WFSU Offers Free Resources to Fuel Learning This Summer

Multiplatform content and partnership activities provide Northern Florida/Southern Georgia families with tools to prevent the “summer slump” and inspire exploration

Tallahassee, FL, May 2013 - This summer, WFSU 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, Scholastic and Grandparents.com.

Summer Learning Theme-Weeks

Beginning Monday, June 3, WFSU 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.

See lineup.

Partnership Activities

PBS KIDS is working with the following select group of partners to encourage children and families to explore literacy and learning all summer long.

Pottery Barn Kids 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 24 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.
educaiton.com 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 logo 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.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 to help kids build key skills for learning.

Through a variety of summer learning initiatives, WFSU and PBS KIDS continue 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.

Contact:

WFSU Director of Educational Services
Kim Kelling-Engstrom
kkelling@fsu.edu
850-487-3170 x 326
WFSU Coordinator of Educational Outreach
Tasha Weinstein
tweinstein@fsu.edu
850-487-3170 x 325

Summer Schedule Lineup

All Times Eastern Program and Literacy Theme
June 3
Weekdays: 6:30 am & 5:00 pm
WILD KRATTS – “Bug Week”
Five episodes featuring everyone’s favorite bugs – from termites to fireflies!
June 10
Weekdays: 9:00 am & 2:00 pm
SUPER WHY! – “Super Secret Message Week”
Five episodes with messages of bravery, cleverness, niceness, health and heroics.
June 17
Weekdays: 10:00 am
Weekends: 6:00 am
SESAME STREET – “Literacy Quest Week”
All week long, your favorites from Sesame Street will be on quest to learn letters, words and more!
June 24
Weekdays: 7:30 am & 6:00 pm
MARTHA SPEAKS – “Puppy Week”
Five episodes with a “Puppy” theme
July 1
Weekdays: 8:00 am & 3:30 pm
Weekends: 7:00 am
CURIOUS GEORGE – “Creative George Week”
George gets creative with a week of dancing, making music and even opera!
July 8
Weekdays: 9:30 am & 2:30 pm
Saturdays: 8:00 am
Sundays: 8:30 am
DINOSAUR TRAIN – “Dinosaurs A-Z”
The Dinosaur Train “A-Z” specials will be featured in this round-up of all things Dinosaur.
July 15
Weekdays: 11:00 am & 1:30 pm
DANIEL TIGER – “Let’s Play Outside” Week
Daniel and friends hit the road and play outside all week long.    
July 22
Weekdays: 8:30 am & 3:00 pm
Weekends: 7:30 am
CAT IN THE HAT – “Let’s Get Wet Week”
All week, the Cat, Nick & Sally play it cool when they explore all things wet.
July 29
Weekdays: 7:00 am & 4:00 pm
ARTHUR – “Sports Week”
Arthur and the gang get out “play ball” this week.
August 5
Weekdays: 4:30 pm
WORDGIRL-“What’s Up With WordGirl?”  Week
A week of WordGirl confusion….