|[May 23, 2013]
PBS KIDS Offers Free Resources to Fuel Learning This Summer
ARLINGTON, Va. --(Business Wire)--
This summer, PBS KIDS will provide families with a variety of free and
educational resources to encourage young learners to continue learning
and exploring over summer vacation. Research shows that students
experience significant learning loss when they do not participate in
educational activities during the summer months, and that loss is even
greater among children in low-income communities. To combat this summer
slump, PBS KIDS has developed 10 weeks of special on-air programming, a
variety of online resources, and partnerships with Pottery Barn Kids,
Education.com (News - Alert), Scholastic and Grandparents.com.
"PBS KIDS and our member stations are providing families with a wealth
of resources and partnerships to keep children engaged and learning this
summer," said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children's Programming,
PBS. "The summer is a great time for families to explore together, and
we know that our content can help families bridge the summer learning
gap and build critical skills for success."
Summer Learning Theme-Weeks
Starting Monday, June 3 (check local listings), PBS KIDS presents 10
weeks of themed programming to inspire children ages 2-8 to explore and
learn. Each week will feature episodes from a different PBS KIDS series.
The line-up includes:
WILD KRATTS - "Bug Week," starting June 3
SUPER WHY! - "Super You Week," starting June 10
SESAME STREET - "Literacy Quest Week," starting June 17
MARTHA SPEAKS - "Puppy Week," starting June 24
CURIOUS GEORGE - "Creative George Week," starting July 1
DINOSAUR TRAIN - "Dinosaurs A-Z" starting July 8
DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD - "Let's Play Outside Week," July 15
THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! - "Let's Get Wet Week,"
starting July 22
ARTHUR - "Sports Week," starting July 29
WORDGIRL® - "What's Up With WordGirl Week," starting August 5
PBS KIDS is working with the following select group of partners to
encourage children and families to explore literacy and learning all
Pottery Barn Kids: PBS KIDS is working with Pottery Barn Kids
this summer to highlight the importance of reading through the Pottery
Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge. From May 23 through August 26,
families can find activities and tips from PBS KIDS, including a "PBK
Favorites" booklist, certificate of completion and bookmark, in stores
and online at www.potterybarnkids.com/read.
Children that complete the list and bring it to a Pottery Barn Kids
location will receive a free book, or parents can enter their child into
an online drawing for a backpack full of books. Additionally, PBS KIDS
will be providing tips to help families create a literate home at
participating Pottery Barn Kids retail locations and on the Summer
Reading Challenge website. For more information on the Summer Reading
Challenge and related activities, visit www.potterybarnkids.com/read.
Education.com: Beginning May 20, families can visit Summer
Reading Adventures hosted by Education.com to access a number of summer
reading resources, including a "Do-It-Yourself" Reading Camp. "DIY"
Reading Camp includes everything parents need to host 10 weeks of
learning fun right from their own living rooms and backyards. Each camp
week includes a dozen projects and activities, including specially
selected PBS KIDS content, for parents and kids to do together. PBS KIDS
and Education.com will also encourage families to read over the summer
months with the "We'll Read 10" pledge - which offers families the
chance to win one of five Kindle Prize Packs. To take the pledge or
learn more about DIY Summer Reading camp, visit www.education.com/read.
Scholastic: As the national "Ambassador of Summer Reading,"
WordGirl is challenging kids to read every day this summer through
Scholastic's Summer Challenge. The Scholastic Summer Challenge™ is a free
online reading program where kids can log their reading minutes to
earn rewards and help set a new 2013 world record for summer reading to
beat last year's record of 95,859,491 minutes.
Grandparents.com: Grandparents can help kids with reading, too.
PBS KIDS is proud to be working with Grandparents.com to offer resources
to provide grandparents with ideas
and literacy-building activities that they can do with their
grandchildren over the summer break.
Online and Mobile Resources
Select episodes and clips will also be featured on PBSKIDS.org/video
and on the free PBS
KIDS Video App. Additionally, each week a special episode will be
available as a free download on iTunes.
Online, parents and caregivers will find free, downloadable activity
guides and printables to host reading parties and more on PBSPARENTS.org/read.
Literacy-focused games and activities will be available for kids at PBSKIDS.org/read.
PBS KIDS also offers more than 25 educational
mobile apps available on iOS and Android (News - Alert) to help kids build key
skills for learning.
Through a variety of summer learning initiatives, PBS KIDS continues to
offer educational and engaging content across platforms to more and more
families. PBS KIDS is increasingly serving children wherever they live,
learn and play.
About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all
children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through
television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and
Webby-award winning pbskids.org
provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video
player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and
mobile-device-based browsers. For more information on specific PBS KIDS
content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom,
or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter
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