Welcome! Why a WXXI Education Blog for Parents??

Welcome to the first installment of our blog for parents! You may be asking yourself, "Why have a blog for WXXI parents and families?" To share, of course! Each week I will pass along a few websites, books, music, tidbits, events or just fun facts that you, as parents, may find useful and (hopefully) interesting.

Up first.....October is Fire Prevention Month. Do you have a fire plan for your home and family? Do you practice how to get out of your house in the event of a fire? Do you have a family meeting place? Talking about safety with your child(ren) and family is a great start, but actually practicing what to do will better prepare children for how to react if there is a real fire. Put it on your list of things to do tonight: practice what to do if there is a fire in your home.

October 21-27 is National Character Counts Week. Here are a few fun books for kids that have characters with.....well, great character!
Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester Tacky's perfect friends find him extremely annoying until his odd behaviors save the day.
Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester Poor Rodney Rat. Everyone teases him because he can't say his R's. Shy Rodney gets a big hooray by the end of the book for helping his class deal with a big bully.
Molly Moves to Sesame Street by Judy Freudberg Molly is unhappy when she moves to Sesame Street, but all the Sesame Street characters help welcome her to the neighborhood.

Are you more stressed than your kids about their homework?? Did you know that WXXI airs Homework Hotline, Monday through Thursday during the school year? Homework Hotline is a live show, produced in Rochester, that is designed to help kids in grades 4 and up with their homework problems. Homework Hotline airs at 5:30 pm on your local PBS station throughout New York state.
Visit homeworkhotline.org for more information.

Fun fact for this week: October 26 is Frankenstein Friday! And yes, it is actually a recognized, official day. Who knew?

Wishing you a wonderful week and a safe Halloween!