This CG-animated series follows the dance-filled adventures of Angelina Ballerina, the remarkable little mouseling with big dreams of becoming a prima ballerina. Based on the original best-selling children’s book series by author Katharine Holabird and illustrator Helen Craig, ANGELINA BALLERINA follows the now eight-year-old Angelina as she embarks on the next stage in her life at a performing arts school, Camembert Academy. This new series finds Angelina making new friends and experiencing various forms of music and dance, including ballet, modern, tap, jazz, classic, as well as ethnic dances from around the world. When children share in Angelina’s experiences, they’re inspired to pursue their dreams, too!
Ages: 3 to 8
Airs: Saturday at 9:30 am ET
Come along as Arthur, your favorite aardvark, grows up, explores the world and finds his own special place in it. Through his adventures, Arthur encourages children to read and write, and enhances their problem-solving and social skills. The Arthur Web site is full of fun with screen-savers, games, postcards, bookmarks, coloring pages and more.
Ages: 3 to 8
Airs: Sunday at 10 am ET
Sing, dance and play games with Barney, his friend Baby Bop, her big brother BJ and a culturally diverse cast of children. Kids have fun learning about positive concepts such as good health and safety habits, friendship, good manners, self-esteem, and concern for others while developing their language skills. Visit Barney on-line for games, music and stories!
Ages: 2 to 5
Airs: Weekdays at 12:30 pm ET on 13.2
Lion-librarians Theo and Cleo and their clubs Lionel and Leona run a library like no other on earth. The doors "between the lions" swing open to reveal a magical place where characters pop off the pages of books, vowels sing, and words take on a life of their own. Between the Lions emphasizes both the pleasures and values of reading, as well as the skills needed for learning how to read. In just it's first year on the air, Between the Lions was recognized with a rare endorsement from the National Education Association (the first series in 10 years that they've endorsed), received 7 Daytime Emmy Nominations, received a Television Critics Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming, a Parent's Gold Choice Award for Best TV Show for Kids 4-7 years old, and received the International Reading Association's 2001 Broadcast Media Award for Television in the category Children's Programs. The Between the Lions companion Web site has received high marks, as well, and offers fun and games for the kids along with great information for parents & teachers.
Ages: 4 to 7
Airs: Monday-Friday at 6:00 am ET
BOB THE BUILDER is a stop frame, animated series aimed at preschoolers (two-to-five-year olds). Each episode follows the adventures of Bob and his machines: Scoop the leader/digger, Muck the digger/dumper, Dizzy the cement mixer, Lofty the crane and Roley the steamroller. Bob's business partner, Wendy, and Pilchard the cat also help out in the builder's yard. Other characters include Farmer Pickles, his tractor, Travis, and the naughty scarecrow Spud-- who is always up to mischief.
Ages: 2 to 5
Airs: Saturday at 6:30 am ET
Caillou (pronounced KY' yoo) is an irresistible 4-year-old who will capture your heart and the heart of all young viewers as they explore with him the joys and trials of being a little kid. Caillou chronicles it's hero's adventures through a unique combination of animation, puppets, music, dance and live action, as he bravely encounters the infinite miracles and dilemmas of 4- year-old life. Caillou's Web site is a great place to visit with games, a magic keyboard, coloring pages, paper dolls, even the chance to sing-a-long!
Ages: 2 to 6
Air: Weekdays at 1 pm ET on 13.2
Clifford the Big Red Dog Based on one of the best-selling childrens' book series of all time! Clifford lives on Birdwell Island with his human, Emily Elizabeth. Birdwell Island is a special place where everyone is accepted and respected for who they are--even if they're exceptionally BIG like Clifford or really timid like T-Bone. Clifford's on-line home is a fun place to visit, also, with stories, postcards, coloring pages, games and more.
Ages: 3 to 7
Airs: Weekdays at 6:30 am ET
CURIOUS GEORGE is an animated series based on the popular books by Margret and H.A. Rey. The goal of the series is to inspire children to explore science, engineering, and math in the world around them. And what better guide is there for this kind of exploration than the world's most curious monkey? George lives to find new things to discover, touch, spill, and chew. Everything is new to George and worth investigating. Of course, in George's hands — all four of them — investigation often leads to unintended consequences! Throughout George's adventures, he encounters and models basic concepts in each of the three content areas. The CURIOUS GEORGE series also aims to show parents and caregivers how to foster the development of science and math literacy in children. In addition to programming, the series is supported by a substantial educational outreach campaign that develops relevant materials and distributes them to librarians, teachers, community centers, and families. These materials offer activities designed to support and extend the learning objectives of the series.
