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It's not too late to participate in Louisiana Harvest of the Month the new digital- series from the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Public Broadcasting celebrating foods grown in Louisiana. The program is the perfect way to launch or grow a farm to school program, as it provides an easy framework to follow and ready-to-use materials. Participating school sites will receive a free packet of materials as well as guides, additional resources, and training. Sign up to celebrate December's Harvest of the Month- Lettuce!

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Don't forget to download the free PimsPoints app on your Apple or Android device so you can begin to earn rewards points! It's so easy! Earn PimsPoints by participating in activities such as an open house or a parent-teacher conference. After participating in school events and completing learning tasks, exchange your PimsPoints for digital rewards and coupons provided by local businesses. More details can be found HERE.

Sesame Street In Communities: December brings BIG FEELINGS in Small Children

They may be small, but young children can have BIG feelings. Thankfully, there are things that providers like you can do to help little ones manage those feelings. This month, you can find another new bundle of resources to help support you in handling tantrums, offering coping strategies, and staying calm in some of those more frustrating moments.

Video- Social Chat - In this video, provider to FFNs (family, friend, and neighbor caregivers), Zoraima Rosario-Rolón chats with Sesame’s Rocio Galarza about tantrums, including how to anticipate, prevent, navigate, and recover.

Printable- Smell the Flowers - This adult-child coloring sheet can help children and grown-ups relax, collaborate, bond, and talk together. Adults and kids can sit side by side in a quiet space

Article- We can Calm Down - It's important to develop a toolbox of tricks, techniques, and resources to help young people and adults manage their big feelings.

Be sure to check out more resources for showing kids how to manage big feelings and staying calm in Tips and Tools for Providers.

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PreK-K: December 4th, National Cookie Day - Detective Elmo: The Cookie Case | Sesame Street  - Critical thinking is the spotlight here as you help Detective Elmo save Cookie Monster and crack the cookie case! Wait patiently as you avoid the wicked chickens, find the hidden clues that start with the same letter in the scene, and find the thief by matching the pictures.

Grades 3-5: December 6-12, Computer Science Education Week - Computers | Science Trek -  Learn about the development of the first computers and computer programs. How did computers come to play such a large role in our everyday lives? 

Grades 6-12: December 7th, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day -   Pearl Harbor | Teaching with Primary Sources This multimedia article explains the December 7, 1941 attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. It includes maps, videos, photographs, and graphics.

Register for a PBS LearningMedia Informational Webinar on our LPB Learning@Home website!  Sign up today and learn how easy it is to search for quality lessons and fun activities that families and children enjoy while learning! If you do not have a PBS LearningMedia account, sign up now!

Discovery Education December Roundup

Here are some fresh ideas and resources to finish out the first half of the school year strong!

Ready Set Rise Help enhance social-emotional learning in your school to create a community of advocates! In partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Discovery Education, Kaiser Permanente is expanding its Resilience in School Environments (RISE) Initiative to offer a versatile series of no-cost virtual and onsite resources designed to foster greater social and emotional resiliency in schools. Check out the initiative HERE! 

LDMA :  Join us for a Louisiana Christmas Journey in December!

During December, the LDMA is heading out on a virtual Louisiana Christmas Journey.  Louisiana is the home to a variety of unique Christmas celebrations around the state.  LPB’s Louisiana: The State We’re In has captured the sights and sounds of these special events through the years.  As you prepare for this year’s festivities, relive the memories of past Christmases with the LDMA!  You can also learn more about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa celebrations from LPB’s Folks series!

December Highlights from LPB

PAPA NOEL: THE LEGACY OF THE LEVEEE BONFIRES - Wednesday, Dec. 1 @ 7:00 PM This ritualistic Christmas Eve celebration, which dates to the 1800s, is told through personal interviews and storytelling sessions as the people of St. James Parish share a tradition that has been passed down generation after generation.

IRMA THOMAS: THE SOUL QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – A CONCERT DOCUMENTARY Saturday, Dec. 4 @ 7:00 PM This captivating one-hour concert documentary highlights the successful life and career of the legendary New Orleans Soul Queen and Grammy-award winner Irma Thomas. Enjoy a candid interview with one of New Orleans’ most celebrated music icons as well as never-before-seen footage of Irma in concert with songwriter, producer and arranger Allen Toussaint. Irma’s close friends and contemporaries tell the story of her humble beginnings in Ponchatoula, her days living with her grandparents in Greensburg, how she sang in the Baptist church choir as a young girl, and how she quickly rose to national stardom. 

NO MAN’S LAND LPB Monday, Dec. 6 @ 7:00 PM It’s a story of outlaws, bandits, pirates and brave pioneers and it all happened right here in Louisiana in a place that was fittingly known as No Man’s Land. Slow to be settled, and marked by a pivotal moment in history, the Neutral Strip (as it was sometimes called) was used as an official buffer between Louisiana and Spanish Texas for years.  The film explores western part of the state as a separate folk region made up of groups - like Native Americans, remnants of early Spanish colonies, Scots-Irish pioneers, African Americans, and others - who, to this day, fiercely hold on to their multi-generational traditions and notions of identity. 

A NIGHT OF FAMILY FUN: Sunday, December 19 6:00 PM – Ziggy’s Arts Adventure 6:30 PM – A Charlie Brown Christmas LPB’s digital first children’s series comes to prime time! Ziggy’s Arts Adventure follows curious alien Ziggy and his friends as they explore art, education and Louisiana culture. Stream all of Ziggy’s adventures at www.lpb.org/ziggy.