At Rio Grande Educational Collaborative, we have taken the time to research, implement, and build strong relationships with some wonderful enrichment partners. Today we’d like to tell you more about our partnership with New Mexico PBS. Using media in teaching is an exciting tool because it’s something kids know and like. By using a media program to enhance learning, kids get exposure to new topics and ideas in a method that is familiar and fun for them. PBS Kids Ready to Learn programming provides numerous learning resources for kids, inspired by and featuring classic characters, as well as some exciting new ones. For example, kids can learn about real-life math and problem solving with the help of The Cat in the Hat. PBS Kids Lab has developed multiple math enrichment games that feature this favorite character. Videos and games help kids learn to build and use maps and understand sorting and measurement.
Other programs that kids love include SciGirls, which promotes gender-equitable learning by showing real girls engaging in fun science experiments, and by interviewing female role models in STEM fields. The quirky Odd Squad series features a group of kid investigators who combine imaginative storytelling with learning arithmetic and geography. These programs and their corresponding activities are engaging for kids, and inspire fun while learning. PBS Kids programming is often the jumping-off point for group activities that help kids get excited about reading and problem solving as they work together. RGEC uses these partnerships to give kids a fresh perspective on topics they learn in school, and teach them that learning can be fun. To learn more about Rio Grande Educational Collaborative’s enrichment partners, stay tuned for our next email about Instituto Cervantes.