10am-3pm
North Lamar Events Center (10601 N. Lamar Blvd.)

http://feriaparaaprender.com/austin/

Come learn the steps to guide your child from preschool to college.

  • Free entry!
  • Thousands of free books!
  • Hundreds of educational exhibits.
  • Come see many science exhibits and demonstrations.
  • Talk directly with hundreds of academic and college experts.
  • Learn about high-demand careers.

Clifford, Maya & Miguel will be visiting so bring your cameras!

El sábado, 28 de enero, 10am-3pm

Conozca los pasos para guiar a sus hijos desde la infancia a la universidad.

  • ¡Entrada Gratuita!
  • ¡Regalaremos MILES de libros!
  • Várias exposiciones educativas.
  • Exposiciones y demostraciones científicas.
  • Hable con mentores y expertos universitarios.
  • Aprenda acerca de carreras de alta demanda.

¡Clifford, Maya y Miguel estarán presentes! ¡Lleve su cámara!

Latest app from PBS KIDS introduces children to Spanish in a fun and interactive way!

PBS today announced its newest educational app for iPad, LITTLE PIM SPANISH, is now available on the App Store. Adding to its successful PBS KIDS mobile app lineup, the new curriculum-based app helps children acquire Spanish language vocabulary while playing games with Little Pim, an animated panda bear who is the star of the direct-to-DVD LITTLE PIM language series.

“We know from research that the early years in a child’s development are an ideal time to introduce a foreign language, so it was important to us to create a language learning app for preschool-age kids,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President, Children’s Media, PBS. “LITTLE PIM SPANISH was designed specifically to introduce the Spanish language to young kids at this stage, when their brains are the most receptive to the sounds of different languages.”

“LITTLE PIM SPANISH is our first Spanish language learning app, which is something that parents have been asking us to develop,” said Jason Seiken, Senior Vice President, Interactive, Product Development, and Innovation, PBS.  “Our PBS KIDS apps have been downloaded more than one million times to date, and we expect that number to continue to grow with the introduction of this new app that we know is
so in demand.”

LITTLE PIM SPANISH is based on LITTLE PIM, an award-winning foreign-language teaching DVD series. The app helps young children develop basic Spanish vocabulary through three interactive games: “Eating and Drinking,” “Playtime” and “Wake up Smiling.”  With three levels of play in each game, the app introduces a total of 60 vocabulary words, including nouns, verbs and short phrases.  At each level, the game presents vocabulary words and phrases both visually and aurally, then provides activities that help players acquire the vocabulary, and lastly validates and reinforces newly acquired knowledge.

The LITTLE PIM SPANISH App is available for $2.99 from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

To learn about all PBS KIDS apps, visit PBSKIDS.org/mobile.

LITTLE PIM SPANISH is the latest addition to the PBS KIDS lineup of educational mobile content, joining other successful apps such as the PBS KIDS Video for iPad App and the SUPER WHY App.  With a transmedia approach, PBS KIDS is increasingly serving children wherever they live, learn, and play — through mobile devices, as well as on TV, online, in the classroom, and through a new line of educational
toys.

About LITTLE PIM
LITTLE PIM is the award-winning language direct-to-DVD series that makes it easy and fun to introduce young children to a foreign language at the age when they learn best.  Using the Entertainment Immersion MethodTM, LITTLE PIM uses a combination of live action segments with animation of Little Pim the panda, the series’ lovable teacher. The method’s strategic use of repetition and building blocks of vocabulary guide young children through an easy, fun way to learn their first concepts in a second language. LITTLE PIM was designed specifically for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.  Research proves that children who learn a second language also tend to have stronger verbal, cognitive and analytical skills. LITTLE PIM was developed by Julia Pimsleur Levine, daughter of the renowned language teaching pioneer, Dr. Paul Pimsleur, in consultation with Dr. April Benasich, a leading neuroscientist.

New Spanish language & music web series on PBSKIDSGO.org

Spanish language and music learning come to PBS KIDS GO! through two new animated children’s web series, NOAH COMPRENDE and CHUCK VANDERCHUCK’S “SOMETHING SOMETHING” EXPLOSION. Both properties are designed for children ages 6-9 years old and will roll out new webisodes monthly on PBSKIDSGO.org. Each webisode integrates original games and activities into the narrative, allowing kids to interact with the characters.

Noah Comprende logoNOAH COMPRENDE, a production of THIRTEEN for WNET, is a web-original series about a 9-year-old boy visiting his grandmother in a community where no one speaks English.  Noah is trying to learn Spanish, but sometimes gets it wrong. In each animated video, a misunderstanding launches a comic adventure for Noah and his pet mouse Pequeno.  With Pequeno’s help, Noah always manages to solve the problems he’s created, learning Spanish in the process.

Although kids — like Noah — may not understand the Spanish dialogue, they can comprehend the story told through rich visual storytelling.  Each video features opportunities for kids to roll their cursor over objects on the screen to hear the Spanish translation. Three different vocabulary-driven, arcade-style games also reinforce learning, as leveling and racing against the clock encourage multiple plays and repeated exposure to vocabulary.  Another game, “How Do You Say??,” helps kids learn common expressions in Spanish, such as greetings and phrases to say in a restaurant. Focused on Spanish language acquisition, NOAH COMPRENDE is based on the educational concept that kids learn language most effectively when they can put it into meaningful context.

Chuck and Ramona in their music practice roomCHUCK VANDERCHUCK’S “SOMETHING SOMETHING” EXPLOSION, produced by Scholastic Media and Soup2Nuts, is an interactive online web series  aimed at  helping kids understand music and music composition through online episodes and integrated games and activities on the web.

In each webisode, kids get to be a member of the band, interacting with Chuck, the lead singer and main creative force behind the band who dreams BIG, and Ramona, Chuck’s band mate who helps make his big ideas into reality.  Chuck and Ramona present five different musical genres:  Salsa, Jazz, Rock, Country, and Reggae.  Children will learn about different instruments used for each musical style, and play games through which they will have the chance to identify instruments, write lyrics, compose melodies, create costumes, and play in a virtual concert with Chuck and Ramona.  The site contains additional content such as videos, printable posters, MP3′s, maps and facts that allow children to further explore each genre.  Specific areas explored include basic rhythmic and melodic patterns, as well as geography and cultural lessons related to music genres.