Camp PBS LearningMedia!

Whether you’re looking for music and dance activities, science experiments, family-friendly adventures, or learning about dinosaurs (plus more!), you will find media and activity resources in the Camp PBS LearningMedia collection. We’ve gathered fun, exploratory resources for you to use as you plan summer fun. This collection of resources leverages fun, educational activities to include in your daily schedule, as well as resources to help seed ideas for introducing topics to your campers. Happy exploring! Avoid the “summer slide” and keep the spirit of curiosity alive with these informal, anytime learning resources in the Summer Learning collection.

Winners Announced in the 2020 WSKG Writers Contests

Thank you to the many students that shared their stories & illustrations with WSKG this year!  Our Judging Committee reviewed the entries and have selected the following winning stories. All children who entered the contests will receive their original story back through the mail. Kindergarten
1st Place | Thalia Brennan | You Can’t Do That Snake! 2nd Place | Grace Donahue | How to Love Someone
3rd Place | Lucy Ketchum | The Fairies and the Humans
Honorable Mention | Uri Einav | Our New Family Member

First Grade
1st Place | Ella Gasior | Skateboard Piggy and the Dinosaur
2nd Place | Clare Vogel-Weil | The Appearance
3rd Place | Israel Brown | The Boogajin
Honorable Mention | Philip Foster | Indian Lake

Second Grade
1st Place | Coraline Ashton | My Brother Sam
2nd Place | Micah Yarkoni | Futbol Fever
3rd Place | Tyler Crisell | Spy Kid and Captain Canine

Third Grade
1st Place | Amelia Parks | Be Quest
2nd Place | Sloane Weinstein | Harriet Tubman’s Journey to Freedom
3rd Place | Samuel Kappauf | 20 Dangerous Doors
Hon.

WSKG Learn at Home

Summer Learning Resources

‘Camp At Home’ lessons from a variety of PBS KIDS series makes it easy for parents/summer programs to continue learning throughout the seasonal break from school. Whether you’re looking for music and dance activities, science experiments, family-friendly adventures, or learning about dinosaurs (plus more!), you will find media and activity resources in the Camp PBS LearningMedia collection. Avoid the “summer slide” and keep the spirit of curiosity alive with these informal, anytime learning resources in the Summer Learning collection. Digital Learning Resources for PreK-12

To help teachers rapidly adapt, WSKG has developed collections of free digital learning resources that can be used with these TV broadcasts or on their own.  These resources are hosted on PBS LearningMedia and include videos and lesson plans. Google folder with support materials curated by public media educators.

Talking with Kids About Healthy Habits & Illness

Resources for Parents & Caregivers 

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
Daniel Tiger for Parents App

Resources for Kids

DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD:

Doctor Daniel Game
In My Bathroom Game
Play at Home with Daniel Tiger App
“Rest is Best” Strategy Song (video)
Germs Germs Go Away (video)

SESAME STREET:

Abby and Elmo’s Potty Plan! Game
Step by Step Handwashing with Elmo
Elmo and Rosita: The Right Way to Sneeze! (video)

CURIOUS GEORGE:

George the Germophobe (video)

SUPER WHY!:

ABC Scrub With Me! Resources for Educators 

KET’s Healthy Habits | Everyday Learning
Iowa PBS’ The Federal Bureau of Ick
South Florida PBS’ KidVision: How to Make Soap

PBS Kids Writers Contest

PBS KIDS & WSKG Youth Writers Contests Now Open

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. These contests are open to children who reside in the region that WSKG serves. 

2020 PBS Kids Writers Contest Entry Form (K-3)
2020 PBS KIDS Writers Contest RULES (K-3)
2020 WSKG Youth Writers Contest Entry Form (4-6)

Submissions must be postmarked by April 30, 2020 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton-Durham
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

These contests are supported by volunteers from the School Librarian Association of the Southern Tier East, the George F. Johnson Public Library, and the Four County Library System. Thank you!

The NPR Student Podcast Challenge Is Back!

HOW IT WORKS / WHERE TO BEGIN / THE RULES / THE JUDGES / SUBMIT / CONTACT US

NPR is inviting students around the country to create a podcast, then — with the help of a teacher — compete for a chance to win our grand prize and have your work appear on NPR. Be a part of the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. Here’s how it works: Put together a podcast with your class or extracurricular group. Then your teacher can submit it to us. This contest is for teachers with students between 5th and 12th grade.

Connect NY: Trauma Informed Education

According to state education officials, the number of students facing mental health challenges is dramatically increasing.  To adapt, schools are incorporating Trauma Informed Practices into the classroom. We will discuss why trauma is affecting more children, and look at the skills educators are adopting to help them cope. Panelists

Dr. John M. Garruto, D.Ed., NCSP, School Psychologist for the Oswego City School District; President, New York Association of School Psychologists

Dr. Sandy Addis, Executive Director, National Dropout Prevention Center

Melissa S. Evans, Director of Student Support Services, Syracuse City School District; Co-chair, Trauma and Resilience Advocacy Committee
Tracey Musarra Marchese, MSW, LCSW-R, Professor of Practice, School of Social Work, Falk College, Syracuse University

Watch this episode on WSKG TV October 19th, 2019 at 5:00a.m.

Join us as we uncover compelling and unexpected stories throughout New York State and the history and systemic forces influencing current realities. Connect: NY is produced by WCNY (Syracuse, NY) and aired in partnership with WSKG.

Molly of Denali

‘Molly of Denali’ Event in Corning, NY

School’s Out, Art’s In! Indigenous People’s Day with WSKG & Molly of Denali at The Rockwell Museum

Monday, October 14, 2019
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Activities included with regular museum admission
No registration required for this drop-in experience
Kids & Teens (17 & under): Free
Local Resident Adults: $5.50

Celebrate Indigenous People’s day and connect with music, art and history! Explore and learn about Native American cultures across the United States. AT THE ART LAB (36 E. Market Street Corning, NY)

See episodes of the new hit PBS KIDS series, Molly of Denali, featuring an Alaska Native girl
Play instruments and touch animal hides with Seven Generations of Stewards
Make-and-take a mythical being collage inspired by the Birds, Animals and Spirits sculpture by artist Abraham Anghik Ruben

AT THE ROCKWELL (111 Cedar Street Corning, NY)

Design and create your own drum in the Education Center
Explore the galleries and complete an Art Hunt
Find Mt. Denali in one of the paintings on view

Catch a Sneak Peek of New PBS KIDS Series ‘Molly of Denali’

Molly of Denali, a new multiplatform PBS KIDS series premiering on July 15th 2019, follows the adventures of feisty and resourceful 10-year-old Alaska Native Molly Mabray. EVENT
Join WSKG and the Fenimore Art Museum on Sunday, July 7th as we partner for a  ‘Molly of Denali’ event! We’ll be screening episodes from the upcoming series at 11a.m. and 1p.m. followed by hands-on activities in the Study Center. Visitors will also be able to view the museum’s Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. The Fenimore Art Museum is located at 5798 State Highway 80 in Cooperstown, NY.

#143DayEDU

WSKG is pleased to partner for this very special twitter chat in honor of Fred Rogers. Join the discussion May 23, 2019 at 8:30pm EST and follow #143DayEDU. Your hosts for the chat are Sean Gaillard and Dr. Jennifer Williams. Our Director of Education, Jackie Stapleton-Durham, will also be part of the chat and curating input from local educators. HOSTS
Mr. Gaillard is an award winning educator and Principal at Lexington Middle School in Lexington, North Carolina. He founded #CelebrateMonday and #TrendthePositive and is author of The Pepper Effect: Tap Into the Magic of Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation. 

Dr. Williams has worked as a school administrator, literacy specialist, classroom teacher, and currently, as a professor at Saint Leo University.

‘Regents Review’ Returns to Aid Students Preparing for State Exams

Regents Review 2.0 prepares learners for the New York State Regents exams.
For each Regents exam there is a one-hour long exam review video. Some of the videos are also broken into shorter clips for those looking for help with a particular topic. The teachers involved in creating these videos formulated lists of recommended online resources for further study – check them out! The video programs are also broadcast by all New York State public television stations – including WSKG. The schedule of air dates for WSKG TV is listed below.

Social-Emotional ‘Live-Learning’ Series with PBS KIDS

Won’t you be our neighbor?! Teachers, join us for this three part series where we explore Social Emotional Learning “Core Competencies” (CASEL@2017). With the help from Arthur, Peg+Cat and Daniel Tiger we will dive into how to weave SEL into your everyday lessons. Register for the three part “Live Learning” experience: Cultivating Good Neighbor Skills in the Classroom. Practicing Mindfulness
March 28 @7PM ET
Every day when you’re walking down the street…

Everybody that you meet…

has an original point of view.

PBS KIDS Resources for Computer Science

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week from December 3-9, we’re inviting teachers and parents to discover PBS KIDS resources that introduce little ones to coding, storytelling, and creative problem-solving. With PBS KIDS ScratchJr, kids can create their own interactive stories and games featuring their favorite PBS KIDS characters. The storytelling possibilities are endless with this creative coding app for children ages 5-8. Check out the PBS KIDS ScratchJr collection on PBS LearningMedia and splash page on PBS KIDS. You’ll find resources and activities designed for educators to support the use of the app in both formal and informal learning settings.

Hear Here! | A One-Woman Show?

During a tech rehearsal of the theatre piece “Bitter Banquet” we will hear from Ithaca-based composer/performer Annie Lewandowski who is at home with both classical music and rock.  We will learn about the journey from composition to performance, and how many people it takes to present a “one-woman” show. A One-Woman Show? was produced by Bill Snyder and edited by Monica Sandreczki. Additional support comes from Nancy Coddington.

Visit WSKG Education at STEAMfest

Build a robot, make a fidget spinner out of recycled plastic bottles, listen to plants as they make music, create a flying critter with LED light-up eyes, explore fossils, 3-D printing or discover how to power Broome County’s carousels with the wind! STEAMfest 2018 brings together afterschool/out-of-school-time providers, makers, business and industry to highlight Science, Technology, Engineering Art/Agriculture and Math career pathways for young people and innovation throughout our region. STEAMfest 2018 features a huge variety of fun, interactive “maker” stations where young people can learn about exciting STEAM careers through hands-on activities and learn what they need to study in school and college to prepare for these careers. STEAMfest will be held Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Oakdale Mall, Johnson City, NY. Be sure to visit the WSKG station featuring a Bob the Builder inspired activity! This is a free event open to the public.

Hear Here! | LOL

Some people think that classical music is lifeless and boring. They might be in for some surprises during this episode of Hear Here! Classical music can be amusing, funny, or just plain wacky, like the soundtrack of a crazy cartoon. We will discover how music can actually make us laugh. LOL was produced by Sam Goodyear and edited by Gabe Altieri.

Daniel Tiger Welcomes New Neighbors in First-Ever Movie!

In this first-ever, hour-long movie, Daniel Tiger is getting new neighbors – The Platypus Family!  Tune in on Monday, September 17th, 2018 at 9:30a.m to watch the movie. New episodes continue the week of September 17, and focus on Jodi Platypus and her family adjusting to Daniel’s neighborhood. In support of the “Won’t You Be Our Neighbor?” theme, use any of these materials with your children or students:

Helping Young Children Cope & Learn to Make New Friends – tip sheet for parents
Hello & Goodbye Cards – activity sheet
Draw Your Feelings – activity sheet

Get Ready for School with PBS

EASE BACK INTO SCHOOL
The beginning of school may very well be parents’ most favorite time of the year. Even so, the transition for parents and kids can be a little rough. Here’s help to ease you and your child into the back-to-school groove. Transition Your Family from Summer to School
Back-to-School Tips
How to Beat the Back-to-School Blues
School Avoidance: How to Get Your Reluctant Child to Class
Back-to-School Checklist from PBS KIDS

GRADE-BY-GRADE LEARNING GUIDE
Asking what your child did at school all day is easy. Getting the answer isn’t.

Explore the Arts with ‘Pinkalicious’!

Join WSKG on Saturday, August 11th at Oneonta World of Learning for a family event inspired by ‘Pinkalicious and Peterrific’, the hit new PBS KIDS show! Celebrate the arts with a variety of activities, performances, and screenings of ‘Pinkalicious’. Children can also have their photo taken with character standee art from the series! This event begins at 10am and runs until 2pm.  The first 150 children will receive a free art kit. Admission is $5 per child and OWL members are free.

Explore the Outdoors with PBS KIDS!

PBS KIDS celebrates Earth Month with its annual Explore the Outdoors initiative and a special week of Nature Cat, Splash and Bubbles, and Wild Kratts episodes. Catch this special week of programming on WSKG TV:
April 23 | 6:00am & 3:30pm | Wild Kratts ‘Cheeks The Hamster’
April 23 | 8:00am & 3:00pm | Nature Cat ‘Lets Talk Turkey Vulture/Prescription: Nature’
April 23 | 10:30am | Splash and Bubbles ‘Seal Sitters/from Ray to Zee’
April 24 | 6:00am & 3:30pm | Wild Kratts ‘Wild Ponies’
April 24 | 8:00am & 3:00pm | Nature Cat ‘Enter The Dragonfly/Water Woe’s’
April 24 | 10:30am | Splash and Bubbles ‘The Sea Sparkles/Tyke and Seek’ 
April 25 | 6:00am & 3:30pm | Wild Kratts ‘Elephant Brains!’ April 25 | 8:00am & 3:00pm | Nature Cat ‘Garden Impossible/Agents of the Great Outdoors’
April 25 | 10:30am | Splash and Bubbles ‘Lights Out!/Catching Some Zzzs’ 
April 26 | 6:00am & 3:30pm | Wild Kratts ‘Sloth Bear Suction’
April 26 | 10:30am | Splash and Bubbles ‘The Job Search/Reeftown’s Got Talent!’ 

