Kids and Family

Annie E. Casey Foundation

According to an annual report released on Tuesday, South Dakota ranks 18th nationally in overall child well-being. That’s according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report compares child well-being in every state based on economics, education, family and community and health.

Boadwine Farm Hosts ‘Know Your Milk’ Tour

Jul 5, 2015
Erin Mairose

Ag United is hosting farm tours this summer to show families where their food comes from. The tours include dairy, pig, and cattle farms in the Sioux Falls area.

Boarding a bus full of excited kids and families, the ‘Know Your Milk Tour’ departs from Sioux Falls to the dairy farm near Baltic. Arriving, kids are eager to get off and see the dairy calves waiting to be fed.

The dairy produces 17,000 gallons of milk each day. Lynn Boadwine is a fourth generation dairy farmer that has expanded the dairy from 40 cows to 1,500 since the 1980’s.

New KIDS COUNT Report

May 19, 2015
Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E.

Luke's Bike

Apr 12, 2015
SDPB

What started out as a class effort to get enough online votes in a contest has turned into a fundraising effort to get a special bike for a classmate. This is a story about teamwork and a simple question of why not?

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire is looking for male mentors to match with kids. There are currently 40 boys on the waiting list. The requirements are a minimum of four hours per month with a one year commitment. Mentors work with children in the community, in their schools, and many places in between. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire operates in Sioux Falls, Mitchell, and Watertown. The organization's executive director, Jami Gates, joined Dakota Midday and discussed the need for male mentors.

What's Next After Tribal Nations Conference?

Dec 8, 2014

Last week, President Obama announced an initiative aimed at improving conditions and opportunities for American Indian youth.  Josie Raphaelito, Program Manager at the Center for Native American Youth attended the event.  Marilyn Fox, a Native Youth Ambassador and high school student on the Standing Rock Reservation, had the opportunity to speak at the conference.  They joined Dakota Midday guest host Joe Tlustos to visit about the initiative's next steps.

Happy Halloween from PBS KIDS

Oct 31, 2014
PBS KIDS

Check out these PBS KIDS activities.  Games, activities for families, interactives and more!

http://pbskids.org/halloween/

More Than a Mapp

Oct 23, 2014
Independent Lens

More Than a Mapp is a free iPhone and iPod app that allows users to discover and contribute to the African American history that exists all around us. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mtam/id497509679?mt=8

Educators Guide: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/more-than-a-month/app.html

Earth Friendly Halloween Craft

Oct 23, 2014
WGBH

Want to make a hauntingly easy AND recyclable craft? Don't throw out that egg carton, recycle it with Plum Landing. https://wgbh.app.box.com/s/qdy11fch4vscz33fb05h

FREE Space Racers App

Oct 20, 2014
Space Race, LLC.

Space Racers, a new series on SDPB, has a NEW App! The brand new FREE SpaceRacers! App is a twist on traditional flying games, with 8 engaging worlds and 32 rounds of game-play. Through self-directed play, children will explore the concept of cause and effect as they pilot the spaceships through progressively challenging – and engaging – courses. 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/space-racers!/id918543410?ls=1&mt=8  

The Space Racers series airs on SDPB TV, Thursdays, 2:00pm CT.  

PBS NewsHour

Ebola is one of the world’s most virulent diseases. It comes from an extended family of viruses called Filoviridae, which also include the deadly Marburg virus.

As the virus spreads and medical workers feverishly battle to contain it, PBS NewsHour wanted to know, how exactly is this virus transmitted from human to human?  Read the following article to learn more about the process of transmission.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/know-enemy/

Science Friday: Picture of the Week

Sep 26, 2014
Science Friday

Do you like to look at cool science/nature photos? If the answer is yes, then check out Science Friday's “Picture of the Week" blog! 

http://sciencefriday.com/blogs/index.html?series=31#page/posts/1  

Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup

Sep 26, 2014
SDPB

Buffalo have had a place in Custer State Park since the first herd of 36 animals was brought to the park in 1914. Thriving in their native habitat, the herd quickly outgrew the amount of forage available on the park's pastures and rangelands. Park managers faced the prospect of losing both the rangeland and the buffalo, but they knew that by occasionally gathering together almost all of the buffalo and culling a select few from the herd, the forage would be conserved and the buffalo and other grazing animals in the park would likely have enough to eat year after year.

Lakota Funds Aims For Financial Literacy In Youth

Sep 24, 2014
Courtesy Lakota Funds

During the last recession there was a lot of talk about financial literacy.

How Did SD Tourism Look in 1938?

Sep 18, 2014

In 1938, the Burlington Northern Railroad produced and distributed a film in an effort to draw people to the Black Hills. The film would likely have been shown in movie theaters in advance of the featured program. Watch the film today and then compare it to modern tourism videos.

http://pbsdll.k12.sd.us/Downloads/7/914/102DLL.pdf

Affies4Kids

Sep 18, 2014
Affies4Kids

NEW! Social Skills Video Series for Preschool Children

SDPB is Excited to Offer Affies4Kids. The Affies4Kids® Preschool Series introduces parents and children to modern-day fables, told through charming 5-minute videos. The friendly characters teach positive affirmations crafted specifically for kids.

http://www.sdpb.org/affies4kids/

Clip Art

Listen: Can you hear the difference between three different guitars; a $5,000 Martin, a $275 baby Taylor and a $100,000 1938 Martin D-28? 

Try the audio quiz below from Nashville Public Radio to see if you can! 

http://nashvillepublicradio.org/blog/2014/08/01/listen-can-hear-difference-275-100000-guitar/

Images of the Past

Sep 12, 2014
SDPB

"Images of the Past" is a South Dakota Public Broadcasting project to make historical films, photos and other media available to a general audience. These mostly one-of-a-kind artifacts and their associated stories are being made available as online articles and occasionally, as TV programs on SDPB.

Black Hills State University - 1913 - Film shot in 1913 shows an event at Spearfish Normal School, the educational institution then on the site of what I now Black Hills State University.

Homemade Fossils

Sep 5, 2014
Anne Campbell

This is a great combination... coffee and crafts. Make cool fossils with your used coffee grounds.

http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/homemade-fossils/  

Momatiuk - Eastcott/Corbis

    

Scientist believe they have solved the mystery of the moving rocks of Death Valley.  For many years scientist have proposed numerous theories to explain how 50+ rocks appear to move across California’s Death Valley.  Now with the help of GPS/video technology, the mystery appears to be solved…. see for yourself. 

NPR Story: http://www.npr.org/2014/08/28/343681708/an-icy-solution-to-the-mystery-of-the-slithering-stones

Nature Match

Aug 26, 2014
PBS Parents

Spend some time outside this holiday weekend with this interesting outdoor nature activity from PBS Parents.

http://www.pbs.org/parents/adventures-in-learning/2014/06/nature-match/

How Smart Are Dolphins?

Aug 26, 2014
NOVA scienceNOW

It is often said that dolphins are one of the smartest animals on the planet.  Is this true? View the following video from NOVA scienceNOW for an inside look at some fascinating studies.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/how-smart-dolphins.html

Oceti Sakowin: The People of the Seven Council Fires

Aug 14, 2014
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

Eight Awesome After-School Snacks

Aug 14, 2014
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/

Replacing Aging Pools

Aug 12, 2014
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.

Pool Noodle Obstacle Course

Aug 6, 2014
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/  

Memory Loss and Music

Aug 6, 2014

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

Light of the Prairie: Stained Glass in South Dakota

Jul 25, 2014
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/    

Join Today and Read for a World Record!

Jul 25, 2014
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/

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