PBS and The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) have announced the launch of PBS KIDS Island, the centerpiece of the new PBS KIDS Raising Readers website (www.readytolearnreading.org), which provides free reading games and activities for children, parents, caregivers, and teachers to use at home or in the classroom. Developed through a cooperative agreement of the U.S. Department of Education, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Ready To Learn Partnership, and funded by a Ready To Learn grant, the initiative extends PBS KIDS efforts to provide engaging and educational content on-air and on-line, paving the way for cross-platform learning as internet access increases in homes, schools, and libraries.
PBS KIDS Island gives children the tools to build an online island carnival by playing reading games with PBS KIDS characters. Providing a familiar and comfortable environment for emerging readers, the research-based program guides children through seven different literacy-building levels, including rhyming, letter identification, alliteration, phonics, letter sequencing, phonemic awareness, and reading/vocabulary. PBS KIDS Island is currently serving the needs of children ages two-to-five, with plans to offer content for children ages six-to-eight in 2009.
PBS KIDS Island Highlights:
* Educational reading games from PBS KIDS Raising Readers programs, SESAME STREET, BETWEEN THE LIONS, SUPER WHY and WORDWORLD;
* A steady progression of skill sets as emerging readers play through seven core reading skill levels, from phonological awareness to letter sequencing and vocabulary;
* A progress tracker assists parents as they cultivate their child’s learning, and enables teachers to chart progress for an entire classroom with detailed reports on each child’s needs and successes;
* Printable lesson plans and recommended daily reading activities to continue learning off-line;
* "Word of the Day" activities to build vocabulary; and
* Educational videos.
For more information, visit PBS KIDS Raising Readers at http://pbskids.org/read/.
Source: PBS, www.pbs.org