Using PBS KIDS MEDIA In Preschool Homes A Family Engagement Toolkit

The PBS KIDS Family Engagement Toolkit developed by WestEd enables to local PBS stations, outreach staff, community partners, and other interested educators to train parents and caregivers to successfully integrate PBS KIDS videos, online games, and other activities into their daily family life in order to enhance their children’s mathematical development. The Toolkit includes a Facilitator Guide for conducting weekly parent engagement meetings, and a Parent Curriculum that focuses on on- and off-line activities for parents to do with their children at home.

The Facilitator Guide offers instructions facilitating weekly one-hour parent meetings where parents are introduced to the weekly themes and daily activities, and share their experiences with each other.

Each weekly session includes:

  • A list of materials facilitators will need
  • Scripts for introducing each week’s math concept
  • Suggestions for helping parents explore that week’s PBS KIDS videos, on-line games, and offline activites Advice for facilitating small group sharing of experiences using the prior week’s content

The Parent Curriculum that provides families with step-by-step instructions for engaging with PBS KIDS math resources and extending the math lessons into everyday life.

Each weekly lesson includes:

  • An overview of the week’s activities
  • A list of materials families will need
  • Pre-game activities designed to build background knowledge
  • Descriptions of the week’s games
  • Suggestions for how to interact with the child during game play
  • Printables

  • Orientation Week

  • Week 1: Counting

    PBS KIDS GAMES
    • Bubble Pop PLAY
    • Bunny Ride PLAY
    • Do You See My Seahhorse PLAY
    • Meatball Launcher PLAY
    • Monkey Jump PLAY
    • Peg's Pizza Place PLAY
    PBS KIDS VIDEOS
    • Counting Chickens WATCH
  • Week 2: Numbers

    PBS KIDS GAMES
    PBS KIDS VIDEOS
    • Counting to 20 WATCH
    • Ramone Shakes It Plenty WATCH
  • Week 3: Counting Backwards & Skip Counting

    PBS KIDS GAMES
    PBS KIDS VIDEOS
    • Counting by 10's WATCH
    • King Cecil the Seahorse WATCH
  • Week 4: Addition

    PBS KIDS GAMES
    • Do You See My Seahorse? PLAY
    • Museum of Tens PLAY
    • Star Swiper PLAY
    • Train Station PLAY
    • Vegetable Harvest PLAY
    PBS KIDS VIDEOS
    • 10 Friends Escape the Giants WATCH
    • Four + One = Five Sleeping Pirates WATCH
  • Week 5: Comparing and Sharing

    PBS KIDS GAMES
    PBS KIDS VIDEOS
    • Math in the Bath: Fair Sharing WATCH
    • The Great Banana Has Landed WATCH
  • Week 6: Shapes

    PBS KIDS GAMES
    • 3-2-1 Snack PLAY
    • Buddy's Gem Hunt PLAY
    • Paint-a-Long PLAY
    • Sketch-a-Mite PLAY
    • The Great Shape Race PLAY
    PBS KIDS VIDEOS
    • Cat Likes Circles WATCH
    • The Secret of a Good Tower WATCH
  • Week 7: Advanced Shapes

    PBS KIDS GAMES
    • Chicken Blast-off PLAY
    • Huff Puff-A-Tron PLAY
    • Magical Shape Hunt PLAY
    PBS KIDS VIDEOS
    • Kites Need Oodles WATCH
    • Triangle, Pentagon, Square! WATCH