Volume 2 - Issue 4     Grades PreK - 3

Kids love to learn. PBS KIDS Raising Readers is a national literacy campaign, and part of the Ready To Learn initiative, focused on building reading skills at home, at school, in child care, and in the community.

Funded by a Ready To Learn grant from the United States Department of Education, the Ready To Learn initiative has, and is developing engaging PBS KIDS Raising Readers television programs, exciting games, playful Web sites, and easy-to-use learning resources for kids, parents, caregivers, and teachers—all with the goal of helping children ages 2 to 8 get ready to read.

Between the Lions, Sesame Street, SUPER WHY!, WordWorld, Martha Speaks and The Electric Company are all part of the PBS KIDS Raising Readers programming.

All Ready To Learn initiative efforts incorporate the latest research about the most effective ways for kids to build reading skills, with a special emphasis on the needs of children from low income families. The Ready To Learn initiative is a cooperative agreement of the U.S. Department of Education, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), PBS, and the Ready To Learn Partnership (RTLP).

Educators, Parents and Caregivers alike can use the amazing resources available through this initiative to support building reading skills and creating a love for reading.

ASSET Recommends... Reviewed sites to make connections across the curriculum
Explore this educational content aligned to the Arizona Academic Standards that complements resources from PBS KIDS Raising Readers. They include engaging activities for learners from WGBH Teachers' Domain and Thinkfinity along with other trusted sources. They model appropriate use of technology to address individual learning styles and needs. More...

ASSET is your connection to the standards!
When you see this symbol you know content has been selected to specifically align to Arizona’s Academic Standards.  You can search in Teachers’ Domain by the standard.

Take a look at this Super WHY! Lesson that helps students label and identify uppercase letters of the alphabet, separate words into sounds and use words in sentences. Students practice the alphabet sequence by playing the "Duck, Duck Letters" game in your classroom. Click on Lesson 4: Jack and the Beanstalk Episode.

ASSET Recommends... PBS TeacherLine Professional Development
Join educators from across the nation in PBS TeacherLine professional development that supports educating our digital natives. Find out more…

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Sesame Street Podcasts

Did you know you can get Sesame Street’s Word on the Street delivered right to your portable media player? Check out all the free portable video episodes available from Sesame Street at http://www.sesamestreet.org/podcasts

connectionConnecting with the Arts

Start getting your students ready to participate in the FIRST PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, a national-local contest designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. The Contest encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country, to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces. More...


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