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Kids and Family
4:43 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Oceti Sakowin: The People of the Seven Council Fires

Buffalo
Credit SDPB

For six-hundred years we have lived under the misconception that Columbus discovered America. What he did was stumble on a land already occupied by many people and many nations. In the center of that land were a people who call themselves Oyate: “the People”. This is their story, in their words.

http://sdpb.sd.gov/oceti/default.aspx

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Kids and Family
4:26 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Eight Awesome After-School Snacks

Eight Awesome After-School Snacks
Credit PBS Parents

Eight awesome after-school snacks from the Kitchen Explorers archive at PBS Parents.

http://www.pbs.org/parents/kitchenexplorers/2013/09/10/eight-awesome-after-school-snacks/

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Kids and Family
2:06 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Replacing Aging Pools

Swimmers enjoy the Vermillion City Pool during the final days of summer. Vermillion is seeking to replace their 50-year-old pool as a part of a park renovation.
Credit Heidi Kronaizl

  Diving into a pool is a great way to cool off on a hot and humid summer day. While many towns across the state have aging pools, the process of getting new pools and upkeep isn’t so easy on a small town budget.

The sound may never get old of summer time at the pool. But pools get old. The Vermillion City Pool is almost 50. Because that’s the expected lifespan of any pool, the city is looking to build a new one. Jim Goblirsch is the Director of the Vermillion City Parks and Recreation. He says the current pool has 2-inch wide cracks and leaks about 12,000 gallons of water a day.

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Kids and Family
11:10 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Pool Noodle Obstacle Course

Pool Noodle Obstacle Course
Credit PBS Parents

PBS Parents - Parents are always looking for ways to keep their kids happy and entertained during the summer. This easily customizable pool noodle obstacle course is perfect for a kid’s play date, party or a family time in the yard. You can find pool noodles just about anywhere (I got loads of them at the dollar store), so pick some up and get started; you won’t believe just how easy it is. 

http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/pool-noodle-obstacle-course/  

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Kids and Family
11:01 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Memory Loss and Music

Science Friday: Alive Inside filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett with a Music & Memory participant. Photo courtesy of BOND/360

Science Friday: Why do musical memories linger long after other memories have faded? That question is at the heart of a new documentary, Alive Inside, which looks at the effects of music on people living with Alzheimer’s and other age-related dementias. Film subjects Oliver Sacks and Dan Cohen explain why music acts as a backdoor to memory and share tips for enjoying music with the elders in your life.  

http://sciencefriday.com/segment/08/01/2014/tapping-into-musical-memory.html

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Kids and Family
10:40 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Light of the Prairie: Stained Glass in South Dakota

Light of the Prairie: Stained Glass in South Dakota
Credit SDPB

Are you traveling the state this summer and visiting older churches, building or homes with stained glass windows?  Did you know that clear glass was often used as a placeholder to reduce cost with the hopes of replacing them when additional funds were available? The documentary “Light of the Prairie: Stained Glass in South Dakota” touches on the history and culture of stained glass windows in South Dakota. http://www.sdpb.org/stainedglass/    

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Kids and Family
10:19 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Join Today and Read for a World Record!

Marth Speaks
Credit PBS KIDS Read

Play, explore and read with PBS KIDS! Help break a new reading world record this summer by clicking on Summer Challenge.

http://pbskids.org/read/

Kids and Family
12:27 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Best Summertime Activities Ever!

Fun in the Sun
Credit Camp PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia has gathered some fun, exploratory resources for you to use as you plan summer fun. This collection of resources is ideally suited for parents, camp counselors and other summer educators looking for educational activities to include in their daily schedule, as well as resources to help seed ideas for introducing topics to campers. http://sdpb.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/camp-pbs-learningmedia/?utm_source=SocialMedia

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Kids and Family
5:59 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Backyard Games and Activities

Backyard Games and Activities
Credit PBS Parents

Spend some fun in the sun this holiday weekend with these awesome outdoor ideas from around the web. Create a giant Jenga set, make a water wall or go on a nature scavenger hunt. http://www.pbs.org/parents/summer/backyard-games-activities/

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Kids and Family
12:38 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Watch the Lakota Berenstain Bears Online Today!

Matȟó Waúŋšila Thiwáhe
Credit Standing Rock Sioux Tribe & Lakota Language Consortium

Raining outside? Watch an episode of the Matȟó Waúŋšila Thiwáhe (Lakota Berenstain Bears) TV series. The Lakota Berenstain Bears Project was a joint venture of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Lakota Language Consortium, with the goal of bringing the Lakota language to family across all Lakota-speaking communities in North and South Dakota, and well beyond. http://pbsdll.k12.sd.us/Search.aspx?C=All&G=All&S=berenstain

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Kids and Family
12:17 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Weekend Project!

