Archive: Importance of Learning

Why We Love PBS

Sure we love Arthur and Clifford, but TV shows with cute animals isn’t the only reason we love PBS. PBS has perfected fun education by producing interactive activities and even developing it’s own learning initiative program.

Ways PBS is helping tots and preschoolers:

Early learning for children through the Ready to Learn Program
The Ready to Learn (RTL) program’s goal is to narrow the achievement gap in education. RTL, a partnership between PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Congress and the U.S. Department of Education, uses media to promote math and literacy education, especially for at-risk kids.

While a lot of the RTL program is geared toward older kids, PBS dedicates a special commitment to early education. The program uses educational content in its media to make learning fun. Both math and literacy skills framework, based on state guidelines, help direct RTL television content, such as Curious George and Sid the Science Kid. The framework also influences RTL educational video and computer games.

Educational computer games
Computer games on PBS Kid’s website are engaging for kids, but also promote learning. The Cat in the Hat’s Sketch-a-Mite teaches shape recognition through drawing, while the Hermit Shell Crab Game demonstrates measurement by having the kids match crabs into the right sized shells. Dinosaur Train Camera Catch’s flying dinosaurs instill pattern recognition in children 3 to 5 years. With scores of free, educational games, and a large portion of them for preschoolers, PBS makes learning more fun than ever.

PBS Parents
PBS doesn’t just cater to the tots. It has its own section for parents, filled with recipes, game ideas and crafts. Read up on how to make yummy (and simple!) chocolate bark. Learn how to make crystallized snowflakes out of pipe cleaners. But it’s not all crafts and treats in PBS’s parent corner. The site offers helpful advice on everything from building confidence in girls to helping your little ones eat healthier.



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Lack of Early Education…a National Security Issue?

Lt. Gen. Norman r. Seip has a very interesting take on the need for early education. He believes that the lack of focus on early education is a national security issue. His reasoning?  National security isn’t about aircraft carriers it’s about having enough qualified women and men to fly them.  He says that “75 percent of young Americans are unable to qualify for military service, primarily because they are too poorly educated, physically unfit, or have a criminal record”.  That’s stunningly high.  Check out the article here for the full story.

It starts early

A great infographic pointing out how critical early education is in a child’s development. Today, there is not enough focus on these important years. The good news is there are a ton of simple activities and ways parents and educators can help build a child’s foundation.

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