Explore the Outdoors Activities from PBS KIDS:

Wild Kratts Nature Journal (pdf)
Curious George’s Pinwheel (pdf)
I Spy Peg (pdf)
Dinosaur Train’s Nature Collection (pdf)
Dee’s Nature Poetry (pdf)

Contest Deadline Approaching

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest K-3 Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest Entry Form & Rules

Submissions must be postmarked by April 30, 2018 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton-Durham
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Catch a Full Week of Brand New ‘Ready Jet Go!’ Episodes

READY JET GO! follows two neighborhood kids: Sean, who has an all-consuming drive for science facts, and Sydney, who has a passion for science fiction and imagination. They both befriend the new kid on their street, Jet Propulsion, whose family members happen to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7. Together, they explore our solar system and the effects it has on the science of our planet, all while learning about friendship and teamwork along the way. New episodes all this week on WSKG TV!

Hear Here! | Singing to Freedom: Slave Songs and the Underground Railroad



Many of us know and love traditional spirituals like Swing Low, Sweet Chariot or Wade in the Water. But a lesser known aspect is that many of these songs served as coded messages for the Underground Railroad. We’ll explore the connection between slavery and the songs that slaves sang on their way to freedom. (Producer: Crystal Sarakas)

Classroom Resources

No Man Can Hinder Me: The Journey From Slavery to Emancipation Through Song by Velma Maia Thomas

‘Coded Spirituals’ | A full teacher resource gallery from PBS LearningMedia. Follow the Drinking Gourd | This book, song video, and Reading Rainbow episode offer kids.

Hear Here! | From Kid to Musician

Brian Manker went to school in upstate New York in the Endwell, Vestal, and Binghamton communities. He wanted to be a football player, but then he discovered

the cello.  Now he’s the principal cello for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Produced by Bill Snyder. Post-Listen Discussion Questions:

Where did Brian Manker grow up?

One Month Left for Students to Enter ‘An Ear for Drama’

You might listen to three podcasts a week, some streaming from a favorite website or others downloaded to your phone… But what entertainment could be found through your headphones before the internet? Enter the RADIO DRAMA! Wikipedia reminds us that radio drama first appeared in the 1920s and quickly rose in popularity. In the 1940s, it was a leading form of popular entertainment for children and adults; and one they often enjoyed together.

Hear Here! | Found Sound

Traditional instruments are not necessary to make music! In this episode: an orchestra who plays vegetables, a professor who builds instruments using found objects, and a pioneer of early electronic music, Delia Derbyshire, who would record a seemingly simple sound and then manipulate that tape to create complex music. Plus, WSKG staffers compose a song, but their only instruments are things they can find on their desks! (Produced by Sarah Gager)

Feeling inspired? Check out these activities for at-home or classroom!

St. Patrick’s Day Classroom Video

You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but it is a way to celebrate Irish culture and heritage. Around the world, festivals and parades are held to honor Ireland and the history of St. Patrick. Use this video from PBS LearningMedia to provide an overview of the holiday and open classroom discussion!

‘Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like’ Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Children’s Series

MISTER ROGERS: IT’S YOU I LIKE is a celebrity-filled, hour-long special that celebrates Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the pioneering PBS series that premiered nationally 50 years ago and became an iconic and enduring landmark in the world of children’s television and beyond. WSKG will air this special Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 8:00pm. Cast members from the groundbreaking series share their personal perspectives and insights in this new production, which pays tribute to television’s longest-running children’s series, still broadcast on many PBS stations today. The program also features interviews with numerous celebrities who have been influenced and inspired by Fred Rogers, a modest man who always said, “I am not a teacher, I simply help children learn.” Michael Keaton, who worked as a stagehand and made appearances on the series in the 1970s, hosts the special.

PBS Kids Writers Contest

2018 PBS KIDS Writers Contest Opens!

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest K-3 Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest Entry Form & Rules

Submissions must be postmarked by April 30, 2018 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton-Durham
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

BU Opera Ensemble Presents ‘Billy Goats Gruff’

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The Binghamton University Music Department’s Opera Ensemble presents composer John Davies’ 40 minute opera for children, ‘Billy Goats Gruff’. The composer and the Opera Ensemble’s Music Director, Willie Anthony Waters, talk about the opera and their casts of singers. Mr. Davies (pictured) explains how he uses preexisting music from operas where similar situations are encountered. Mr. Waters also gives us a heads-up that he will be on the Metropolitan Opera live Saturday broadcast’s Opera Quiz twice this coming season. http://wskg.org/audio/billygoats.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

Kindness is at the Heart of Sesame Street’s New Holiday Special

It’s Christmas Eve on Sesame Street! After putting out cookies for Santa, Elmo’s dad tells him a bedtime story about his great-great-grandmonster Elmo and how Sesame Street was once an unfriendly street. Everyone was grouchy and there was no holiday spirit. With the help of Grandmonster Elmo’s new friends, they try to find a way to bring back the holiday spirit in hopes that Santa would come to visit. They learn that all you need is kindness!

Children’s Book ‘Stick Man’ Comes to Life on TV

Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three, and he’s heading on an epic adventure across the seasons. Will he get back to his family in time for Christmas? Based on the book by Julia Donaldson. https://youtu.be/DikJ45aVxFY

Watch on WSKG TV Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 10:30am.  

Celebrate Halloween with New ‘Arthur’

This Halloween is sure to be the spookiest ever for Arthur and his friends. While trick-or-treating, Francine meets an elderly woman with a very mysterious past, while Binky finds himself at Mr. Ratburn’s amazing haunted house (that’s scarier than math class!). And as for Arthur, Buster, and Ladonna? Their tree house sleepover seems to be haunted… but by what?

DIY Monster Slime

Looking for a simple DIY for your family?  Get in the spirit of Halloween AND science with this monster slime activity! https://youtu.be/OYuDNsbdiyQ

Learn how to make gooey monster slime TWO ways with this sensory craft. Don’t worry – the slime washes off hands easily with soap and water! Details of the full craft experience can be found here and continue the creepy-crawly theme by making these monster cupcakes!

Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ Plays in a Mysterious Theatre

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Kitchen Theatre welcomes Fitz&Startz Production for ‘The Mystery of the Magic Flute’, a re-imagining of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ with music from other Mozart operas for a detective story for kids about a mysterious theatre. “Three American girls–Bettina age 15, Anna age 12, and Suz age 9–are off to Salzburg, Austria with their Uncle Wolfie to see the sights and experience going to the opera in Mozart’s home town. Uncle Wolfie has told his nieces about a mysterious opera house that is on a street with no name and is not on any map. Can they find it? When Uncle Wolfie turns a corner and disappears and a mysterious door appears, the girls decide to enter.

Science Friday #NeatRock Challenge

Science Friday airs on WSQX Fridays 2-4pm

Are you a secret geology groupie? Do you have a rock collection on your window sill, in your garden or under your bed?  We won’t judge you, we have one too. We love rocks! WSKG has such an affinity for them, our Director of Science has a collection on her desk, in her house, and is known to ask her friends to add them to their suitcases when traveling due to her’s being overweight and full of ……wait for it…. rocks.

Your Input Needed for New Music Appreciation Series

WSKG is developing a music appreciation series geared toward youth. We are seeking feedback and input from you! Kids, parents, teachers… what do YOU want see covered in a music appreciation radio show/podcast? Please take a moment to take the survey below:

KIDS & PARENTS | take this survey: https://goo.gl/forms/5tss4DQksW4aQVId2

TEACHERS | take this survey: https://goo.gl/forms/knHI2seKAQ5aEAqL2

And…

Hard to Read: How American Schools Fail Kids

One in five American children has a hard time learning to read. Many of these kids have dyslexia. There are proven ways to help people with dyslexia learn, and a federal law that’s supposed to ensure that schools provide kids with help. But across the country, public schools are denying children proper treatment and often failing to identify them with dyslexia in the first place. This APM Reports documentary investigates why and explores how improving things for dyslexic kids could help all students learn to read better.

Keeping Teachers

There may be nothing more important in the educational life of a child than having effective teachers, but U.S. schools are struggling to attract and keep them. The problem is most acute in rural areas, where kids may learn math from a social studies teacher. In urban schools, the teachers most likely to leave are black men, who make up just 2 percent of teachers. This APM Reports documentary tells two separate but connected stories about the teachers these schools desperately need, but can’t hold on to: black men and those willing to work in rural areas. There are surprising similarities in why schools struggle to attract and keep these teachers that are particularly relevant now, when the divides between urban and rural — and white and black — are getting so much attention.

It's 'Back to Bortron' with the Propulsion Family

When Jet’s parents need to return to their home planet, Sean and Sydney join the Propulsion family for an epic adventure to Bortron 7. Get ready with these activities and tune in on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 7:00am and 2:00pm on WSKG TV!:

Ready Jet Go! Activities from Pinterest Board from PBS KIDS
Build your own rocket ship to go to Bortron 7 with Jet’s Rocket Ship Creator

Watch video where Jet Propulsion explains about his planet Bortron 7:

Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle

Launch into the adventure of a lifetime with everyone’s favorite monkey with the hit movie, Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle! When Curious George is asked to take part in a very important space mission, a little monkeying around forces him to crash-land in Africa. While a worried Man with the Yellow Hat searches for him, Curious George bravely explores the jungle and makes new animal friends along the way. Reunited at last, the two best pals have an unforgettable adventure shared with their new friends! Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle airs on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 8:30am on WSKG.

'Wild Kratts Alaska' Movie Event

While creature adventuring in Alaska, one of Aviva’s inventions falls overboard and attaches to a sockeye salmon – jumpstarting a wild chase upriver through the wilderness. The Whole Kratts track the incredible salmon run – a quest fraught with obstacles and amazing creature connections around every bend. Premieres on WSKG TV on July 24, 2017 at 7:30am and 3:30pm. https://youtu.be/J0tvSY4wUDE

At-Home Learning for Your Kids from PBS

Avoid the “summer slide” and keep the spirit of curiosity alive while school’s out with these informal anytime learning resources. This collection of videos, lessons, and activities encourages students grades PreK-12 to spend the summer exploring their own neighborhood, the country, the world, and even outer space – in person, or from the comfort of home or a local library. For additional summer resources, check out our Summer Reading Collection and Camp PBS LearningMedia. 

Science Behind Kids and Marshmallows

German and Cameroonian kids were part of an experiment based on the classic “marshmallow test”: Put a single treat before a child but tell the child if he or she waits, say, 10 minutes, a second treat will be given.  

by Michaeleen Doucleff, NPR 

In the the 1960s, a Stanford psychologist ran an experiment to study children’s self-control. It’s called the marshmallow test. And it’s super simple. Kids ages 3 to 5 choose a treat — an Oreo cookie, a pretzel stick or a marshmallow.

Take 'Flat Kratt' on Your Summer Adventures

Take the Flat Kratt with you wherever you go to assist you in all of your adventures! From your backyard to the forest, from a far away beach to the neighborhood pool, or from the next town over to another continent. How far will the Kratts travel this summer? Download, decorate, and take this#FlatKratt with you wherever you go. Take pictures and share them on social media with the hashtag #FlatKratt and be sure to tag your public media station WSKG!

Kids Crafts for a Festive Fourth of July

Celebrating a holiday is always more fun with festive decorations and fun props! Check out this Crafts for Kids collection from PBS KIDS to help you celebrate the Fourth of July. You’ll find popsicle stick American Flags, Patriotic Stamped Cards, Party Poppers, and more. Bonus points: You already have these supplies at home. Just have to dig out that glue stick!

Hanford Mills Celebrates Independence Day

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The Hanford Mills Museum celebrates Independence Day with demonstrations, a fishing contest, frog-jumping, and ice cream made by a steam-powered churn using ice from last winter’s Ice Harvest.  Executive Director Liz Callahan talks about the many events and hands-on learning opportunities available at the Independence Day Celebration. http://wskg.org/audio/hanford4th.mp3

Nature Cat: Ocean Commotion

A day for celebrating Hal and his favorite chew toy Mr. Chewinsky’s three-year anniversary as dog and toy has gone from joyous fun to total sadness as Nature Cat has made a terrible mistake! Nature Cat accidentally dropped Mr. Chewinsky down the storm drain, and now he is floating on the storm water, working his way through the drain system to the river and out to the ocean! Oh no! As the gang goes to find and save Mr. Chewinsky, they learn how all waterways are connected, and also meet up with a new special friend named Nature Dog, who helps them navigate the oceans. Will they find Mr. Chewinsky?