Colorful Suncatcher
Credit PBS Parents: Crafts for Kids

Colorful Suncatcher This is a great project to do with your children any time of year, especially during the summer. Try this creative sun catcher from PBS Parents!  http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/colorful-suncatcher/

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Kids and Family
12:05 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Plum's Photo Hunt APP

PBS KIDS Plum Landing
Credit PBS KIDS

Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend? Get kids exploring outdoors with this free photo app from PBS KIDS! Plum’s Photo Hunt is part of PLUM LANDING, an environmental science media property designed to get kids excited about exploring the wonders of our planet.

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Kids and Family
12:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

How Do You Stop Forest Fires?

NPR: Science Friday
Credit NPR: Science Friday

The Goat Brigade: Preventing Wildfires in Southern California Armed with appetites and attitudes, brush-clearing goats will mow down weeds and shrubs from even the steepest of Southern California’s hillsides. Perfectly adapted to a life of constant browsing, these ruminants are being deployed as a shield against the region’s rampant wildfires. We join Ian Newsam, owner of Brush Goats 4 Hire, and his “elite” herd of goats as they reduce the invasive plants and fuel that contribute to the fires.

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Kids and Family
8:49 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Teaching Your Child How to Tie Their Shoes This Summer?

PBS: Crafts for Kids

DIY Shoe-Tying Board: Practice tying shoes with this easy cardboard craft!  Not only will your child learn how to tie their shoes, the craft is fun to make also! Check out this cool activity at PBSparents: Crafts for Kids. http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/diy-shoe-tying-board-video/

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Kids and Family
8:35 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Frozen Frogs

NOVA: Frozen Frog

Is the Summer Too Hot and Humid for You? Cool Down with Frozen Frogs Wood frogs freeze solid in winter then thaw back to life and mate in the spring. How do they do it? Scientists have now figured out how to recreate this extraordinary process of cryopreservation with mammalian organs. To date they have successfully frozen, thawed, and transplanted rat livers and pig hearts. Their dream? Enhanced preservation of human organs for transplant.

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Kids and Family
1:27 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Waniyetu Wowapi (winter count)

  History books come in many forms… Waniyetu Wowapi (winter count) A winter count is a pictographic record of historical/memorable events for a tiospaye (community). The winter count, used by many Plains Indians, was a method of preserving history. Important events were recorded for future generations. The pictures, which were used as mnemonic devices, are arranged in chronological order.

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Kids and Family
1:26 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Wild Kratts Creature Math

Creature Math helps children practice addition and subtraction as they create their very own animal habitat, filled with cool creature pals! While building homes and planting food items for animals like Spartacus the Moose and Torpedo the Peregrine Falcon, kids also learn valuable ecology/science concepts, in the tradition of the Kratt brothers brand. http://pbskids.org/apps/wild-kratts-creature-math.html

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Kids and Family
1:22 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Biodiversity Bingo!

  What do you get when you mix biology and bingo?  Biodiversity Bingo of course! Have you ever wondered how many different kinds of plants and animals live in your neighborhood? You might be surprised by the answer! In this scavenger hunt bingo game, your family will document the range of living things in your neighborhood. http://pbskids.org/plumlanding/educators/activities/biodiversity_bingo_fam.html

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Kids and Family
1:20 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Hay Fever Affecting the Your Sense of Taste?

  Believe it or not, increased secretions that accompany the common cold or hay fever can change the taste of the foods we eat. Many of the tastes we associate with different foods are not experienced through our sense of taste, but our sense of smell. Increased secretions can cover our smell receptors in our nose reducing our ability to smell and taste. David Pogue with NOVA scienceNOW explores the sense of smell and taste. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/neuroscience-taste.html

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Kids and Family
9:08 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Wicoti Tiwahe - Family Camp

Near Herrick, Gregory County
Credit Brian Gevik / SDPB

A non-profit organization on the Rosebud Indian Reservation hopes that a revival of traditional Lakota life skills and values will give kids with an alternative to alcohol, drugs and gangs.

The Native American Advocacy Program offers outdoor experiences designed to help preserve Lakota culture and language. In today's Dakota Digest, SDPB's Brian Gevik reports from a Gregory County youth camp where young people learn the old ways.

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