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Between the Lions
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Between the Lions is an excellent program designed to promote literacy. A recent summative evaluation of Between the Lions concluded that, "kindergarten children who watched [Between the Lions] outperformed kindergarten children who did not watch [Between the Lions] by nearly 4 to 1 on measures of specific program content. Skills measured included phonemic awareness, letter-sound correspondence, and concepts of print. Average performance from pre-test to post-test improved 50% for those who viewed the program and only 13% for those who did not view the program."
The July 2000 study was conducted by Deborah L. Linebarger, Ph.D., of the Juniper Gardens Children's Project at the University of Kansas.
The educational mission of Between The Lions is to help young children learn to read. Episodes incorporate the following educational goals:
This comprehensive literacy program is geared for children 4 to 7 years of age. The series combines innovative puppetry, animation, live action and music to achieve its educational goals.
The series utilizes a variety of strategies for developing language and reading skills. Strategies include:
Workshops assist parents, caregivers and teachers in the use of Between The Lions as it explores program clips, educational goals, hands-on activities and the Between The Lions website.
PBS Ready To Learn is supported by a cooperative agreement from the U. S. Department of Education, PR/Award Number R295A00002.