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Welcome to UNC-TV Parents, dedicated to helping parents raise a child who is ready to learn. A UNC-TV Parent is a mom or a dad, a grandma or a grandpa, a friend or a caregiver -- any adult who helps a child learn and grow.
In this section, you will find advice, forms, activities, resources, TV schedules, information about family friendly community events, and more to help you do what parents do best -- be your child's best role model and teacher. If you are a parent, the resources here are specifically for YOU and the unique needs you have.
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Tips for Welcoming a New Sibling to the Family
While a new sibling can bring lots of joy, it can also come with some challenges. Here are helpful tips from Angela C. Santomero, creator of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, parenting guru – and the mom of two daughters – to help your child adjust to the arrival of their new baby brother or sister.
The Parent Show**
This original web series explores hot parenting topics and shares simple tips to make parenting easier. The Parent Show features wise and wacky interviews with experts and others including chefs, puppeteers, PBS personalities and even a rock star!
Big Blue Live Events for Families! UNC-TV has teamed up with the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island in Manteo and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh to bring you two UNC-TV BIG BLUE LIVE! watch parties where you can see some of the world’s most spectacular marine animals live on the big screen! Join us for these two amazing events on August 31, 2015. Click here for event details.
DESIGN SQUAD for Eager Learners
DESIGN SQUAD is an Emmy Award-winning online community that engages kids ages 8 and older with creative STEM activities, fun videos, interactive games, and exciting contests. Kids can get excited about innovation and design early - and DESIGN SQUAD can help. Check out the great materials that you can use at home, at school, or in the community.
Read-a-roo is UNC-TV’s reading mascot! This seven-foot kangaroo helps with story time, and travels statewide to reading festivals encouraging children to read. Roo can be seen on UNC-TV between children’s programming announcing various opportunities for children, such as the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. Read-a-roo also has her own game, promotes station tours, has a block party, has many PBS KIDS friends and so much more! Check out Read-a-roo on our Facebook page.
UNC-TV Station Tours UNC-TV has teamed up with the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island in Manteo and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh to bring you two UNC-TV BIG BLUE LIVE! watch parties where you can see some of the world’s most spectacular marine animals live on the big screen! Join us for these two amazing events on August 31, 2015. Click here for event details.
Sesame Street to the Rescue for Reading and Writing Tips and Resources
Your child's journey towards becoming a reader and writer, starts with the words, stories, and songs heard from you each day. Sesame Street offers a fun and academically rich resource called, "Every Day is a Reading and Writing Day." Check out these resources to help you turn your daily activities into rich opportunities for talking, reading, and writing together.
Back to School with UNC-TV and PBS Parents
PBS Parents empowers parents as they prepare their children for success in school – and in life. Click here to get parenting tips on a variety of topics, recipes, games with kids, and so much more. All year long, PBS Parents are here to provide your family with fun, educational activities that explore reading, writing and language.
Visit the PBS Parents website now for back to school tips.
Explore, Explore, Explore with The Cat in the Hat Knows Alot About That!
Click here to visit the Cat in the Hat Knows Alot About That! website to get parental activities and exploration guides for family fun and adventures in reading. Activities include ways to help children explore maps, shapes, how things fit together, numbers and counting, weather, and so much.
Cat in the Hat knows that children never get tired of exploring or having fun! So, summer is a great time to read books together! Enrich your child’s understanding of science and the environment by reading books that are based on The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! In fact, the television show, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!TM, was inspired by the Dr. Seuss Learning Library book series, published by Random House Children’s Books.
UNC-TV's 2015 PBS KIDS Writers Contest!
If you are a kindergarteners through third grader, then the PBS KIDS Writers Contest is for you. UNC-TV's local contest is typically held from January - March. Click here to learn more about the contest, the 2015 winners, the animated stories from previous years, and so much more.
Bilingual Science Family Resources with PEEP and The Big Wide World
UNC-TV staff conducted a monthly Family Literacy Night at Parkview Elementary School in High Point NC, impacting over 100 attendees, using the Peep and the Big Wide World resources. Peep and the Big Wide World is a terrific bilingual program and website that has a variety of resources such as books, simple activities and video that encourage science. Watch a short video narrated by Joan Cusack reminding you that there are opportunities in everyday life to encourage your childs' natural curiosity and help them develop science and math skills. Check out the "Anywhere Activities" section for fun easy-to-do ideas, such as going on a neighborhood safari.
Various tidbits of information for parents whose children are in a non-public school setting.
Parenting Counts is the research-based family of products developed by Talaris Institute to support parents and caregivers in raising socially and emotionally healthy children.
Have a Blast With Math Using Cyberchase
Developed for kids ages 8 to 11 and packed with mystery, humor, and action, Cyberchase delivers positive messages about math by teaching concepts in a fun way that kids can understand.
And to further help kids explore their world and have a blast with math, grown-ups can bring the fun and adventure of Cyberchase home with hands-on activities that explore a range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) topics. More...