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. 

A HUGE thanks to Zimmer Broadcasting and Brent Carl Fleshman, Marconi Award Winning Broadcaster and Producer of this program. 

Ready To Learn is an educational initiative that is funded by the US Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement. The Ready To Learn initiative has provided funding for Putman, WCTE, the Putnam County Schools, Highlands Residential Services, the Putnam County Library, the Millard Oakley STEM Center at TTU, and LB&J Headstart to reach families and caregivers of children ages birth to five years old. 

The goal of the Ready To Learn initiative is to introduce PBS content on-air and online to parents, educators, and childcare providers across the Upper Cumberland. Putman, while working with these partners, has hosted Family Creative Learning Workshops centered around PBS KIDS ScratchJr at Jere Whitson Elementary and the Putnam County Library. 

WCTE and our Ready To Learn partners are excited about the upcoming events that will take place in 2017. Check out WCTE's Facebook page and WCTE's homepage for dates of the upcoming Family Creative Learning Workshop that will be held at the Putnam County Library. This event is FREE for children and their families, ages 5-8. 

Another exciting event that WCTE is partnering on is the Solar Eclipse that will happen on August 21, 2017. The last time this eclipse occurred was in 1478 and the next time will be in 2566. Because of how the eclipse will happen, the city of Cookeville will be in the direct path and therefore provide optimal viewing of this incredible natural happening. The total eclipse will last about two and a half minutes, as well as a 90 minute partial eclipse. 

Putman is working with Dr. Steve Robinson, Dr. Sally Pardue, and the Cookeville Chamber's Highlands Economic Partnership to plan family-friendly events that will be open to the public during the eclipse. 

A special thanks to all the guests who have come our show this year. They shared their expert advice on topics ranging from how to raise kids' self-esteem, the importance of play, and kids and stress to kids and bullying, depression, first time parenting, and the importance of being your child's first teacher. 

Putman shares that her children are 34 and 28, but working with these families of young children has reminded her how important and stressful the lives of parents can become. So Putman shared the top 10 things she learned as a parent. These top 10 thoughts were her personal ideas and opinions about what she and her husband encountered as they were raising their two children. 

1) Kids Want You - This includes your time, your attention, and your ear

2) Kids Need Routine, Structure, and Consistency

3) Kids Need Rules to Follow - And these rules must be ones that they understand

4) Kids Want and Need Conseqeunce - Especially the ones you say they are going to get

5) Remember You Are Not Raising Yourself - Your child is his or her own person

6) Kids Need Encouragment and Support - Instill in them the knowledge that they can and will make good decisions. They are equipped, but we as parents have to do the equipping. 

7) Help Kids Label Their Feelings - But also help them realize they are not labeled

8) Ask for Help - You do not have to be a superstar parent

9) You are Your Child's Parent - Not their friend

10) Love Them with Your Whole Heart 

For more information and advice, check out PBS Parents and all the great expert information that lives there. This includes articles, videos, activities, craft ideas, and the handy child development tracker. Thanks for tuning in in 2016. Please tune in Saturdays at 9:30 for our Get Ready To Learn Radio show! 

2017 is going to be an exciting year at WCTE as we launch the 24/7 PBS KIDS channel with a free event on January 21st from 10 a.m. until noon at the Putnam County Library. 

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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.