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Family Resources and Home Learning Support from PBS Wisconsin

March 17, 2020 Sigrid Peterson

PBS stations in Wisconsin will begin home learning broadcasts on Monday, March 30

As schools across Wisconsin have closed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, PBS Wisconsin and Milwaukee PBS announce an ambitious plan, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, to support student home learning and families by airing a new weekday television program of programming with digital resources that connect to Wisconsin State Academic Standards.

Starting Monday, March 30, PBS Wisconsin will dedicate the 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekday schedule on The Wisconsin Channel, or PBS Wisconsin-2, and Milwaukee PBS will dedicate the 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekday schedule on WMVT 36.1 to educational programming. which includes specific time blocks for grades K-12 and covers subjects such as English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Math.

The special broadcast program will also be available to stream online here at pbswisconsin.org/familyresources with corresponding free digital content for home learning and support for teachers navigating this new learning landscape.

Milwaukee PBS offers free digital resources for home learning at milwaukeepbs.org/onlineresources/.

See PBS Wisconsin’s broadcast schedule for The Wisconsin Channel, or PBS Wisconsin-2, below. The Milwaukee PBS schedule will have similar content that will be finalized soon. Visit milwaukeepbs.org for details.


Educational resources for parents, guardians, teachers and educators

Educators, parents, caregivers, and children in Wisconsin are at the forefront of our concerns as the COVID-19 pandemic demands dramatic changes to daily life. PBS Wisconsin recognizes that families juggle a multitude of needs, including access to meaningful home learning experiences. Our classrooms and traditional educational frameworks are temporarily disrupted, inviting us to reimagine what a learning community can look like.

Our PBS Wisconsin Education team and our entire organization are here to support your work.

Below is content that parents, caregivers, K-12 teachers, and students can start using now to adapt to learning from home. Some resources can be received via traditional television and others via the Internet. They are free, curriculum-based, and classroom-tested.

We will regularly update this list as our resources evolve. Please let us know your specific needs to facilitate home learning by contacting us at [email protected].

Are you a parent or guardian of children under 8? Subscribe to PBS Kids’ new daily e-newsletter to receive tips, materials and activities to keep your kids engaged and learning at home. You can also sign up to receive free advice and learning games sent straight to your phone with Bright By Text, a free, localized tool for parents and guardians of children under 8.

Are you a teacher or an educator? Subscribe to our education e-newsletter, follow us on PBS Wisconsin Education Twitter accountand visit our PBS Wisconsin Facebook page for more relevant home learning information.

Know a parent, caregiver, teacher or educator who could use one of these resources? Please share this page with them.

We are inspired by the creative approach families and schools are taking to help children continue to learn, feel safe and stay connected amid changes in our daily routines.

PBS Wisconsin has been part of the daily learning routine of educators and parents for generations, and we will continue to provide – and expand – this service even more when circumstances are far from routine.

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PreK-2 levels

  • PBS KIDS Live Broadcast and Broadcast: The 24/7 PBS KIDS broadcast channel is available throughout Wisconsin, live and on many cable and pay TV providers. The channel is also available for live streaming on pbswisconsin.org and in the PBS Kids video app.
  • PBS KIDS Video App: On-demand digital access to any of your favorite PBS KIDS shows from any mobile device, tablet or digital TV device like Roku, Google Chrome TV, Apple TV and many smart TVs.
  • PBS KIDS Games Apps: A collection of free educational games designed to help young students hone their literacy and STEM skills.
  • NEW – PBS KIDS daily e-newsletter: Tips and activities to keep your kids engaged and learning at home.

From 3rd to 5th year

  • Wisconsin Biographies: Online and print media resources to enrich social studies and literacy curricula, using the stories of notable people in Wisconsin history.
  • In the book: educational videos and online activities (available in English and Spanish) to teach students how to use eight reading comprehension strategies.
  • Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case: An online video game that develops historical inquiry and critical thinking skills.
  • NATURE: Learn about animals and ecosystems around the world on this show, which airs every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. on PBS Wisconsin. Also available on the PBS Video app on your phone, tablet, digital TV device like Roku, Chrome TV, Apple TV, and many smart TVs.

From 6th to 12th grade

  • Making sense of coronavirus through media and storytelling | Student Reporting Labs: A journalism program covering the basics of local community journalism, storytelling, screenwriting and video editing.
  • Above the Noise: Videos and activities to facilitate informed conclusion writing, while inspiring media literacy and civic engagement.
  • Crash Course: Imaginative, fast-paced videos on science, social studies, history, and literature.
  • University Place: Educational lectures covering a range of topics, including science, history, business, arts and culture, and more. Airs 2-5 p.m. daily on the Wisconsin Channel. Plus, an archive of over 1,000 lectures available to watch on demand on the PBS app on your phone, tablet, digital TV device like Roku, Chrome TV and Apple TV and many smart TVs.
  • NOVA: Stories from the Front Lines of Science and Engineering airs every Wednesday from 8-9 p.m. on PBS Wisconsin. Also available on the PBS Video app on your phone, tablet, digital TV device like Roku, Chrome TV, Apple TV, and many smart TVs.