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If you’re a kid, summer is the best time of year, but if you’re a parent or grandparent, it can have its challenging moments. How do you keep your kids engaged when they don’t have school during the day? How do you help them avoid the summer slide? And how do you keep them from staring at a computer, tablet or TV screen for 3 months?

 

PBS Parents recently released a special “Summer Camp” webpage that’s full of free (or nearly free) activities, ways to include learning in summer fun, cool outdoor activities and so much more.  There’s even a summer bucket list for 2014 that includes activities like catching fireflies, making homemade popsicles (recipe included), going to the county fair and building a bug house.

 

Check it out and let us know some of your favorite summer activities in the comments! Here’s the link to the camp page: http://www.pbs.org/parents/summer/

 

We also especially love the bucket list: http://www.pbs.org/parents/summer/camp-pbs-parents-summer-bucket-list-2014/

06/13/2014 Education 0 Comments
     

Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world – both in terms of population and geography. More than 192 million people call this land their home. Taking up over half of South America, Brazil is a mix of races, religions, sophistication, wildness, wealth, poverty and unexplored wilderness. The country is considered one of the rising global powers – less scary than China, less authoritarian than Russia and less chaotic than India with vast natural resources, a burgeoning industrial base and a strong currency that make it the envy of all.

 

Join Michael Palin on CET and ThinkTV16 as he visits Brazil and travels from the lost world of Amazonia to the buzzing metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, to meet the people and visit the places that shape this nation.

 

This series has four parts, which will air on two consecutive days. Here’s the breakdown:

 

Brazil with Michael Palin: Out of Africa

Monday, June 9, at 9pm

The city of Sao Luis and the coastal lagoons of the Lencois Maranhenses national park are explored.

 

Brazil with Michael Palin: Into Amazonia

Monday, June 9, at 10pm

The magnificent Manaus Opera House, the Xingu River and the capital city of Brasilia are showcased.

 

Brazil with Michael Palin: The Road to Rio

Tuesday, June 10, at 9pm

The state of Minas Gerais and its giant mines as well as the city of Rio de Janeiro are highlighted.

 

Brazil with Michael Palin: The Deep South

Tuesday, June 10, at 10pm

The beautiful town of Parati, the city of Sao Paolo and the wetlands of the Pantanal are visited.

 

Here’s a preview of the series:

06/05/2014 Programs 0 Comments
     

With the school year coming to an end for most local families, your weekday schedule is probably about to change. We understand – our weekday schedule is about to change too! PBS has made some alterations to our weekly children’s programming line-up and we wanted to make sure you knew what the changes were going to be. Below is a list of the changes for CET and ThinkTV16. The times and programs not listed will stay on the current schedule and there are not swaps on the weekend days just yet.

 

Here’s what you need to know:

 

CET

6am – Sid the Science Kid instead of Clifford the Big Red Dog

7am – Wild Kratts instead of Arthur

8:30am – Curious George instead of Cat in the Hat

11:30am – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood instead of Super Why!

12pm – Dinosaur Train instead of Sid the Science Kid

12:30pm – Dinosaur Train instead of Thomas and Friends

2:30pm – Cat in the Hat instead of Dinosaur Train

3pm – Curious George instead of Peg + Cat

3:30pm – Curious George instead of Cat in the Hat

4pm – Arthur instead of Curious George

5pm – Wild Kratts instead of WordGirl

 

ThinkTV16

1pm – Dinosaur Train instead of Bob the Builder

1:30pm – Dinosaur Train instead of Bali

3pm – Curious George instead of Peg + Cat

3:30pm – Curious George instead of Cat in the Hat

4pm – Arthur instead of Curious George

5pm – Wild Kratts instead of WordGirl

 

You can view the full line-up of programs on all of our channels any time at www.CETconnect.org/schedule and www.thinktv.org/onair/schedule

05/30/2014 Programs 5 Comments
     

The Broadcast Educational Media Commission has asked 12 public television stations around the state to create career videos for a multimedia video series. CET and ThinkTV – the two stations of Public Media Connect – are working to put together a video about careers using foreign language education. The crew visited the Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies in Cincinnati to talk to Alma Uribe and Christian Mora about teaching foreign languages. 

 

Alma and Christian are both native English speakers. It was awesome to hear about what it means for them to teach a foreign language to kids who at the elementary school age at a school that places an emphasis on exposure to foreign languages. The resulting video will be featured on the governor's state website for Jobs Ohio and will be posted on our YouTube channel and PBS Learning Media.

 

Here are some photos and a quick video we took during the school's multicultural field day: 

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05/23/2014 Education 0 Comments
     

The National Memorial Day Concert is back this year – and its celebrating 25 years of honoring our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.  The program will air at 8pm Sunday, May 25, on CET and ThinkTV16.

 

Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise are returning this year to host the event along with American leader Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.), and veteran actor Gerald McRaney. In addition to the performances, the concert, which is presented live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, will include a thanks from our nation to the veterans of Afghanistan, commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II’s D-Day and look back at the stories of service and sacrifice featured throughout the years. The concert also will be presented on the American Forces Network so our troops around the world can watch.

 

This year’s concert will feature the following artists along with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly:

-          2013 winner of The Voice and country music sensation Danielle Bradbery

-          Broadway and television star Megan Hilty

-          Musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho

-          World-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns

-          Emmy Award-winning actress Dianne Wiest

-          Country Music Star Jennifer Nettles

-          U.S. Army Herald Trumpets

-          U.S. Army Chorus

-          U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters

-          U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants

-          The Soldiers’ Chorus

 

Learn more about the history of the concert here: http://www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert/about/concert-history/.

 

05/15/2014 Programs 0 Comments
     

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