Overview of Ready To Learn
The core of Ready To Learn is a full day of non-violent, commercial-free,
educational children's television programming broadcast free of charge
to every American household. The daily broadcast includes award-winning
programs such as Arthur,
Ready To Learn also provides extensive outreach services to the local
area. These services include workshops for
parents, childcare providers and other early childhood professionals and
distribution of children's books.Ready To Learn is funded by a Ready To
Learn Television Cooperative Agreement from the U.S. Department of Education
through the Public Broadcasting Service.
Children's Program Schedule
Idaho Public Television broadcasts 56 hours every week of high-quality,
educational children's programs. Click
here to see the daily children's lineup.
Children and Television
Second only to parents, television is the young child's most influential
teacher. Nothing else in our culture can match television's ability to
influence how children learn, think and act. Given the power of television,
young children need adults to help them become wise television users.
Many studies show that with selective viewing, television can contribute
richly to school readiness. To help children get the most from the TV
they watch parents must take responsibility to supervise and guide their
children's TV viewing. Become pro-active about your television viewing
habits by selecting programming to watch together as a family. From our
Ready to Learn programs for children to our prime time programming that
enriches and inspires - there is something for everyone!
Workshops for Parents, Teachers,
Idaho Public Television offers a variety workshops for parents, teachers
and child care providers designed to illustrate how the Ready to Learn
children's programs can be used to build literacy skills and enhance social
growth. Click here to see a list of workshops
available and the current schedule.
provides information for teachers and parents about how to teach children
to read and how to help struggling readers. Each month there are new articles
that provide information and strategies to use at home and in the classroom!
Exploring New Books
Visiting your local library is a great way to develop a love of reading
in your children. Before you head out to the library, you can see if your
library has the book you want! The Idaho
State Library (LILI) has a great website with a searchable database
to locate specific booktitles or authors. You can search the whole database
and also link to your local library databases!
Idaho Child is
a gateway to children's services and information sponsored by the Idaho
Department of Health and Welfare.
Early Childhood Mathematics
Like learning to read, the foundations for learning about mathematics
begin in the early years. Recognizing the importance of the early years
as math learning years, NAEYC
and the National Council
of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) have developed recommendations for
teachers, teacher educators, program developers, and policymakers to improve
curriculum and teaching for children three to six years of age. The joint
position statement, "Early
Childhood Mathematics: Promoting Good Beginnings" is available
on the NAEYC website.
On-air Educational Messages
Messages for children related to reading and learning are promoted through
non-commercial video breaks aired between PBS Kids television programs.
The first major, comprehensive bilingual literacy site, ColorinColorado
is meant to help parents get their children ready to succeed in school
with activities, information and advice on turning children into confident
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