New Kids Lineup Begins Monday, June 5th

Thank you for trusting WSKG as safe, educational space for your family! We’ve updated our main channel TV schedule just in time for summer! Changes begin Monday, June 5, 2017. WSKG-HD KIDS
Monday – Friday 
6:00am | Thomas and Friends
6:30am | Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! 7:00am | Ready Jet Go!

Share the Magic of Beatrix Potter with Your Family

This program recounts the fascinating life story of internationally beloved author Beatrix Potter. More than just a children’s writer, Potter was a compelling storyteller and artist who brought classic characters like Jemima Puddleduck, Mrs. Tiggywinkle and Peter Rabbit to life with her beautifully detailed illustrations. Seventy-five years after her death, British actress and Patron of the Beatrix Potter Society Patricia Routledge takes viewers on a journey to Potter’s home in the English countryside, where she examines an original sketchbook and even reads passages from the personal journal Beatrix began during her teenage years. A passionate fan and Patron of the Beatrix Potter Society, Routledge presents viewers with a close-up look at Potter’s illustrations, the Cumbrian farmland she called home, and even a personal journal begun during her teenage years. Released in 2016 to commemorate her 150th birthday, the program also ties into the release of The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots, a story that was written just before World War I but never published during the lifetime of its remarkable author.

Art, Mystery and Muppets with 'The Cookie Thief'

A brand new museum has opened on Sesame Street, the Museum of Modern Cookie! Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Chris are very excited to check it out. However, when they step inside, all of the cookie art starts to make Cookie Monster hungry for cookies. Chris explains that he needs to control himself and use only his eyes to look at the paintings. Prairie Dawn welcomes them to the museum and gives them a tour.

D.W. and the Beastly Birthday

Fan-favorite Arthur series presents a one-hour movie event on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 6:30am and 5:00pm on WSKG TV! In this all-new Arthur movie event, D.W.’s fifth birthday doesn’t go the way she’d always imagined it would and she decides to escape to the magical island of Ukubonga. Meanwhile, Arthur has skipped her birthday party to go on a school trip to the planetarium – but instead of transporting him into outer space, it transports him 4 years into the future! Want in on the celebration? Download and print this fabulous D.W. mask and bring it to the viewing party when you tune in to this new episode!:

 

Young Authors Honored for Work

Thank you to the students that shared their stories & illustrations with WSKG this year.  Our judging committee reviewed the entries and have selected the following winning stories. All children who entered the contests will receive their original story back through the mail. Kindergarten
1st Place | Mason McCarthy | My Dog
2nd Place | Nico Romo | The Brave and Dangerous Lion
3rd Place | Felicity Clarke | My Trip to NYC

First Grade
1st Place | Maya Stankevich | Sophie
2nd Place | Alice Svinolobova | The Flower and the Raindrop
3rd Place | Frances Miller | My Trip to New York City

Second Grade
1st Place | Hudson Scaglione | The Beautiful Great Barrier Reef
2nd Place | Kyleigh Weiland | Adventures of the Treasure Coast
3rd Place | Stella Guccia | The Star Who Didn’t Want to Be in the Sky
Honorable Mention | Heyan Chung | The Last Salute

Third Grade
1st Place | Sidra El Ghissassi | The Field Trip
2nd Place | Nehemiah Jahn | Traveling Days
3rd Place | Clara Paasch | By the Light of the Moon

 

Fourth Grade
1st Place | Inaaya Sethi | Save PBS: Monsters to the Rescue
2nd Place | Gwen Zimmerman | Fullout
3rd Place | Anthony Mazzatti | Excerpt From: Barry Sneers New Kid
Honorable Mention | Rui Jiang | Basketball Fears

Fifth Grade
1st Place | Laura Klotzkin | The Puzzle of Life
2nd Place | Keyahn Sethi | Immigrants: Making America Great Again
3rd Place | Ian Chung | World War Two
Honorable Mention | Riley Dollard | The Enchanted Soul

Sixth Grade
1st Place | Neema Baddam | I’m Still Here
2nd Place | Asiya Patel | Who’s Done it This Time? Special thanks to the Four County Library System, George F. Johnson Public Library, MaryAnn Karre, Lonna Pierce, Sarah Reid, Sara-Jo Sites, Sandy Stiles.

Making Sense of Money

In fourth grade, your child will use the four operations to solve word problems involving money. In order to do this, she will first learn to decompose, or break apart, one dollar into smaller units. We call these units: quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. Ask your child: How many quarters make up one dollar? How many quarters make up two dollars?

Decomposing Fractions

To decompose means to break apart. Your child has already decomposed whole numbers with number bonds, tape diagrams, and place value charts. In fourth grade, he will decompose fractions. Three-eighths is a fraction. We can decompose three-eighths into parts using a tape diagram as the visual model.

Raising of America

Raising of America is the first national, fully integrated media/public engagement project that aims to reframe the way Americans look at early child health and development. The U.S. is the wealthiest, most powerful country in the world. So why has our child well-being fallen to 26th? An alarming number of American children are following low developmental trajectories from the start. They enter adulthood with learning challenges, behavioral issues and even poor physical health.

New Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip!

Join Daniel on a Tiger Family Trip! In a new week of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, including a new one-hour special and two new episodes, Daniel and his family visit Grandpere, the beach, and the neighborhood carnival. Daniel Tiger learns about all the exciting things to do and see when you’re on a trip with your family. Watch on WSKG TV May 8, 2017 at 9:00am! https://youtu.be/tEypinvApHo

Units of Measure

In fourth grade, your child will use the metric system to measure length, mass, and capacity. Length refers to the measurement of something from end to end. Long lengths are called distance. Mass refers to the measure of the amount of matter in an object. Capacity refers to the maximum amount that something can contain, commonly called volume.

Second Chance Kids

All new from Frontline, a fight over the fate of juveniles in prison for murder, following a landmark Supreme Court ruling. Watch on WSKG TV Tuesday, May 3, 2017 at 10:00pm. 

 

 

One Month Left to Enter Serling Film Fest

The 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival is now open. WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 26, 2017. Entrants must use the online submission form . The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

Partial Products

When your child first learns to multiply two two-digit numbers, she will use the area model. This visual tool illustrates how to decompose numbers and find four different products. As her skills improve, she will move from this pictorial model into a concrete method called partial products. Using partial products to solve forty-three times fifty-six, looks like this. She will start by multiplying tens times tens.

One Week Left to Enter Annual Writing Contest

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest Entry Form & Rules

Submissions must be postmarked by April 28, 2017 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Area Model

When first learning to multiply two two-digit numbers your child will use the area model. To start, your child will use her knowledge of place value to decompose into tens and ones. To decompose means to break apart. Let’s decompose these numbers by the value of each digit. The value of two tens is twenty.

Multiplication Fluency

Your child’s introduction to multiplication is through repeated addition. He will draw an array to visualize, or see, five groups of four stars. He will count the stars and find the total. As his understanding improves, he will skip count to find the total more efficiently. Your child will use a variety of visual models, to represent multiplication as he works toward developing multiplication fluency.

Autism Awareness Continues with New Episode of 'Dinosaur Train'

April is Autism Awareness Month and The Jim Henson Company presents a special episode in which Buddy and his siblings become friends with a dinosaur who knows a LOT MORE about dinosaurs than Buddy, but has some trouble making friends. Like all dinosaurs, their new friend Dennis Deinocheirus has his own dinosaur features. And, like all of us, he has strengths in some areas and challenges in others. Dinosaur Train has partnered in this initiative with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” campaign helps parents track the developmental milestones of all their little dinosaur trackers!

Meet Julia, the New Kid on 'Sesame Street'

Sesame Street is introducing a new Muppet to its cast, and she is unlike any Muppet they have had before. Her name is Julia, and she has autism. The character was introduced online in 2015, but will now become a regular on the television show. Rachel Rosner, the director of education and support services at Rochester-based Autism Up, said introducing a character with autism is a huge step forward for the show — and for raising awareness. “As a parent of two kids with autism, I’m thrilled that there’s finally a character with autism on Sesame Street,” Rosner said.

'Arthur' Episodes Feature Character with Asperger's Syndrome

Spring has sprung in Elwood City, and Arthur and his friends are bringing more great content to your viewers–on the air and online–all season long! In April, which is Autism Awareness Month, Arthur is featuring classic – and new episodes – with Carl, a character on the Autism spectrum.  
4/10 | George and the Missing Puzzle Piece/D.W. Swims With the Fishes
4/11 | Pets and Pests/Go Fly A Kite
4/12 | Carls Concerto/Too Much of a Good Thing
4/13 | He Said, He Said/Bunny Trouble
4/14 | George and the Missing Puzzle Piece/D.W. Swims With the Fishes
You can catch these special episodes on WSKG TV the week of April 10th through 14th, 2017 at 5:30pm. Arthur’s RECENTLY UPDATED WEBSITE is now more mobile-friendly, with fully responsive main sections and easier-to-navigate games, allowing kids to scroll and access all 47 games and apps easily–whether on a desktop, phone, or tablet. The video player also has been upgraded to take advantage of PBS’s latest designs and functionality.

Rounding: Nearest 10 or 100

Learning to assess the reasonableness of an answer is an important mathematical skill. It’s your child’s way of seeing if she’s on the right track when problem solving. Sometimes we use rounding to estimate a solution. In third grade, your child will round whole numbers using a vertical number line and round to the nearest ten or to the nearest hundred. Let’s round seven-hundred sixty-two to the nearest hundred.

Sesame Street: What I Love About Art

Telly learns that by using his imagination and experimenting, he can make art in lots of different ways. Also featuring Murray Has a Little Lamb-Art School and Elmo’s World-Drawing. Brought to you by the letter A and the number 18. This episode features an all-new street story and airs on WSKG TV Monday, April 3, 2017 at 10:30am and 1:00pm. https://youtu.be/QiAPjr1KgvI

Sesame Street Art-Related Activities
PBS Parents Art Articles

 

Solving 2-Step Word Problems

In third grade, your child will solve two-step word problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Let’s try one: There were ten adults and five children at the movies. Each adult ticket costs $8.00 and each child ticket costs $3.00. What is the total cost of all the tickets? What is this question asking us to find?

K-12 Students Invited to Submit Short Films to Festival

The 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival is now open. WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 26, 2017. Entrants must use the online submission form . The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

Fractions on a Number Line

In third grade, your child will represent fractions in pictures, number bonds, and on a number line. These drawings, or models, allow your child to develop a visual understanding of what fractions really are. Remember, the fraction one-third means that three equal parts make up one whole. How do you represent fractions on a number line? In third grade, your child will begin by placing fractions between zero and one.

Independent Lens | The Bad Kids

Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is a last-chance alternative for students who’ve fallen so far behind in credits that they have no hope of earning a diploma at a traditional school. Extraordinary educators believe empathy and life skills, more than academics, give these underserved students command of their own futures. This coming-of-age story watches education combat the crippling effects of poverty in the lives of so-called “bad kids.” Premiering Monday, March 20, 2017 at 10:00pm on WSKG TV. https://youtu.be/0RukXyvLxm8

 

Swing Into Spring with Curious George

You know it must be springtime if a curious monkey named George is dancing on the balcony at sunrise! The Man with the Yellow Hat is sure that George has spring fever, and he takes George to the park to experience all the wonders of spring. George is so excited about spring that he wants Hundley to have spring fever, too, but Hundley and the Doorman are busy trying to win the Mayor’s spring cleaning prize. When a broken water pipe floods the building, Hundley has to stay with George in the country, and George tries to make sure Hundley enjoys spring, too. Even blooming flowers, baby animals and a canoe ride can’t make Hundley love spring. What’s worse – Hundley gets lost in the country!

Fractions: Modeling with Number Bonds & Tape Diagrams

When a whole is broken into equal parts each part is a fraction. Each part of this fraction is one-half. Your child will draw tape diagrams as a visual tool to help him break apart one whole. In third grade, your child will break one whole into two equal parts, three equal parts, four equal parts, six equal parts, and eight equal parts. Let’s solve a third grade word problem: Braydon had pizza for lunch.

New Episodes of Splash and Bubbles

Dive into the fun during the week of March 13th during all-new episodes of Splash and Bubbles! New friends, new adventures, and more! Watch full episodes and play Splash and Bubbles games at http://pbskids.org/splashandbubbles

Watch Splash and Bubbles on WSKG TV at 10:00am and 2:00pm every Monday through Friday. https://youtu.be/vzWNN82VuGQ

Annual Writing Contests Await Stories from Youth

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest Entry Form & Rules

Submissions must be postmarked by April 28, 2017 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Dinosaur Train: What's at the Center of the Earth?

In this one-hour special, the Conductor has a special surprise for our favorite Pteranodon Family, the Dinosaur Drill train! This amazing machine gives its passengers a front row seat as they dig deep underground on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure below the Earth’s surface. There they discover a whole new world from fossils and troglobites to rivers of lava. The family gains a whole new perspective on our planet and what it’s made of… especially after a runaway mine cart thrill ride!

Engaging Youth in Science around the Southern Tier

Are you looking to engage your student in science enrichment programs but not sure where to turn? Here are a few taking place in the next few months:

Invention Convention: Binghamton Imaginink in connection with the Central New York Patent Law Association (CNYPLA) is conducting an invention education program open to all students in grades K-8 in both public and private schools. This program is intended to teach children how to invent and to increase awareness and appreciation of the importance of invention in the United States. To participate in this program, the student is invited to invent a new idea for a device or a new method for doing something. The student is asked to think of a problem they have encountered, or know of, and to come up with an idea for a device or method to solve the problem.

