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Arthur's First Day with LPB and PBS KIDS!

Special one-hour Arthur movie, Author's First Day, on September 6th at 7:30 AM & 3 PM on LPB and 7 AM & 1 PM on LPBKIDS!

It's finally the first day of fourth grade and Arthur couldn't be more excited - until he learns Buster is in another class! Meanwhile, D.W. is nervous for her first day of kindergarten. Will Arthur and D. W. be able to make new friends?

Don't miss all these fun, hands-on activities for Arthur on PBS Parents, the Arthur Collection on PBS LearningMedia and Arthur on PBS KIDS!

Well Beings Youth Mental Health Virtual Event

JOIN LPB & WELL BEINGS AS WE EXPLORE YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH Coping Through Covid: What Parents & Teachers Should Know

From the loneliness and isolation of lockdown to the fears and uncertainty of the future, coping with COVID-19 can be hard for adults who have had years of practice developing coping mechanisms.

Now imagine what it’s like for our young people.

LPB is teaming up with Well Beings for a community conversation about the unique challenges our high school and college students are facing as they work to navigate through this unexpected world we now find ourselves in. This interactive virtual event will help Louisianians understand some of the more distinct issues our young people are facing and provide resources that will help us move forward toward recovery.

Louisiana’s Youth Mental Health: Coping Through Covid | Tuesday, Sept. 21 6-7:30-pm | No registration is required. Go to www.WellBeings.org/lpb for details. 

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

Did you get a chance to see the first 4 episodes of Ziggy’s Arts AdventureZiggy’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. Check out episodes on Space, Rhythm and Contrast on Ziggy's Arts Adventure on YouTube!

Back to School

There's a lot we can do to bolster our kids' confidence as they head back to school! Here are a few tips and ideas from @PBSKIDS that you can use to set them up for success.  Check out the Back to School Hub for ways to get in the back-to-school mindset and cope with any anxieties or emotions.

September Celebrations

September 15-October 15: How are you and your kids honoring Hispanic Heritage Month? Learn more about this observance recognizing the contributions of Hispanics and Latinos in the U.S. with @pbsteachers' "All About the Holidays"! (Grades: K-5)

September 4th: For National Wildlife Day, help kids develop an appreciation for our planet's living things by creating a @MollyOfDenali-themed animal observation journal!

September 6th: Did you know Labor Day was established as a federal holiday in 1894? Learn about the history of Labor Day with @pbsteachers' "All About the Holidays"! (Grades: K-5)

September 6th: Today is National Read a Book Day! Do you have a book nook in your classroom or virtual instruction space where your students can read? (Grades: PreK-2)

September 7thRosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a day for reflecting on past actions and setting goals for the future. Learn more about the holiday's customs and traditions with @pbsteachers' "All About the Holidays"! (Grades: K-5)

September 12thHappy Grandparents Day! Celebrate the grandparents in your life with this list of recommended books, from "Bigmama’s" to "Gus and Grandpa at Basketball"!

Week of September 13th: Problem solving, creative thinking, and emotional exploration are among the many skills kids can develop when learning to code! #nationalcodingweek

September 15th: Today is Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. Examine the day's purpose and how Jewish families celebrate with @pbsteachers' "All About the Holidays"! (Grades: K-5)

September 17th: Today is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day! What does it mean to be an American citizen? Watch as @ArthurPBS and friends explore notions of citizenship and diversity!

September 18th: 🎵 Clean up, pick up, put away, clean up, every day! 🎵 Celebrate National CleanUp Day with this @danieltigertv digital storybook on the grr-ific benefits of a litter-free playground!

September 22ndHappy Autumn! 🍂 Invite your young learners to celebrate the season with @danieltigertv as Daniel turns leaf-watching into a fun color identification game.

September 28th: It's National Voter Registration Day! These books can help you jump-start a conversation with your kids about voting, democracy, citizenship, and equality.

Creating Routines Collection

When kids have consistent routines, they often feel more confident about what lies ahead. Gather ideas on how to get your children back into a routine as they start the school year!

Create a Homework Center

How would @PinkaliciousAndPeterrific set up their homework center? Kids can get creative with paint, paper, glitter and other fun art supplies when they make their own personalized pencil holder!

Life's Little Lessons

Back-to-school season is here! Explore the @danieltigertv "Life's Little Lessons" collection for resources that can help your preschoolers manage emotions, develop key social and emotional skills, and learn and play along the way!

LPB Daily Activity Calendar - September

PBS LearningMedia - Educational Digital Media Library for Learning at Home

Math is as easy as 1,2,3 with a little help from your favorite PBS KIDS friends in this Mighty Math Collection. The media in this collection is centered around counting, operations, geometry and more! Dive into each sub-collection and discover new ways to explore math and media.

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!

Creating an Inclusive Home and School Community

Building an inclusive community requires intentional effort by both teachers and families. Explore ways you can help kids practice empathy and feel valued for who they are!

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


September 3 -- Spread love and gratitude for friends and family during the back-to-school time of year with @curiousgeorge, @sidthesciencekid, and @PinkaliciousAndPeterrific! It's a preschool movie marathon, tonight on @PBSKIDS Family Night!

September 10
-- Remember those back-to-school jitters? Or maybe you couldn't wait to get back to class! Join @ArthurPBS and friends as they begin a new school year in the all-new movie, "Arthur's First Day," tonight on @PBSKIDS Family Night!

September 17
-- Imagine if you had cat or dog creature powers! Tonight on @PBSKIDS Family Night, the Kratt Brothers travel to the African savanna in "@wildkrattsofficial: Cats & Dogs" to learn about wild animals and what they have in common with our pets!

September 24
 -- What a way to wrap up summer! Join Buddy and the Pteranodon family on a fun and adventure-filled trip to a new volcanic island theme park in "@DinosaurTrain: Adventure Island," tonight on @PBSKIDS Family Night!

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