Spotlight on Reading with Kids, The Great American Read & Stations of Imagination!

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When was the last time someone read you a story? If you can’t remember then you won't want to miss the latest edition of WCTE’s Get Ready To Learn radio show. Host Cynthia Putman is joined by Emily Jones, a Senior Communications major and student intern from Tennessee Tech University. Emily is an avid reader and writer and she and Putman share some favorite PBS Kids books that are perfect for early learners.

Emily reads from the new PBS KIDS program, Pinkalicious and Peterriffic, which encourages kids to engage in the creative arts and self-expression, covering areas such as music, dance and visual arts.

The show follows the adventures of Pinkalicious and her brother Peter. Pinkalicious imagines creative possibilities everywhere she looks. She is an artist at heart—and, like most creative people, she sees the world differently from others. She knows what she likes, and she’s not afraid to express herself—though she sometimes needs help from her brother, Peter, and her neighborhood friends.

PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC offers a variety of games at and on the PBS KIDS Games App, as well as clips and full episodes across PBS KIDS’ streaming video platforms, including the PBS KIDS Video App.

PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning. The PBS KIDS Video App is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast.

Putman and Jones stress the importance of reading aloud with children.  Parents help children find all the tools they need to succeed in life. Having access to information through the printed word is an absolute necessity. Knowledge is power, and books are full of it. But reading is more than just a practical tool. Through books we can enrich our minds; we can also relax and enjoy some precious leisure moments.

Here are some tips to help your little learners get a head start on their education:

  • Talk, talk, talk! Your child will learn about spoken words just from listening to you.
  • Read to your child. Share books you loved and try some new ones from the library. Reread favorites over and over again!
  • Point out interesting words as you read. Help your child understand that the squiggles on the page have meaning.
  • Talk about books. Retell exciting stories at the dinner table. Encourage your child to share his favorite parts.
  • Connect what kids already know to what they hear or read. This helps your children understand more about the world around them.
  • Write for a purpose. As you’re writing your grocery list or a thank you note, share your work with your child. Don’t be surprised if she asks to borrow the pencil!

Join us on the courthouse square for this year’s Stations of Imagination at Fall Fun Fest for free family fun!

Stop by The Great American Read Booth and pick out a free book to read with your child! 


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.