District to Host 'Digital Citizenship Summit EDU'

Maine-Endwell School District is sponsoring the Digital Citizenship Summit, a free event open to students, parents, educators and all members of the community. Learn how students can harness the power of digital technology to make the world a better place. The event will feature keynote speaker, Curran Dee. Curran is a fourth grader and the Chief Kid Officer of DigCitKids, and a TEDxYouth speaker. He created DigCitKids to combat the lack of digital access at his school.

Bob the Builder: Spaced

It’s an all-new season of Bob the Builder every Saturday morning at 7:00am on WSKG Create. And don’t forget to share photos or feedback of your students/kids with WSKG using hashtag #WSKGBuddingBuilders! Check out the episode description below for what’s in store this weekend! A Message from Space
Bob is building a radio telescope for Mei at the Observatory. Mei wants to test it by contacting her twin sister Lin on an orbiting space station.

Bob the Builder: A Sinking Feeling

It’s an all-new season of Bob the Builder every Saturday morning at 7:00am on WSKG Create. And don’t forget to share photos or feedback of your students/kids with WSKG using hashtag #WSKGBuddingBuilders! Check out the episode description below for what’s in store this weekend! In Too Deep
Bob must replace the jetties at the marina, but the ground is slippery, so Stretch has to do the digging. Scoop wants to dig too, but in trying to keep up with Stretch, he slides around and gets stuck.

Bob the Builder: Phillip's Important Job

It’s an all-new season of Bob the Builder every Saturday morning at 7:00am on WSKG Create. And don’t forget to share photos or feedback of your students/kids withWSKG using hashtag #WSKGBuddingBuilders! Check out the episode description below for what’s in store this weekend! Phillip annoys Betsy by insinuating that his work driving Mayor Madison is more important than hers. But when he breaks down en route to Anish Bose’s book launch at Fixham Castle, Phillip must accept Betsy’s help.

Local Teacher Center to Host Common Core Parent Night

Have you ever asked yourself what is a number bond or a ten frame? Have you ever thought why this multistep process to solve a math problem is so important? Come spend a night engaging in exactly these discussions. Learn about the strategies being taught as a part of common core math. See how the skills begin in kindergarten and develop step by step, building each year.

Regrouping 100s & 10s to Subtract

You may hear your child and her teacher talk about Place Value Disks. When learning place value, addition, and subtraction, place value disks are a great tool to tie together your child’s understanding before using the standard algorithm. They are especially helpful when regrouping, that is, changing one unit to another unit. Watch this tool in action on a place value chart. Forty-three minus sixteen.

Foundation of Multiplication and Division

Your child sets the foundation for understanding multiplication and division in second grade. The first layer in building this foundation is a concrete understanding. He will use objects as counters to create equal groups. Ask your child: Can you make groups of three? Yes!

History Behind the New Year Holiday from PBS LearningMedia

New Years Day | All About the Holidays
3, 2, 1, Happy New Year! On January 1st around the world, people celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next. Some people make resolutions for the new year or attend parties to celebrate. How do other cultures celebrate the new year? For lesson plans, additional resources, and more teacher support, download our free iBook from the iTunes store All About the Holidays.

Tape Diagrams: Modeling 2-Digit Addition and Subtraction

Your child continues to use tape diagrams as a visual tool to solve word problems. Now, he solves for an unknown in any position. Here’s a second grade word problem: There are twenty-three students in Miss Nord’s class. Seventeen students are present today. How many students are absent? Let’s draw a tape diagram to see what this problem asks us to find.

Number Forms

Part of using base-ten numbers correctly is understanding how to express the same number in different forms.

Let’s use: 273. This is the base-ten numeral written in standard form. Next, let’s express 273 in unit form. To help, your child may label with a place value chart. Hundreds column, tens column, ones column.

New Challenges Arise During 'Trouble At Christmas'

It’s an all-new season of Bob the Builder every Saturday morning at 7:00am on WSKG Create. And don’t forget to share photos or feedback of your students/kids withWSKG using hashtag #WSKGBuddingBuilders! Check out the episode description below for what’s in store this weekend! Muck the Elf
While erecting a Gingerbread House display at the plaza, Muck obsessively takes on the role of a Christmas elf – zipping around helping make the season special. He tries building a toy go-kart, decorating a Christmas tree, and even delivering presents.

What's Hatching This Week on 'Bob the Builder'?

It’s an all-new season of Bob the Builder every Saturday morning at 7:00am on WSKG Create. And don’t forget to share photos or feedback of your students/kids withWSKG using hashtag #WSKGBuddingBuilders! Check out the episode description below for what’s in store this weekend! Dizzy and the Butterfly
Dizzy is thrilled to be working on the new butterfly house and wishes an orange butterfly would land on her. The butterfly pupae arrive and Dizzy is so excited that she doesn’t realize that one has fallen into her mixing drum.

Wendy Lights It Up in All-New 'Bob the Builder' Episode

It’s an all-new season of Bob the Builder every Saturday morning at 7:00am on WSKG Create. And don’t forget to share photos or feedback of your students/kids withWSKG using hashtag #WSKGBuddingBuilders! Check out the episode description below for what’s in store this weekend! Wendy’s Surprise
It’s Wendy’s birthday! Bob has planned a surprise party at the yard, but Wendy keeps adding lights to the Spring City Rockets’ ice-skating show and won’t leave until she is finished.

'Bob's Big Challenge' Kicks Off New Season of Beloved Series

The new season of Bob the Builder starts on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7:00am on WSKG Create. Grab your tool belt and hardhat! Join Bob the Builder and his team as they construct projects using a foundation of determination and teamwork. With his business partner Wendy, apprentice builder Leo, and a team of machines, Bob is ready to fix the town of Fixham along with Spring City. This team digs into any project, hammering out solutions to problems, all while building confidence along the way.

Are You Raising a Budding Builder?

We want to hear from families and teachers! Join the #WSKGBuddingBuilders campaign via social media. Take a photo or video of your own child building, creating, making! Upload a drawing or finished project! Share your budding builder and their STEM work with WSKG via Facebook, Instagram,Twitter.

Celebrate STEM with Everyone’s Favorite Builder!

WSKG is launching a new month-long Bob the Builder activity corner at the Discovery Center of the Southern Tier on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Join us on this date from 10:00am until 1:00pm in the museum’s Ahearn Theater for screenings of all-new Bob the Builder episodes, building activities, and a coloring contest! The Bob the Builder activity corner will remain open throughout December nestled in the museum’s ‘Widgets’ exhibit.  WSKG activities are free with museum admission. You can also check out our Bob the Builder inspired holiday tree at Roberson Museum and Science Center during the annual ‘Home for the Holidays’ exhibit.

Celebrate STEM with Everyone's Favorite Builder!

WSKG is launching a new month-long Bob the Builder activity corner at the Discovery Center of the Southern Tier on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Join us on this date from 10:00am until 1:00pm in the museum’s Ahearn Theater for screenings of all-new Bob the Builder episodes, building activities, and a coloring contest! The Bob the Builder activity corner will remain open throughout December nestled in the museum’s ‘Widgets’ exhibit.  WSKG activities are free with museum admission. You can also check out our Bob the Builder inspired holiday tree at Roberson Museum and Science Center during the annual ‘Home for the Holidays’ exhibit.

Generations Come Together to Bridge the Digital Divide in 'Cyber-Seniors'

A group of seniors end up in a competition to create the most-viewed YouTube video. They are tutored in the ways of social media by a pair of high-school-age sisters who believe that online communication helps grandparents and grandkids stay close. Watch on WSKG TV Monday, November 28, 2016 at 9:00pm. 

The Inspiration
The idea for the Cyber-Seniors documentary came from a high school project that was launched by the director’s two sisters, Macaulee and Kascha Cassaday. The sisters had witnessed firsthand how learning to use the Internet had transformed their grandparents’ lives. After learning some basic skills, their grandparents were in touch several times a week by email, Facebook and Skype.

Generations Come Together to Bridge the Digital Divide in ‘Cyber-Seniors’

A group of seniors end up in a competition to create the most-viewed YouTube video. They are tutored in the ways of social media by a pair of high-school-age sisters who believe that online communication helps grandparents and grandkids stay close. Watch on WSKG TV Monday, November 28, 2016 at 9:00pm. 

The Inspiration
The idea for the Cyber-Seniors documentary came from a high school project that was launched by the director’s two sisters, Macaulee and Kascha Cassaday. The sisters had witnessed firsthand how learning to use the Internet had transformed their grandparents’ lives. After learning some basic skills, their grandparents were in touch several times a week by email, Facebook and Skype.

Let’s Make History Together This Thanksgiving

This weekend, you and StoryCorps can preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend. Open to everyone, The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national assignment to engage people of all ages in the act of listening. All that is needed to participate is a smartphone and the StoryCorps mobile app.  

Ready to record? Choose someone you love to interview.

Let’s Make History Together This Thanksgiving

This weekend, you and StoryCorps can preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend. Open to everyone, The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national assignment to engage people of all ages in the act of listening. All that is needed to participate is a smartphone and the StoryCorps mobile app.  

Ready to record? Choose someone you love to interview.

New Series ‘Splash and Bubbles’ Premieres 11/23

SPLASH AND BUBBLES is designed to encourage kids ages 4-7 to explore the natural undersea world. Developed with an advisory panel of top marine biologists, digital innovators and educators, SPLASH AND BUBBLES is grounded in a marine biology curriculum that focuses on themes of diversity, individuality, interconnectedness and the celebration of learning and discovery. The series also introduces the concepts of ecological balance and the importance of taking care of the ocean. SPLASH AND BUBBLES follows the adventures of Splash, a yellow fusilier fish who has migrated all over the ocean before settling down in Reeftown, where he befriends Bubbles, a Mandarin dragonet whose vivid orange and electric blue coloring matches her colorful personality. Until Splash came along, Bubbles and most of the other Reeftown residents had no idea what lived beyond the cozy confines of their coral walls.

New Series 'Splash and Bubbles' Premieres 11/23

SPLASH AND BUBBLES is designed to encourage kids ages 4-7 to explore the natural undersea world. Developed with an advisory panel of top marine biologists, digital innovators and educators, SPLASH AND BUBBLES is grounded in a marine biology curriculum that focuses on themes of diversity, individuality, interconnectedness and the celebration of learning and discovery. The series also introduces the concepts of ecological balance and the importance of taking care of the ocean. SPLASH AND BUBBLES follows the adventures of Splash, a yellow fusilier fish who has migrated all over the ocean before settling down in Reeftown, where he befriends Bubbles, a Mandarin dragonet whose vivid orange and electric blue coloring matches her colorful personality. Until Splash came along, Bubbles and most of the other Reeftown residents had no idea what lived beyond the cozy confines of their coral walls.

Learn With Bob the Builder: How Much Does It Weigh?

Some objects are heavy and some are light! In this clip from Bob the Builder, Tiny estimates the weight of different objects he lifts with his crane. Watch the clip with your students and then experiment by testing heavy and light items. And don’t forget to share photos or feedback of your students/kids with WSKG using hashtag #WSKGBuddingBuilders! Frame the Viewing: 

Show the students two different objects. Have them predict which one weighs more.

‘Hansel & Gretel’ Event Open to Families

Join WSKG and Tri-Cities Opera for an afternoon of operatic storytelling! Enjoy a twenty minute version of ‘Hansel & Gretel’ as presented by Tri-Cities Opera. Children can also make a craft, try a PBS KIDS ‘Super Why’ activity, and meet opera performers. Sunday, November 6, 2016 | 1:00pm-2:00pm

WSKG Studios | 601 Gates Road Vestal, NY

Space is limited and an RSVP is required using the form below. REGISTER:
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'Hansel & Gretel' Event Open to Families

Join WSKG and Tri-Cities Opera for an afternoon of operatic storytelling! Enjoy a twenty minute version of ‘Hansel & Gretel’ as presented by Tri-Cities Opera. Children can also make a craft, try a PBS KIDS ‘Super Why’ activity, and meet opera performers. Sunday, November 6, 2016 | 1:00pm-2:00pm

WSKG Studios | 601 Gates Road Vestal, NY

Space is limited and an RSVP is required using the form below. REGISTER:
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Collection of PBS Resources Help Students Navigate the Election Season

Presenting You Choose 2016 from PBS KIDS Digital, which introduces kids to non-partisan, democracy-related topics through interactive exploration and video. Kids can create their own campaign posters about  anything they care about, collect presidential trading cards of past U.S. Presidents and First Ladies and watch videos that focus on important issues relevant to them! PBS KIDS Digital has also curated a “Get to Know a President a Day” YouTube playlist to lead up to the election with content from LearningMedia. The video clips provide an overview about each President of the United States in just 60 seconds. PBS Education has created Election Central featuring tools, resources and creative solutions to educate your students on the various facets of the political process.

