Making Small Changes for Your Family's Health in 2017, Part Two

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Bones! We sing about them, rattle them, and now we use them as a broth to help our guts heal. Join Get Ready To Learn Host Cindy Putman and special co-host Dr. Marti Merritt and Sarah Nelson of Naturally Nelson's Farm who will be sharing in this second installment of a 2-part series that focuses on helping families take baby steps to healthier living for themselves and their family in 2017.

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How Making Small Changes can have BIG Effects on the Health of Your Family in 2017

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This week on the Get Ready To Learn radio show, host Cindy Putman and co-host Dr. Marty Merritt and Sarah Nelson of Naturally Nelson's Farm will be sharing the first part of a two-part show that focuses on helping parents take small, doable steps toward healthier living for themselves and their families in 2017.

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Are you having an impact in the life of a future WCTE Academic Bowl Team Member?

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Join WCTE’s Get Ready To Learn Host, Cindy Putman and WCTE’s Education Outreach Associate, Reggie Brown as they discuss this year’s Academic Bowl and the history of this education and community engagement event at WCTE.

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WCTE's Ready To Learn Year in Review - 2016

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It's hard to believe that this is the last Saturday of 2016! WCTE's Ready To Learn host Cindy Putman is flying solo today as she reminisces about the special guests, events, and topics that made this program such a success in its inaugural year.

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Spotlight on TTU Child Development Lab and Being Your Child's First Teacher

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We all know that school is an important place in the life of a child, especially because it's where so much learning takes place. However, long before you send your child off to school, he or she has been learning, growing and developing. Did you know you are your child's first teacher? Without ever entering a classroom, a baby brain is a little sponge soaking up the world around them.

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Impacting a Child's Life

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This week on WCTE's Get Ready To Learn radio show, host Cindy Putman was joined by special co-hosts Hannah Ellis and Logan Hartman. Both are former students of Putman's and former interns of WCTE.

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Quality Over Quantity During the Holidays

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The holidays can be a hectic time, but we're taking this opportunity with our Get Ready To Learn blog (a companion to our Get Ready To Learn Radio Show) and encouraging families to keep in mind what really matters.

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WCTE Gets into the Holiday Spirit with Parades, PBS Kids, and More!

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The holiday season is here and this edition of the Get Ready To Learn radio show has a holiday theme! WCTE is getting ready for parade season, and we're making appearances at many area Christmas parades, along with our pal Clifford, the Big Red Dog. See below for a schedule of area parades and look for WCTE at each!

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Putnam County Schools Pre-K Program Gets Kids Ready To Learn

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Curious about what kids are learning in Pre-K these days? Join WCTE’s Get Ready To Learn radio show host Cindy Putman and special co-host Wendy Davis, a Pre-K teacher in the Putnam County School Systems as she shares how her 20 Pre-K students at Algood Middle School spend their days. Davis explains that her teaching strategy for her Pre-K class is aligned with the following Tennessee standards.

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Bridges Out of Poverty - Resources in the Upper Cumberland

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Have you or anyone you know been affected by poverty? Have you ever wondered where you might sleep on any given night, or where your next meal might come from? If you have a warm safe home and no fear of losing it, perhaps homelessness isn't something that worries you. But as something that does affect members of our community, we believe it's important to spread the message of awareness.

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Education - A Bridge Out of Poverty

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Recently, a group of community leaders, faith based organizations, educators, and social service providers gathered in the Upper Cumberland for an important discussion. The topic? Causes and effects of poverty on children and families.

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Ways to Address Issues of Bullying in Kids & Teens

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We know that an important way to combat bullying is by being a consistent and caring adult in a child’s life. Parents, school staff, and other caring adults can help kids understand bullying, keep the lines of communication open, encourage kids to do what they love, and model how to treat others with kindness and respect.

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Homelessness in the Upper Cumberland - Resources for Families in Need

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Did you know that (according to one study) every year 600,000 families with 1.35 million children experience homelessness in the United States? The same research found that children make up about 50 percent of the homeless population in the U.S. This might be hard to believe, but even in the Upper Cumberland, homelessness affects students in our school systems.

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WCTE Engages Kids and Families through Traditional & Modern Ways

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WCTE is always looking for new ways to engage kids and families. This includes everything from community events (like Make a Difference Day - Oct. 22nd) to hands-on Family Creative Learning workshops (using PBS KIDS ScratchJr), reading programs, and more!

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Kids & Social Media: Helpful Information and Tips for Parents

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Social media is a huge part of our lives these days. Did you know that 81% of kids age 12-17 use some form of social media regularly? All of us, including our kids, are bombarded with various messages while spending time online. As a parent, it’s important to think about how your child uses various types of media and what kinds of boundaries you set.

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American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is WCTE's commitment to supporting community-based solutions to the dropout crisis.

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WCTE's Ready to Learn initiative addresses school readiness in the Upper Cumberland

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WCTE Academic Bowl

WCTE Academic Bowl

Taping January 31 & February 7 @ Derryberry hall on TTU's campus

WCTE's Stations of Imagination at Fall FunFest

WCTE's Stations of Imagination at Fall FunFest

Friday, September 11th from 5pm - 9pm Saturday, September 12th from 10am - 9pm on the Cookeville Square

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Workshops!

WCTE’s Educational Team can customize workshops or professional development trainings for your group or organization. For workshop information, or to inquire about scheduling a workshop, call 921-528-2222 x. 227 or email us.

Topics are listed below:

  • Using Media as a learning tool
  • Using PBS kids apps to extend learning
  • How to be your child’s first teacher
  • Sesame Street Workshops
  • How does poverty effect a child’s brain
  • Literacy and Math
  • Brain Development

Workshops can be conducted in English and Spanish.