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Back to School with LPB and PBS KIDS!

New episodes on LPB and LPBKIDS August 16-20th!  Check the schedule for times!

Join Daniel and his friends for a week of “firsts” in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe! Follow along as Margaret celebrates her first Thank You Day, Daniel takes his first trip to the hospital and Prince Wednesday’s brother goes away to college for the first time.

Don't miss all these fun, hands-on activities for Daniel Tigers' Neighborhood on PBS Parents, the Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Collection on PBS LearningMedia and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood on PBS KIDS!

Ziggy's Arts Adventure--Out of this World Art Education

Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) will premiere a new digital-first children’s educational series, Ziggy’s Arts Adventure, that aims to teach young learners fundamental artistic and academic concepts through the magic of storytelling, puppets, and Louisiana culture. The 9-episode series premieres on Monday, August 2 on its YouTube channel and lpb.org/ziggy, with a new episode, released weekly.  The first episode will be broadcast on LPB on Thursday, August 19th at 7 PM.

Ziggy’s Arts Adventure follows the experiences of a 9-year-old-alien named Ziggy, who comes from a planet where art does not exist because everyone communicates telepathically through “emoticles.” However, Ziggy’s emoticle does not work, making him different from his peers. When the NASA spacecraft Voyager I lands on his planet and Ziggy hears music for the first time, he discovers new ways of expressing emotion. Determined to learn more about art and music, he builds a rocket ship and heads to Earth. Landing in a Louisiana junkyard, he meets a group of friends who share his love of music and become his bandmates. Together, this unlikely group of friends meet Louisiana artists and learn a lot, developing lifelong friendships along the way.

Back to School

This past school year was unusual. But with students heading back to school, there's a lot we can do to bolster our children’s feelings of confidence and security as they head into a new year. Check out the Back to School Hub for ways to get in the back-to-school mindset and cope with any anxieties or emotions.

August Celebrations

All month:  August is National Immunization Awareness Month. If your child has a doctor's visit coming up, here's how you can prepare them for these sometimes stressful experiences.

August 8th:  Summer Olympics closing ceremony! Good sportsmanship is a big part of participating in events like the Olympics! How do you teach your child to be a good sport?

August 9th: Celebrate Book Lovers Day with your kids by watching readings from the @PBSKIDS Read-Along series, from author Marc Brown reading "Arthur's Family Vacation" to chef Carla Hall reading "My Rainy Day Rocket Ship"!'

August 12th: Today is World Elephant Day! Whether caring for a pet at home or appreciating wild elephants from afar, empathy for living things is an important skill that parents can help their kids develop.

August 16th: Recreate the excitement of the amusement park at home! It's National Roller Coaster Day — use this activity to help kids build a marble roller coaster and experiment with the forces of friction and gravity.

August 19th: Today is National Aviation Day! Celebrate by introducing your kids to aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart with this @xavierriddlehq coloring page.

Help Children Cope With Back-to-School Anxiety

What can parents and children do to cope with back-to-school anxiety? Try using the 4-step STOP plan to help your kids navigate their feelings.

Make a Mindfulness Glitter Jar

Deep breaths, taking a walk, and counting to five are just a few ways kids can calm down. You might also try a visual sensory experience, like watching glitter settle in a DIY mindfulness jar!

How Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Songs Help My Parenting During COVID-19

We can’t control how the pandemic has changed our lives, but we can choose to work through our emotions and find new ways to have fun! Here are five phrases and songs from @danieltigertv to help your kids navigate the "new normal."

LPB Daily Activity Calendar - August 2021

PBS LearningMedia - Educational Digital Media Library for Learning at Home

Get ready for the start of school with some of our favorite back-to-school resources from PBS LearningMedia! This collection features activities and video resources to help students get to know each other and their new school routines, and lesson plans to help you get your new class off to a great start.

Don't forget to sign up for a FREE account for PBS LearningMedia!  Here you can easily search for videos, lessons, interactives and more by grade level and subject area.

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!

How to Support Your Child for a Very Different School Year

How are you helping your kids transition back to school? After an unconventional year, here's how you can give them the empathy and support they'll need.

August PBS KIDS Family Nights - Weekends Starting @ 6 PM on LPB KIDS!


August 6 -- Ready to head back to school? @ElinorWondersWhy and friends are! Tonight on @PBSKIDS Family Night, join everyone's favorite Animal Town bunny rabbit for back-to-back adventures in learning new things about nature, science and community!

August 13 -- From going undercover as a robot to using prediction and probability to stop a villain, there's no problem that's too strange for the @OddSquadPBS! Tonight on @PBSKIDS Family Night, it's a mini-marathon of "Odd Squad" investigations into weird and unusual phenomena that only math can solve.

August 20 -- Go on a thrilling expedition to the top of Denali — from the comfort of your couch! Tune in tonight for @PBSKIDS Family Night and experience this mountain-climbing adventure through the eyes of @MollyOfDenali as she takes on the nearly impossible!

August 27 -- Dreaming big and overcoming obstacles is what being a kid is all about! Don't miss a @DonkeyHodieOfficial mini-marathon tonight on @PBSKIDS Family Night, when Donkey Hodie and pals get creative, solve problems and have tons of fun along the way!

Fun Printables for Family Movie Night

Family Night Snack Box

Family Night Movie Tickets

Family Night Movie Marquee

Stay safe and healthy LPB families!  Keep doing an amazing job with your families!

Take care, Nancy Tooraen, ntooraen@lpb.org