February 11th, 2013
Several Texas districts and schools, including Bastrop Independent School District (ISD), San Marcos ISD, Caddo Grove Elementary in Joshua ISD, and Calvary Episcopal School & College Preparatory, have recently rolled out PBS KIDS PLAY! to their Pre-K, Kindergarten and/or First Grade classrooms. In addition, Aldine ISD, a Houston area district of 75 schools, has incorporated PBS KIDS PLAY! Classroom Edition into a pilot program to supplement its early education activities. The public school districts and private school selected PBS KIDS PLAY! because it aligns to TEKS and Common Core State Standards, is highly motivating for students, and supports personalized and blended learning.
Bastrop ISD, for example, incorporates the program into 12 district classrooms, two daycare centers and five Head Start centers. Allison Higginbotham, a Pre-K teacher at the district’s Bluebonnet Elementary School has been using PBS KIDS PLAY! in her classroom since October 2012. Already, she has seen an improvement in language and social-emotional skills, as well as technology and computer skills.
“PBS KIDS PLAY! has been a significant asset to my Pre-K classroom,” reports Higginbotham. “The program targets a variety of age-appropriate, academic skills through interactive games that allow the students to work at their own pace and ability level. My students know all the characters from their favorite PBS KIDS TV shows, and the characters keep them motivated to continue exploring and learning.”
PBS KIDS PLAY! was showcased last week at the TCEA 2013 convention in Austin, Texas.