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.

This week's radio show focuses on the importance of spending quality time with your kids and family. A recent survey asked kids what they wanted most from their parents. You might be surprised to learn that it wasn't the latest tech gadget or the hottest toy flying off the shelves. The majority of kids surveyed said they wanted more than anything for their parents to spend quality time with them.  

Our special guest on the show was Destiny Bull, a college freshman at Volunteer State, who works in the LEAPS program at three of the 19 schools in the Putnam County School System, LEAPS for 21st Century sites. Destiny started as a high school student who volunteered during summer and fall LEAPS camps. And now that she has graduated, she is a part time employee, using this job to support and fund her college education. 

Destiny recently assisted Cindy Putman with four Famiily Creative Learning Workshops at Jere Whitson Elem. School, where more than 40 parents and children learned how to do coding by using the PBS KIDS ScratchJr app, which can be downloaded for free HERE

The Family Creative Learning Workshops had a winter theme, and each night, attendees created a craft using ideas from PBS Parents. The Putnam County Schools System provided a hot meal for the families and they were able to engage with their children for two hours in quality educational learning time. 

On this week's show, Destiny and Putman also chat about the excitement the children had when a beloved PBS KIDS character, Clifford the Big Red Dog, came to visit the families.

Want to spend more quality time with your family this holiday season? There are many free family activites that can be enjoyed in the Upper Cumberland area. The Cookeville Christmas parade is Sunday, Dec. 11th and we hope everyone will come out and wave to WCTE's float, complete with our pal Clifford, on hand to spread holiday cheer with children and their damilies.

The Putnam County Library, Cookeville History Museum, and the Cookeville Depot all have exciting programs happening this month that families can attend. Check out their websites for more details about fun things like Winter Photo Fun, Family Movie Night, and more! 

Sometimes the best memories are made doing the simplest activities. Something like driving around looking at Christmas lights can be a tradition families look forward to each year. We hope you'll take some time this holiday season and beyond to focus on quality time with your family. That's what really matters and it definitely matters to us here at WCTE! 


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.