PBS EdCamp & A Visit from a Special Guest

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This week on WCTE’s Get Ready To Learn radio show, join Cindy Putman and Extended Learning Programs Coordinator Brenda Hughett as they discuss all the great work that has been happening in the Putnam County School System LEAPs program and the PBS EdCamp sponsored by PCSS and the EdCamp Foundation.

A special guest is in the studio, Brenda’s grandson Carson who is a great PBS Kid. Carson and his brothers share a PBS Playtime Pad at their MeMe’s house. Brenda shares how she sets a kitchen timer and allows each grandson a specific amount of time to use the PlayTime Pad. Want more information about determining screen time for your kids? Click here for a great resource from PBS Parents.

Hughett points out how each PBS Kids Program appeals to a specific age group. Not only are PBS Kids programs created with specific age groups in mind, but they are also built around curriculum and different areas of learning. For example, the newest PBS Kids show “Pinkalicious” is built to encourage children to actively participate in the arts.The curriculum is all about music, dance, visual arts and theater.  

Something else that is important for kids of all ages is routines. Check out these tips on PBS Parents for ideas about the importance of routine.

Carson was very excited to be in the studio and he is a huge PBS Kids fan. Carson was happy to share about his favorite PBS Kids character, Daniel Tiger. Fans of the classic PBS program “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” might remember Daniel as a shy tiger puppet who lived in the Neighborhood of Make Believe. The beloved character inspired a reboot, with today’s Daniel as the four-year-old son of the original Daniel, now the star of his own show, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” which legions of adoring fans.

But PBS is more than just educational television. It also provides education for parents (PBS Parents) and tons of great resources for teachers (PBS Learning Media). Teachers in the Upper Cumberland can enjoy a free resource in the form of a really great event, happening March 8th.

WCTE invites area educators and childcare professionals to join us for PBS EdCamp at Prescott South. This event is free and you can register online to attend. There will be great food, door prizes, and lots of learning.

For more information call WCTE@931-528-2222 # 303


Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM.


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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.