Podcasts with Learning Guides

Our learning guides are written by professional educational writers, and both meet and cite US national educational standards. They are free, and can be downloaded and printed in black and white, or in color.

Kiwi Land

This week on The Children’s Hour we’ll explore New Zealand through stories and songs, and in conversation with our friends, Kiwi musicians Lucy Hiku from Itty Bitty Beats, and Claudia Robin Gunn. One lives on the north island, and the other on the South Island! We’ll learn about New Zealand’s unique geography, climate, landscape, wildlife, and culture. Expect to hear all New Zealander music, in both English and Maori. This episode comes with a downloadable learning guide so you can learn along with us, and explore even more.
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Pumpkin Spice

It’s Halloween on The Children’s Hour, and we’re digging into pumpkins! We learn the history of Jack-o-Lanterns, how many pumpkins we use at Halloween, why we trick-or-treat, and what it means when you see a teal pumpkin. Mixed with excellent music, this episode has a free, downloadable learning guide that meets national educational standards at our website.
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Every Kid Outside

This time on The Children’s Hour, we hear from kids who participated in summertime outdoor learning programs with Environmental Education of New Mexico about the importance of being outside to learn new things. Then we meet kids from Mrs. Dawson’s 4th grade classroom at Valle Vista Elementary. These students got to go birdwatching one day a week for a whole school year. Learn about how this impacted them. This episode has a learning guide! Go to ChildrensHour.org/Every-Kid-Outside to download it for free.
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Governing A State

The kids crew talk with New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham about what her job entails, how to lead during a pandemic, and how governors can help solve the climate crisis. Lily Haussamen, a 10 year old from Las Cruces, New Mexico has a message for all the adults listening to The Children’s Hour about the planet she is inheriting. Then we hear from the Yale Climate Connections about how some South African homes are getting electricity thanks to solar panels and batteries. Mixed with excellent music, join us for an hour of educational entertainment for the whole family. This episode has a free, downloadable learning guide at https://ChildrensHour.org/Governing
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ICKY: A Radio Musical

Hear our pandemic musical, ICKY: A Radio Musical! Way back in the days before the end of The Big Sick, students everywhere were forced to stare at computer screens featuring live video feeds of their classmates. This was happening in bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens across the country and the world. With the help (and the subconscious musings) of a dreamer named Halley, a team of super heroes discover that unity and togetherness can get them through any sicky situation.
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