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WXXI Curious Kids Workshops

Are you an early childhood educator?  Would you like to learn how to integrate media and hands-on activities with books to teach concepts in your classroom?  If you answered yes to both of these questions, then WXXI's Curious Kids workshops may be for you!

We Shall Remain Segments on Homework Hotline

Last night's episode of Homework Hotline contained the first of six special "New York State of Mine" segments that are companion pieces to the upcoming American Experience series, We Shall Remain

Educational TV Research Findings

In keeping up with educational news, two articles about educational TV caught my attention and I wanted to share them with you.

Web Forum for Rochester City School Parents

I found out about a new, parent-run forum web site  for RCSD parents called the Flower City Parents Network and I am excited to share it with you!

The Smallest Victims of the Economy Crisis

Almost everybody is feeling the negative effects of the economy, but children and schools are getting hit exceptionally hard.  While schools have somewhat braced themselves for the reduction in federal, state and local funding as well as an increase in free lunch applications, most children are not able to understand the complexity of why their parents may be unemployed or why they no longer have a place to live. 

World Folk Tales & Fables Week

March 1-March 7 is World Folk Tales and Fables Week.  Most educators could tell you that a child's school career will encounter folk tales, fables and fairy tales continuously.  These stories vary from culture to culture but often have similar morals, themes and characters which makes them prime for classroom use, particularly in reading and writing.  Children who are familiar with folk and fairy tales as well as folk tales possess an important background knowledge of classic stories, their basic elements and story structure.

Create a new friend for Arthur!

You can create a new friend for Arthur

The Arthur "All Kids Can" Character Search started on February 1st and runs through March 31st, 2009.  Children between the ages of 6-12 are invited to send in their idea for a character for the Arthur show, a new friend to join the gang in Elwood City!  Producers will be looking for a new character who shows that children come in all shapes, sizes and with different abilities.

Octuplets Controversy

8 babies.  Conceived through in-vitro fertilization.  6 older siblings.  1 mom.  No job.  No father. 

CPSC Children's Products Safety Law

If you have children, work with children or work in retail, you have probably heard quite a bit about the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) new Children's Product Safety Law that will take effect on February 10, 2009.  This law is designed to monitor and drastically reduce the lead, or phthalates, in any children's products.  Eliminating lead is a good thing, so why is this new law causing such controversy and concern?

Reading Rainbow & Kids Who Write Are Bright Contests

Are you a teacher or parent looking for an interesting writing/research project for your 4th-12th grader?  Do you have a child or class that enjoys writing and illustrating stories?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, then WXXI has the contest for you!