Learning at Home | Week of 6/14 – 6/18

Take advantage of this week’s Learning at Home broadcast schedule – great for students engaged in hybrid or distance instruction, and families looking to spend some extra, quality time together!

After watching these fascinating programs, explore the PBS LearningMedia and web resources to learn more.

Highlight of the Week

Juneteenth Jamboree: From a Free Place to Displace
Friday, June 18, 1:30 PM

With the Galveston landing of U.S. Army Gen. Gordon Granger in 1865, slavery in Texas ended. African bondsmen became freedmen, and women and children likewise became African Americans. Many left the plantations to join freedom colonies; others sought out opportunities in cities and towns. Today, the consequences of gentrification and rising property values challenge new generations.

Learning at Home
Week of 6/14 – 6/18

Monday, June 14

12 PM: Let’s Learn – Can You Hear the “or” in Forest?

“Let’s Learn” helps children ages 3-8 with at-home learning. Sing a song from Ghana, explore the woods, read “A Bag in the Wind,” blend/decode r-controlled vowels or, ore.

1 PM: NOVA: The Planets: Inner Worlds

The four planets closest to the sun, called the rocky planets, were born from the same material in the same era. But they couldn’t be more different: Tiny Mercury is the runt of the litter, almost like a moon. Venus is devilishly hot, and Mars is a frozen desert world. Only on Earth do we find the unique conditions for life as we know it. But why only here? Were Earth’s neighbors always so extreme? And is there somewhere else in the solar system life might flourish?

2 PM: NOVA: The Planets: Mars

The Red Planet was once a vibrant blue water-world, home to raging rivers, active volcanoes, and even an ocean. But as the young planet’s core cooled, its magnetic field and protective atmosphere faded, eventually exposing it to the wrath of the sun. With its volcanoes extinguished and its water lost to space, Mars became the frozen desert planet we know today. But if it once had many of the ingredients necessary to form life, how far along might that process have gotten?


Tuesday, June 15

12 PM: Let’s Learn – What Sounds Do You Hear in More?

“Let’s Learn” helps children ages 3-8 with at-home learning. Learn to dance with Mr. Met, make a collage of an animal, read “Woodpecker Girl,” learn r-controlled vowels or and ore.

1 PM: NOVA: The Planets: Jupiter

Jupiter is not just the oldest planet orbiting the sun—it’s also the largest. So when the young gas giant went on a rampage through the inner solar system, it shaped the fate of everything in its path. Speeding towards the Sun, Jupiter’s massive gravitational force hurled debris into interstellar space, stunting the growth of would-be planets. Earth might have been doomed had Saturn not pulled Jupiter back. Today, Jupiter resides in the outer solar system, where its gravity bends the paths of asteroids and stokes volcanic activity on its moon Io. But it could one day wreak havoc again.

2 PM: NOVA: The Planets: Saturn

Over the past 40 years, a handful of space probes has given us glimpses of Saturn. But NASA’s Cassini, which explored the gas giant’s realm for 13 years, delivered the most breathtaking new insights. NOVA takes you inside Cassini’s epic journey as it makes stunning discoveries: Saturn’s rings are younger than the dinosaurs and may be remnants of an ice moon. And geysers erupting ice and gas on the moon Enceladus show that it could have all the ingredients for life. But to protect it, the Cassini mission team makes a bittersweet decision.


Wednesday, June 16

12 PM: Let’s Learn – How Many Syllables are in Thinker?

“Let’s Learn” helps children ages 3-8 with at-home learning. Make rhythmic body sounds, add using an open number line, read “Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me,” practice r-controlled vowels.

1 PM: American Experience: The Circus | Part 1

Explore the early days of this popular, influential and distinctly American form of entertainment during an era when master showmen P.T. Barnum, James Bailey and the Ringling Brothers transformed the nation’s popular culture.


Thursday, June 17

12 PM: Let’s Learn – How Many Syllables are in Support?

“Let’s Learn” helps children ages 3-8 with at-home learning. Learn about fearful animals, sing the names of body parts in Spanish, read “Julián Is a Mermaid,” review r-controlled vowels.

1 PM: American Experience: The Circus | Part 2

Revisit the heyday of this distinctly American form of entertainment when former rivals Barnum, Bailey and the Ringling Brothers joined forces to present the “greatest show on earth” in big cities and small towns across the country.


Friday, June 18

12 PM: Let’s Learn – Can You Hear the “er” in Water?

“Let’s Learn” helps children ages 3-8 with at-home learning. Learn about water, count 10-20, read “Wrinkles,” decode r-controlled vowels er, ir, ur.

1 PM: Articulate | 212 Cuban Orchestra, Peter Shire, Floriography, Elizabeth Turk

On a recent tour, The Havana Lyceum Orchestra showed America that Cuba has a classical music culture to rival that of any wealthy western country. An alumnus of the Italian avant-garde movement, The Memphis School, Peter Shire is today thriving in Los Angeles. These days, flowers mostly say “I love you” or “I’m sorry.” In the Victorian era, their language was boundless. In the marble sculptures of Elizabeth Turk, there’s a constant tension between the permanence of their medium and her desire to test the limits of its fragility.

1:30 PM: Juneteenth Jamboree: From a Free Place to Displace

With the Galveston landing of U.S. Army Gen. Gordon Granger in 1865, slavery in Texas ended. African bondsmen became freedmen, and women and children likewise became African Americans. Many left the plantations to join freedom colonies; others sought out opportunities in cities and towns. Today, the consequences of gentrification and rising property values challenge new generations.

2 PM: Amen! Music of the Black Church

Explore the authentic spiritual experience of African American gospel music in the one-hour performance documentary Amen! Music of the Black Church. Taped before a live audience at the Second Baptist Church congregation in Bloomington, Indiana, Rev. Dr. Raymond Wise guides viewers on an educational and uplifting learning experience while leading the Indiana University African American Choral Ensemble in a performance of sacred music deriving from African traditions.

Learning at Home on Mountain Lake PBS is supported by:
Adirondack Foundation
With additional support by:
North Country Behavioral Medicine
Stafford, Owens, Piller, Murnane, Kelleher & Trombley, PLLC

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