Thursday, August 28, 2014

New Cookie Monster's Challenge App

Help kids practice self-control, focus, memory and more with the new Cookie Monster’s Challenge App from PBS KIDS and Sesame Street: http://to.pbs.org/cookie_appstore


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PBS KIDS and Sesame Workshop today announced the launch of Cookie Monster’s Challenge for iPad, a new SESAME STREET app and the first app that the two children’s media organizations have created together. Designed for children ages 3-5, the app builds on SESAME STREET’s 45th anniversary season’s curricular focus: self-regulation and executive function skills that teachers identify as critical for school readiness. Cookie Monster’s Challenge offers a series of games designed to engage children and challenge them to practice self-control, focus, memory, following directions and problem-solving. The app launches just in time for the debut of SESAME STREET’s 45th season, which premieres September 15 at 7 a.m. on Rhode Island PBS.


Features of the Cookie Monster’s Challenge App include:

  • Ten Mini-games – Games present exciting challenges designed to give children the opportunity to practice self-control, focus and memory.
  • Nine Levels – With each level, the mini games become more challenging, keeping children engaged and motivated.
  • One Crazy Cookie Making Contraption – As children complete levels, they earn pieces of a giant and hilarious cookie-making machine that they can use to decorate the cookies they've earned and deliver them to their hungry friend, Cookie Monster.
  • Profiles – Children and parents can create up to three separate profiles so that everyone in the family can progress through the game at their own pace.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Autumn Shuffle: September Schedule Changes


Back-to-school usually means a shift in the whole family from your summer saunter to your autumn shuffle. At Rhode Island PBS, we're doing a little autumn shuffle, too. Starting Monday, September 1, this is the morning and afternoon schedule, with moves in blue:

5:30 a.m.   Thomas and Friends
6:00 a.m.   Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
6:30 a.m.   Super Why!
7:00 a.m.   Sesame Street
8:00 a.m.   Sid the Science Kid
8:30 a.m.   Curious George
9:00 a.m.   Peg + Cat
9:30 a.m.   Dinosaur Train
10:00 a.m.  Martha Speaks
10:30 a.m.  Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That

4:00 p.m.   Arthur
4:30 p.m.   Arthur
5:00 p.m.   Word Girl
5:30 p.m.   Wild Kratts

Thursday, June 12, 2014

High Cuteness Alert: Interviews with Writers Contest Winners

High Cuteness Alert!! (Don't say you weren't warned.)

The four winners of the 2014 Rhode Island PBS Kids Healthy Living Writers Contest (one each from Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third Grades) were recently invited back to the Rhode Island PBS studios to read their stories and chat a bit about themselves.

Here are the short versions of the profiles for each child. These profiles will air on Rhode Island PBS (36.1) and Learn (36.2) at various times during the day and evening between programs. Air dates and times for the first week are listed for your convenience. The longer profiles (a minute or so in length) will be posted online when editing is complete.

Enjoy these charming young authors!


Farmer Jack by Oliver S., Kindergarten



















Thursday, 6/12
Rhode Island PBS   5:28 pm
Learn  6:29 am; 2:28 pm

Friday, 6/13
Rhode Island PBS  8:58 am
Learn  6:26 am, 12:28 pm, 8:56 pm

Saturday, 6/14
Rhode Island PBS   9:28 am
Learn   7:28 am, 12:27 pm, 12:59 pm

Sunday, 6/15
Learn    6:58 am, 2:58 pm, 4:57 pm

Monday, 6/16
Rhode Island PBS    6:58 am
Learn    10:58 am; 6:57 pm

Tuesday, 6/17
Rhode Island PBS    6:58 am
Learn   11:28 am; 4:58 pm

Wednesday, 6/18
Rhode Island PBS  5:28 am; 5:28 pm
Learn   9:28 am


Be Healthy by Iris B. L., First Grade



















Thursday, 6/12
Rhode Island PBS (36.1)   4:58 pm,  6:59 pm
Learn (36.2)   7:58 am , 4:28 pm

Friday, 6/13
Rhode Island PBS (36.1)  9:58 am
Learn (36.2)  7:58 am, 2:21 pm and 9:28 pm

Saturday, 6/14
Rhode Island PBS (36.1)  8:28 am
Learn (36.2)  8:29 am,  1:26 pm

Sunday, 6/15
Learn (32.2)  10:28 am,  3:28 pm, 5:29 pm

Monday, 6/16
Rhode Island PBS (36.1)  8:28 am
Learn (36.2)  1:58 am, 6:29 am

Tuesday, 6/17
Rhode Island PBS (36.1)  9:28 am, 4:58 pm , 5:58 pm 
Learn (36.2)  6:58 pm

