In Times of Crisis — Fred Rogers Still Offers Us Good Advice

A recent article in Today entitled, We need Mister Rogers’ video messages after 9/11 now more than ever, reminded me how Fred Rogers’ words continue to calm and instruct — both children and adults.  This video was made when Mister Rogers Neighborhood was no longer on the air, and he was said to doubt whether videos such as this one would do any good.

In this video we hear the simple wisdom needed in the aftermath of 9/11 as well as now — when our country and Continue reading

Special Webinar to Support Lesson Planning for New School Routines

PBS LearningMedia understands that you face a challenging, uncertain school year and invites you to join a special webinar on PreK-12 classroom planning this Thursday, September 17 @ 7pm ET.

In advance of the webinar, hosted in partnership with Share My Lesson, all registrants will receive a digital copy of a custom planning kit filled with eight weeks worth of relevant resources.  During the virtual event you’ll learn how to use the Teacher Planning Kits for Continue reading

Celebrating Juneteenth & Teaching About Slavery

Recently, you may have been hearing about Juneteenth — another word for June 19 — which is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.  As we learn in this All About the Holidays video (and much more!), Juneteenth is now celebrated in communities  across the country since its origins in Texas.

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Virtual Field Trips from NOVA!

 

The following post was written by MaiCherish Harris, Elms College student and intern at WGBY/NEPM.

School closings came with the loss of a very special learning experience:  field trips.  As things open back up, families may be looking for ways to make up for lost time. They may also be looking for ways to keep children engaged over summer break.

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Hero Elementary Blasts onto the PBS KIDS Scene!

As we see in this video clip, Hero Elementary is a school for budding superheroes.  Here kids learn to master their innate powers, like flying and teleportation, while exploring science along the way. The new series, which recently premiered, gives children ages 4 to 7 important tools to help solve problems by encouraging them to think and act like scientists, igniting their natural curiosity.  The show also showcases character and social-emotional concepts such as kindness, empathy, and commitment to working together.

You can already find resources that put these tools in the hands of children at  Continue reading

Virtual Classrooms Made Inviting & Productive

This post was written by MaiCherish Harris, WGBY education intern and student at Elms College:

When schools originally closed, families believed it would only be for a short period of time. That time was extended repeatedly until schools were finally closed for the rest of the year. This was a difficult change for everyone involved.

Even now some educators are unsure how to  Continue reading

Releasing Kids’ Energy Indoors

This post was written by MaiCherish Harris, WGBY Education Intern  studying at Elms College:

While families may now find themselves able to go outdoors in limited ways, there will still be many occasions where they need to stay inside. 

Staying indoors during this difficult time may be one of the most challenging changes for children and families, especially as  Continue reading

Helping Children Develop Emotional Resilience during Coronavirus

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) recently shared a new brief about how to provide a nurturing environment for children and support the development of their emotional resilience.  It also shares ways that non-parents can help friends and family members with children.
The brief addresses what it calls practicing the 3 R’s: Reassurance, Routine, and Regulation and gives practical, intelligent suggestions about issues such as validating children’s feelings when

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Coping Tips for Students When Everything’s Canceled

While we want to do all we can to help students focus on academic learning, we also have to acknowledge the toll that the COVID-19 crisis has had on their social lives and offer them support.

KQED Learn, San Francisco’s PBS station, is a free platform for middle and high school students to tackle big issues and build their media literacy and critical thinking skills in Continue reading

Teacher Appreciation — Fred Rogers Always Loved His Teachers

During Teacher Appreciation Week, we again look to Fred Rogers’ for his wisdom and gratitude in order to express our appreciation to the legions of regional teachers working hard to keep students learning during the COVID-10 pandemic.

As this video reveals, one characteristic of powerful teachers is Continue reading