WFSU PBS Kids Family & Community Learning Workshops
Family and Community Learning Workshops (FCL) are an exciting, new Ready To Learn (RTL) element that brings PBS KIDS programs and tools to families in an innovative, community-focused way. Part of our job as an RTL station is to test out these new projects and then provide our local formal and informal educators with the tools they need to make them their own. If any one of these series appeals to you, please reach out to us and we’ll be so thrilled to work with you and provide what you need to make it a success.
PBS Kids ScratchJR FCL Workshops
By now you’ve surely heard about PBS KIDS very own coding app, PBS Kids ScratchJR! Scratch, initially developed by a few of MIT’s big brains, is one of the leading platforms in engaging teens in the process of coding; PBS KIDS jumped on board to partner with them in creating a version that features PBS beloved television characters and settings. The app not only breaks coding down into a form suitable for the 5-8 year old range, its story-telling potential allows it to serve as a tool for learning narrative structures and practicing writing. WFSU Education has facilitated professional development trainings and week-long summer camps geared around the app, and we have spent many hours in Leon and surrounding county classrooms implementing “mini” coding camps to share the fun and learning of coding.
As part of PBS KIDS’ mission to get this “code-to-learn” app into the hands of kids from all sorts of backgrounds, the first ever Family and Community Learning Workshop series was born. Previously hosted at Apalachee and Sealey Elementary schools, as well as at Lynn Haven Elementary in Panama City, PBS Kids ScratchJR FCL Workshops invite families to meet weekly over the course of 4 weeks at their school. Families play together while learning to create and code. They share a dinner meal, plan their stories and animate their projects with each other each session. Every night features a “challenge” that relates to a different concept in the app, so by the final workshop, families have worked together to create some really amazing stories to share with the group.
PBS KIDS is all about heading up new ways to use media and technology to connect people and foster conversations and relationships that expand horizons. Interacting with an iPad app as a family unit to create stories using household names from the world of Wild Kratts, Odd Squad, Peg + Cat, Arthur, and more, inevitably works to do just that.
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Ruff Ruffman Sensational Science is here to stay, offering this awesome engineering-focused curriculum in both a camp and a Family & Community Learning workshop series. In keeping with the model, the FCL version of the content brings the same families together for four consecutive weeks to enjoy dinner, PBS KIDS media, and science experiments. Each week we dive into another topic in the world of science – including kitchen chemistry, material science, structural engineering, and more – and relate it back to the overarching idea of the Engineering Design Process. Ruff Ruffman (Fetch) adds silliness to the sessions, which will have families learning together with other families each evening!
This brand new Ready To Learn property takes a favorite PBS KIDS app – Play & Learn Science – and expands it into an engaging, active, hands-on learning experience for 3-5 year olds and their families.
The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! FCL Workshops
In this series intended for 3-5 year olds, families will use science inquiry to extend the concepts discovered in The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! episodes. Children will develop their observation and investigation skills by playing with and observing a variety of human-made and natural objects, including balls, musical instruments, and bridges. Accompanied by The Cat in the Hat and his friends Nick and Sally, families will engage with different PBS KIDS content, wonderful books, and physical experiences each night.