DIY Monster Slime

Looking for a simple DIY for your family this weekend?  Get in the spirit of Halloween AND science with this monster slime activity! https://youtu.be/OYuDNsbdiyQ

Learn how to make gooey monster slime TWO ways with this sensory craft. Don’t worry – the slime washes off hands easily with soap and water! Details of the full craft experience can be found here and continue the creepy-crawly theme by making these monster cupcakes!

New Season of ‘Thomas & Friends’ Begins Today

Get ready, get set, GO! An all-new season of Thomas & Friends begins with an action-packed special. The race is on for Thomas & Friends in this action-packed musical adventure! When the best engines from around the world gather to compete in The Great Railway Show, Thomas is determined to find a way to represent Sodor. But he’s left disappointed as Gordon is chosen and is streamlined into “The Shooting Star” for The Great Race.

New Season of 'Thomas & Friends' Begins Today

Get ready, get set, GO! An all-new season of Thomas & Friends begins with an action-packed special. The race is on for Thomas & Friends in this action-packed musical adventure! When the best engines from around the world gather to compete in The Great Railway Show, Thomas is determined to find a way to represent Sodor. But he’s left disappointed as Gordon is chosen and is streamlined into “The Shooting Star” for The Great Race.

‘Nature Cat’ Kicks-Off Halloween Specials with ‘Runaway Pumpkin’

This fall, kids are in for a delightfully spooky treat on PBS KIDS. Check out the new Halloween-themed episodes from NATURE CAT on Monday, October 10, 2016 at 3:00pm! 

The treats keep coming in October when PBS KIDS will offer a variety of Halloween-themed games for kids to play on the freePBS KIDS Games App and pbskids.org, including the Cat in the Hat Corn Maze Craze, Cat in the Hat Camp Time, NATURE CAT Park Builder and PEG + CAT Parade. A new Spooky Street and set of rewards will be launching on PBS KIDS’ popular virtual world Kart Kingdom as well. Hands-on activities, including pumpkin-carving templates with favorite PBS KIDS characters, are available on PBS Parents. “Halloween is an exciting holiday for our audience, so we are celebrating this year with new programming from several of our popular series – including THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS.

'Nature Cat' Kicks-Off Halloween Specials with 'Runaway Pumpkin'

This fall, kids are in for a delightfully spooky treat on PBS KIDS. Check out the new Halloween-themed episodes from NATURE CAT on Monday, October 10, 2016 at 3:00pm! 

The treats keep coming in October when PBS KIDS will offer a variety of Halloween-themed games for kids to play on the freePBS KIDS Games App and pbskids.org, including the Cat in the Hat Corn Maze Craze, Cat in the Hat Camp Time, NATURE CAT Park Builder and PEG + CAT Parade. A new Spooky Street and set of rewards will be launching on PBS KIDS’ popular virtual world Kart Kingdom as well. Hands-on activities, including pumpkin-carving templates with favorite PBS KIDS characters, are available on PBS Parents. “Halloween is an exciting holiday for our audience, so we are celebrating this year with new programming from several of our popular series – including THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS.

Special 'Peg + Cat' Celebrates the Spookiest Season Through Math

Peg and Cat invite you to join them for a special hour of four all-new, back-to-back math mysteries that kick off with a spooky Friday-the-13th problem. Later in the week, guest star Sandra Oh returns as the voice of the President of the United States in a new episode. Watch on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 10:00am on WSKG TV. https://youtu.be/wg46Fzh1bws

 

Claymation Abounds in Film Created By Northeast Bradford Students

‘Park Problems’ was recently awarded the ‘Best 6-8’ award in the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival. John Pilvelis, Art/Gifted Program Teacher at Northeast Bradford School District, served as mentor to the students that created this film. He took some time to gather feedback from his students regarding their experience on this project:

What is your film about?  Can you summarize it in a few sentences? Our film involves a boy who tries to practice his clarinet in the park. Various animals get involved and complicate matters.

Alfred U Artist and Professor Featured in Season Premiere of 'Craft in America'

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Spotlight Education week continues with the season premiere of Craft in America. TEACHERS highlights artists committed to sharing the skills and passion for craft with students of all ages. Featuring Navajo weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete at Idyllwild Arts, glass artist Mark Mitsuda at Punahou School, glass artist Therman Statom, and ceramic artist Linda Sikora at Alfred University School of Art and Design. WSKG’s Crystal Sarakas interviewed Linda Sikora for our Artist Cafe program. Ms. Sikora also adds:
Individuals should contact Alfred University to learn about professional studies in Visual Art and for more information about Ceramic art. To see some of the best functional ceramics in the country locally, attend the national ceramics Flower City Pottery Invitational in Rochester, NY on October 14, 15, and 16, 2016. This is held at the Genesee Center for the Arts and Education.

School of the Future

NOVA School of the Future airs on WSKG TV September 14, 2016 at 9pm. In a new age of information, rapid innovation, and globalization, how can we prepare our children to compete? Once the envy of the world, American schools are now in trouble. How can the latest research help us fix education in America? Can the science of learning—including new insights from neuroscientists, psychologists, and educators—reveal how kids’ brains work and tell us which techniques are most likely to engage and inspire growing minds?

'Frontline' Presents Updates to Two Films During 'Spotlight Education' Week

In a one-hour special FRONTLINE presents two films on education in America. First: In “A Subprime Education,” we return to the story of for-profit colleges — which FRONTLINE first examined in the 2010 film “College Inc.” — to investigate allegations of fraud and predatory behavior in the troubled industry, and the collapse of Corinthian Colleges. Then, “The Education of Omarina” updates a story FRONTLINE has been following since 2012 — showing how an innovative program to stem the high school dropout crisis has affected one girl’s journey, from a public middle school in the Bronx to an elite New England private school, and now on to college. This two-part hour airs as part of PBS’s “Spotlight Education,” a week of primetime programming focused on the challenges facing America’s education system.  Watch on WSKG TV Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 9:00pm.

Film Follows Two Teens Over Course of Five Years in 'All the Difference'

The largely invisible and often crushing struggles of young African-American men come vividly — and heroically — to life in All the Difference, which traces the paths of two teens from the South Side of Chicago who dream of graduating from college. Statistics predict that Robert and Krishaun will drop out of high school, but they have other plans. Oscar®-nominated producer/director Tod Lending’s intimate film, executive produced by author Wes Moore, follows the young men through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty. As they discover, support from family, teachers and mentors makes all the difference in defying the odds. Airs on WSKG TV Monday, September 12, 2016 at 10:00pm as part of the PBS Spotlight Education week of special programming.

Honoring Education Through 'PBS Spotlight Education' Week

Spotlight Education is a week of primetime programming airing on WSKG from September 12, 2016 through September 17, 2016.. It features films and documentaries, including special episodes of NOVA, FRONTLINE and PBS NEWSHOUR, a new documentary from POV, and the premiere of TED TALKS, “The Education Revolution.” It concludes with the 5th annual AMERICAN GRADUATE DAY, a broadcast about individuals and non-profit organizations dedicated to helping youth stay on track to high school graduation. This collection features resources about intervention and success strategies, 21st Century learners, and examines how the dedication to teaching all children, especially at-risk students, makes a real difference in communities. New resources will be added to reflect the programming. Spotlight Education celebrates the work of teachers and educators and underscores the importance of convening a dialogue around education.

Transition From Summer to Classroom With Daniel Tiger

It’s almost time for back-to-school, and new episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood are scheduled in September to encourage little tigers and support families as they transition from summer to classroom. These brand-new, specially themed episodes air on WSKG TV starting Monday, September 25, 2016.  Episodes include:

9/5 No Red Sweater for Daniel / Teacher Harriet’s New Hairdo
9/6 Sharing at the Library / Daniel Shares with Margaret
9/7 Daniel Makes a Noise Maker / Daniel Makes the Neighborhood
9/8 Daniel’s Allergy / Allergies at School
9/9 The Neighborhood Fall Festival / Field Day at School

Download and print this awesome back-to-school checklist and use with your child before school starts.  This will help your family establish routines and prepare for the school year.

All Aboard the 'Dinosaur Train' for A-Z Fun

Travel on the Dinosaur Train with Buddy, Mom, and Tiny to gather all the dinosaurs in the “Dinosaurs A to Z'” song for a picnic at Troodon Town! Join the Pteranodon family as they reunite with some dinosaurs they’ve met before, and are introduced to new species, and learn about the classification of all 26 dinosaurs on the train. Dinosaur Train embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains while sparking an interest in life science, natural history, and paleontology. Episodes include: The Call of the Wild Corythosaurus; Fast Friends; One Small Dinosaur; Have You Heard About the Herd?; Dinos A to Z, Part 1, The Big Idea; Dinos A to Z, Part 2, Spread the Word; Dinos A to Z, Part 3, Classification; and Dinos A to Z, Part 4, A to Z Picnic and Solstice Time. Hop on board Monday, August 22, 2016 and Friday, August 26, 2016 at 11:00am with WSKG TV!

Explore the Intersection of Science and Sport with Your Family

Are you watching the Summer Olympics with your child? What a great opportunity to explore the intersection of science and sport! These videos from PBS LearningMedia will help you talk to your child about math and science concepts surrounding running, acrobats, gymnastics, and more.  
Measuring Different Lanes on the Track | Cyberchase
Help your child understand the basic principles behind measuring distance. In this video from Cyberchase, Bianca is competing in her first 200 meter race and notices that the starting positions in the six lanes are located at different points along the track.

Catch New Episodes of 'Ready Jet Go!' All Week

Blast off to adventure with a week of all-new episodes of Ready Jet Go! Monday, August 15, 2016 through Friday, August 19, 2016 at 7:30am and 4:00pm on WSKG TV. An alien family with vastly superior technology is traveling across the galaxy on assignment; the parents are travel writers. They pick up a radio signal of a catchy 1950s rock’n’roll song called “Jet Propulsion” that leads them to Earth, which they find to be a first-rate planet: lush and beautiful, worthy of staying awhile and writing up several travel articles. They morph into human shape, call themselves the Propulsion family, and name their kid JET, thinking it a “typical Earth name.” When their flying saucer morphs into the shape of a house and lands in a vacant lot, two kids witness the event: neighbors SEAN and SYDNEY.

Creature Teachers Martin and Chris Host An Underwater Adventure

Join the adventures of Martin and Chris as they meet up with cool creatures from around the world – and witness many never-before-seen wildlife moments. With their creature smarts plus their newly invented Creature Power Suits, the brothers Kratt are using amazing animal abilities to rescue their animal friends when they get into trouble. Each episode is a wildly funny adventure that also features how animals use science in their natural lives.  In this special half-hour episode ‘Lost in Sea’:
Speaking Dolphinese | The Wild Kratts team is on a mission to decode the secret language of one of the smartest creatures on earth – dolphins! With the help of Aviva’s experimental dolphin decoder and two young dolphin tutors, Chris and Martin join a pod and try to speak “dolphinese”.

Join WSKG for 'Odd Squad: The Movie' Screening Event

Families are invited to WSKG Studios for activities and a free screening of Odd Squad: The Movie on Thursday, August 11, 2016.  Come dressed as an agent!, make blob!, earn a badge!, and more!  Doors open at 5:45pm and seating is limited.  If you would like to attend, you must RSVP using the online form below. NEW ADDITION TO THE EVENT: Come meet K9-Mac and Deputy Andres from the Broome County Sheriff’s Department! In this feature-length Odd Squad event, a rival group of adults called Weird Team arrive with a gadget that fixes and odd problem.

Fan-Favorite Series 'Odd Squad' Debuts First-Ever Movie

In the new ODD SQUAD: The Movie, when a rival group of adults called Weird Team arrives with a gadget that fixes any odd problem, Odd Squad is run out of business. The agents are forced to disband and return to life as regular kids. When they learn the gadget isn’t solving problems, but only covering them up, the original Odd Squad agents, Olive and Otto, return to team up with the new Odd Squad. Together, they use math and teamwork to disprove Weird Team and prevent rampant oddness. https://youtu.be/mFYDoz1WRbk?list=PLa8HWWMcQEGSMda-yOQpQX0gQgH7t-JOi

Watch on WSKG TV at 8:00am and 4:00pm on Monday, August 1, 2016 and Friday, August 5, 2016.

Olive, Otto, and Oscar Are Back!

 

In this feature-length ODD SQUAD event, a rival group of adults called Weird Team arrive with a gadget that fixes any odd problem. As a result, Odd Squad is run out of business and all the agents are forced to disband and go back to their lives as regular kids. Using math skills and teamwork, the kids discovery Team Weird isn’t actually solving problems, but just covering them up. The Season 2 cast teams up with the Season 1 cast to stop Weird Team and save the world from destruction. https://youtu.be/eid6jHLCPuI?list=PLa8HWWMcQEGSMda-yOQpQX0gQgH7t-JOi

 

Watch on WSKG TV at 8:00am and 4:00pm on Monday, August 1, 2016 and Friday, August 5, 2016.

Miss Angie's Music

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with Ithaca College for a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This segment profiles Ithaca resident Angie Beeler, who teaches children the joy of music thru her albums and classes. Miss Angie welcomes toddlers and their parents into her classroom/studio and leads them through sing-alongs and early teaching lessons. This segment was produced by students from the Roy H. Park School of Communications. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGpRzPzhfaA

Tallies, Charts, and Tape Diagrams in Summer Learning

Gathering data and figuring out what you know are important steps in solving a problem. But, how you organize all that information is just as important! We’ve gathered some simple, helpful resources to practice this skill with your child at home. What type of data would your child enjoy collecting? Perhaps he looks at shoes while at the grocery store and tallies how many people wear green, blue, or black shoes.

