Prepping for a Very Different School Year: Strategies for Parents

Parents and caregivers are wrestling with tough questions about the 2020-2021 school year: What will it look like if/when children are physically in school? And what will it mean for family life if/when children are at home for hybrid or remote learning? In the face of these challenges, there’s a lot we can do to bolster our children’s feelings of confidence and security as they head into a new year. Join PBS KIDS, top child development and education experts, and other parents and caregivers of children 2 to 8 for a virtual conversation! With the help of Daniel Tiger, Wild Kratts and other PBS KIDS friends, we will answer questions and talk about the “little things” that will make a big difference whatever school looks like for your family — from routines that support social and emotional growth and academic learning to mindfulness habits for the whole family.

Connect NY: Screens and Teens

Has smart tech and the social media it drives harmed a generation dependent on these tools to perform most functions?  A new addiction impacting youth socialization, cognitive development and even mental health is chronicled in a new documentary that’s starting the conversation with parents, educators and lawmakers across New York State.  As policymakers look to respond, can we institute moderation and parameters or has the technology taken hold and it’s too late? FEATURED GUESTS

Bonnie Nobiling, Director of IT Services & District Data Coordinator – Oneonta School District
Dr. Delaney Ruston, President – MyDoc Productions and filmmaker-in-residence at Stony Brook Medicine, NY

PANELISTS

Michael Robb, Ph.D., Director of Research – Commonsense Media
Bonnie Russell, Immediate Past President – New York State Parent Teacher Association
Dr. David O’Rourke, District Superintendent – BOCES Erie District
Sean Ryan (D), NYS Assemblymember 149th District

Watch this new episode on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 9:00pm on WSKG TV. Join us as we uncover compelling and unexpected stories throughout New York State and the history and systemic forces influencing current realities.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

Little 101 | Poop

Sometimes the littlest minds pose the biggest questions—questions with complicated answers that often leave adults scratching their heads. Subscribe to this new digital series to impress your kids, inspire their continued curiosity and get the answers to life’s big questions before your little ones ask.  Check out this episode which explains why poop is brown! https://youtu.be/tbd6xcz_zpk

Has your child stumped you? Share your kids’ big questions by emailing pbsparents@pbs.org.

Little 101 | Sleep

“Why do we need to sleep?” It’s a question all parents have heard in one way or another. In this episode of Little 101, Nathan and his kids explore why we all need sleep. Sometimes the littlest minds pose the biggest questions—questions with complicated answers that often leave adults scratching their heads. Subscribe to impress your kids, inspire their continued curiosity and get the answers to life’s big questions before your little ones ask.

Little 101 | Stars

Sometimes the littlest minds pose the biggest questions—questions with complicated answers that often leave adults scratching their heads. Subscribe to this new digital series to impress your kids, inspire their continued curiosity and get the answers to life’s big questions before your little ones ask.  Check out this episode which explains why stars twinkle! https://youtu.be/Ig_h5rmOOfc

Has your child stumped you? Share your kids’ big questions by emailing pbsparents@pbs.org.

Little 101 | Dizzy

Sometimes the littlest minds pose the biggest questions—questions with complicated answers that often leave adults scratching their heads. Subscribe to this new digital series to impress your kids, inspire their continued curiosity and get the answers to life’s big questions before your little ones ask.  Check out this episode which explains why people feel dizzy when they spin! https://youtu.be/KuiNueVxdec

Has your child stumped you? Share your kids’ big questions by emailing pbsparents@pbs.org.

Little 101 | Series Trailer

Sometimes the littlest minds pose the biggest questions—questions with complicated answers that often leave adults scratching their heads. Subscribe to this new digital series to impress your kids, inspire their continued curiosity and get the answers to life’s big questions before your little ones ask. Has your child stumped you? Share your kids’ big questions by emailing pbsparents@pbs.org. Host Nathan Shields is an illustrator, math teacher and professional dad.