So we've discussed the solid impact PBS KIDS programming makes in the area of early literacy, but in recent years the network has also made a commitment to STEM curriculum -- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Balancing out the literacy-based shows, we have science and math based shows like The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, Curious George, Wild Kratts and more. PBS KIDS GO! even extends the learning to older kids who have grown out of preschool fare with afternoon programming. PBS is one of the only networks offering educational, fun and quality shows for kids ages 5-12.
STEM-based shows are just as valuable as literacy-based programming, because they teach kids to think! Analyze, reason, question, compare, contrast--kids need to learn these skills. Not to mention, we need more mathematicians, scientists and engineers in the world.
As PBS Senior VP of Children's Media Lesli Rotenberg points out, PBS kids' shows had the 6 top-rated series for kids 2-5 in September. The shows present an array of educational curriculum spanning literacy, STEM subjects and social skills. 82% of all children between the ages of 2-8 have watched PBS shows for kids, so the valuable resource is being used, and parents can leverage these shows to to supplement kids' learning with productive TV time, and they can even use the shows as tools to get ideas for further learning or teach kids powerful communication and thinking skills. The PBS KIDS website is a also great resource for both kids and parents, providing games, videos and more.
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