Since 1992, when Congress enacted the Ready To Learn Act, PBS has focused on providing programming and services uniquely designed for young children. A study by Dr. Ernest Boyer, former U.S. Commissioner of Education and president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, found that one in every three kindergarteners lacked the skills necessary to succeed in school. PBS stations across the country were called upon to "prepare children to be ready to learn when they enter school."
Over the years PBS stations have developed a television service unique to their own communities, and, as a result, the PBS brand has unparalleled credibility with parents and educators. It is recognized as an outpost of decency and intelligence in a world of media often unsuitable for children. WQPT believes that television, when limited and used appropriately, can make a positive impact on children's behavior, thinking, language and love of reading.
Example: Say you and your child watch an episode of Clifford called Special T-Bone. Believing in yourself is the theme of the story. Talk about this idea with your child. Help your child tell you what makes him or her unique and why that's important.
Example: There are many books on feelings and self-esteem such as: All About You by Catherine and Laurence Anholt, I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont or The Way I Feel by Jana Cain. Ask your librarian to help you make selections.
Examples: 1) Draw, color and/or select photos for a book or poster About Me; 2) Cut out dog bones and give them out when someone does something special; 3) Play a game by naming all the people who are special in your life; 4) Send a You Are Special card to a friend or family member.
If you can't think of a fun activity, check out PBS' Clifford website and view episode description of Special T-Bone. You will find a list of activities based on the theme of each program.