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Young Learners

Ready To Learn television service is a national effort to improve the school readiness of young children through the reach of public broadcasting. Ready To Learn prepares children for success in school.

PBS Kids Online, home of your favorite PBS Kids characters with thousands of pages of learning and fun to explore. Play over 100 games, hear your favorite theme songs, read interactive stories, or discover how PBS Kids programs are made in Behind the Scenes.


PBS Parents Web site, provided by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), offers advice and activities for raising a PBS kid.
Programs, Fun & Games, Issues & Advice, Community, Shop and much, much more...

Struggling to Learn is a learning disabilities resource, from the producers of misunderstood minds.

Parenting Counts, a new multimedia initiative developed by KCTS and Talaris Research Institute, helps adults understand how children think, feel and learn in the early years.  
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Tweens (Age 6-12)

Its My Life is a safe yet fun online place where tweens can explore a wide variety of topics: from divorce to bullies; from fighting with friends to learning about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and smoking; from depression and grief to dealing with a younger sibling. Kids can read stories, watch video clips of other kids talking about their feelings and experiences, play games, take quizzes, respond to polls, get advice from older teens and experts, and send in comments and quiestions. It's My Life also features interviews with celebrities about their own tween experiences.

Don't Buy It helps kids learn about the modern media marketplace by showing them how to use the same advertising tactics used by Madison Avenue. Using site features, kids can put ads in sneaky places, design cereal boxes, and craft their own ad captions. Stories and quizzes, reveal startling truths about the marketing of junk food and the commercial forces behind the selling of pop music and television. Parody banner ads demonstrate how misleading Web advertising can be.

Backyard Jungle encourages kids ages 9 to 12 to explore the natural world around them and share their findings online through maps, photos, drawings, and words. Each child is encouraged to create his or her own "backyard" on the site. A backyard can be any outdoor space, large or small: a neighborhood park, a pond, a small plot of grass. Kids return repeatedly to their backyard maps to add discoveries -- plants, animals, and other wild things they find. Recording and sharing these discoveries promotes learning and exploration.

Plastic Fork Diaries poses the question: "Does what (and how) we eat affect who we are?" This Web site, designed for kids ages 9 to 12, presents episodic tales of lunch and life at a fictional middle school, told through the journal entries and interactions of six students from diverse backgrounds. By exploring various locations on the site, both in the school and throughout the fictional community, visitors learn more about the six characters: their interests and secrets, their successes and disapointments, their families and their private lives, and how their lives are ver much influenced by what they eat.

Plastic Fork Diaries provides accurate, useful, and entertaining information about nutrition and invites kids to share their own experiences and thoughts about food and how it affects them. The site also offers recipes, interesting facts about our bodies and food, and a behind-the-scenes look at unusual places where food is grown and prepared.

3d&1 aims to do for tweens and visual literacy, what Sesame Street did for young children and reading. "3d" refers both to the three-dimensional world and to the site's tag line: discover, design, discuss. "i" refers to the young user who interacts with the world (and this site) while developing his or her individual eye for design.

3d&i invites kids ages 9 to 12 to cultivate their own visual intelligence and taste, and to learn about a range of design fields. The site is divided into three areas: a do-it-yourself design workshop space; a research portfolio, "treasure chest" area, where users can talk to each other and debate design values and issues.

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