preschool

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I
The Fatherless Factor, continued

 

We continue to examine The Fatherless Factor. Studies show that children who grow up without an involved father experience more behavioral problems and achieve lower academic success than those who have Dad around. How can children living in fatherless households beat the odds?

 

Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email and via Twitter during the Live Broadcast.

 

Phone Lines:
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INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I
The Fatherless Factor

 

The number of fatherless households is rising, according to a study by the Hawai‘i State Commission on Fatherhood. What’s behind this upward trend? And how does it affect children to grow up without a father at home?

 

Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email and via Twitter during the Live Broadcast.

 

Phone Lines:
462-5000 on Oahu or 800-238-4847 on the Neighbor Islands.

 

Email:
insights@pbshawaii.org

 

Twitter:
Join our live discussion using #pbsinsights

 

Nature Cat

 

NATURE CAT FOLLOWS FRED, A HOUSE CAT WHO DREAMS OF EXPLORING THE GREAT OUTDOORS.

 

In each episode, once his family leaves for the day, Fred transforms into Nature Cat, “backyard explorer extraordinaire.” Nature Cat can’t wait to get outside for a day of backyard nature excursions and bravery, but there’s one problem: he’s still a house cat with no instincts for nature. Like many of today’s kids, Nature Cat is eager and enthusiastic about outside activities, but is at times intimidated by them. With the help of his animal friends, Nature Cat embarks on action-packed adventures that include exciting missions full of nature investigation, “a-ha” discovery moments and humor, all while inspiring children to go outside and “play the show.”

 

 

Ready Jet Go!

 

Curiosity about space starts very early. As soon as kids are old enough to look up at the night sky, they begin to wonder: what is up there? Is there life somewhere, impossibly far away? Can we get there? Who better to ask about space than someone who’s actually been there – an alien boy named Jet Propulsion! READY JET GO! is a kid’s first introduction to space, earth science, and technology, presented in an entertaining and engaging way that will inspire a life-long interest. Kids ages 3 to 8 will be learning alongside a seasoned space traveler. As an alien from Borton 7, Jet sees our Planet Earth like we want our kids to see it: with a sense of curiosity and wonder.

 

An alien family with vastly superior technology is traveling across the galaxy on assignment; the parents are travel writers. They pick up a radio signal of a catchy 1950s rock’n’roll song called “Jet Propulsion” that leads them to Earth, which they find to be a first-rate planet: lush and beautiful, worthy of staying awhile and writing up several travel articles. They morph into human shape, call themselves the Propulsion family, and name their kid JET, thinking it a “typical Earth name.” When their flying saucer morphs into the shape of a house and lands in a vacant lot, two kids witness the event: neighbors SEAN and SYDNEY.

 

The front door bursts open, JET PROPULSION hops out, and immediately becomes their best friend. He’s friendly and curious and fun, plus his parents have a flying saucer that can zoom them out to Saturn in one minute flat! Jet is what both kids have always wished for. He’s the most interesting kid ever, and an ambassador for space: “Space is so cool!!”

 

Curious George 3:
Back to the Jungle

 

Presenting a feature-length movie for the very young set – with an early-morning time that works for them! Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle is an adventure-filled movie that has our favorite monkey taking part in a space mission. A little “monkeying around” causes him to crash-land in Africa. While a worried Man with the Yellow Hat searches for him, George bravely explores the jungle and makes new animal friends along the way. Reunited at last, the two best pals share adventures with their new friends. This show, like other PBS children’s programming, is curriculum-based and educational.

 

Bob the Builder

 

Bob the Builder and his machine team are ready to tackle any project. As they hammer out the solutions that lead to a job well done, Bob and the Can-Do Crew demonstrate the power of positive-thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and follow-through. Most importantly, from start to finish, the team always shows that The Fun Is In Getting It Done!

 

Bob the Builder was created in the UK in 1998 and made its US television debut in 2001. The show currently airs in over 240 territories and in 45 languages. It can be seen daily in the US on PBS and PBS KIDS Sprout.

 

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

 

Award-winning host Fred Rogers visits neighbors and places to help children learn about the world around them. He talks with young viewers about their feelings as they deal with the challenges and joys of growing and learning. These themes are reinforced in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, where puppets and humans work together to solve problems and help each other.

 

For children 2 to 5 years old.

 

Visit the Web site: http://pbskids.org/rogers

 

Series Goals

  • Help children feel good about themselves
  • Celebrate creativity and individuality
  • Develop appreciation of others
  • Help children learn self-control and how to express their feelings

 

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood gives children the tools to learn. It helps them have a healthy curiosity about their world, to look and listen carefully, to develop self-control, to deal with their feelings, to get along with others, to be imaginative and creative, and to feel good about who they are and what they can become.

 

Helping Kids Prepare for School
The series encourages children to hone their social and problem-solving skills. These skills, along with literacy skills modeled by the characters, help prepare young children for school and for life.

