June 21, 1985 |
Summer vacation is here and with it, for the third year in a row, comes an irony: One of the ways parents can get their youngsters to keep up their reading while they're out of school is by having them watch television. Not just any television, of course, but "Reading Rainbow," the bright, energetic public television series that tries to convey to children in the 5-to-8 age range the joy of reading. And does so with notable success.
March 16, 2001 |
"Reading Rainbow" doesn't have the high profile of other PBS children's shows, but this quietly fine series, 18 seasons later, is as fresh as ever, introducing viewers to the joy of books with entertaining show-and-tell informality and the warmth of its enthusiastic host, actor-director LeVar Burton. Friday's episode is one of the best yet.
May 16, 1989 |
KLCS Channel 58, the TV station owned by the Los Angeles Unified School District, altered its broadcast schedule in response to the teachers strike Monday to include more instructional programs that do not require an adult educator's presence. The strike also shut down two 52-part educational series that KLCS is producing--"Driver Education" and "Educational and Career Planning"--because six certificated staff members were called into classrooms to fill in for striking teachers, said Sabrina Fair Thomas, manager of program scheduling.
March 15, 2001
Some broadcast and cable programs contain material included in the public school curriculum and on standardized examinations. Here are home-viewing tips: Today--"Mayoral Candidate Debate" (KCET 7-8 p.m.) Special edition of "Life & Times Tonight" presents highlights from the Wednesday night debate among six candidates for Los Angeles mayor. Jess Marlow and Val Zavala anchor. Also "Risky Business: The Day Traders" (A&E 10-11 p.m.) Profiles home and office computer-users who trade on the stock market, including one so addicted to the activity he entered a 12-step program, a woman driven to financial ruin and a former milkman struggling through day-trader boot camp.
September 1, 2008 |
School is almost here, which means I will get to sleep in while my 7-year-old daughter, Hannah, learns whatever you learn in second grade nowadays (I believe it's how to build your own Web page and the economics of texting). But as her return to school nears, I find myself saddened, not only because as a night-shift worker I will soon be spending less time with her, but also because my TV viewing habits will probably change. PBS Kids, the Disney Channel and the plethora of Nickelodeon stations won't get as much airtime on the Jumbotron in our living room.
February 5, 1998
Do your offspring invent wacky stories or weirdly wonderful drawings? If they're in grades K-3, tell them about "The Young Writers and Illustrators Contest," presented by "Reading Rainbow," the acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning PBS children's show that sparks kids' interest in books. Grand prizes are IBM multimedia computers with printers; second-placers get Panasonic Omnivision VCRs.