As a mom of two active elementary age kids I am always looking for things to do that engage but also offers new perspectives to increase understanding about the world around them. In my professional life at KUED, I am fortunate to have ready access to resources, programs and activity information from PBS and PBS Kids that I hope to pass along to you in my new weekly blog on Utah Mama.
This week as Earth Day is coming up I thought I’d share with you some of the fun eco-friendly things PBS Kids has going on through programs like Sesame Street, Dinosaur Train, Curious George, and more. Each site on PBS Kids has printables, games and interactives and links to information that will get you out to explore our neighborhoods and parks. Public TV is a fun and edutainment tool for teaching in many ways. The challenge of course is how you choose to incorporate media into your everyday life.
One fun new site is the Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers Club What is Nature Trackers you say? Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers Club is a community of young children, their families and educators committed to learning about nature and doing good things for their environment. Nature Trackers enjoy exploring and having adventures, respecting their environment, collecting things, tracking and observing plants and animals, and challenging themselves to get outside and make discoveries every day. You can sign up for the Dino Trackers newsletter that will keep you up to date on new activities and programs for the family throughout the year
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KUED Kids will also be hosting a local event in partnership with the Natural History Museum of Utah, the City Library and Tree Utah at Day Riverside Library every Saturday in June. This is an element of the Franklin Institutes LEAP into Science initiative that incorporates early science into literacy and reading. Buddy the Dinosaur will be on hand the first and last weekend in June to greet local Nature Trackers as we explore the Community Gardens at Day Riverside Library and conserve, collect and build community. Stay tuned to learn more in the coming weeks.
As you can see we can always find you something to do. In the coming weeks we will talk about media as a tool for teaching and how to incorporate media, books and activities to learn about important concepts from media literacy to nutrition. You might event want to check out one of the free nutrition workshops hosted by our Ready To Learn team happening at Title I elementary schools in Salt Lake & Davis Counties this month.