 

When to Watch
Find out when MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD airs in your area, and also get episode descriptions and related activities!

 

 

Dinosaur Train

 

Dinosaur Train embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains, while encouraging basic scientific thinking skills as the audience learns about life science, natural history and paleontology. Each of the 40 half-hour episodes features Buddy, an adorable preschool age Tyrannosaurus Rex, and includes two 11-minute animated stories along with brief live action segments hosted by renowned paleontologist Dr. Scott Sampson. Young viewers can join Buddy and his adoptive Pteranodon family on a whimsical voyage through prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes and oceans, as they unearth basic concepts in life science, natural history and paleontology. The learning and fun are continued on the web site, where users can play games with their favorite characters, print activity pages and watch clips from the show.

 

Dinosaur Train begins when Buddy is adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Pteranodon and brought to their nest to hatch at the same time as his new siblings, Tiny, Shiny and Don. Buddy and his new family have an insatiable desire to learn all about the different types of dinosaurs, so they board the wondrous Dinosaur Train, which allows them to travel and explore the world inhabited by these amazing creatures.

 

Departing from Pteranodon Station, the Dinosaur Train is a colorful locomotive, customized to accommodate all kinds of dinosaurs. Windows are perfect for the long-necked herbivores, and there’s plenty of head room in the Observation Car for the Giganotosaurus, giving all the species onboard a chance to check out the prehistoric world as they ride on the train. The Dinosaur Train has the ability to visit the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous worlds, while the Train’s Conductor, a knowledgeable Troodon, provides passengers with cool facts about dinosaurs along the way.

 

 

Thomas & Friends

 

Thomas & Friends™ has sparked the imagination of young children for generations. The enduring and classic animated series is based on the much-loved books by Reverend W. Awdry, who created Thomas the Tank Engine™ to entertain his young son, Christopher, when he was in bed with the measles. The series features Thomas, a true blue engine friend who proudly wears the “#1” on his side, and a cast of track stars, including James, Percy, Emily, Henry and Gordon, as well as Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway, who keeps everything running smoothly. Thomas’ world is a place with a strong community spirit, typified by a universal willingness to embrace good manners and hard work, and a desire to be “really useful.”

 

Each episode features two animated stories, a live-action segment and a music video designed to delight children while helping to foster their social and emotional development. As young viewers join Thomas and his engine friends on exciting adventures on the Island of Sodor and beyond, they experience timeless life lessons of discovery, cooperation, and friendship. For more about the Thomas & Friends educational framework, see Learning Goals.

 

 

Caillou

 

Caillou is a 4-year-old boy who delights in the small wonders of the world around him, embellishing everything he sees with his rich imagination. Surrounded by his parents, his little sister, Rosie, his grandparents and friends his age, Caillou discovers the world and just can’t wait to grow up! Everything around him is an excuse to embark on exciting adventures, learn new things and have fun. Whether he’s at school, at home or in a park, Caillou finds opportunities for learning and growing everywhere!

 

Each episode of the series is a slice of Caillou’s life. Thanks to his vivid imagination, ordinary, everyday events quickly become exciting adventures where Caillou can play “make-believe”. But Caillou can tell the difference between real life and pretending. When he is done playing make-believe, Caillou happily returns to the familiar daily routine of a 4-year-old. Indeed, each episode begins and ends firmly anchored in the real world.

 

Designed for preschoolers, the Caillou television series is composed of 30 minute episodes divided into three 7 minute adventures. In each adventure, Caillou discovers the big, wide world, experiences new things, shares his imaginary adventures with us and sometimes, even sings for his little viewers!

 

A 180-degree turn!
Since the beginning of the CAILLOU television series, each episode has featured everyday experiences and events that resonate with all children. Caillou is as realistic as possible so that young viewers can identify with him – and vice-versa! After all, Caillou is based on what real kids say and do.

 

Now, CAILLOU’s focus is on role-playing and “make-believe.” Children develop and mature through play. In fact, by imagining they are someone else, they can often accomplish extraordinary things they would never have thought possible. Their self-confidence improves and they enjoy and take pride in growing up.

 

Like other children, Caillou spruces up reality with a healthy dose of imagination. Each episode begins with an everyday event from Caillou’s life that, through his mind’s eye, quickly turns into a fantastic and larger-than-life adventure. Though Caillou has not experienced much in real life, in his imagination, things are very different! He can do the impossible and be the hero of a breathtakingly dangerous adventure… safe and sound in his own home, park or playschool. Why he can just sit back and imagine he is the strongest, bravest boy in the world, saving planet Earth every day!

 

Young viewers, who are used to playing make-believe, will be thrilled to see Caillou playing just as they do, and becoming more and more like them. Captivated by his lively imaginary adventures, they will be inspired to use their imaginations even more to make up adventures of their own.

 

 

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