Dinosaur Train to Visit The Discovery Center

Join us on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 from 11am-1pm at The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier for some fun Dinosaur Train activities and screening.  We will be discussing pollination and when flowers first showed up on the Earth.  Dinosaur Train screening will take place at 12pm in the Ahearn Theater. See you there! When: Tuesday July 26, 2016  11am-1pm
What: Hands on Dinosaur Train Activities & Screening
Where: Discover Center of the Southern Tier, 60 Morgan Road Binghamton New York
Who: Families

For more information call the Discovery Center  607-773-8661

Learning Continues All Summer Long with PBS KIDS

Summer in the Southern Tier is in full swing! Although school may be out, your kids can keep learning with WSKG TV and awesome online apps & games from PBS KIDS.  Here’s a round-up of cool resources for you to share with your child and be sure to check out PBS KIDS online for even more fun!  And remember that PBS KIDS can go with you to make learning anytime, anywhere!  

 

 

Tots + Tech | iQ SmartParent

What happens when kids under age 8 watch TV and are exposed to screens? We’ll discuss current research and practical considerations of exposing children to media during the early childhood years, explore the impact of educational screen time on kids of various backgrounds, and offer iQ: smartparents some tips for raising young children in our media-rich environment. https://youtu.be/RymaUa9kDMo

Watch this episode on WSKG TV on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 5:30am. And find more resources such as Episode Discussion Guide, book recommendations, studies, and links online at the series website:

Wild Kratts: Back in Creature Time

In the special, Aviva unveils her most secret invention yet – the Time Trampoline! Now the Kratts crew can jump back in time and finally meet extinct creatures like the Dodo bird and the mysterious Tasmanian Tiger. Part 1 | The Wild Kratts crew lament the extinction of different animals in recent history and how they’ll never ever be able to see them. Aviva decides that it’s finally time to unveil her most secret invention yet – the Time Trampoline! Using the trampoline, the Wild Kratts jump back in time to meet the extinct Dodo Bird of Mauritius.

Learning Continues Throughout the Summer with WSKG & Local Libraries!

Summer learning continues all season long at your local library!  Join WSKG as we partner with the Coburn Free Library for the kick-off of its Summer Programming.  On Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 10:00am the library presents Moreland the Magician and WSKG Youth Services.  We’ll be highlighting our super awesome Good to Know math series.  Come visit us at the Owego Methodist Church, next to Coburn Library.

Series for Parents Outlines Online Safety and Digi Citizenship

Children and teens are using social media to define and share their personal narratives. When there is no “delete” button on Facebook or other social platforms, what story does your child’s online identity tell, now and into the future? What does it mean to be a good digital citizen? Join us for an eye-opening discussion on how parents and children can have safe and positive experiences online. https://youtu.be/FdBDWKbUvk8

This episode airs on WSKG TV at 5:30am on Saturday, July 2, 2016.

Celebrating Graduation with the Class of… 2023?

Graduation season is in full swing across upstate New York. Hundreds of teenagers are taking that walk across the stage to receive their high school diploma. How exciting! But we can’t forget about the younger students who also have exciting milestones to celebrate with the end of a school year. Let’s spend some time talking about their achievements and keeping them motivated to reach graduation! Elizabeth Bigsby, used-to-be fifth grader from Union-Endicott, thanks her dad for supporting her in school and calculates that she will be a member of the Class of 2023!

Learning about the Summer Solstice

What is the summer solstice and how can I share this with my child? The summer solstice will take place June 20, 2016 at approximately 6:34pm EDT, in the Southern Tier of New York. This marks the longest length of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere. Check out this video from PBS Learning Media and share with your K-5th grade child explaining how the earth revolves around the sun on it’s axis, creating the seasons and solstice.

Odd Squad Returns with One-Hour Special 'Agents of Change'

New agents are joining Odd Squad – Find out who they are on with the world premiere of “Agents of Change” on WSKG TV! Watch full episodes of Odd Squad on pbskids.org/video or the PBS KIDS Video App. Play Odd Squad games at http://pbskids.org/oddsquad

Monday, June 20, 2016 at 6:30am and 4:30pm and Friday, June 24, 2016 at 6:30am and 4:30pm. https://youtu.be/LTYUUZ7Bj9Q

 

Owego PreK Students Share Graduation Aspirations

Students in the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program from the Owego-Apalachin School District spent time on our Little Learns American Graduate activity. Thanks to Mrs. Kristin Barton for leading this with the children and sharing with WSKG! Check out the Flipgram compilation and photo gallery below and enjoy the memories and aspirations of all thirty-three Owego Elementary School UPK graduates of 2016. View on Flipagram

Honoring local winners of PBS KIDS Writers Contest

A day to celebrate the young creative writers of our community! On Sunday, June 12, 2016, twenty-six students, their families, and friends gathered at WSKG Studios in Vestal, NY to honor the winning story entries. Awards were given to First, Second, and Third place entries from the local PBS KIDS Writers Contest for students in Kindergarten through Grade 3. First, Second, and Third place awards were also handed out to students in Grades 4, 5, and 6 as part of the WSKG Youth Writers Contest.  

Judges spoke about each story and read their favorite excerpts to the audience. Students were honored for both their creative writing and dynamic illustrations.

Meet Superhero 'Gem Girl' in Elmira Girl's Winning Story

Caylee Hinman won 1st place in the Second Grade category in WSKG’s local 2016 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Caylee is 8 years old and lives in Elmira, NY with her mom and dad.  She enjoys school, gardening, rocks and gems, building with Legos, baking, reading, and most of all writing stories!  Caylee wrote her first book at the age of 3 titled “Happy Fall” inspired by the changing seasons.  She has been writing books ever since.  When Caylee grows up she is thinking of becoming an author. Here’s a Q&A we held with her!:

What is your story about?  Can you summarize it in just a sentence or two? My story is about a battle between good and evil, where Gem Girl and Diamond Dog fight Hot Dog Guy and Pickle Poodle to save the city.

'The Adventures of Clean Guy and Trash' Wins Honor in Youth Writers Contest

Keyahn Sethi won 1st place in the Fourth Grade category in the 2016 WSKG Youth Writers Contest. He is 9 years old and in fourth grade at The Crescent Academy in Johnson City, NY. A prankster who loves to write funny stories, Keyahn’s ultimate passion is sports.  He’s on the travel hockey team, the lacrosse team and also takes Gymnastics and Ninja classes.  He loves the outdoors and you can usually find him outside with his sisters biking, hiking by the river, or slacklining.

'Faerie Realm' Awarded in Local Youth Writers Contest

Logan Everson won 1st place in the Sixth Grade category in WSKG’s local 2016 Youth Writers Contest.  He is 12 years old and the oldest in his family.  He really likes acting and has been in two short films with BFI. He practices martial arts, plays soccer and tennis, and loves video games, writing, and drawing.  Logan shared thoughts on his experience writing this story and submitting it with our contest:

What is your story about?  Can you summarize it in just a sentence or two? This story is about a kid who finds a place called the Faerie Realm and helps the inhabitants against the Dark Queen.

Robots Rule in Vestal Youth's PBS KIDS Writers Contest Story

Heyan Chung received 1st place in the Grade 2 category of WSKG’s local 2016 PBS KIDS Writers Contest.  Heyan is 6 years old and in first grade in African Road Elementary school. He’s been interested in robots, universe, and nature. He’s read a few books about robots, and visiting Carnegie Science center in Pittsburg and MIT museum in Cambridge encouraged him to learn more about robots. His hobby is singing, origami, Legos, playing board games and collecting natural objects like stones, leaves and twigs.

'Team Animal Ninja Competition' Combines Fact, Creative Writing and Beautiful Illustration

Inaaya Sethi’s story The Team Animal Ninja Competition has received the 1st place honor in the third grade category in WSKG’s local 2016 PBS KIDS Writers Contest.  Inaaya is 8 years old and in third grade at The Crescent Academy in Johnson City, NY.   Inaaya loves to draw, colour, and write stories.  She’s a Girl Scout who loves the outdoors and is on the lacrosse team.  You can often find her outside hiking by the river, swimming, slacklining or biking.

Ithaca Girl Shares Winning Story in WSKG's Youth Writers Contest

Juliana Grantz won 1st place in the Fifth Grade category in the 2016 WSKG Youth Writers Contest.  Juliana is eleven years old and lives in Ithaca, NY, but is in the midst of moving to Aurora, NY right now! She has three younger sisters, no brothers, and another sister coming in October. Juliana enjoys singing, acting, writing, drawing, and other creative pastimes. She would like to be many things when she grows up, including an author and songwriter.

6-year-old Author Pens 'Spoon and Knife Adventure'

Grayden Everson’s story Spoon and Knife Adventure won 1st place for Kindergarten in WSKG’s local 2016 PBS KIDS Writers Contest.  Grayden is 6 years old and the youngest in his family.  He likes pizza, Uno, Legos, Minecraft, art, math, and Elephant and Piggie books. He took a few minutes to answer a few questions we had about his experience:

What is your story about?  Can you summarize it in just a sentence or two? Knife and Spook play together and mysterious Fork steals a toy. How did you come up with the idea for your two main characters, Knife and Spoon?  Where do they live? I came up with the story using my imagination.

Winners Announced for 'PBS KIDS Writers' & 'WSKG Youth Writers' Contests

Thank you to the 203 students that shared their stories & illustrations with WSKG this year!  Our judging committee reviewed the entries and have selected the following winning stories.  Be sure to visit this webpage often as the stories will be uploaded for viewers to read! All children who entered the contests will receive their original story back through the mail. Kindergarten
1st Place | Grayden Everson | Spoon and Knife Adventure
2nd Place | Frances Miller | The Adventure Girl
3rd Place | Brooke Casey | Flutter and the Bumble Bee
Honorable Mention | Azreal Brown | The Two Bunnies

First Grade
1st Place | Heyan Chung | Robot Jobs
2nd Place | Hudson Scaglione | My Friend the Big Whale
3rd Place | Seema Patel | Trouble in Candy Land
Honorable Mention | Lydia Thompson | Our Cute and Funny Guinea Pigs!

New 'Arthur' Episodes Next Week on WSKG-TV

It’s a week of all new ARTHUR! Lakewood Elementary, meet your new teacher! He rides a scooter, eats non-dairy fro-yo, and is voiced by the very funny B.J. Novak. You won’t want to miss it! Check out what Buzzfeed had to say about the cartoon character that “looks exactly like him.”

Guest Perspective: Helping Families Cope with Incarceration

Editor’s Note: WSKG invited community partner and local service organization Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network to share insight on initiatives that are helping families going through incarceration. Through the Eyes of Children
Let’s imagine, for a moment, that you are 8 years old again. You are spending a regular Tuesday night with your mother and two younger siblings. The normal evening routine was underway…dinner was over, you are bathed, in your pajamas, and playing with your favorite toy while your mother puts your little brother and sister to bed. Next, you and your mother meet in your bedroom to read your favorite bedtime story.

Preschool Literacy Event with Clifford the Big Red Dog

In celebration of early learning and literacy, the JCC of Binghamton and WSKG present ‘Preschool Literacy Night’ 2016.  The community is invited to this free event on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:30.  Visit the JCC, located at 500 Clubhouse Road in Vestal, NY, for an evening of exploration and family fun. Art & Craft Activities
Free Books (while supplies last)
Sing and Dance with Johnny Only
Story Time with Clifford the Big Red Dog
WSKG Youth Resources

Enjoy this read along from I Read Story Books:

https://youtu.be/mLnown1Gb-g?list=PL-dbsO5nDMns42EWK8jVM64c_sbN6ff1j

Made possible in part by the Judith and Edwin Cohen Foundation and the following sponsors and partners: 

 

New 'Thomas & Friends' Coming to WSKG-TV

Our favorite blue engine is coming down the tracks with all-new episodes! Tune in to WSKG-TV beginning Monday, May 9, 2016  at 12:30pm for a full week of new episodes from Thomas & Friends.  
Recycle Recycle Recycle! Monday, May 9, 2016 at 12:30pm on WSKG-TV

Timothy and the Rainbow Trucks: Bill and Ben convince Timothy to search for a truck that is blue, red, yellow, and brown. However, they are playing a joke on Timothy; the truck does not exist.

Global Big Day

Prairie Warbler by Greg Gard

Global Big Day is a single day uniting birdwatchers worldwide across political boundaries and language barriers, all brought together by the shared passion for birds. Global Big Day takes place on May 14, 2016, is easy to participate in and helps scientists learn about bird populations and migration patterns. Submit Your Data to eBird on May 14
It’s that simple. If you submit your birds to eBird they count. Learn how to take part.

