Mississippi Education Connection


Mississippi Education Connection| PBS KIDS Programming

As the Covid-19 Pandemic continues to spread throughout the country, teachers, parents and students are having to find creative resources for learning at home. Today we’ll discuss PBS KIDS Programming and how it’s tied to curriculum with guests Sara DeWitt, VP of PBS KIDS Digital and Sara Schapiro VP of Education at PBS. We’ll also welcome Dr. Nathan Oakley, Chief Academic Officer with the MS Department of Education to discuss how PBS Programming ties into our curriculum in Mississippi.

For more information about Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann's "Healthy at Home Project" and PBS KIDS Programming visit education.mpbonline.org

Tips of the Week:

* Balance is Key- Create time/spaces where kids opt out of devices, offer alternative activities like drawing, reading, board games, dancing or playing.

* Be Choosy- Be picky about what your child watches or plays online. Select high-quality, learning-focuses programs that promote learning such as PBS KIDS.

* Do it Together- Co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and how they can apply it to the world around them. Playing and watching together creates more meaning and learning.

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Mississippi Education Connection| How to Help Your Special Needs Child Get the Most Out of Home School During Coronavirus Isolation

Transitioning to teaching your kids at home during coronavirus school closures can be hard for many families, but parents of kids with special needs face unique challenges. Listen as we speak with Robin Lemonis, Director of Special Education and Dr. Nathan Oakley, Chief Academic Officer with the MS Department of Education about how to help your special needs child get the most out of distance learning.Tips of the Week:* Keep consistent check-in with your child’s school, teachers and therapistsabout:How educational and therapeutic service delivery may change in the coming weeksIf schools offer distance-learning opportunities to students without disabilities, the same support should be offered to students with disabilities. Don’t feel pressured to exactly replicate school and therapy at home. With flexibility, you may identify new ways to learn and grow together that would be more difficult in a typical time.* Seek helpWhether your child has a disability or they're feeling extremely stressed, there are disability or condition-specific organizations and support groups that can provide helpful information and social support.Reach out to local organizations to see if they offer virtual support groups or have active email listeners that send out information and resources.* Encourage children to talk about their feelings .Children with disabilities often experience feelings of social isolation from their peers, and social distancing policies related to COVID- 19 may amplify these feelings.Give your child opportunities to discuss these feelings and brainstorm ways for your child to interact with others through texting, phone calls, video chatting and other virtual platforms.