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Five Incredibly Catchy PBS Theme Songs

My brain’s wonderful at sopping up theme songs, commercial jingles and mediocre 1990s pop songs like a sponge. Is it a talent? A curse? The judges are out.

When it comes to theme songs, PBS has delivered some true gems over the years. Here are five of those songs that you might have forgotten about … or might still be able to recite word-for-catchy-word.

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Teacher Appreciation Week

Why does someone become a teacher?

Is it because they like kids? Is it because they enjoyed school?

There is no one “correct” answer for why someone decides to teach, but there is a common thread—teachers teach because they care. As a former teacher and as someone who works with teachers, I daily see the passion in every teacher’s eyes.

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Teachers collaborating with Wisconsin Public Television on curriculum for one of our Hometown Stories documentaries.

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6, 2016. While we appreciate our teachers every day, we wanted to take this week and reach out, thanking educators for all of their time, dedication, and extraordinary care while teaching our children.

Teachers care deeply about the work they do. They put in countless hours before and after school, as well as over weekends, prepping lessons and creating unique learning experiences for students.

They seek opportunities to better serve their students. These opportunities may take place at a state educational conference, with a teaching peer, or while watching a webinar late at night.

Teachers do all of this work because they care about providing our children with a high-quality education – an education that will help them become well-rounded individuals that are responsible, active members of society. (Holy cow! No pressure there…)

Teachers care profoundly for the students they teach. They take the time to learn about the students and their interests, tailoring lessons to meet the children’s specific learning needs.

Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 9.12.22 AMThis extends to educators outside the classroom, myself included. I’m WPT’s education specialist, and even though I don’t have a traditional classroom, I consider the children of our state my students.

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WPT at the Wisconsin Science Festival

Today, kids all across the state were learning about science through hands-on experiments, games and puzzles at the annual Wisconsin Science Festival. WPT joined the fun in Madison at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, hosting a booth with some lessons on UV rays and their effects. The Cat in the Hat helped teach all about our skin – what it’s made of, how it works and why we need it!

If you’re looking to learn and play at the same time, join us! WPT will be at the WID all weekend, with an appearance from the Cat in the Hat himself on Saturday. We hope to see you there!

Get Up and Go With Wisconsin Public Television!

Get Up and Go! Day 2015

Wisconsin Public Television’s PBS Kids Get Up and Go! Day takes place one week from today: 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 7! Mark your calendar and join us at this fun-filled, free event that encourages children to live healthy and active lives.

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Visit WPT’s YouTube channel to watch archived video from Get Up and Go! Day 2014!

Get Up and Go! Day is held in locations across the state, and each location features music, dancing, favorite PBS Kids characters, hands-on activities and crafts, community organizations and more. Families, day care groups and other childcare organizations are welcome to attend! Continue Reading for information o

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Your Daily Dose of Cute, 'Sesame Street' Style

It’s hard to decide which Sesame Street star is the cutest. Whether it’s a touching moment with Elmo or an important lesson from Grover, when it comes to adorable, heart-warming characters and scenes, Sesame Street’s got ’em. (Yes, Oscar, even you’re cute sometimes!)

To honor the spirit of all things cute, I’ve scoured the internet for the most adorable Sesame Street moment in history. My research has produced this gem starring two guests: the always lovable Kermit and an adorable little girl named Joey.

The clip begins with Kermit asking Joey if she can sing the “ABC Song.” “Yes I could,” Joey replies matter-of-factly. There’s only one catch: Joey’s version is a little different from the song we all know so well.

Take a look and let me know which version of the song you prefer! Have a favorite cute moment from Sesame Street you’d like to share? Reply below!

Giving Curiosity a Kick-Start

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Wisconsin’s National Geographic Bee representative Josh Frank outside the White House

Meet Joshua Frank from Fall River.

I asked Josh if he could sum up why Wisconsin Public Television is important. He said: “Public television has been one of the main kick-starters of my whole curiosity.”

Josh and his mom Heather called me recently to chat about a trip they took to Washington D.C. a few weeks ago. Josh, who just finished seventh grade, won the 2015 Wisconsin National Geographic State Bee and became the Wisconsin representative at the National Geographic Bee in Washington. He was one of 54 competitors, and it was his first trip on an airplane. Both he and his mom said it was a great experience — except for the fact that they didn’t get enough time to see all of the Smithsonian.

Heather had told me in an earlier conversation that they didn’t have cable, and that PBS Kids was the only TV she allowed Josh and his brother to watch when they were growing up. Josh confirmed that today. He told me that, when he was younger, “I wanted to be a contestant on Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman so bad!”

Josh said: “At the GeoBee I met kids that are actually like me.  Being from a small town – I feel… a bit unique.” His mom shared that in meeting the other kids and their families, they realized that most of these kids, like Josh, don’t cram or study specifically for this competition — they are just interested in learning, and in the world, and tend to pick up these facts. Josh spends loads of time on Wikipedia, watches Nature and NOVA and is also into weather, geology and physics.

We are looking forward to watching where Josh’s curiosity leads him next! What has WPT inspired you to learn more about?