As gear up for back to school WITF provides a few adjustment to PBS Kids programming. This change is necessitated by changes being made heading into September at a national level. PBS experimented with a strategy called double-pumping, which means back to back episodes of the same series. Through the summer months Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Curious George, Arthur, and Wild Kratts were double-pumped and PBS received a fairly positive response to this move and thus double pumping of certain children shows will continue this fall.
The schedule grid for PBS Kids beginning September 1 is available here...
Both programs weekdays at 6:00am will be geared toward 5-8 year-old children with WordGirl and Martha Speaks. WordGirl chronicles the adventures of Becky Botsford, a mild-mannered fifth grader who, at the call of duty, transforms into WordGirl - caped crusader and definition dynamo. Martha Speaks follows the adventures of Martha, a loveable dog whose appetite for alphabet soup gives her the ability to speak.
7:00am to noon continues to be the home to some of best preschool programming available. The double-pump of Curious George, which began in June, continues this fall. You will also now find Curious George doubled up across Saturday and Sunday at the same time as well. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood moves earlier in the schedule with two episodes per day at 8:00am. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood allows preschool viewers to learn fun and practical strategies and skills necessary for growing and learning. 9:00am continues to be the hour long version of Sesame Street. We welcome Clifford back to the schedule after some summertime rest and relaxation. The big red dog will air weekdays at 10:00am with Super Why with Whyatt and the gang moving to 10:30am. At 11:00am is where Dinosaur Train will now call home. We have been riding along with Dinosaur Train in the 7 o'clock hour for some time now. With this change to later in the morning, Dinosaur Train is now double-pumped with twice the adventures with Buddy and his adoptive family of Pteranodons.
2:00pm to 4:00pm we continue with preschool programming. Preschool programming was extended to 4:00pm over the summer and we have noticed a great of interest with continued preschool programs. Prior to June, the schedule gradually transitioned toward grade-school children at about 2:30pm, however most grade-school children don't arrive home from school or other day-time activities until 3:30pm or 4:00pm. So, we're holding those shows until after 4:00pm when more grade school children are available to enjoy the programming we have for them. At 2:00pm preschoolers will enjoy a double-pump of one of PBS' newest programs, Peg + Cat. At 3:00pm we welcome Sesame Street. This is a new 30 minute version of Sesame Street (in addition to the hour long version airing at 9:00am and 7:00pm.) Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That moves an hour later to 3:30pm. Cat in the Hat guides friends Sally and Nick - with a little help from the Fish, Thing 1 and Thing 2 - on fun-filled adventures where they make natural-science discoveries, from how bees make honey to why owls sleep during the day.
4:00pm to 6:00pm features double pumps of two popular grade school programs with Arthur up first at 4:00pm. Arthur and his friends use effective, age-appropriate problem-solving skills. Each episode consists of two independent stories focusing on themes and events central to children's lives. At 5:00pm Wild Kratts continues their double-pump of episodes. The show is focused on the Kratt Brothers visiting wild animals in their little-seen habitats and showcase key science concepts along the way.
There are a number of series not on the schedule. Some are taking a temporary break and will be back at a later time. These series include Thomas the Tank Engine, Calliou, Sid the Science Kid, and Cyberchase. The good news is that in the meantime, you and your children are able to watch select episodes from these series online anytime at PBSKids.org.
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