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Back to School - Learning at Home

Whether your child's preschool is open for the fall or closed due to coronavirus concerns, you can still help them develop the habits they need to thrive with these online resources suited for at-home instruction.

At-Home Learning on the Air

Learn at home with @PBSKIDS! Watch shows that teach reading, math, science, life lessons and more each day on LPB KIDS 24/7 CHANNEL.  Check out this September Learn at Home with LPB KIDS Schedule starting Sept. 7th that shows grade levels and learning goals!  Don't miss these Learn at Home BINGO packets for Grades PreK-K and Grades 1-2 for September learning:

Week of September 7th - Nature, Grades PreK-KGrades 1-2
Week of September 14th - My Family & Me, Grades PreK-K | Grades 1-2
Week of September 21st - Weather, Grades PreK | Grades 1-2
Week of September 28th - Caring for Each Other, Grades PreK-K | Grades 1-2

Elinor Wonders Why Premieres on September 7th!

Mark your calendar for Sept. 7, when @ElinorWondersWhy premieres on @PBSKIDS! Join Elinor, Animal Town’s most curious bunny rabbit, and her friends as they experience a sense of wonder and excitement at discovering new things and exploring the basics of science.

Play helps children as they try to make sense of the world and is an essential part of their growth. Here are five simple ways to encourage curiosity in your preschooler.

With the addition of Elinor Wonders Why, you may notice some changes to the PBS KIDS schedules. Both the PBS KIDS programming on LPB and the LPB KIDS 24/7 channels feature a few lineup changes, beginning September 7. It’s always best to check the online schedule at www.lpb.org/schedules for the most current information.

Taking Two Languages to Preschool: Supporting Dual Language Learners

If you are raising a bilingual child and sending them to preschool for the first time this year, partnering with your child’s teachers can help ensure that their language skills and cultural confidence continue to grow. @PBSKIDS for parents shares some ideas to consider.

Staying in Touch | Search it Up

How do your kids stay in touch with their peers when they have to learn from home? In this "Search It Up!" episode, kids share why they think video chat is a great way to stay connected with friends when they can't be together in person.

How to Support Your Child for a Very Different School Year

Despite uncertainty surrounding the 2020-2021 school year, we can still bolster our children’s feelings of confidence about what's to come. Taking time to practice the “little things” — the routines and skills that support academic growth — will make a big difference, whatever school looks like for your family.

PBS LearningMedia - Educational Digital Media Library for Learning at Home

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!

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.  

Check out the New to PBS LearningMedia Collection! Get ready for the start of school with some of our favorite back-to-school resources! 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.

Get-Ready-for-School Checklists

Is your school district starting off the year with virtual, in-person, or blended learning? No matter the scenario, these handy "Get-Ready-for-School Checklists" can help your child establish good learning routines!

How to Make a New Home Routine

If your school district plans to start the year with online instruction, you can still create a sense of normalcy for your family by having consistent routines. @PBSKIDS offers advice for creating and sticking to new daily routines.

Simple Science Activities

Will back-to-school mean more virtual learning for your children this year? This @PBSKIDS collection of simple online activities, games, and experiments makes it easy and fun to do science at home with kids!

LPB's Weekly Top 5 Picks in The Advocate

LPB's Weekly Top 5 Picks will continue through the fall starting Monday, August 3rd!

Each week, The Advocates' websites and social media channels will feature a top five list of resources for students in all grade levels, plus tips for parents and educators. Just click on the grade level and program name to go directly to that resource.

Learning at Home: 5 Steps to Plan Your Day

Is there working from home AND learning from home happening at the same time in your household? Here's how to set up a plan that balances those conflicting needs.

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

September 4 -- When the robotic tour guide at the Super Ultimate Science Museum malfunctions, it's up to Sid and Gabriela to find a fix and save the museum! Will they be successful? Find out in @SidTheScienceKid: The Movie tonight on @PBSKIDS!

September 11 -- Tonight on @PBSKIDS, discover new things about the world around you with Elinor and her friends with a full night of @ElinorWondersWhy!

September 18 -- How do you make a new neighbor feel welcome? Tonight on @PBSKIDS Family Night, The Tiger Family welcomes Jodi Platypus and her family into the Neighborhood of Make-Believe!

September 25 -- Grab the popcorn, it's movie night! Kick back and join us to watch your favorite @PBSKIDS movies from WordGirl, @OddSquadPBS, @ArthurPBS and @WildKrattsofficial!

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!  Southwest Louisiana families--you are in our thoughts!

Take care, Nancy Tooraen, ntooraen@lpb.org