Airs: Saturdays at 10 am ET
This upbeat family program explores what the community is curious about. In each episode, host Joel Greene, takes viewers on an unscripted, hands-on exploration to answer letters of curiosity. The series strives to provide entertaining, educational programming for the entire family to enjoy, with a special emphasis on environmental issues.
Airs: Saturdays at 10 am ET
The Emmy Award-winning series CYBERCHASE teaches kids aged 8-12 math concepts in a fun way they can understand. Packed with mystery, humor, and action, the TV show features a team of curious kids who outwit, outsmart, and outlast the bad guys in their adventurous quest to save Cyberspace.
Ages: 8 to 12
Airs: Sundays at 12 pm ET on 13.2
This series borrows from the hugely popular reality competition format and uses serious fun to excite kids about engineering. Two design squads of high-school students design, build and test whimsical machines and innovative products — everything from a wireless light and dance show to an automatic pancake maker — for real clients. Guided by two engineer hosts, teams are scored for their ability to think outside the box and meet (or surpass) the demands of the challenge at hand.
Ages: 9 to 12
Airs: Fridays at 1:30 pm ET
Set in a whimsically realistic, prehistoric world of jungles, swamps, active volcanos and oceans, this animated series features a curious T-rex named Buddy. Together with his adoptive Pteranodon family, Buddy takes the dinosaur train to meet, explore and have adventures with all kinds of dinosaurs, encouraging young viewers at home to make observations and comparisons about their own world and foster a lifelong interest in learning.
Ages: 3 to 6
Airs: Weekdays at 9:30 am ET, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 am ET
Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind SESAME STREET, introduced a new version of one of television’s most beloved children’s series, THE ELECTRIC COMPANY, in January 2009. The series, designed to combat the literacy crisis America’s second graders are facing, has been re-energized for today’s media-driven generation with a truly interactive experience. Keith, Jessica, Lisa and Hector “turn on the power” every day across the country!
Airs: Weekdays at 3 pm ET
Part game show, part reality series, part spoof, FETCH! explores the untapped potential of the hugely popular reality television genre and proves it can be a great venue for kids to learn problem-solving skills and teamwork, while at the same time exposing them to different cultures and experiences. Featuring an animated dog, Ruff Ruffman, and a group of real kids, this series offers young viewers some perspective on competition by reinforcing the age old adage “it's not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game!”
Airs: Sunday at 12:30 pm ET and Weekdays at 6 pm ET on 13.2
Follow along as 50 teams from area high schools go head-to-head in a battle of knowledge, competing for college scholarships. Watch and play along to see if you're more knowledgeable than the four-person teams as they answer questions about history, science, literature, geography, art, music and math--to name only a few subjects! See the complete game schedule here.
Ages: 12 to Adult
Airs: Saturdays at 8 pm, Mondays at noon, October through April
This animated series follows the story of Martha, a loveable dog whose appetite for alphabet soup gives her the ability to speak. Martha’s dog’s-eye view of the world, combined with her rich vocabulary, creates a wonderfully comic series with a solid educational heart. MARTHA SPEAKS is part of PBS KIDS Raising Readers, designed to use media to help young children, especially those from low-income families, build the skills they need to learn to read.
Ages: 4 to 7
Airs: Weekdays at 7:30 am ET and 3:30 pm ET on 13.2
Mister Rogers talks in a way young children understand, at a pace they can absorb and with a consistency that creates a calm, safe place for preschoolers. Topics with sensitive emotional concerns are always carefully blended with fun and whimsy to match a young child's interests and level of understanding.
Ages: 2 to 5
Airs: Saturdays 6 am ET
Public Eye News is a 15-minute news broadcast produced, directed and hosted by an all-student crew. Advised by Public TV 13 producer and director Bob Thomson, students from Northern Michigan University are responsible for all aspects of the newscast: anchoring the news desk, writing stories, operating cameras, directing the show and producing local news packages. Public Eye News provides not only an excellent training ground for students, but also an entertaining and informative news source for viewers in the Upper Great Lakes Region. The program combines local news stories, sports highlights, weather reports and national news packages into a brief, yet comprehensive, look at the news.
Ages: 12 and up
Airs: Weekdays 4 pm ET (While NMU is in session)
Take a walk down Sesame Street with your adorable, trusted companions Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Elmo. For more than 30 years, Sesame Street, (the recipient of 75 Emmy Awards - more than any other show in history) has been a cornerstone of American education, preparing millions of preschoolers in areas of reading, writing, social and cognitive skills. Take a walk down Sesame Street on-line to find coloring pages, a storybook, activities and more!
