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! 
December 2nd - Baxter Christmas Parade
December 3rd - McMinnville Christmas Parade
December 4th - Cookeville Christmas Parade
December 10th - Crossville Christmas Parade
Do you have favorite memories of Christmas parades past? Visit our Facebook page to share your stories. Some of them might even be mentioned on air during our parade broadcast. Our Get Ready To Learn host Cindy Putman shared a special memory she had from growing in Cookeville on the show. She remembers the Santa Claus faces that used to adorn lamp posts around town. This was a special memory for her as a child. 
In addition to the fun of local parades, we invite you not to miss WCTE's Holiday Open House event, next week at our studio in Downtown Cookeville. Click here to learn more.
Doing your holiday shopping this weekend? Maybe you're a parent who is tired of finding your own tablet battery drained because your child has been using to play favorite games or watch programs. Maybe it's time he or she got a tablet of their own? 
One that we recommend is the PBS KIDS Playtime Pad. Produced by Ematic, the 16 GB kids’ tablet provides a one-stop destination for PBS KIDS’ educational content, with more than 25 games and 120 video clips and music videos pre-loaded, along with 100+ hours of video on the PBS KIDS Video App.
Other popular apps such as PBS KIDS ScratchJr and PBS Parents Play and Learn are also included. The Playtime Pad features a front-and-back camera and a Paint Box coloring app that encourages kids to flex their creative skills. The tablet is kidSAFE® Coppa-certified, and includes controls that enable parents to customize the device for each of their children, set limits on screen time using a play timer and manage what kids can access.
Curious about how much screentime your child should have? Here is some great info from the American Academy of Pediatrics - Guideline for Screentime.
According to HealthyChildren.org, a site powered by the AAP, use of screen media (other than video chatting) is discouraged in children under 18 months. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media are advised to choose high-quality programming/apps and use them together with children, because this is how toddlers learn best. Letting children use media by themselves should be avoided.

For children older than 2 years, media limits are very appropriate. The AAP says to limit screen use to no more than 1 hour or less per day of high-quality programming, such as that offered by PBS KIDS. Co-view or co-play with your children, and find other activities for to do together that are healthy for the body and mind (e.g., reading, teaching, talking, and playing together).

All children and teens need adequate sleep (8-12 hours, depending on age), physical activity (1 hour), and time away from media. Designate media-free times together (e.g., family dinner) and media-free zones (e.g., bedrooms). Children should not sleep with devices in their bedrooms, including TVs, computers, and smartphones.

Parents are encouraged to develop personalized media use plans for their children. Media plans should take into account each child's age, health, personality, and developmental stage. Create your Family Media Use Plan here and remember to communicate your plan to other caregivers, such as babysitters or grandparents, so that media rules are followed consistently.

Just as the AAP advises parents to spend time interacting with screens with their children, children want parents to engage with them. The holidays don't have to be about buying things, but more about just spending time together. And you can always visit PBS Parents to find inspiration for games the entire family will enjoy. 

One way to engage with your child is to watch favorite programs together and discuss some of the topics covered. The new PBS KIDS show Splash and Bubbles, which teaches about teamwork, being part of a comunity, exploring the world around you, and social skills, is a great place to start. 

“SPLASH AND BUBBLES emphasizes the important social-emotional skills needed to help kids discover the interconnectivity among all living creatures, while creating an understanding of the variety of life that exists under the sea, fostering an appreciation for the biodiversity in our ocean,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS. “PBS KIDS is committed to using the power of media to build science skills to help inspire children to explore the fascinating world of marine biology and the wonder that makes up the majority of our planet’s surface." 

Through the adventures of Splash and Bubbles, we hope to inspire environmentalism, empathy and curiosity about the vast world of marine biology,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company. “We hope the series becomes a starting point for children to build confidence in their ability to make a difference in our environment and inspires a lifetime of learning.”


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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