New PBS KIDS Episodes Encourage Families to Explore the Outdoors

PBS KIDS celebrates Earth Month with its annual Explore the Outdoors initiative and a special week of new episodes of Nature Cat and Wild Kratts including the 100th episode of Wild Kratts on April 28 in a 100-themed show! Catch this special week of programming on WSKG TV.  New Wild Kratts episodes will air beginning Monday, April 25, 2016 at 7:00am and 5:00pm.  The new Nature Cat shows air at 8:00am and 3:30pm. https://youtu.be/lYzR411nfo4

 

How are You Celebrating Earth Day?

Earth Day was established in 1970 to give a voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. It is a day to reflect to on how you can make a difference in creating a more sustainable world. Here are some PBS KIDS and PBS programs highlighting Earth Day activities:

Plum Landing game: A series of globetrotting ecosystem puzzles inspired by “escape room” adventure games. Plum Landing Nature Changer Game: Play as 30 different animals and customize game mechanics like speed, the number of predators, and goals for a nearly infinite amount of combinations! PSB KIDS Explore the Outdoors

Check out these PBS Earth Day specials. Frontline Heat covers a far-reaching investigation into America’s energy landscape and what can be done to save our planet – and what it will take.

Kids' Book Fest Promises Fun for Families

Editor’s Note: Last October, the Family Reading Partnership of Owego-Apalachin was recognized by the community as a local American Graduate Champion.  The organization strives to create a culture of literacy for the community it serves.  Family Reading Partnership of Owego-Apalachin is about to host its annual Kids’ Book Fest event and we sat down to talk with Kristin Barton, coalition President.  

Can you provide an overview of the event and talk logistics? Our fourth Kids’ Book Fest “Fairy Tales Do Come True” will be on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 10am-2pm and it will be held at Owego Elementary School 2 Sheldon Guile Blvd.

Final Call for Entries to the 'PBS KIDS Writers Contest'

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest (4-6) Entry Form & Flyer

Submissions must be postmarked by April 29, 2016 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

'Ready Jet Go!' Promises Adventure with Full Week of New Episodes

A week of all-new intergalactic adventures with Jet and the gang includes a mission to Saturn’s largest moon, a Solar-System inspired bake-off, a video game-like adventure to the Asteroid Belt and a saucer search flight for the Northern Lights. Watch on WSKG TV Monday, April 11, 2016 through Friday, April 14, 2016 at 7:30am and 4:00pm. https://youtu.be/wzKI0c_54bQ

 

Budding Authors and Artists Encouraged to Participate in the 'PBS KIDS Writers Contest'

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest (4-6) Entry Form & Flyer

Submissions must be postmarked by April 29, 2016 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Register now for 'Tech Savvy: A Pathway to a STEM Career' Event

Join the Cortland and Tompkins Counties AAUW chapters for an exciting day of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities for girls in grades 6-9th & their parents. Girls will participate in a  live chat with K. Lindsay Hunter, one of the underground astronauts who excavated Homo naledi.  Keynote address will be by Kathryn J. Boor, Dean of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. WSKG Science will be interviewing girls on their future STEM careers and sharing SciGirls resources for families. Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend the Tech Savvy one-day program for adults.

Food Bank of the Southern Tier's 'Backpack Program' Honored for Helping Students

Champions are the people or organizations that care for and believe in our community’s youth.  The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is recognized as a local American Graduate Champion by WSKG for its work on the BackPack Program.  The Backpack Program began in 2005 with the mission of filling the gap left on weekends when children are not able to access meals through the National School Breakfast and School Lunch Programs.

During the 2014-2015 school year, the BackPack Program™ served 41 school districts in Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins counties. Over 2,500 children received packs each week. A total of 89,783 packs were distributed. Here are a few highlights from the BackPack Program’s 2014-2015 Executive Summary:

“I liked getting this because we don’t have much food at home.”

Guest Perspective: Raising Chef Julia

Remember Chef Julia? She was recently recognized as a local American Graduate Champion. Ever since taking a top honor at the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, she’s traveled, taught, and has been prominently featured in local media. We were curious as to how and when Julia’s love for cooking started so we asked Rachel Knight Rissberger, Julia’s mother, about this.  Rachel was kind enough to share her experience through this guest web post and she included some great book recommendations.

Girls Explore STEM Careers during 'Tech Savvy' Event in April

Tech Savvy, a program of AAUW, introduces girls in sixth through ninth grades to many types of careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and teaches “savvy skills” such as negotiation, computer coding and public speaking. This hands on day will be filled with experiments, mentorship opportunities and making new friends interested in science. Girls will participate in a  live chat with K. Lindsay Hunter, one of the underground astronauts who excavated Homo naledi.  Keynote address will be by Kathryn J. Boor, Dean of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. WSKG Science will be interviewing girls on their future STEM careers and sharing SciGirls resources for families.

Oneonta Girl Recognized for Her Efforts as a Teaching Chef

Julia Rissberger has been active in the kitchen since she was a toddler. Her parents, recognizing this interest in cooking, have been encouraging Julia throughout her twelve years of life! Julia’s hard work paid off when she was selected as the New York State winner in the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ State Dinner.  

 

 

Julia’s recipe for Spinach and Apple Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette and Whole-Wheat Cheese Pennies was selected from more than 1,000 entries.  In July 2015, Julia and mom Rachel went to Washington, D.C. where they met other Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Winners, toured the White House, and enjoyed a Kids’ State Dinner with the President and First Lady.

'Peg + Cat' Face Their Biggest Problem Yet

In PEG AND CAT SAVE THE WORLD, a one-hour movie event, the President of the United States calls on Peg and Cat to save the day when a planet-sized Pig is heading towards earth. New episodes of PEG + CAT debut throughout the week.  As your kids enjoy the PEG + CAT movie event and new episodes this month, they can have fun at home with their own PEG + CAT puppet show! Learn how. Watch on WSKG TV Monday, March 28, 2016 at 10:30am and Friday, April 1, 2016 at 11:00am.

Explore the Outdoors with WSKG and Tanglewood Nature Center

Join WSKG’s Youth Focused team on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Tanglewood Nature Center.  Activities will include a scavenger hunt, sensory safari, screenings of the new, hit PBS KIDS show Nature Cat, and more!  This free event runs from 10:00am to noon and is open to the community.  Call 607.732.6060 with questions. Parents, do your kids love Nature Cat?

Easter Weekend Fun

The Easter Weekend is fast approaching and WSKG is here to give you a few family friendly ideas on how to celebrate! -Children’s Charity of Greater Binghamton Easter Egg Hunt at Recreation Park in Binghamton; Saturday, March 26 beginning at 10am with the Easter egg hunt starting at 11am

-Dino-Eggstravaganza at the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca; Saturday, March 26 from 10am-1pm

-Eggstravaganza at Tanglewood Nature Center in Elmira; Saturday, March 26 beginning at 11am

2016 PBS KIDS Writers Contest

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest (4-6) Entry Form & Flyer

Submissions must be postmarked by April 29, 2016 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

'Connect NY' Discusses Issues Surrounding the Achievement Gap

The Connect: NY series explores statewide issues of critical importance with monthly, one-hour panel discussions about education issues including: Common Core standards, teacher evaluation, school financing, achievement gaps, testing and opting out, and legal challenges. This episode focuses on the funding of New York’s schools. We visit a school in the Utica Central School District and speak with its superintendent as well as teachers. The program will also focus on the methods our state uses to finance education. Guests who will join State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and host Susan Arbetter include:

Rochester School Board President Van Henri White
Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs professor John Yinger
Buffalo City School District Superintendent Kriner Cash

The show aims to give stakeholders across New York State a better understanding of education issues.

Explore the Outdoors with WSKG and Tanglewood Nature Center

Join WSKG’s Youth Focused team on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Tanglewood Nature Center.  Activities will include a scavenger hunt, sensory safari, screenings of the new, hit PBS KIDS show Nature Cat, and more!  This free event runs from 10:00am to noon and is open to the community.  Call 607.732.6060 with questions. Parents, do your kids love Nature Cat?

Seed to Table Lessons with 'Cyberchase'

WSKG is proud to air Cyberchase and we love learning about math and the environment!  Our Cyberchase pick of the week is the episode ‘A Seedy Business’ and you can watch it here:

Episode Description
The citizens of Factoria are back to work, but the benefactor of their factory is Hacker, and he serves the employees unhealthy meals from vending machines. To get the Factorians out of Hacker’s clutches, the CyberSquad must show them how to grow their own food. For Real segment: Harry and Bianca volunteer at a farm that raises organic livestock and grows healthy foods. They learn about proper gardening, and the benefits of eating seed-to-table.

Documentary 'Mr. Rogers and Me' a Must-See for Fans

America’s Favorite Neighbor changed millions of lives. Watch real-life neighbor Benjamin Wagner, a journalist, and his brother Christofer come to know more than just the man and his luminous legacy. Their personal journey unearths the roots of Mister Rogers’ values, unmasks the forces acting against depth and simplicity, and helps them to develop the means to lead deeper, simpler lives. https://youtu.be/TMXKs6OSrNg

Watch on WSKG TV on March 14, 2016 at 10:00pm. 

Want more from the filmmakers? We love the ’46 Things I Learned Making Mr. Rogers and Me’ featured on Mental Floss and the documentary’s website.

Free Webinars from Sesame Street Focus on Autism

Join your friends on Sesame Street for a one-hour webinar just for educators on the Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children initiative! Every child in his or her lifetime will meet someone who has autism—and this project was developed to spread a message of respect, empathy, and kindness to all children, and to remind us all that everyone has unique qualities and talents that make the world an interesting place. In this interactive discussion, you’ll learn more from the creators of this project about the variety of free resources that were developed, and ways these materials can be integrated into programming with children. Register today! Webinar for Providers Working With Families and Children
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | 2:00pm-3:00pm
Register Here

Webinar for Educators Working With Children
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | 3:00pm-4:00pm
Register Here

 

'School Sleuth' Investigates Tech in the Classroom

Our world is increasingly wired to, and driven by, technology. Our homes, our entertainment, cars, hospitals, marketplaces, even our wallets are now technologically “smart,” but how about our children’s classrooms and their teachers? Do students have access to today’s best software and latest systems? Are teachers and schools keeping up, or are they overwhelmed by the choices? Can technology and traditional teaching methods co-exist in a new blended learning environment?

Future Chefs and Nutrition Conscious Kids Invited to Enter 'The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge'

It’s time once again for The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, from First Lady Michelle Obama, WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture! Kids aged 8-12 are invited to submit a healthy MyPlate-inspired recipe (with their parents’ supervision) for a chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the Kids’ State Dinner at the White House. This contest closes April 4th; the announcement of two local winners from each U.S. state and territory will be held in June; and the Kids’ State Dinner event will be held in July. https://youtu.be/c_4vS3xhDEI

Need inspiration?  Be sure to check out WSKG’s After School Fuel project for recipe inspiration from real kids!

Use the 2015 'PBS KIDS Writers Contest' Winning Entries to Inspire Your Story

Is your child considering entering the PBS KIDS Writers Contest this year?  Dates, forms, and rules are available for your review!  PBS Parents offers simple suggestions to help parents help their child discovery their inner writer.  You can keep it light playing any of these story/writing themed games  from PBS KIDS. PBS KIDS Writers Contest | 2015 Winners

Kindergarten
1st Place – “The Great Friendship” by Tara Evans, Binghamton, NY
2nd Place – “Piggy Trouble” by Parmis Sadeghian, Binghamton, NY
3rd Place – “The Rainy Day” by Ellie Russell, Apalachin, NY

First Grade
1st Place – “Alice’s Bad Hair Day” by Sidra El Ghissassi, Vestal, NY
2nd Place – “How to Make a Garden of Friends” by Inaaya Sethi, Binghamton, NY
3rd Place – “Caylee the Astronaut” by Caylee Hinman, Elmira, NY


Second Grade
1st Place – “The Run Away Turkey” by Cecily Smith, Owego, NY
2nd Place – “The Wimmer World” by Rylan Everson, Conklin, NY
3rd Place – “My Name is Ava!”

Time to Enter our Annual 'PBS KIDS Writers Contest'

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest (4-6) Entry Form & Flyer

Submissions must be postmarked by April 29, 2016 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

New 'Dinosaur Train' Episodes Include a Riverboat Adventure

The whole Pteranodon Family takes a rollicking adventure on the Dinosaur Train Riverboat! Buddy and Don vow to spend every minute together, but while Buddy wants to spend all his time investigating the creatures on the river, Don wants to spend all his time playing games and investigating the buffet. Can they come to some kind of agreement? “Rollin’ on the Riverboat: Part Two” – While still rolling down the river on the Dinosaur Train Riverboat, Grandpa Pteranodon tells Buddy about the Legend of Admiral Globidens – a HUGE Mososaur that supposedly lives on the river, but no one has ever seen. Buddy enlists Dad and Tiny’s help to look for Admiral Globidens, but they can’t seem to find him.

Looking for a Weekend Activity? Stay Home and Write with Your Child.

PBS KIDS Writers Contest | 2014 Winners
Local judges reviewed the 2014 entries to WSKG’s annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest and we are pleased to share the winning stories and compilation video!  Thank you to all of the youth who shared their creativity with us – we admire your hard work! Considering entering this year?  Dates, forms, and rules are available for your review!  PBS Parents offers simple suggestions to help parents help their child discovery their inner writer.

