Word Play http://wesa.fm en WordPlay: Informal Learning on the Go http://wesa.fm/post/wordplay-informal-learning-go <p>Preschoolers in the city of Pittsburgh can forget the mundane and seemingly endless minutes of staring down the street for a bus.</p><p>A new program called <a href="http://www.fredrogers.org/wordplay/">WordPlay</a>, by the <a href="http://fredrogers.org/">Fred Rogers Company</a> is meant to spark conversation between parents and children at bus stops. It’s also sparked a conversation about literacy and education. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:30:21 +0000 Katie Blackley 15682 at http://wesa.fm WordPlay: Informal Learning on the Go Turning the Waiting Game into an Educational Game at Pittsburgh Bus Shelters http://wesa.fm/post/turning-waiting-game-educational-game-pittsburgh-bus-shelters <p>It’s a reality for many parents and caregivers in Pittsburgh — you’re stuck waiting for a bus in the city and your kid starts getting bored and antsy.</p><p>A new effort is hoping to turn these times into teachable moments.</p><p>Instead of advertisements for law firms or universities, 23 bus shelters around Pittsburgh now have a poster adorned with colorful pictures of things such as ice cream, picnics and kiddie pools. The “Word Play” posters are part of an effort from the Fred Rogers Company to get adults talking to and interacting with kids.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:36:56 +0000 Deanna Garcia 15225 at http://wesa.fm Turning the Waiting Game into an Educational Game at Pittsburgh Bus Shelters