On Saturday, December 13th, WYCC PBS Chicago - Kids and Families hosted a FREE special holiday eventfor children 3-8 years old at the Bronzeville Children’s Museum with musicians and storyteller, Samantha Gloria and Friends. They presented the classic West African folktale, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears.

Children in attendance learned about Pour Quoi stories, West African instruments, received a free copy of the book, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema  and were treated to specially baked butter cookies provided by the French Pastry School!


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  • Select short segments (Approx. 5 mins or less)
  • Check for prior understanding 
  • Leave lights on
  • Play video and discuss
  • Check again for understanding and discuss
  • Play video multiple times until students understand content
  • Do a supporting activity to re-enforce learned content

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December - News and Noteworthy

Toy and Food Drive for Clara's House of Chicago

On Saturday, December 20th from 9am – 1pm, DJ Steve “Smooth” Williams invites listeners to visit WKKC to bring a new unwrapped toy or non-perishable food items to donate to Clara’s House of Chicago.  Clara’s House members will be on site to accept toys and food to give to needy families of Chicago.

If you want to donate, come to WKKC at 740 West 63rd Street at Halstead.

Enter to win TABLETS for your entire classroom! A few more weeks to go!

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is accepting nominations for the 2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award, which will award $20,000 to an exemplary teacher engaging families in education. Educators working with families through schools, libraries, and many other community-based organizations will be considered, and nominations are due December 31, 2014. 

August Wilson Monologue and Scholarship Competition -2015

Students perform a 2-3 minute monologue of their choosing from one of the ten plays in August Wilson’s Century Cycle.

Click here to download the 2015 August Wilson Monologue Competition Application. 

Application Deadline: January 26th, 2015. Space is limited. Apply today!




GET THE MATH answers the age-old question, “How is this ever going to help me in the real world?” The half-hour program, the follow-up to the successful 2011 special Get the Math,motivates students with engaging algebra-based challenges presented by young, relatable professionals.

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