'Cyberchase' Episode is a Lesson in Math and the Environment

WSKG loves learning about math and the environment with Cyberchase!  Our Cyberchase pick of the week is the episode ‘Bottled Up’ and you can watch it here:

Episode Description
Radsters are an active bunch, but they have a big problem: water bottles. Way Cool Arena has been turned into a bottle dump, and the beloved skate park is next! The kids and Slider must find a way to get rid of the heaps of empties and reduce future waste while making sure Radsters stay healthy. For Real segment: While visiting his friend at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Harry learns about sustainability, like recycling fabrics in clothes to reducing plastic waste by using reusable water bottles.

'Read Across America' 2016 Arrives

Every year, on March 2nd, the National Education Association (NEA) celebrates Dr. Seuss’s Birthday as Read Across America Day. We’ve assembled a few online resources to help you celebrate Seuss-style and to encourage families to read together. Dr. Seuss Crafts Roundup from PBS Parents features adorable, low-cost craft ideas for the early learner! Are you a busy parent and short on time? PBS KIDS has compiled this online Reading Activity Calendar full of simple, easy ideas for you to incorporate at home! Co-watch The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!  on WSKG TV (Monday-Friday at 1:30pm) and follow up with an online game.

A is for Avocados!

It’s always a good time to learn about nutrition and instill healthy habits into your family’s eating routine!  Our friends from Sesame Street are here with a special message regarding avocados! Elmo, Cookie Monster and Rosita help from Chef Pati Jinich, of WETA’s Pati’s Mexican Table on PBS Stations, share health benefits and fun facts about the avocado. From tickling Elmo’s taste buds with avocado toast to satisfying Cookie Monster’s cookie obsession with easy avo-substitutions, these educational videos show the green superfruit for what it is…versatile and ready for any diet! Did you know…?

Annual 'PBS KIDS Writers Contest' Seeks Stories

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest (4-6) Entry Form & Flyer

Submissions must be postmarked by April 29, 2016 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Opportunity for Youth Filmmakers

The 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival is now open. WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 27, 2016. Entrants must use the online submission form . The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

Last Chance to Support Youth Through the Newman's Own Foundation's Matching Gift Campaign

WSKG is pleased to be the recipient of a $5,000 challenge grant from Newman’s Own Foundation.  This grant helps WSKG bring you award winning educational programming and supports projects such as American Graduate and Youth Voice – programs that help local youth see the value of education and stay on track to graduation.  For the month of February only, your contribution to WSKG’s youth programs will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $5,000, by the Newman’s Own Foundation.  Please help us meet this challenge!  

Newman’s Own Foundation has been supporting public media for 32 years — since 1983.

Young Writers are Invited to Enter the 2016 'PBS KIDS Writers Contest'

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest (4-6) Entry Form & Flyer

Submissions must be postmarked by April 29, 2016 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Grr-ific News from 'Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood' and New Episodes This Week

2016 is already proving to be a tiger-tastic year for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood! In January, the Rite Aid Foundation announced that its KidCents program donated $2 million to the Fred Rogers Company to support production efforts of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. And for some more good news… New Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood episodes all week on WSKG TV!  
Show you care
Tune in on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 to help your child to show he cares and to think about what other people might need, too.

New STEM series for kids premieres

Today is the day to blast-off with READY JET GO!  Join Jet Propulsion and his three neighbor friends, Sean, Sydney, and Mindy.  Jet is the new kid in the neighborhood whose family happens to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7.  Together they explore the solar system, learning about friendship, teamwork, and the world around them along the way. In this one-hour launch special, Jet and friends take a trip to the Moon to learn about asteroids, find out how living on the Moon is different than living on Earth, explore the moon’s phases and have a backyard sleepover under the starry sky.

Philosophy and Children?

Philosophy is not usually part of a second-grade curriculum, yet this documentary accompanies a group of college students who lead a series of philosophy classes for six- and seven-year-olds.  The second graders learn some of the basic rules for having a philosophical discussion, from what it means to be a respectful listener who respects differences in opinion, to how to build a good argument when making a point. These young students are excited to be asked not only what they think, but why. https://youtu.be/25czwRKsFeM

This film documents classes conducted at Martin Luther King Charter School by Mount Holyoke College students under the guidance of Philosophy Professor Thomas Wartenberg and President Lynn Pasquerella. The goal of Wartenberg and Pasquerella’s unique class is to give children an opportunity to pursue their natural curiosity and inclination for philosophy. In their curriculum, picture books become catalysts for philosophical discussion and an effective way to foster critical thinking skills as well as a lifelong love of reading.

CYBERCHASE wins Parents' Choice award

We’ve got an award winner in our schedule! Cyberchase has won a 2016 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor for Television! The judges say “Cyberchase does an excellent job of keeping math a gender neutral skill by creating a diverse galaxy of characters while presenting real world (or in this case, other world-as it takes place all over the galaxy)
applications for math, especially in the updated new season… The show does a great job of creating obstacles that must be overcome through problem solving skills and teamwork such as successful farm-to-table planning, reducing waste and staying physically active.” Congratulations, CYBERCHASE!

G is for Graduation

It’s never too early to talk about the importance of education. As part of our local American Graduate project, we encourage all learners – even the youngest – to think about who or what champions them on the path to graduation! This simple activity serves as a great starting point to talk about the importance of education!  We made this to use at home, in a daycare setting, or in PreK/Kindergarten.  Ask guiding questions such as: “Going to school is important because…”

Ready Jet Go! launches next week!

WSKG is counting down to blast-off with READY JET GO!, a new show launching Monday, February 15, 2016.  The series follows Jet Propulsion and his three neighbor friends, Sean, Sydney, and Mindy.  Jet is the new kid in the neighborhood whose family happens to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7.  Together they explore the solar system, learning about friendship, teamwork, and the world around them along the way. In this one-hour launch special, Jet and friends take a trip to the Moon to learn about asteroids, find out how living on the Moon is different than living on Earth, explore the moon’s phases and have a backyard sleepover under the starry sky.

Make a Difference with Newman's Own Foundation

WSKG is pleased to be the recipient of a $5,000 challenge grant from Newman’s Own Foundation.  This grant helps WSKG bring you award winning educational programming and supports projects such as American Graduate and Youth Voice – programs that help local youth see the value of education and stay on track to graduation.  For the month of February only, your contribution to WSKG’s youth programs will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $5,000, by the Newman’s Own Foundation.  Please help us meet this challenge!  

Newman’s Own Foundation has been supporting public media for 32 years — since 1983.

An old industry returns as a family event at Hanford Mills

Play

The Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith presents its annual Ice Harvest Festival. It’s an interactive event showing how important this “winter crop” was, and how it was done.  There are lots of other activities going on at Hanford Mills as well.  The best part is that the ice harvested this weekend is stored until July, when it is used to make ice cream. http://wskg.org/audio/hanfordicemix.mp3

 

Photo courtesy Hanford Mills

Ready Jet Go! launches in February!

WSKG is counting down to blast-off with READY JET GO!, a new show launching Monday, February 15, 2016.  The series follows Jet Propulsion and his three neighbor friends, Sean, Sydney, and Mindy.  Jet is the new kid in the neighborhood whose family happens to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7.  Together they explore the solar system, learning about friendship, teamwork, and the world around them along the way. In this one-hour launch special, Jet and friends take a trip to the Moon to learn about asteroids, find out how living on the Moon is different than living on Earth, explore the moon’s phases and have a backyard sleepover under the starry sky.

'Nature Cat' encourages children to explore nature

The new PBS KIDS series Nature Cat follows Fred, a house cat with dreams of outdoor exploration. Fred only has one problem: he has no instincts for nature! We know you’re loving the new episodes of Nature Cat on WSKG-TV… but did you know there are fun interactive resources and DYI activities surrounding the show? Check out Daisy’s Garden Corner:

 

Or, try this art activity called Makin’ Tracks:

 
View the entire Nature Cat Collection on PBS LearningMedia
Watch Nature Cat on WSKG-TV
Weekdays at 8:00AM & 3:30PM
Saturdays at 8:30AM & 11:00AM
Sundays at 8:30AM

About Nature Cat
Designed for kids ages 3-8, Nature Cat is a great early-elementary science education resource that will help children develop connections with the natural world while learning age-appropriate reasoning skills such as classifying, counting, and measuring. Learn more.

Birthstory

(Illustration by Chance Bone)

You know the drill – all it takes is one sperm, one egg, and blammo – you got yourself a baby. Right? Well, in this episode, conception takes on a new form – it’s the sperm and the egg, plus: two wombs, four countries, and money. Lots of money. At first, this is the story of an Israeli couple, two guys, who go to another continent to get themselves a baby – three, in fact – by hiring surrogates to carry the children for them.

Artistic CYBERCHASE fans!

Thank you to the talented Cyberchase fans from Binghamton, NY for sharing these creations with us!  

We’re glad you liked learning about recycling, reusing, reducing, and recycling. Our planet will be a healthier place to live because you are taking care of your environment. Keep up the great work! Do you have a CYBERCHASE fan in your life?

National Mentoring Month Continues

A mentor is defined as “someone who teaches, gives help and advice to… often a younger person.”  Public media calls them #AmGrad Champions.  See some of the mentors making a difference in the lives of youth across the country when you visit the American Graduate website! WSKG highlights local mentors and champions here:

Share your mentor story with us at @WSKG using the hashtag #UpstateGrad!

WSKG & BU Athletics team up for family event!

WSKG is teaming up with Binghamton University Athletics on January 18th!  The women’s basketball team takes on Albany at 2pm.  In addition to the game, families can check out PBS KIDS activities and WSKG’s very own Good to Know project. As part of Dunkin’ Donuts Youth Day, all kids will have FREE admission to the game!  We’re giving away a pair of tickets to grown-ups each day until game day — so parents, aunts, uncles, grandmas, grandpas…

Little 101 | Think

The answer to the question, “How do we think?” depends on what you’re thinking about. New thinking takes work but can be so satisfying! Learn more about the science behind our thought process in this episode of Little 101. Sometimes the littlest minds pose the biggest questions—questions with complicated answers that often leave adults scratching their heads.

Hey Little Ones… Who's Your Champion?

It’s never too early to talk about the importance of education. As part of our local American Graduate project, we want to encourage all learners – even the youngest – to think about who or what champions them on the path to graduation! This simple activity serves as a great starting point to talk about the importance of education!  We made this to use at home, in a daycare setting, or in PreK/Kindergarten.  Ask guiding questions such as: “Going to school is important because…”

Bob the Builder

Catch the all-new Bob the Builder on WSKG’s Create Channel (46.3) Sunday mornings at 7am! https://youtu.be/18TgwcFPmSs
There’s more fun Bob the Builder online – check out games, videos and activities! Educational Goals
Bob the Builder gently brings the preschooler into the world of STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Children see Bob’s community come to life as he and his crew take on new building projects and improve existing structures. Can we build it?

National Mentoring Month

In the report from America’s Promise Alliance “Don’t Quit On Me,” a key finding of the report shows: “A relationship with one stable, trusted person or anchor allows young people to access available community assets and leverage internal strengths.” Become a mentor that a young person can trust.  Learn more about National Mentoring Month here! https://youtu.be/vpFG6mNAkAc

WSKG wants to hear from students – who or what is a driving force in your life?  Tell us about someone who has mentored you in our Who’s Your Champion?

PBS's 'In Defense of Food' features Cornell Professor and Lansing High School

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” With that, food journalist Michael Pollan answers one of the most frequently asked questions of our time – what should we eat to be healthy? In the new PBS show In Defense of Food (check out our preview), Pollan takes us on a journey through the American food system, showing what and how we make up our diet.

New Year's Eve, Family Style

From PBS Parents:

New Year’s Eve celebrations are often adult-only events, but kids get excited about the big night as well. Because babysitters are scarce and restaurant prices are high on December 31, it makes more sense to celebrate with the kids. Many communities now host family-friendly First Night celebrations with fireworks, music and games (like this one in Windsor, NY), but you can also have lots of fun staying home. Whether you decide to host a neighborhood party or just cozy up with your family, make it a New Year’s Eve to remember with these tips for a kid-friendly celebration.  
Ring in the Noon Year
Many children can’t (or shouldn’t) stay up until midnight, so count down until the noon year.

No snow? No problem!

Winter has been anything but “white” so far this year and some little ones (and big ones!) are disappointed in the lack of snow. Take some time today to create your own snow-themed fun!  
LEARN
This multi-sensory writing activity from PBS Parents gets kids writing in the “snow” no matter the weather! In this activity, kids engage both their sense of touch (dragging their fingers through the salt) and sight (revealing color) to practice writing their letters. For older children, try writing math facts in the snow.

Crafts for Kids | New Year's Eve Wreath

We couldn’t think of a better way to encourage time together than through crafting!  And, it’s always a good feeling to repurpose items.  Use some leftover holiday tinsel to craft this festive DIY New Year’s Eve Wreath! Recycle a paper or plastic plate and wrap tinsel around it, add glittered numbers and celebrate the new year with a fun craft! This segment from Crafts for Kids demonstrates just how easy this DIY is:

So ring in 2016 as a family and with your very own handcrafted decor! Crafts for Kids is a weekly series that encourages parents and kids to spend time together making fun and simple projects with items you probably already have in your home!