Friday, April 24, 2015

Cha-Ching! Financial Literacy for Children on Rhode Island PBS

Cha-Ching! Financial Literacy for Children

Rhode Island PBS is pleased to present this series of short videos that teach money concepts so children understand them. Cha-Ching is a financial literacy program that provides a platform for 7 to 12 years old children to learn (with the help of their parents) the knowledge, tools and practice they need to make informed financial decisions to reach their own personal goals and dreams. 

Cha-Ching! Financial Literacy for Children
Cha-Ching! Financial Literacy for Children

The project - begun in Asia - was produced in response to key findings from a major research initiative, which shows that only 13% of parents believe their children possess money management skills - though almost all parents (96%) think it is important to learn them.

Based on comprehensive teachings from children’s education expert, Dr. Alice Wilder, the story lines have been written around the four key and comprehensive concepts of money: Earn, Save, Spend and Donate. 

Children mostly only see the spend side of money, but children also need to understand that Earn, Save, Spend, Donate is a cycle of money, and choices that have to be made every day, throughout life.

Cha Ching: Case Study - Updated
Cha Ching: Case Study - Updated

View the video above for more information about how the entire project was developed (or visit this link). 

Cha-Ching! on Rhode Island PBS is sponsored by Jackson National Life Insurance. Videos air between shows during our children's schedule.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Author Kate DiCamillo is in Studio on May 8

Teachers, librarians, and children's book enthusiasts are invited to be part of the live studio audience for the taping of Inside the Author's Studio, a new Rhode Island PBS production featuring stories of local talent.

In this first episode, Rhode Island PBS host and producer Margie O'Brien Reed will interview Newbery Medal winner, Kate DiCamillo, the 2014-15 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. DiCamillo is the author of Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, the 2015 Kids Reading Across Rhode Island selection.

Friday, May 8th at 7 p.m.
Rhode Island PBS Studios
50 Park Lane, Providence, RI

Light refreshments will be served. $10 includes a copy of the 2015 Kids Reading Across Rhode Island selection, Flora and Ulysses. Inside the Author's Studio with Kate DiCamillo is underwritten by a grant from TD Charitable Foundation to the RI Center for the Book at RI Council for the Humanities in support of Kids Reading Across Rhode Island.

CLICK HERE to get your tickets for this special event.

CLICK HERE to see a fun video featuring dozens of Rhode Islanders encouraging you to "Check It Out" (set to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off"). Yes, that's Rhode Island PBS President David Piccerelli at 1:36!

Here's more information about Kate and her book chosen as the 2015 Kids Reading Across Rhode Island selection, from our friends at KidoInfo.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Dinosaur Train's Buddy at Corner Bakery Cafe

If your child is a fan of Dinosaur Train, come on out to see BUDDY at the Corner Bakery Cafe in Garden City Center in Cranston!

The Rhode Island PBS Kids Club, in partnership with Corner Bakery Cafe, invite you to a morning Meet and Greet on Monday, April 20, 8 - 11 a.m. Bring your camera to take a picture of your child and Buddy, and stop by the Rhode Island PBS Kids Club table to say hello and get a sticker!

Space is limited and reservations are required for this family-friendly event.

Monday, March 30, 2015

RHODE STAND - Healthy Eating Event for Your Child

Parents, guardians, grandparents! Join the Rhode Island PBS Kids Club, in partnership with Farm Fresh Rhode Island, Johnson and Wales University, Rhode Island Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Southside Community Land Trust, and Tatutina, as we bring children together for Rhode Stand - healthy food will make you grow!

On Saturday, May 2, children ages 4-7 and 8-11 are invited to come to the Rhode Island PBS studios to experience hands on demonstrations. Using their five senses, children will touch, smell, see, hear, and taste their way through a variety of age appropriate activities all centered around how produce grows. Afterwards, children can choose to record their experiences through one final project: a special art project, or a video diary, or creating their own menu. Here are activities planned by our partners:


Farm Fresh Rhode Island
Vegetables are Plant Parts We Eat!
Children will have the opportunity to learn about vegetables as different parts of a growing plant through interactive and experiential learning opportunities.
  • Preschool-Grade 1
    Farm Fresh RI staffers will read Tops & Bottoms aloud to children as they explore the different ways vegetables grow. Then children will have the opportunity to “harvest” fruits and vegetables in our interactive garden space or create a plant parts coloring activity.
  • Grades 2-5
    Children will participate in a plant parts trivia game. Following trivia, children will have the opportunity to “harvest” fruits and vegetables in our interactive garden space or create a plant parts coloring.
Southside Community Land Trust
Snap peas will be the focus, easy to plant, quick growing, and kids love them! Children will be able to taste raw snap peas, and try pea tendrils right off of a plant! We'll also "plant" carrots (provided courtesy of Whole Foods University Heights) that the children can "harvest."

Johnson and Wales University
Culinary experts and student chefs will help children prepare some of the fresh vegetables on hand that day, plus children will also get to create and taste some healthy snacks!

FINAL PROJECT - Choose one

Tatutina - Art Studio
Children will get to choose their own produce bag to decorate and take home to use on their next trip to the farmer’s market!


Rhode Island PBS - Video Diary
Children will be asked a few questions about what they learned during the event. Their answers will be captured on film and aired during children’s programming on Rhode Island PBS!


Nurturing Nutrition LLC - Healthy Menu
Under the guidance of pediatric dietitians from Nurturing Nutrition, LLC, children will create a fun and healthy menu, perfect to take home and help make their next meal in the kitchen (with supervision, of course)!

This event is free but space is limited and RSVPs are first come, first served.

There are TWO SESSIONS depending on your child's age: the first session is 10-11:30 a.m for children ages 4-7. The second session is noon-1:30 p.m. for children ages 8-11.

Rhode Stand is made possible by Jackson National Life Insurance and the Corner Bakery Café.

Parents, please note: This is not an allergy-free event. Please use your own discretion in letting your child participate if your child has any food allergies.

Rhode Island PBS Kids Club Calendar

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