At-Home Learning | April 5, 2020

Resources for Families

With schools closed due to COVID-19, WNET is here to support you. Below you can find a curated list of free activities and games from PBS KIDS and more to help keep your little one playing and learning at home. And, if you’re looking for ways to turn screen time into learning time, check out our tips here. 

Looking for resources to use with your middle or high schooler? We’ve got those too! 

Visit our Games page to find a variety of ways for kids of all ages to build skills and make learning fun.

Daily Content from PBS KIDS: 

PBS KIDS is launching a weekday newsletter, PBS KIDS Daily, to help keep the learning going at home. Sign up now!   

Coronavirus Resources for Parents and Caregivers: 

Are your kids asking about COVID-19? There are simple ways you can help them stay calm and practice healthy habits. Check out our blog post here

NEW! Stay and Play with Channel Thirteen:

Join us for a new series of virtual family workshops for your preschooler. These YouTube Live events will explore STEM topics in child friendly ways. Learn more about the first session here.

Parenting Minutes:

Parenting Minutes are short videos that focus on key topics related to early childhood learning and raising children. Each video page contains shareable tips and facts, as well as links to more FREE resources and information.

PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS for Parents Resources:

Check out our curated list of PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS for Parents games, apps, crafts, recipes and activities here.

Resources for Families by Subject Area (Grades PreK-12: 

Resources from WNET, PBS KIDS and others categorized by subject area for PreK-2 and high school and middle school.

Educational Programming on Public Television:

Click here to find this week’s broadcast schedules for WLIW21, WLIW WORLD, and NJTV Learning Live. All schedules have links to online resources that can be accessed with any Internet connected device, including a smartphone. 

Other Resources for Families: 

  • PBS KIDS Daily Activity Calendar: Use this calendar to try a different PBS KIDS activity each day!
  • PBS KIDS Shows Conversation Cards and PBS KIDS Conversation Cards: After watching a PBS KIDS program with your child, use these cards to spark conversation and continue the learning.
  • Mount Sinai Child Life COVID-19 Video Series: Child life staff from Mount Sinai, who are trained in child development, have teamed with KidZone TV to create a series of videos to explain COVID-19 using age friendly language for a variety of developmental stages.
  • Project Learning Tree At Home Activities: Simple activities in English and Spanish you can do at home to learn about the environment.
  • Common Sense Media Free Distance Learning Plans: Easy and customizable packets for K–2 students and their families.
  • Sesame Street: Caring for Each Other: Provides content and resources you can use with your family to offer comfort and spark playful learning activities.
  • CMOM at Home: The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) offers families activities to do with children at home using art, health, science, reading, dance, cooking, singing and cultural learning. Be sure to sign up for their weekly email newsletter too! 
  • Sesame Street in Communities: Information, videos, coloring sheets, and activities in English and Spanish on a wide range of health, literacy, STEM, and other topics. 
  • Bright by Text: Receive free texts in English or Spanish that are targeted to the specific age of your child and include information on child development, early literacy, health, and safety, as well as local events happening in your community. Sign up for free by texting “HERO” to 274448 and start receiving messages right away! 
  • Scholastic Learn at Home: Books and activities from some of your favorite children’s titles. 
  • How To Videos from Children’s Museum of the Arts: short arts and crafts videos with visual instructions and set to music so there is no language barrier. 
  • Play Recipes from Brooklyn Public Library: Enjoy these play activities with everyday materials for children 0-3 years. 
  • At Home Learning Resources from NYC Department of Education: many fun and engaging activities you can do with your children at home. This includes activities for infants, toddlers, and children who are 3 and 4 years old.
  • La Fuerza de Creer: Literacy Partner’s telenovela with positive parenting messages. Watch together and then  talk with your family about ways of seizing time together through reading and activities at home.
  • Virtual Storytimes: Brooklyn Public Library will be offering virtual storytimes weekdays at 11:00 AM from Friday 3/13 through Tuesday 3/31.
  • KidLit TV Read Out Loud: Authors and illustrators reading their own books!
  • Storyline Online: Books read aloud by actors. 
  • JBrary, Story Blocks, Tell Me a Story: Videos of librarians and others demonstrating songs, rhymes, and fingerplay!   
  • Bedtime Math: Keep your kids’ math skills sharp – without screen time! 
  • Learning Heroes: Connects parents and caregivers to useful information and simple actions you can take to help your child thrive in school and life. And be sure to check out their Learning Hero Roadmap (Spanish version) for learning from home.
  • Great Schools: Grade-based toolkits and additional resources.

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