Wednesday, 6/18
Rhode Island PBS (36.1)  6:58 am
Learn (36.2)  10:59 am



Healthy Power by Asher P., Second Grade


















Thursday, 6/12
Rhode Island PBS 8:58 am
Learn   11:28 am,  4:58 pm

Friday, 6/13
Rhode Island PBS    10:58 am
Learn  9:28 am, 4:28 pm, 6:56 pm

Saturday, 6/14
Rhode Island PBS   6:28 am
Learn  10:58 am , 5:57 pm

Sunday, 6/15
Learn  5:59 am, 12:28 pm , 4:29 pm

Monday, 6/16
Rhode Island PBS  4:58 pm
Learn 12:28 pm

Tuesday, 6/17
Rhode Island PBS  7:58 am
Learn 9:29 am, 5:28 pm

Wednesday, 6/18
Rhode Island PBS   8:28 am
Learn 3:58 pm


Healthy Living by Raye O.S., Third Grade


















Thursday, 6/12
Rhode Island PBS    7:58 am
Learn   12:28 pm, 5:28 pm

Friday, 6/13
Rhode Island PBS  4:28 pm
Learn  5:59 am, 1:58 pm, 8:29 pm

Saturday, 6/14
Learn    9:57 am, 7:28 pm

Sunday, 6/15
Learn   7:58 am, 1:58 pm, 6:26 pm

Monday, 6/16
Rhode Island PBS   9:58 am
Learn   9:28 am

Tuesday, 6/17
Learn   7:29 am ,  7:57 pm

Wednesday, 6/18
Rhode Island PBS   9:58 am
Learn  1:58 pm


The 2014 Rhode Island PBS Kids Writers Contest was made possible by support from    

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Winning Writers Contest Stories Now Published Online


We're eagerly awaiting word from the national PBS Kids Writers Contest about how our local winners fared. The first place winning stories (one from each grade) were entered into the national PBS contest to compete with entries from across the country. National winners will be announced by PBS sometime this month!

In the meantime, all of the local winning stories (first, second, third, and honorable mention) have been scanned and turned into cool looking books - complete with the sound of paper pages turning! The books are now published to the Rhode Island PBS Kids Club Web site.

We're grateful to
FlipBuilder.com for donating the Flip PDF Pro software that made these great stories look so good and so much fun online! The software was easy to use - we just imported the stories as PDFs. The program let us customize the background with our own photo (the desktop with a green blotter you see in the photo to the right). Also important to us was the ability to add our own logo and the sponsor logos. We looked at other flipping book software, but Flip PDF Pro was the program that had all the features we wanted that would best showcase the children's stories and serve our branding needs, too. So, see these great books in action! Follow this link or click the individual story links below.


Congratulations!
Winners of the 2014 Rhode Island PBS Kids Club Writers Contest are:

Kindergarten
Oliver S. of Newport, RI, for his story “Farmer Jack.”

First Grade
Iris B. L. of Providence, RI, for her story “Soccer is Fun and Healthy
Sage B. of Cumberland, RI, for his story “The Food Problem
Nola T. of Providence, RI, for her story “Stay Healthy
George G. of Providence, RI, for his story “Be Healthy

Second Grade
Asher P. of Providence, RI, for his story “Healthy Power!
Grace M. of Providence, RI, for her story “Being Healthy
Morgan F. of Pawtucket, RI, for her story Cat and Sam’s Healthy Eating
Jacob A. of Providence, RI, for his story “Katey and the Carrot

Third Grade
Raye O. S. of Providence, RI, for her story Healthy Living
Meghan H. of Rehoboth, MA, for her story Carly’s Healthy Tips
Trevor K. of Providence, RI, for his story The Wizard and the Dog
Sommadina A. of North Providence, RI, for her story The Fruit Portal


Helping Hands 
Several organizations from across the state collaborated with Rhode Island PBS to promote the contest, as well as guide the children through the writing process, and ensure that entries qualified. These collaborators include: Cranston Public Library, Henry Barnard School in Providence, The Lincoln School in Providence, East Smithfield Public Library, Joy Feldman and The Picture of Children’s Health, Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport, the Rhode Island Department of Health, and Salve Regina University in Newport. Contest judges were Carolyn Belisle and Alissa Becker from Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI, Kathryn Rok and Dr. Gia Renaud from Salve Regina University, and Megan Weeden from the Cranston Public Library.

The local contest was made possible by Blue Ribbon Sponsor Corner Bakery Café, with additional support provided by Red Ribbon Sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI and CVS | Caremark. National contest sponsors are LeapFrog and Highlights for Children magazine.


Mark Your Calendar! 
Next year's Rhode Island PBS Kids Club Writers Contest will run from January 26 through March 20, 2015. 

Rhode Island PBS Kids Club Calendar

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