Ages: 2 to 5
Airs: Weekdays at 10 am ET, Sunday at 6 am ET and 9 am ET
This educational animated series uses comedy to promote exploration, discovery and science readiness among preschoolers. The Jim Henson Company’s first series for PBS KIDS features a practical in-school science curriculum, uses music and humor to celebrate children’s natural curiosity about science in everyday life. The energetic and inquisitive Sid starts each episode with a new question (“Why are my shoes shrinking?” “Why do bananas get mushy?”) and embarks on a fun-filled day of finding answers with the help of family and friends.
Ages: 3 to 6
Airs: Weekdays at 11 am ET
With an unparalleled multi-sensory approach (encouraging learning through three senses: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic), Signing Time reaches children with diverse learning styles and abilities by encouraging interaction through signing, singing, speaking, and dancing. Featuring the remarkable Rachel Coleman, her daughter Leah (who is deaf), Alex (Leah's cousin, who can hear) and their animated pet frog "Hopkins", the Signing Time series teaches hundreds of ASL vocabulary-building signs that are useful in daily life. Charming animation, children who sign, and delightful songs make any time Signing Time!
Ages: Any age, parents too
Airs: Tuesdays at 1:30 pm ET
Super Why! is designed to teach kids the critical skills needed to learn how to read. Each episode starts in Storybrook Village, a magical 3-D world hidden behind the bookshelves in a children's library. The Storybrook Village is the home of your child's favorite fairytale characters. Immediately, you'll meet the four best friends who anchor each episode: Red, from Little Red Riding Hood; Pig from The Three Little Pigs, Princess from The Princess and The Pea, and Whyatt, the curious younger brother of Jack from Jack and The Beanstalk
Ages: 3 to 6
Airs: Weekdays at 9 am ET, Saturdays and Sundays at 8 am ET
THOMAS AND FRIENDS is the timeless television series based on the much-loved books by Reverend W. Awdry. Set on the imaginary island of Sodor, the show follows the adventures of Thomas, a cheeky little Tank Engine. Each half hour, shot in unique real-time live-action, features three separate stories, including two seven-minute adventures and one five-minute "classic" Thomas story. The stories focus on the seven original engines: Thomas, Edward, James, Gordon, Percy, Henry and Toby, plus Emily, the first female steam engine, all under the watchful eye of Sir Topham Hatt, the manager of the Sodor Railway. At the end of each program, the engines are "roll-called" in a musical finale featuring their very own team song. Thomas's world is an idealized place with a strong community ethos typified by a universal willingness to embrace good manners, hard work and a desire to be "really useful." The themes are reinforced by unique graphic and live-action interstitials and songs. The audience empathizes with the hopes, fears, aspirations, achievements and conflicts that the engines experience.
Ages: 2 to 5
Airs: Saturdays at 9 am ET
Animals can take you anywhere in science! Creature teachers Chris and Martin Kratt take 6- to 8-year olds and their families along on extraordinary animal-powered adventures in this series. The show transforms the Kratt Brothers, creators of the award-winning KRATTS’ CREATURES and Emmy-winning ZOBOOMAFOO, into animated versions of themselves, allowing the real-life zoologists to visit wild animals in their little-seen habitats and showcase key science concepts along the way. From elephants using physics to suck gallons of water with their trunks to a fleet of peregrine falcons that harness the force of gravity to speed through the air, each episode of WILD KRATTS presents age-appropriate science inspired by the natural abilities of the animals that the Kratt brothers – and young viewers – meet.
Airs: Weekdays at 2:30 pm ET on 13.1, Weekdays at 5 pm ET on 13.2
WordGirl is a new animated series that follows the every day life and superhero adventures of “WordGirl” as she fights crime and enriches vocabulary usage, all in a day’s work. Disguised as mild-mannered 5th grader, Becky Botsford, WordGirl arrived on planet Earth when she and her monkey sidekick, Captain Huggy Face, crashed their spaceship. In classic superhero form, WordGirl possesses superhero strength with the added benefit of a colossal vocabulary. WordGirl has a family and friends who have no idea of her secret identity. As WordGirl, she battles and prevails over evil (albeit ridiculous and comical) villains. WordGirl is a superhero spoof, so storylines are funny takes of familiar stories from that genre.
Ages: 4 to 9
Airs: Sundays at 10:30 am ET on 13.1, Weekdays at 4:30 pm ET on 13.2
Welcome to WordWorld, the first preschool series where words are truly the stars of the show! Come along for an adventurous romp into a colorful, vibrant world of words with the lovable, legible WordFriends™–animals whose bodies are made up of the letters that spell the word they are. WordFriends go on comic adventures and face challenges that can only be resolved with the right word. That word is built letter by letter, sound by sound, during the funky “Build a Word” song at the end of every episode. Once the word is built, it “morphs”–comes alive–into the thing it is!
Ages: 3 to 6
Airs: Weekdays at 11:30 am ET
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