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During these times of uncertainty KLRN is adapting and creating new educational resources in an easy to follow format. We aim to provide the educational content and resources that support every family in our community.
During these daily blog posts, you will find that we will feature two PBS Kids programs and provide accompanying educational activities that will help extend the learning into your home. In addition to that we have added a new 4 PM time slot that aims at providing some content for older school age students. You will find resources tied to each of these programs aired daily with lessons from our PBS LearningMedia site.
We hope that this will provide your family a way to enjoy the PBS shows you love and extend the learning into your home.
All the best,
KLRN’s Education Team
Sesame Street: Math Magic
Tuesday at 10 AM
After viewing the PBS program, look for books in your at home library that are about numbers, shapes and counting.
- How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
- Inch by Inch by Leo Leonni
- The Shape of Things by Dayle Ann Dodds
Fun Counting Song for Children
Five green and speckled frogs (hold up five fingers)
Sat on a speckled log,
Eating the most delicious bugs,
Yum, yum! (rub tummy with other hand)
One jumped into the pool (tuck one finger down)
Where it was nice and cool,
Then there were four green speckled frogs,
Four green and speckled frogs ...
(Continue until there are no speckled frogs on the log)
0 -6 months counting in a fun voice as you go through the day helps to engage babies and helps them to recognize the sound of your voice. Throughout the day count your baby’s fingers and toes in a fun sing song voice.
Another great rhyme for little ones is:
This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none,
And this little piggy cried "wee wee wee" all the way home.
As your child eats his snack make sure you help him count his strawberries, cheerios or other snack item. Repetition is very important and he will want to count right along with you.
Read The Shape of Things then try this movement activity:
Go out on a shape hunt.
- On a piece of paper draw a few shapes for your children to look for as they walk around the house or your back yard.
- Give your child the sheet with shapes to find as you walk around your home or back yard. Each time they find the shape, have them trace over the shape they found on their worksheet and then make a mark to keep track of how many times they’ve found that shape.
- After your shape hunt, talk about all the shapes you found. Which shape appeared most during your walk? Which shape appeared the least?
For more fun math activities like this visit the website We are Teachers.
Try these fun PBS Kids games and activities:
- Use PBS resources to help learn math skills, from working with number lines, to fun counting activities and dot to dot coloring sheets from your favorite PBS characters.
- PBS kids games are also a great way to continue to learn in a fun and engaging way. Check out these PBS Kids math games.
Snack activity idea - children will use fruits and vegetables to create a balanced meal while counting.
Encourage the child to count out loud as they add each item to their plate (e.g., broccoli, banana, apple, carrot, and grapes – 1,2,3,4,5). They can then share what and why they selected the food they did. Children can then start adding and subtracting from their plates. What happens if you “eat” or subtract two fruits or vegetables? How many do they have left over? Remind children that when it comes to eating fruits and vegetables every day, they don’t have to stop at five.
To extend this activity think of vegetables that can be regrown such as celery and lettuce. Look for more info on re-growing vegetables here.
Wild Kratts: The Last Largest Lobster
Tuesday at 2:30 PM
After viewing the PBS Program: Wild Kratts: The Last Largest Lobster Look for books in your at home library that are about sea creatures.
Live Views of aquariums:
Hunt for Habitats
Take some time to discover the animals and insects that share your neighborhood. What critters live near you? What can you figure out about where they live, what they do, and what they eat? Take a walk around the block or through a local park to look for clues. These might include:
Look for animal tracks in the dirt, mud, sand or snow. Were they made by a big animal or a small animal? A mammal or a bird? If you find an unusual track, snap a picture and identify it at home using online resources such as NatureTracking.
Hunt for bird nests in trees, in shrubs, or nestled against buildings. What size and shape is it? What materials is it made of? What other creature homes can you find: Squirrel or rabbit nests? Ant hills? Deer dens? Wasp nests? Spider webs? Mouse burrows?
Additional Learn at Home activity
Check out more ideas by visiting Simple Ways to Explore Animal Life with Your Child.
American Experience: Space Men
Tuesday at 4 PM
Meet the pioneering Air Force scientists and pilots whose Project Manhigh, which collected data about the biological and technical factors required to support human activity in space, laid the groundwork for the US space program.
For Grades 1-6
Most of us spend our entire lives held close to Earth's surface by the force of gravity. For a few days or weeks, however, orbiting astronauts experience their surroundings completely differently -- as if there were no gravity at all. This collection of images compares the experience of gravity on Earth with that of the astronauts' perceived weightlessness in space.
For Grades 6-12
While astronauts are free from the force of gravity, they struggle against other forces—ones we also experience here on Earth, but seldom notice. In these interviews from NOVA, NASA astronauts describe the difficulties of working in space and some of the strategies and equipment they use to overcome them.
For Grades 6-12
Astronaut Leland Melvin Discusses The Little Prince | The Great American Read
Astronaut Leland Melvin talks about the importance of being curious and exploring as he talks about Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic The Little Prince.
We hope you enjoyed some of these activities. If you follow KLRN on your facebook account please be sure to share your activities and use the #KLRNeducates and #KLRNLearnatHome tags.
Tune in tomorrow for more learning fun with your favorite PBS Kids programs.
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