Students Of All Ages Can Learn To Honor Native Peoples

As Thanksgiving 2022 approaches, we can learn about and honor Native Americans by going beyond what we may have been taught in the past about  early settlers and Native Americans sharing a first Thanksgiving.

Today our knowledge of and appreciation for Native American heritage is far richer and diverse, giving us more to learn with students —  throughout the year.

You’ll find vast and trusted PBS resources for students of all ages in one place — Continue reading

New from PBS KIDS — Rosie’s Rules!

Rosie’s Rules, the newest PBS KIDS® series for preschoolers, stars 5-year-old Rosie Fuentes, a Mexican-American girl who’s part of a blended, multicultural family.  Speaking English and Spanish, she joyfully introduces the art, traditions and foods of the Southwest, Midwest and Mexico.

You’ll find a collection of resources Continue reading

NEPM Days at the Springfield Museums!

Please join us for NEPM Days at the Springfield Museums on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 2 – 11, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Based on the popular PBS animated kids’ series, “Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond” is an interactive, bilingual exhibit that inspires families and children to understand that nature discovery can happen anywhere!  Various areas of the exhibit provide opportunities to learn about nature, use math skills to explore the natural world, use tools to investigate environments, and — equally important — work and play together.

During NEPM days, Nature Cat will make meet-and-greet appearances, and families can take home PBS-themed games and activities.  If you’re an NEPM member, please let the Museums know to receive $2 off admission!

You can also see this promotional video in Spanish (en español).

And for a collection of more resources that make learning fun with Nature Cat, click here.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness

Teachers of all grades are voicing serious concerns about the mental health of many young people today.  It’s not surprising, then, that Ken Burns, esteemed producer and documentarian, brings us Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness, a film that helps us see the awareness and empathy needed for mental health challenges and the hope many find when facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

By capturing the experiences of young people who struggle with mental health, the film shines light on what it’s like for them and for  the parents, teachers, friends and healthcare providers who try to help.  The film also shows the need for society to  Continue reading

Giving Thanks to All Teachers

We have a bounty of resources to help learn about giving thanks. (Recent resources we shared for Native American Heritage Month, of course, are also appropriate.  After all, can we really separate Native American heritage and Thanksgiving?)

But, first, the Thanksgiving holiday allows us to thank educators — all those teachers, parents and many others who dedicate themselves to teaching the young to grow strong in mind, body and spirit.

NEPM is privileged to share resources that Continue reading