New Fall Programs on WFSU-TV
Peg + Cat

Peg + Cat on WFSU-TV Fall 2013

What would it be like to wake up and find yourself in the middle of a math word problem?

That's what life is like for Peg and Cat, the heroes of this animated math-based adventure series and web site for 3-5 year olds, on PBS KIDS.

In each 11-minute episode, Peg and Cat find themselves thrust into the middle of a wacky word problem. This problem isn't just an academic exercise for them, it's a real life problem...a messy funny crisis they have to solve to get them out of trouble.

Along the way, they grapple with all kinds of loony, loopy obstacles, under intense time pressure. They write out diagrams and charts on the graph paper that comprises their background. They interact with one another in their own quirky, comical way. And somehow, they always find a way to solve the math and save the day.

By using characters kids relate to and laugh with, and situations they're thrilled and entertained by, PEG + CAT makes math problems cool.

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Healthy Kids Campaign

PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market® have partnered to offer families tools to support healthy eating. Designed to leverage the educational content of PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market’s commitment to nutrition, the partnership will provide families with free resources in Whole Foods Market locations across the country, as well as online. The effort kicks off September 2013 with a suite of materials from PEG + CAT, PBS KIDS’ newest series, which focuses on preschool math and problem-solving skills. PEG + CAT activities, recipes and more will be available to families at their local Whole Foods Market, offering fun ways to build math skills and healthy eating habits.

Thomas and Friends

Thomas & Friends

Thomas & Friends has sparked the imagination of young children for generations with classic stories of adventures from the railways on the Island of Sodor.  Born from a literary tradition, the CG-animated series supports children aged 2-5 as they develop important social-emotional skills and helps to build an early foundation for preschoolers’ success.   Thomas & Friends is based on the much-loved books by Rev. W. Awdry, who created Thomas the Tank Engine™ to entertain his young son Christopher when he was in bed with the measles.  The series features Chri Thomas, a true blue engine friend who proudly wears the "#1" on his side.  He’s joined by a cast of track stars, including James, Percy, Emily, Henry and Gordon, as well as Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway, who keeps everything running smoothly. Thomas’s world is a place with a strong community spirit, typified by a universal willingness to embrace good manners and hard work -- and a desire to be "really useful."

Each episode -- comprised of two animated stories, a live-action segment, and a music video -- is designed to delight children while helping to foster their social and emotional development. As young viewers join Thomas and his engine friends on exciting adventures, they experience timeless life lessons of discovery, cooperation, and friendship. Logo