Empowering Parents

Empowering Parents

Arkansas PBS believes that parents are a child's first teacher. Below you will find resources from Arkansas PBS, PBS and PBS KIDS to help you on your parenting journey.

2022 Writer's Contest

2022 Writer's Contest

PBS KIDS Writers Contest is an initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations. Entries will be judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations.

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Rise and Shine

Rise and Shine
“Rise and Shine,” produced in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, is an extensive educational program aligned to state standards and designed to boost summer learning for K-5 students following the disruption to education during the pandemic. The six-week program – featuring lessons led by Arkansas teachers to reinforce learning in key subjects including literacy, math, science and social studies – will air on Arkansas PBS weekdays beginning Tuesday, July 6, at 8 a.m. Arkansas educators and statewide partners will provide customized content – including the PBS KIDS programs you love – and engaging lessons delivered right to your television or streaming device.

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Hemingway Blackout Poetry Workshops

Learn about transforming a page from your favorite Hemingway book into a work of art with blackout poetry. Bring your marker and book page and be prepared to create your own masterpiece for yourself, your family, or your classroom.

To register or learn more about these workshops click here.

Join Arkansas PBS for Reading in the Delta this May

Arkansas PBS will host four Fun Family Reading Events this May as part of Reading in the Delta, an initiative to provide literacy resources and encourage family engagement.

Events are scheduled for the following cities and dates:

  • Parkin – Downtown corner of Parkin St. and Church St., Saturday, May 1, at 1 p.m.
  • Forrest City – Forrest City Library, Monday, May 3, at 4:30 p.m.
  • Helena-West Helena – Boys and Girls Club of Phillips County, Thursday, May 6, at 4:30 p.m.
  • Eudora – Eudora City Park, Saturday, May 15, at 1 p.m.

Each event will include a meal, story time featuring "Dragons Love Tacos," and resources and snack bags for each family to take home.

The events are made possible by funds from the Joan R. and Charles M. Taylor II Memorial Endowment Fund. Other partners include Rural Community Alliance, Arkansas Imagination Library, Southern Bancorp, Arkansas Foodbank and Foodbank of Northeast Arkansas.

Learn more about Reading in the Delta here.

April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month, and PBS KIDS has several shows to help celebrate! PBS KIDS gives representation for autism all year long with characters in programs including “Hero Elementary,” “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Arthur” and “Sesame Street.” These shows feature unique characters on the autism spectrum, highlighting their differences while also teaching kids the importance of acceptance.

Read More Here: PBS KIDS Autism Awareness Month Specials

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Sesame Street in Communities Virtual Pajama Party

Get ready for a fun filled time!

We will view Sesame Street segments, dance, sing songs, and enjoy a bedtime story. Also, we will learn ways to find time to be together, even on the busiest days.

*Special guest: Jackie Govan, Arkansas Headstart State Collaboration Office*

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Sesame Street in Communities Pajama Party Virtual Event

PBS Back to School

Back to School

This school year looks different for all of us. To help families, teachers and students, Arkansas PBS and PBS KIDS has resources to help us work together to bolster our children’s feelings of confidence and security. Find ways to create and practice routines, cope with anxieties and emotions, find games and ways to learn at home.

Visit PBS Parents pbs.org for downloadable resources such as checklists, planners and information on routines and learning at home.

Suicide Prevention

September is Suicide Prevention Month

Help your family, children and students navigate this difficult topic with an online series created for educators by ArkansasIDEAS - also helpful to families searching for guidance.

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Be a Good Citizen

Our educators have created toolkits and resources for parents and teachers to help guide and engage children through the civics process during this election year.

Creating opportunities to talk with your child about being a good citizen and the elections process early on helps develop an understanding of how to ask questions, become an educated voter, and learn how to speak to other citizens in productive ways in order to problem solve.

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Blueberry's Clubhouse

Blueberry's Clubhouse

Check out our latest kid's show, "Blueberry’s Clubhouse", an Arkansas PBS original series produced in partnership with the Arkansas Arts Center!


Empowering Parents as Teachers

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Many parents choose to teach their children at home, instead of enrolling them within the formal settings of public or private schools. Arkansas PBS supports parents in reimagining learning, transforming education, and in creatively engaging with their children.

Homeschooling Resources Provided by PBS

PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia Homeschool Collection

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Arkansas PBS PBS LearningMedia is the go-to destination for instant and free access to tens of thousands of digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans, and more.

Parents Blog

  • Express Your Truth – FREE Say My Piece Slam Poetry Camp

    Arkansas students ages 11-16, you can apply now for our free Say My Piece slam poetry camp, coming to the Central Arkansas Library System Main Library in downtown Little Rock during Spring Break! Learn more about this week-long poetry immersion camp – held March 22-25 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day – after the jump.

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  • Meatball Jell-O … What?! – “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” Memory

    It’s almost time to gather around for “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” on Arkansas PBS, a tradition that teaches us what a proper Thanksgiving is truly all about: gratitude for what we have, understanding for what didn’t turn out just right and being together. Find out what Meatball Jell-O is, and check out ideas for putting your own Charlie Brown-inspired feast together with Arkansas PBS Foundation’s Sara Willis after the jump.

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Last Updated 20 Jan 2022